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Welcome to Colourbox Montessori | Newmarket

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Welcome to Colourbox Montessori School which was established in 1993 in Newmarket, Suffolk. We are committed to nurturing and inspiring your nursery age child.  We encourage your child to explore and develop their unique talents and to discover that their views and decisions are valid and respected.

One important reason for the success we enjoy in developing the enthusiasm of your pre-school child, is based on our strong belief that you are your child's first and most important teacher.  Working together we will help your child to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially - enabling them to embrace life with eagerness and confidence.  We also aim to create a community of families who can learn from each other and provide a strong base for their children.

Our Mission statement:

Our mission is to implement the philosophy, practices and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori and her method of education, delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage ('EYFS') 2008 (revised 2012).  We have prepared a Montessori environment that is calm, engaging and responsive to each child at all stages of development. 

As a Montessori Schools Association accredited school we agree to be bound by their Code of Practice. 

Our goals:

  • To promote and encourage the optimum intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and economic development of children through a contemporary Montessori approach to education for children from 3 months to 5 years.
  • To maintain a fully inclusive Montessori School that does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, creed, sexual preference, gender, national/ethnic origins or ability in either its admission or employment policies.  We fully support the 'Every Disabled Child Matters' campaign.
  • To provide and maintain a well-equipped, safe, and purposeful learning environment, staffed with trained and caring personnel for all families in the Newmarket area and surrounding communities.
  • To educate the community as to the value of the Montessori philosophy of education and act as a resource within the broader professional educational network.

We would welcome the opportunity to show you and your child around our nursery and you will see why the children are

'Excited about learning, excited about life'!

Susie Norman

Susie Norman trained at London's St. Nicholas Montessori College where she gained a distinction in the 0 - 6 International Montessori Diploma (1992).  She is active within the Montessori community, as an Area Teaching Practice Tutor for the London Montessori Centre and is also a Montessori Schools Assessor for the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. In 2011 she undertook training with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors to become an independent Educational Assessor. Colourbox is a member of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA) and The National Day Nurseries Association.

* Please note, we have employed a specialist company to provide much of the content for this website.  By doing so, we hope the site is always up-to-date and interesting.  Whilst all content supplied is relevant to parents with young children, we cannot guarantee that it will accurately reflect the Montessori principles we employ at Colourbox.  We feel that this is a perfectly acceptable compromise and hope you agree! *


Thank you!

to everyone who supported us with fundraising for the Send-a-Cow charity, represented by fellow Montessorian Wendy Compson. 


We are excited about our new nursery school for children from 3 months to 5 years of age at the Haverhill Research Park.  This is due to open in September 2015 and will be working in partnership with the Samuel Ward Trust.  Registrations are now being accepted - please email for further information. 

MCI East at Colourbox - February 2015

Level 3 and 4 Montessori Teacher/Early Years Educator training courses available. 
Recognised by Ofqual and CACHE
Please email for further details. 


We are pleased to announce that our new 'Parent Link' is proving very successful - Colourbox families can find details on our Facebook page.
We now have well over 100 members in our Colourbox Facebook group!