This form of accreditation has only been around for a couple of years and approximately only 100 nurseries have been accredited, simply because the body has limited resources (accreditation is a lengthy process for accreditor and for the setting). There is a long waiting list for accreditation as increasingly parents are not keen to send their children to non-accredited nurseries.
Currently, the fact that a nursery is not accredited doesn’t actually mean they are not a ‘proper Montessori’ but this may be the case in five or seven years’ time when all nurseries wishing to be accredited should have received the opportunity to apply. Many nursery schools fail but can reapply once they have put recommendations in place.
The Nursery School Guide lists all MEAB accredited nursery schools.
For more information on the MEAB, visit their official website at www.montessori.org.uk/msa__and__schools/accreditation.