Our Story

About us

Cima Shahroudi, the preschool founder, become interested in Montessori education as a way to benefit her own children. She studied the Montessori International Diploma course at Montessori Centre International in London and completed the Diploma in 2003

Cima started a small Montessori child minding practice in her own home in 2005. One of the children in the class was her youngest daughter, Mitra.

I wanted the best for my daughter and all the children in my class were treated to the same high standards.

Cima Shahroudi

Our Story Starts in 2007

In 2007 Cima opened her first preschool in Pratts Bottom village, Orpington. The preschool was called Shining Stars and was popular with local families and those that traveled to give their children the advantage of Montessori preschool.

In 2009 she was asked to start a preschool in Orpington Methodist Church Hall after the previous preschool closed down. It was a great challenge to start a preschool where one had closed, but the agreement of the church to create an outdoor play area and the provision of Montessori education proved a winning formula. The new preschool was named Orpington Montessori preschool and was soon full.

In 2013 Shining Stars moved to  the former Pratts Bottom URC Church hall. The preschool was re-named Rushmore House Montessori preschool. The preschool leased the whole premises which allowed longer opening hours during term time and the ability to open during school breaks. In 2015 Orpington Holiday Club opened during the school summer holiday now operates every school break and half term, except the Christmas break. Taking advantage of the close proximity to Birthday wood a Forest School is run for the children of both preschools each Wednesday.

In 2015 both preschools under went an inspection by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. Both preschools passed and became Accredited Montessori preschools. In 2019 both preschools were reinspected and maintained their accredited status and are still today the only accredited Montessori preschools in Orpington.

Our guiding principles

These principles have guided our teaching for the last ?? years:

  • A safe environment
  • Your child’s happiness
  • Engaging activities
  • Progression and preparation for primary school

Rushmore House today

Today Rushmore House is a thriving Montessori preschool based in Pratts Bottom village, Orpington, in it’s own sole use premisses. The peaceful rural location and large garden play area give children the space to explore and develop their coordination and physical abilities. Inside the preschool is fully equipped to deliver the Montessori curriculum which encompasses the EYFS.

Cima Shahroudi BSc MSc Intl Dip Mont EYPS
​(Group Manager)

The best start for your child

Come and see for yourself. Visit our preschool and have all your questions answered by on of our experienced teachers.