Barbara Isaacs in conversation with staff of the V&A Museum of Childhood. Recorded in October 2019.
Originally a refugee from communist Czechoslovakia, Barbara trained as a Montessori teacher and was the proprietor of Seedlings Montessori Nursery in Oxfordshire from 1991 to 2007.
Barbara has trained Montessori teachers at Montessori St. Nicholas, London Montessori Centre and Montessori Centre International. She is one of the founding members of the Montessori Accreditation and Evaluation Board (now Montessori Accreditation International).
Barbara has written many articles and two books, 'Understanding the Montessori Approach' and 'Bringing the Montessori Approach to your Early Years Practice', in which she endeavours to make Montessori pedagogy accessible to new generations of early years educators and parents. She is passionate about high-quality teacher training for early years practitioners and campaigns for nursery education that promotes exploration, investigation, critical and creative thinking through play-based activities whilst nurturing the spirit of each child.