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Our School

The Children’s House was established in 1996 by the Director, Lucy Talbot-Ponsonby. She is a fully qualified Nursery and Primary Montessori teacher, (birth to 11 years) and holds a degree in Early Years Studies. She has 25 years teaching experience, in many different countries around the world, which includes the establishment of a Montessori Preschool in Tonga, South Pacific, and in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Both these schools were set up with funds raised on her initiative.

All teachers employed in the Children’s House Seychelles, follow a carefully monitored training program that follows that of the Montessori Centre International, London UK, but has been tailored to fit the diverse needs of the children and families in this setting. Seven teachers hold Montessori Teaching Diploma plus three Primary Teaching Diplomas.

The Children’s House is open to children from 2 to 6 years, although the school is licensed to take children up to 9 years of age. The School generally follows the term and holiday dates of the Seychellois schools.


“Coming to the Children’s House with our three boys was probably the single most significant event in their little lives so far.

First days of school are always daunting, but with the Children’s House, the boys very quickly adapted to the wonderful open learning experience that is Montessori, friendships were born that continue to flourish today, and each of them reflects with quite surprising wisdom about their time with Lucy and her team.

We, and our children, will always cherish these early days of learning and discovery, and look back with fondness at the whole experience.”

Ex-Parent; Michael Lavigne

Hibiscus Group


“On my first day at the Children’s House, I cried my eyes out, I was 2 years old. Not long after, I asked my parents if I could stay for lunch too, I then wanted to spend the whole day in the school!!!  A few months ago, now aged 15, I went back to the Children’s House for an internship. Today, I am trying to convince my parents not to go overseas on holidays, so I can spend my holiday time at the Children’s House. There must be something very special about the place, something I can’t grow out of, I think that’s because there’s always something new to learn.”

Charline Wasserberg,  Ex-student


“My daughter Viola had a great time at Children’s House. She grew up both emotionally and academically, learning many things while having the time of her life. She loved every single day at her school and as a parent it was a huge pleasure to see her blossom under the loving guidance of Miss Lucy and her team. Leaving her in the morning knowing that she would come back with many new adventures to tell me was for me the best gift I could receive. We’ll feel forever part of this amazing family”.

Raffaella Seri,  Ex-parent