About Our Founder and Principal Jennifer Blain

Jennifer Blain


Jennifer Blain has worked with children all her life. She qualified as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB) attending a two year residential course, after which she worked as a nanny before training as a Montessori Teacher. She worked as a Montessori Teacher, and then Head Teacher of a Montessori School, prior to setting up the Denning Montessori School. She subsequently trained and became qualified as a Montessori Primary School Teacher.

Awards and Accolades

Founded and Run the Denning Montessori School For Nearly Quarter of a Century

A Qualified Nursery Nurse (NNEB)

Montessori Early Years Qualified

Montessori Primary Qualified

A finalist in the Sue Ryder - Women of Achievement Awards in 2011 - Teacher of the Year Category.

A Finalist in the National Nursery Personality of the Year Awards in 2012.

One of the 100 Faces of Henley 2014 

Voted One of the Top 5 Most Inspirational People in the Childcare Sector in NMT (Nursery Management Today) / Barclays Bank Awards 2015.

One of the UK's top Montessorians said the Denning Montessori School should be renamed "Paradise Montessori" because it is "Paradise - Montessori as Montessori is meant to be".


A Simple Vision, to Offer The Very Best Nursery Education

I believe to achieve anything worthwhile in life you need a goal that inspires you. All I have ever wanted to do, is to provide children at the Denning Montessori with the very best nursery education and experience possible. My staff and I are inspired by that simple goal and objective, it drives everything that we do, it makes us go the extra mile, it makes us continue to grow and develop and never rest on our laurels, it makes us feel alive, happy and fulfilled.

We so enjoy being with the children, it is our priviledge to have them, it is so rewarding to work with them and see them grow and develop. Thank you to all the parents that have let us have your children.

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Our Mission

To offer you children the very best nursery education and experience possible.

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Our Values

We will treat your children with respect and value them as a unique individual.


Our Solution

We will care for your children as much as you do. We will offer them a wonderful environment indoors and outdoors including at Forest School. We will provide first class facilities and equipment. We will nurture and support your children to grow and develop, so they can grow up happy, confident, self-assured, with good relationships, a love of learning, comfortable with who they are as unique individuals. In essence, we will work in true partnership with you, to give your child or children, the best foundations on which to build their education, their lives and ultimately their careers. 


We Always Try to Make a Difference

Never a Day Goes By Without Us Trying to Make A Difference to Your Child's life.