Prince William and Kate Middleton invite George's nursery friends for playdates in Anmer Hall
Published 24/01/2016 | 12:51
Doting parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are planning to get as involved as possible in Prince George’s nursery life as they are keen for him to grow up as normal as possible.
The royal couple’s two-year-old son started at Westacre Montessori School, near King's Lynn, in Norfolk, earlier this month and Prince William and Kate are determined to allow George the most normal upbringing they can manage, and will even have the tot’s friends over for playdates.
But such occasions will be heavily vetted to make sure the family are safe at all times.
“Kate and William will be getting involved in Prince George's nursery life,” a source told Bella magazine.
“They won't ever want him to feel isolated or different from the other children, so that means plenty of play dates with his classmates.
“Kate and William are very sociable and want to get involved in all aspects of his nursery life, which includes meeting his new friends. There would be security checks on parents coming into their home and personal 'family areas' of the estate would be out of bounds, but there are plenty of communal areas where George's friends can visit. “
Montessori nursery is very different from other nurseries in the way it teaches the children to be independent. This approach is something William and Catherine thought was incredibly important as their son grows up.
“Montessori focuses on social development and independence as well as education,” the source added. “Children are encouraged to choose whatever activity suits them, and then the teacher is there to be a guide.
“As George gets older there will be constraints in his life, so this is a great start where he will get independence and freedom. He needs to have as much freedom as possible for as long as possible. This method of education gives a child a strong sense of what they like and dislike, which should give him the confidence he'll need as our future monarch.”