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Infant / Toddler
Maria Montessori believed that children learn best when they are very
interested in a subject. Their natural curiosity drives them to make their
own way. The Nienhuis Montessori materials are based on the Montessori
education method and they stimulate the child’s desire to learn. They
promote imagination, increase insight, and create a desire for quality.
They inspire children to search for something special. We believe in
a child’s strengths. It’s up to them to discover their individual talents.
Together with us.
A Heutink Brand
Nienhuis Montessori is one of the brands produced by Heutink
International. Heutink International provides the very best global
educational brands, which are geared towards learning through play.
Together with our team of educational specialists, we design and develop
innovative materials aimed at supporting play and development. These
materials are based on internationally proven curricula and learning
goals, meaning that our products are always of the highest quality and
are geared towards the needs and wishes of our target audience. Besides
supplying a wide range of educational products, we also offer training
and support for teachers and distributors. We believe in education and
collaboration. After all, development isn’t something you do alone.
Our Own Factories
A Unique Creation Process
Montessori education focuses on attention, involvement and perfection.
These elements are not just critical to the use of materials, but also form
the basis for their creation. We combine skill with advanced technology
and modern equipment. The result: a high-quality product. For more
than eighty years, Nienhuis Montessori has been using these special
and traditional methods to produce its materials. They invest a lot of
love in the shape, color and character of the materials created. Unique
materials for unique children. All of the Nienhuis factories worldwide are
certified by the: ISO 9001-Quality Management System Standard, the
ISO 14001-Environmental Management System Standard, and strictly
follow FSC Principles & Criteria.
Nienhuis Montessori Locations Worldwide
More Than 85 Years Of Experience
The year it
A.J. Nienhuis in
is growing –
to a larger
retires. His son,
USA opens in
Zelhem, a city in
the Eastern part
of the country.
This is still its
opens. A factory
in Sri Lanka.
from all over the
US to attend the
continues to grow.
The office area is
expanded and the
warehouse is moved
to a location down
Nienhuis celebrates its 75th
Anniversary. The first Montessori
Museum is opened in the
Zelhem Headquarters. Renilde
Montessori is the guest of honor;
she leads the opening ceremony.
Nienhuis USA moves
to 140 E. Dana Street,
a larger facility around
the corner from its
previous location. Once
again, the office and
warehouse are together.
needs of the
Nienhuis is bought by
the Heutink Group,
a well established,
based in Rijssen,
The Nienhuis Asia factory continues its expansion. Large, highly
functional production and warehousing facilities are completed.
The plan to shift all Nienhuis
production to this location begins.
The Zelhem location opens its
substantial Export Center. Nienhuis, Toys for Life, Heutink and
Educo products are all shipped
from this location – 4 Brands,
1 Shipment begins.
Montessori Museum opens in US.
After touring cities throughout the US
and Canada, the exhibit resides in its
permanent home at the Montessori
Training Center of Minnesota in St. Paul.
Nienhuis USA moves to its current
home at 150 S Whisman Road - a fully
renovated, state-of-the-art, highly efficient
office and warehouse facility created to
better serve its growing market.
Nienhuis – Now And Then
On The Connections With Maria Montessori And AMI
After the establishment of the first Casa dei Bambini in Rome, 1907, the news
of the miracle children was quick to spread to Italy’s neighbouring countries,
and the rest of world. Interest in this new form of education spread to the
Netherlands, and a few Dutch early childhood educators set off for Rome
to study at the international teacher training courses that Maria Montessori
started in 1913.
In 1914, the first group of Dutch children gathered in the home of Mrs. J.J.
Werker in The Hague, who had set up a small Montessori ‘Casa dei Bambini’.
Soon afterwards, few other schools opened their doors in other parts of the
country. With Montessori education increasingly finding groups of parents
interested to have their children enjoy this new type of education, it was
desirable to pool resources and knowledge, and coordinate the necessary
lobbying with educational authorities: these considerations led, in 1917, to
the foundation of an official Dutch Montessori Society, to become a resource
for Dutch Montessorians and to liaise with Maria Montessori.
As ever, the demand for and availability of good quality materials made in
accordance with the scientific specifications required by Maria Montessori
was a prime concern: a special materials committee took it upon itself to
have the Montessori materials made in country, as it was not always easy
to import the materials from England or Italy. The Dutch Society established
a Leermiddelenhuis (didactic apparatus centre), which by 1922 was fully
operational. In 1923, when Maria Montessori gave a teacher training course
in Amsterdam she gave extensive feedback on how the materials had been
produced, and she discussed alternative colours for certain materials. In 1922,
the Leermiddelenhuis was granted a special contract by Maria Montessori
allowing them to produce materials “with a blessing” - a contract which was
renewed ten years later.