During the 1920s, Albert Nienhuis, founder of Nienhuis, worked with Dr Maria Montessori to manufacture materials in line with her educational approach. This resulted in a close and long-lasting relationship, in which Maria Montessori's principles materialised in the Nienhuis workshop.
As time went on, Dr. Montessori's educational approach received more and more international attention. Nienhuis Montessori responded to this growing demand by expanding its facilities and training more qualified craftsmen to support the Montessori movement worldwide.
Today, after several decades, Nienhuis Montessori continues its tradition of high-quality craftsmanship, combined with unique knowledge and experience, acquired over many years thanks to Maria Montessori herself, Mario Montessori and, more generally, Montessori leaders and professionals from around the world. As a result of this partnership, Nienhuis Montessori continues to develop new techniques and new complementary educational tools, continually improving quality and incorporating the most recent technology to position themselves as the biggest manufacturer and distributor of authentic and AMI-approved Montessori materials.
Nienhuis isn't just an option when it comes to Montessori materials: it's the obvious choice.
Nienhuis Montessori is almost 85 years old now: 85 years of experience and expertise, and it worked with Maria Montessori from the beginning, creating and perfecting its materials based on the the creator's philosophy. Maria Montessori sought to provide and isolate a single quality for each item. The Pink Tower? The only difference must be the different sizes of the cubes - no differences in colour, how they're made or how they feel, otherwise the child is no longer focused on the direct and unique purpose of the exercise.
It is one of just 3 companies in the world which are approved by the AMI and which therefore has access to the original drawings, enabling them to make Montessori materials according to well-defined plans and diagrams, because every little detail is important.
Yes, it's a detail, but in the end, lots of details make a huge difference: as a long-standing player which has been truly committed to the Montessori educational approach for more than 80 years, as a company which has received ISO 9001 certification for quality, ISO 14001 certification for environmental practices and FSC certification for its use of wood from responsibly managed forests, Nienhuis has always been a high-end company for one simple reason: its products are made for children.
Over the years, the 3 Nienhuis factories - in Holland, the USA and Asia - have jointly been certified with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards.
These certifications are a great honour for Nienhuis Montessori. However, the standards imposed for obtaining ISO standards are very similar to the practices which Nienhuis Montessori has implemented as a company from the beginning, with regards to its customers and the environment. Nienhuis Montessori's long-term efforts have rightly been validated.
In addition to these ISO standards, Nienhuis Montessori is FSC certified. This certification is based on economic, social and environmental criteria which are used to assess and to vouch for the sustainable management of the forests from which Nienhuis' products come.
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