About us

About us

Based near Skipton and Ilkley, we offer childcare and education to children using the Montessori approach.  I am passionate about the benefits of this for our children and dedicated to ensuring top quality practice and provision in line with the key elements of Dr Montessori’s philosophy.  Jane Lord, Principal
Baby Nursery

Baby Nursery

At Wharfedale Babies, we provide full day care for babies and toddlers from 8am until 6pm in our Montessori Early Years environment, based on small mixed age grouping in spotless, warm and inviting surroundings.
Home

Home

At our School, the Montessori approach, coupled with our beautiful setting on the Bolton Abbey estate, between Skipton and Ilkley, enables our children to achieve their full potential, to be happy, and to grow in knowledge and confidence. - MEAB accredited  (see a copy of the latest report here Montessori accreditation_report ) -...
The Primary Classroom

The Primary Classroom

Our Primary classroom for 6-11 year-olds provides a  full Montessori primary provision where the children enjoy the freedom of choice of work within a carefully structured environment under the guidance and direction of our highly qualified staff.
The Pre-School

The Pre-School

In the Pre-School our children are introduced to a broad and balanced curriculum, using Montessori teaching apparatus which is beautifully designed and crafted.  The work exercises are carefully thought out to be inviting and appeal to the child.
What is Montessori?

What is Montessori?

The Montessori approach encourages maximum independent functioning at all levels for the child.  It develops the whole personality of the child, not only the intellectual faculties, but also the powers of deliberation, initiative and independent thought.  “The environment itself will teach the child”  Dr Maria Montessori.
Latest school news
Fund Raising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

Fund Raising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

The primary children helped raise funds for the charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, by preparing lunch for invited parents, relatives and guests in the Cabin.
Visit by Dental Hygienists

Visit by Dental Hygienists

The pre-school children learnt all about the work of a dental hygienist as part of their term’s project, “All about me”.
Montessori Talk

Montessori Talk

The school organised a talk by celebrated American Montessorian, Paul Epstein, given to parents, local practitioners and invited guests.
End of Spring Term

End of Spring Term

The last day of the school term is Friday 27 March, when the school breaks up for 3 weeks, returning for the summer term on Tuesday 21 April. Wharfedale Babies is closed for the Easter break for one week from 6pm on Thursday 2 April, re-opening on Monday 13 April.
Firefighters Come to Call!

Firefighters Come to Call!

At the beginning of March, a team of firefighters came to visit the pre-school children  to help them learn about keeping safe. The school, of course, has fire alarms, but did you know that, if you don’t, the fire service will come out and fit one free of charge!
Easter Woodland Warriors!

Easter Woodland Warriors!

The holiday club, Woodland Warriors, run by Zoey Marshall at the woods down Ings Lane in Skipton will run during the Easter holidays from Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 9 April.  Full details from Zoey at woodlandwarriors@hotmail.co.uk.
Police Visit

Police Visit

The police came to visit the school last week!  The children learnt all about keeping safe.
Autumn Celebration

Autumn Celebration

The pre-school children celebrated Autumn with activities and an afternoon tea party for invited guests, family and friends.
Pre-school trip to Morrisons

Pre-school trip to Morrisons

The pre-school children visited Morrisons as part of their project investigating the sources of our food.
Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

The primary children enjoyed an Autumn walk on the Devonshire Estate.
Fell Rescue Trophy

Fell Rescue Trophy

The Cabin children were presented with a trophy by the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, having won a new award for the school having the highest proportion of children to complete the family walk in the Three Peaks Challenge 2014.  Well done to the walkers, and thanks to the Frineds of Wharfedale Montessori for organising the school’s involvement....
Pre-school trip to Pizza Express!

Pre-school trip to Pizza Express!

As part of their project this term on understanding the sources of our food, the pre-school children visited Pizza Express and made their own pizzas, exploring a variety of ingredients to choose their toppings.                    
Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The primary children hosted a coffee morning on 26 September to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Check this post soon to find out how much money we raised!
Life of Maria Montessori

Life of Maria Montessori

We have discovered this fascinating timeline of Maria Montessori’s life and work.  Access this link to view it here (click on the title to go to the news post), or go to the Montessori page on this site. http://www.giraffe.ie/maria-montessori-and-the-history-of-montessori-education/
Stay and Play Sessions at Wharfedale Montessori

Stay and Play Sessions at Wharfedale Montessori

Our Woodland Explorers sessions run every Thursday afternoon in term-time from 12.45pm.  Messy Play sessions at the baby nursery take place every Friday morning from 9.30am. Come and join us!
ART EXPLORERS "THE BIG OUTDOORS"

ART EXPLORERS “THE BIG OUTDOORS”

The children had great fun on our two special outdoor activity stay and play Art Explorer sessions held on 8 July.  The activities included “scooter painting” and making a bottle-top snail.
Ofsted Inspection Report 2014

Ofsted Inspection Report 2014

Following our inspection in June 2014, we are delighted to announce that once again we have been judged to be all good and outstanding! See a copy of the full report under the School tab on this site or on the Ofsted website.
Trip to Grassington Festival

Trip to Grassington Festival

All the children from both school and nursery enjoyed a trip to the Grassington Festival on 27 June.  The younger children visited The Tig, a dance and movement luminarium, and the older ones went to the Wordlab at the Town Hall.
Barnardo's Big Toddle

Barnardo’s Big Toddle

The pre-school children took part in a “Space”-themed Big Toddle to raise funds for Barnardo’s charity on 27 June.
Trip to Spout Yat Woods

Trip to Spout Yat Woods

Enjoying the May sunshine, the Cabin children visited Spout Yat woods, where they explored woodland activities with the help of a trained parks officer.