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
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/
Autumn 2014 Stay and Play Sessions at Wharfedale Montessori

Autumn 2014 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.
Spring Nature Walk

Spring Nature Walk

The pre-school children enjoyed a nature walk in the Spring sunshine this week, returning to school to experiment with painting the flowers they’d found through glass.  
Montessorians Feature

Montessorians Feature

We are delighted that the local press have been running an article on the Montessorians of the Year Award, presented to Mr and Mrs Jane Lord, proprietors of the School.
How to Keep Safe!

How to Keep Safe!

The pre-school is finding out about keeping safe at school, at home and on the roads, and the children have had visits this week from our local community police and fire support officers.
Visit to Bradford Industrial Museum

Visit to Bradford Industrial Museum

On 12 March, the primary children visited Bradford Industrial Museum and made a special study of Victorian and early 20th century toys and models.
African Celebration Day

African Celebration Day

The pre-school children enjoyed a special themed day of activities exploring African culture and food, as part of their term’s topic on Africa.  
Montessorians of the Year!

Montessorians of the Year!

Proprietors of the School, Jane and Graham Lord, received an award as Montessorians of the Year at the Montessori Schools Association Conference held on 1 March 2014.  Congratulations to Jane and Graham, and to staff members at each of our three settings who made this achievement possible.   To read more, follow this link http://blog.montessori.org.uk/2014/03/06/jane-graham-lord-wharfedale-montessori-nursery-yorkshire-win-montessorians-year-award-2014/
Stay and Play Sessions

Stay and Play Sessions

Check the details for all of our Stay and Play sessions here!   Flyer for toddler groups
Woodland Explorers @ Wharfedale Montessori School

Woodland Explorers @ Wharfedale Montessori School

Our Woodland Explorer outdoor activity sessions continue to run during the summer term every Thursday from 12.45 – 2.45pm.  These stay ‘n’ play sessions are open to all children aged 2 and above – you don’t have to attend either the school or baby nursery first!  Come along and join us!
Christmas Production 2013

Christmas Production 2013

This year, the children performed a re-telling of the nativity story, accompanied by traditional Christmas carols.  Please see a selection of photos on the gallery Christmas Play 2013.  
Canal Trip

Canal Trip

Undeterred by the late October rains, the pre-school children had a great time finding out about travelling by canal, as part of their project on transport.           
Read for RNIB

Read for RNIB

Wharfedale Babies raised a total of £27 at the recent Read for RNIB event.  Parents and their children enjoyed story-time, followed by afternoon tea.
Hallowe'en at Wharfedale Babies

Hallowe’en at Wharfedale Babies

Wharfedale Babies are beginning to prepare for Hallowe’en.