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Coming Events at Fulford Montessori
Coming Events at Fulford Montessori


  • 1st March St David’s Day
  • 5th March Commonwealth Day
  • 5th March World Book Day
  • 9th – 13th March Sport Relief
  • 17th March St Patrick’s Day


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None at the moment


Upcoming Topics – most weeks we are following ‘sparks’ and interests shown by the children but if we are planning on any specific topics they will appear below:

During March we are celebrating World Book Day across all age groups.  Please send us photos of you and your children enjoying their favourite story or any new books.




Upcoming holidays are:

10th April – Good Friday

13th April – Easter Monday

8th May – May Day Bank Holiday – this is a FRIDAY

25th May – Spring Bank Holiday

31st August – August Bank Holiday

24th December – Christmas Eve.  We usually close at 1pm.

28th December – Boxing Day (Monday – substitute day)

What’s Been Happening at Fulford Montessori
What’s Been Happening at Fulford Montessori

Here are just a few of the things you children have been up to at nursery.

Babies have enjoyed lots of trips out and about in our local community. We have visited Rowntree Park, the university fields and been along the river bank, looking for signs of Autumn. We had lots of fun playing in the leaves and looking at all the beautiful Autumn colours. The babies have also been busy engaging in different sensory experiences. This has included exploring pumpkins and their gooey insides! They have got very messy painting Autumn leaves.

Toddlers have really enjoyed exploring Autumn through lots of different activities. They have been on lots of walks looking for seasonal changes and Autumn fruits; they had a great time looking for apples, finding them on the floor and on a tree. They have also used lots of different materials as well, making clay leaves and homes for mice using straw, twigs and leaves they had collected – the children not the mice!! Autumn colours were explored using different painting techniques such as mixing and printing. A favourite activity was making hedgehog bread, it was very tasty!!

Preschool have been getting stuck into Autumn. They have explored the local area, the woods, the park and the river bank; they noticed seasonal changes and had a big discussion about hibernation. Following that they made hedgehog homes to leave in the woods and then modelled hedgehogs from clay using twigs they collected as spikes. The children collected lots of leaves and this sparked lots of interest in painting and colour mixing. The children continue to develop their Montessori work extending activities and exploring new materials. The older children in the room have enjoyed showing the new children the ropes and helping them settle in and use the equipment.

Allotment News
The children have enjoyed harvesting the last of this year’s vegetables, Pre school were delighted to find carrots in three different colours – orange, yellow and purple – who knew!!! All were brought back to nursery for a good scrub and taste test!! Our thoughts now move onto what we want to plant for next year – I vote for more purple vegetables!!

Forest School
Unfortunately we have had to suspend Forest School in recent weeks due to vandalism and rubbish that has been left in the woods. The Danesmead Wood Committee and the local police are aware and are taking steps to resolve this, as soon as we can safely get back in there we will.

Tax-Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare


‘Tax-Free Childcare’ will be launched early 2017. There will be some definite changes for parents currently using childcare vouchers, such as the maximum age of a child. You’ll be able to use the scheme for your child up to the age of 12 years (currently 15 years), but up to the age of 17 years if your child has disabilities (currently 16 years).

In terms of money, you will receive 20p from the government towards your childcare, for every 80p you contribute. They say this is the equivalent of the tax most people pay (i.e. 20%), hence their catchy phrase, ‘tax-free childcare’. Their maximum contribution in a year is £2000 for your £8000. If your child has disabilities, the support rises to £4000.

That is more than the maximum of £243 that can be claimed each month by each parent under the present system. You should also consider that the present Childcare Voucher system can only be used by employees, and only if the Employer has joined the scheme.

However, there are other things to weigh up with the changes, to make sure what you choose works for you:

The new system requires both parents in the household to be working, or one parent in a single-parent family, in much the same way that the new 30 hours funding system will work. To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning just over an average of £100 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave and paid and unpaid statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

If you’re in a household where only one of two parents work, you can remain on the current childcare voucher scheme for as long as as your employer offers it. If you’re not on it at the moment, but you prefer it to the new system, you need to start using it. Once ‘tax-free childcare’ begins, the childcare voucher scheme will be frozen to new entrants.

You’ll have an account that you create from following the link at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ In that account, you will input various details about income and employment which will be checked by the HMRC. You’ll then pay in your contribution, to be added to by the government contribution. Using a drop-down menu, you’ll allocate where your childcare payment goes. You will only be able to use the funds for childcare that is registered officially e.g. through Ofsted.

With your account, you as well as family members, employers, can also pay in, as and when you like. The government hopes this means you can build up your balance when it’s convenient to you, and use it when you may need childcare more than usual eg during school holidays. If you’ve built up a balance and no longer need it, you can withdraw the money… although the government will withdraw their contribution too.

Read Helen Grations Blog on the update with the Tax Free Childcare system here

For more information about Tax-Free Childcare go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know

30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents
30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents

30 Hours Early Years Funding for Working Parents

After a 12 month trial in certain areas across the country, 30 hours’ early years funding will roll out in September 2017 for eligible working parents, doubling the present system of 15 hours. At the same time, a new scheme, Tax-Free Childcare, will also kick off. Both schemes could knock pounds off your monthly childcare bill!

The 30 hour free early years funding system adds to the current 15 hours available to all 3 & 4 year olds. From September, working parents can receive up to a further 15 hours, if you qualify. The checks are:-

  • Each parent earning the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week (currently £107 per week). They may work less hours, but the earnings will be of this amount or more.
  • Each parent earning less than £100,000 per year
  • In a single parent family, these criteria will apply in the same way for that one parent

In a family where only one parent is earning, the proposed eligibility allows for:

  • One or both parent/s is away on leave such as parental, maternal, paternal or adoption leave i.e. their absence is temporary
  • When one or both parent/s is on Statutory sick i.e. their absence is temporary
  • If one parent is employed and the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities; is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

You can register through the following link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

You will have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. This is really important as it triggers information to the Local Authority, notifying them of your right to continue with the extra funding. You will be prompted to reconfirm, we are told.

If your employment circumstances change during a 3 month period, there is a ‘grace period’ where your funding continues at the higher rate.

So if you think you are eligible, please get on with your registration as soon as possible. Do not leave it to the last few days, as there is already difficulty registering people and we want to make sure you do receive the extra funding if applicable.

To read more on 30 hours free funding by Helen gration click here: https://mmbmagazine.co.uk/west-yorkshire/blog/30-hours-free-childcare-explained/