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What’s Been Happening at Moortown Montessori
What’s Been Happening at Moortown Montessori

Babies have enjoyed learning all about Autumn! We have been getting busy with all sorts of Autumn themed activities including collecting Autumn treasures on our walks and exploring them in sensory trays.
We have also enjoyed exploring some pumpkins. We enjoyed an activity in which we mixed the insides with some gloop and mixed it all together, filling the pumpkin all the way to the top, it felt very cold and sticky!

Toddlers  have been very busy this month enjoying lots of Autumn activities. We have especially loved talking about all the different colours of the leaves.
We engaged our senses by creating some Autumnal sensory bags, they all felt different and made different noises, we loved exploring them. Some of the children made some pumpkin soup with pre-school, we practised and cutting and mixing skills. Jane cooked it for us in the kitchen and we ate it for our tea, it was delicious.

Preschool has been very busy exploring lots of Autumn activities. We have particularly enjoyed making our own pumpkin soup and doing some conker and leaf painting.

We would like to thank all parents who came along to our Montessori stay and play, we enjoyed sharing our skills with you all and hope you all learned something. Verity has suggested 3 books that you may find useful if you would like to continue to Montessori learning at home. These are as follows, ‘Montessori play and learn’ by Lesley Britton, ‘Teach me to do it by myself’ by Maja Pitamic and ‘Montessori read and write’ by Lynne Lawrence.

Coming Events at Moortown Montessori
Coming Events at Moortown Montessori


  • 5th March World Book Day
  • 9th -13th British Science Week
  • 10th Holi
  • 13th Sport Relief
  • 17th St Patrick’s Day
  • 19th Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea


  • 18th – Saturday. Parent Workshop. Please contact us if you wish to attend.  We are hoping to cover areas such as
    • How to incorporate Montessori at home
    • Behaviour
    • Chance to meet other parents

Competition Time:

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:

Babies – will be continuing with their monthly library visits along with lots of Spring themed activities and hopefully a visit to a farm.

Toddlers – will be exploring The Very Hungry Caterpillar from the life cycle of a butterfly to healthy food.

Preschool – will be celebrating Holi and looking doing lots of different science experiments.

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)

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 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

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:

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: