Welcome to Yorkshire Montessori Nurseries, a place of creative, immersive learning for children from birth to five years in Leeds and York.

Our unique environment combines the principles of Montessori with the national curriculum for early years (EYFS) to create a safe, happy, inspirational environment where children flourish.

What is Montessori?

The Montessori approach champions the belief that children have the largest capacity to learn from birth to age six. It respects each individual child’s way of learning through specially designed resources and activities which are planned ‘in the moment’ around the children’s latest interests and observations. Working in this child-led way encourages independence, confidence and a thirst for knowledge.

Learn more about our Montessori approach and book a tour either in person or virtually here.

What drives us?

Key to our vision is Yorkshire Montessori’s founder, Helen Gration (BA Hons EYT.) With two teenage sons, she welcomed a new baby in 2019 at the age of 51. Her nurturing instincts and recognition that children are very individual characters led her to champion the Montessori approach when she opened the nurseries. Helen ensures all of her team have qualifications above the national average and also has trained Montessori specialists in each location. She’s regional chair for the National Day Nurseries Association, contributing to the childcare agenda here in Yorkshire and also at a government level.

Our nursery has a thorough Covid-19 policy, in line with the latest government advice.
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1607, 2020

The Genius of the Outdoors!

July 16th, 2020|

I am raising a family who gets everything it can from the outdoors! Singing practice in a natural auditorium, cricket, golf, running and for our newest arrival from his very first days, there have been daily dog walks and back garden biology courses amongst plants, trees, birds and squirrels. Children simply need the air and space of the natural world so that their bodies and souls can function.


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