Chrysalis Montessori Nursery School

We follow the best of traditional standards and provide warm and welcoming environment in which children are nurtured, motivated and eager to learn. Our school is located at the Village Hall in Rainton near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Our children are taught by experienced Montessori teachers, who give each child the best opportunity to develop both holistically and academically through the benefit of small classes and an enriching curriculum.

We ensure that all our children benefit from varied and well-directed early learning opportunities through their involvement in a wide range of practical and educational activities. This is supplemented with the support of one-to-one teaching, directed at each child’s specific educational requirements and well- being.

Chrysalis Montessori Nursery School have adopted the Department of Education and Skills Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).

This is successfully incorporated into the Montessori environment, unique in our area, which we provide at Chrysalis. We are very proud of our reputation for providing excellent quality care and education, helping each child to fulfil their potential.

The Montessori Method

The Montessori method is a way of educating young children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori.

Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.

Did you know Montessori was the brain behind child sized furniture and bright and airy classrooms?

The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child’s early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn. Maria Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.

Dr. Montessori discovered what she referred to as “the child’s true normal nature” during her observation of young children when given freedom in an environment equipped with materials designed for their self-directed learning.

The Montessori method aims to replicate the experimental nature of children to encourage and support their true natural way of being.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage together with elements of the philosophy and practices of Maria Montessori.  Children will develop at their own pace and each child’s development is closely monitored and the Curriculum is applied accordingly.  Alongside the Montessori method, we also use the Jolly Phonics to teach the children about sounds, letters and actions that are widely used in the schools.


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For more information on Chrysalis Montessori Nursery’s education methods, read about our six steps


Chrysalis Montessori believes that children learn through their senses, these being, Smell, Taste, Touch, Hearing and Vision.

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In a Montessori class room, writing often comes before reading. Children learn to build up letters into words by using the jolly phonics system that is now used in primary schools.

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Practical Life

When a child first enters a Montessori Nursery School they work with activities known to us as Practical Life Activities, these help to develop the child’s ability to look after themselves and their environment.

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Children in a Montessori environment gain a physical impression of size and quantity long before they begin to work with numbers

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Cultural Subjects

The cultural area in a Montessori Nursery class room covers a wide range of topics and activities. Children will learn about Biology, Science, History, Geography including Continents and countries, Zoology, Magnetism, Life Cycles, Music, Art and craft.

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Physical Education

At Chrysalis we believe that Physical Education is very important. Children develop gross motor skills by climbing, jumping, swinging and skipping and taking part in many physical activities.

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Parent Comments

Chrysalis is a wonderful environment for children to develop. It is excellent preparation for school, in a genuine loving & caring setting. The staff really do love & care for the children & the children form close bonds with their teachers.

Parent Comments

A calm, stable and friendly school where my child is happy. The staff are all so caring and eager for the children to be ready for school.

Mrs Marshall

An amazing nursery all round!
The children are happy and contented and love their time at Chrysalis. The staff are kind and caring with excellent abilities to deal with all different children’s characters. They are nurtured to become independant yet polite and burteous young boys and girls and when they leave Chrysalis they are totally prepared for school.

Mrs Bailey

I have been delighted with all aspects of the school. The supportive and caring nature of the teachers and the leadership of the school have ensured a smooth, happy introduction to learning for my 2 children.
Both my children have become independant, happy and sociable children as a result of the support they have been given at Chrysalis. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Mrs Glover

A great idea Kerry! (My Daughter) and (My Son) love coming to nursery.

Ms Kendall

The Chrysalis Montessori Nursery in Rainton is the most fabulous environment for young children to gain confidence, learn & develop new skills, play & develop friendships, whilst being encouraged & taight by caring, professional staff.
We could not have found a better place for (Our Daughter) to spend her pre-school time.

Mrs Ritchie

Our children have enjoyed and flourished during their time at Chrysalis Montessori.
Chrysalis has encouraged (My Daughter) and (My Daughter) to be confident and independant, they don’t lose interest due to the extensive range of activites and because of the structure and routines in place the children leave very well prepared for full time school.
The staff are always friendly and approachable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Chrysalis Montessori to my friends!
Thank You!

Mrs Attwood

As a nursery setting we have been thrilled with the social and educational opportunities it has afforded (Our Daughter); she thrives there and is always happy and has learnt a tremendous amount for one so small. Her growing confidence and independance can be accredited to the Montessori method.

Mrs Dupuy
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