Region 1 Contact

Chair: Alison Barker
Deputy: Sylwia Zywotko
Tel: 01748 821466
Counties: This is our largest region which includes the following English counties – Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co. Durham, Cleveland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, north Lincolnshire as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Philosophy, Ideas for Material Making and 30 Hour Funding
Saturday 13 May 2017

The aim of the morning was to introduce some new practitioners to Montessori philosophy and to encourage those of us who are already qualified to revisit our training and embrace new ideas, it worked as everyone enjoyed the session.  As usual Jeremy was very enthusiastic when delivering the topic and there was a large amount of discussion during lunch.  Martin led a splinter group through the “how’s and whys” of 30 Hour Funding and hopefully they returned home enlightened.  Naturally we all explored the setting during the lunch break and I would like to thank Alderley Day Nursery for hosting us, we were excited to see plans for their extension.

Some of the ideas that students have presented during their Teaching Practice were shared and resulted in two members having their feet painted before creating a giant land and water globe.  Food chains, mapping games, a London bag, small story bags, painted stones were amongst some of the things explored and hopefully everyone will find time to try these out at home.

North Region Meetings

As you are aware Region 1 is very large and so the trainings have been organised across the region with all of you considered. For more information on any of the courses or to book a place please contact me at

30 September, 2017
Interactive Music Making and Movement with Margaret Burrell – Early Years Music Specialist (Dalcroze) and Music Therapist.
To be held at Alderley Day Nursery, Cheshire, SK10 4TD from 10.00 – 4.00.

21 October, 2017
Training for Mentors about the EYE course. Many more students are now having their Teaching Practice Placements in Region 1, so we are thrilled to be offering this training to support Mentors, Nursery Owners, Managers and Practitioners. This training is free of charge.
To be held at Rigg Farm Montessori Nursery, Harrogate, HG3 1QY, this is a half day morning training and times have yet to be confirmed.

11 November, 2017
Supporting children from 0 – 2 in a Montessori setting with Barbara Issacs.
To be held at Leeds Montessori Nursery and Pre-School, Leeds, LS8 2LE from 11.00 – 3.30.

11 May, 2018
Material Making – please come and spend a day exploring and making materials for your setting.
To be held at Seedlings Montessori Childcare, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2HX from 10.00 – 4.00. Easily reached from the A1 or Darlington/Northallerton train stations.

The charge for attending a Region1 full day training is £10 for MSA members and £20 for non-members, ideal for CPD Training.