Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment
Dr. Maria Montessori

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice – Data Protection Act 1998

Early Years Settings [Harlequin Montessori Nursery]

We are the Data Controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act.  We collect information about your child and use this personal data to:


  • support your child’s development
  • monitor and report on your child’s progress
  • ensure that this setting receives the statutory funding which it is eligible for.We are required by law to pass some information to Essex County Council as the Local Authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE) through the Free Early Education Entitlement headcount and annual Early Years Census. This information includes your child’s name, date of birth, home address, the number of Free Entitlement hours you are accessing for your child, and personal characteristics such as ethnic group and whether your child has special educational needs.

If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact [Ros Smith]

If you require more information about how the LA and DfE store and use this data please go to the following website:

(see paragraph headed ‘Early Years census and personal data’).

If you are unable to access this website, paper copies of this information can be obtained from the early years setting [Ros Smith, Administration Manager Harlequin Montessori Nursery]