Georgina Hood founded Paint Pots Montessori School in Bayswater and Paint Pots House Creative Classes in Chelsea in 1988. The initial success of this school and Paint Pots House lead to the further development of her business. Paint Pots Montessori School Chelsea opened in 1995 and Paint Pots Montessori School Hyde Park followed in 2004. These three Paint Pots Schools are OFSTED registered and MEAB accredited. In September 2014, Paint Pots Montessori School The Boltons opened it’s doors and the Creative Classes continue to run in an upstairs room in the same building. The first Montessori Prep School in Chelsea – Picasso House, opened it doors in 2010 for children aged 5 years +, giving the children the opportunity to continue their Montessori Education. While Picasso House is currently in a transition phase, it has been a huge success and something Georgina is very proud of. In 2012 Paint Pots House Creative Classes opened in Notting Hill. These classes have grown from strength to strength and have recently relocated, along with our Paint Pots Montessori School Bayswater, to St Stephens Church Westbourne Park Road, W2.
With a history in Early Years Education spanning over two decades, one of Georgina’s main goals continues to be to lead by example and inspire teachers and parents to listen to and follow the child. With this message Georgina delivers a strong powerful foundation to all within the community of Paint Pots Montessori Schools and Creative Classes. These gifts are “lessons in life” and are found the Montessori way of teaching. They enable the child to grow and develop at their own speed and time in a happy and carefully designed Montessori environment. These skills follow the children’s next steps into their school and will sub-consciously be a part of their everyday learning until they graduate and step out into the world to follow them in everyday life.
Georgina continues to teach each week, specialising in the youngest members of the Paint Pots community, working with mothers and babies of 6 – 12 months and 12 – 18 months. These unique classes use treasure baskets, heuristic play and music using guitar and voice. Alongside this Georgina offers Parenting classes which involve a series of talks and sessions which give parents the confidence and knowledge to help encourage and support their child in the important early years and in preparation for school. These classes also enhance their understanding, knowledge, well being and health.
Georgina sits on the National Council of the Montessori Schools Association as the London Regional Chair and has hosted the Annual National Conference. Due to her involvement and dedication this conference has grown from 40 – 900 teachers attending annually. Georgina was awarded Montessorian of the year in 2005.
In recent years, Georgina launched Heart Montessori, a bespoke International Educational Consultancy, developing a vision that supports new education initiatives. She is currently involved in Africa and China. In addition, Georgina is a traditonal Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master which flows into all areas of her practice. Under the expertise and guidance of Georgina, the teachers from the Montessori Schools have now started to introduce the Paint Pots Peace Curriculum to the children. On a daily basis the children have “Rest your mind “time before their day comes to a close. This helps the children connect with their mind, body and spirit and has proved to be huge success.