School and Nursery Scoop 2018


Keren’s Nursery

“A home away from home” Nursery & Pre-School in Holland Park W11 4RB

A unique approach to education, providing a stimulating and challenging environment for children to safely grow and learn through play. THEY are a multicultural nursery, cater for children from all over the world. Children create very early peer relationships and develop healthy curiosity.  At the age of 3 the children are joining Forest School sessions, enjoying the rich outdoors environment. The professional teachers bring daily creativity and passionate approach to education making sure all children reach their full potential.Keren’s Nursery is highly recommended by the local community and it is advisable to visit the nursery and feel for yourself. It is part of a group of three nurseries, two of which are rated OFSTED OUTSTANDING! They provide care and education for children aged 10 months – 5 years and offer full days available (08:00-18:00) with their award winning homemade meals cooked on site. Keren’s nursery have highly experienced teaching team who ensure a stimulating, high quality environment and rich curriculum. Children are observed daily by their key teachers who make sure they reach their full potential. Children are prepared for school and for life, gaining important skills to be confident, independent individuals with a passion for learning. Open mornings every Tuesday morning 10:00-11:00. Contact:[email protected] or call them on 020 3457 8020.

La Petite Ecole Bilingue

La Petite Ecole Bilingue is a long established group of bilingual nurseries and primary schools located in North Kensington, West Hampstead, Paris and Bordeaux. They pride ourselves in educating truly bilingual children in a homely, caring and culturally vibrant environment. Bilingual children are brighter, more focused and better able to multi task and to confidently adapt to a variety of surroundings. Their Oxford Gardens school is located in a large victorian house in the leafy streets of North Kensington with its own private garden in which children play and grow flowers, vegetables and herbs. They provide warm homemade food for which the NHS awarded them a Healthy Star.​ Pupils ‬ follow  ‬both ‬  ‬the ‬ British ‬  ‬National ‬  ‬curriculum  ‬and ‬  ‬the ‬ official programme of the French Education Nationale. They strive to develop strong academic foundations in both curricula giving children the tools to transfer seamlessly and with confidence to a British secondary school, a French ‬  ‬Lycé‬e or ‬  ‬an  ‬international ‬  ‬school.  ‬ Each class has two qualified teachers, one English and one French, as well as a teaching assistant. Their‬ ‬personalised  ‬teaching programme delivered by their experienced and passionate staff combined with small class sizes enables them to realise each child’s full academic potential in a happy and supportive environment.  After-school clubs include Russian, Arabic, creative writing, chess, young engineering, coding, ballet, drawing, guitar and piano.  They welcome children aged 2 to 11 from all nationalities, already speaking French and/or English as well as those who wish to acquire these two languages.


St Nicholas Preparatory School

St Nicholas Preparatory School is a leading independent prep school for boys and girls aged 2.9 to 11 yrs.  They offer an ‘outstanding’ Montessori Nursery and Reception where children have access to materials and activities designed to stimulate imagination and foster independence.  Children enjoy a variety of practical activities such as planting seeds in their large 2 acre garden, baking, art and educational trips.  Specialist PE, Music and French sessions are also provided to enrich learning.  Teachers work with individual children or small groups helping to advance the children’s learning to the next level in maths, English and all other areas of the curriculum.  Along with garden time, the terrace has many outdoor materials for the children to explore and enjoy.  The School Inspection Service recently said “The quality of the early years’ provision, including its leadership and management, is outstanding.”  They welcome you to come and discover for yourself –  call them to book a private tour 020 7591 2631 or visit us their website.

Kiddi Caru London

Based in Earls Court, Kiddi Caru London nursery cares for children in bright, spacious rooms, offering a wide and exciting range of learning experiences provided by knowledgeable staff. Fantastic indoor and outdoor environments with resources that are age appropriate to support children’s learning and development. Kiddi Caru work in partnership with parents to encourage, support and extend children’s progression. They are Ofsted rated Good and they pride themselves on the diversity within their nursery! The nursery holds a range of open days and stay & play sessions which provide parents with the perfect opportunity to visit and see what nursery life is all about. Visit their website to find out when their next event is!

St. Anne’s and Avondale Park Nursery

St. Anne’s and Avondale Park Nursery is an Outstanding Nursery school (rated Outstanding by OFSTED in February 2017 and on 3 previous inspections). They are a stand-alone Nursery that is federated with Avondale Park Primary School. With four new purpose built classrooms and a large outside area that backs onto the beautiful open space of Avondale Park, the environment is stunning. There are three Early Years trained staff in each classroom, one of which being an Early Years trained teacher and children experience creative and exciting learning every day. They take children from 3 years old and the day starts at 9am until 3pm with opportunities for an extended day. They strive to be an outstanding Nursery in every way possible: with excellent teaching, imaginative learning and most importantly, happy and independent children.  Comments from parents have included:  “We didn’t know you were here, how come everyone doesn’t know about this amazing Nursery………it’s like we’ve won the lottery …. My child is so happy.” Come and take a look for yourself and book a visit by ringing the school. (0207-727 7727 option 1).


Pioneering nursery and prep-school with a bilingual advantage

The first of its type in Europe, Kensington Wade offers a dual language English-Chinese education from ages 3-11.  It provides children with a first-class nursery and prep school education with an immersive bilingual experience; a life-changing opportunity to engage and succeed in a global future. Kensington Wade opened its doors in September 2017 and currently has nursery and reception aged children. Their friendly and nurturing environment, where children learn to live and work together with respect and tolerance enables them to combine the rigorous Chinese approach to teaching and learning with the warmth, vibrancy and richness of a British prep school education.  Having experienced the immersive bilingual setting in the Early Years the children will go on to enjoy a unique education that begins to prepare them for the very best secondary schools, instilling in them a drive for academic excellence balanced with a high level of cultural empathy. Location: 205 Warwick Road, London W14 8PU T: 020 3096 2888 E: [email protected]

Maggie & Rose Kensington Nursery

Following innovative timetables, Maggie & Rose nurseries offer visually led, creative environments for one to five year olds to develop and flourish in. Incorporating a holistic approach to early years education, children are given the freedom to be children with a focus on visual learning, free play and creativity.  Children are encouraged to get messy, be tactile, make-believe, role-play and, ultimately, the priority is nurturing them as individuals. A diverse range of activities are offered; inspired by signature Maggie & Rose classes, tried and tested in the clubs including, art based ‘Messy Masters Art,’ dance based ‘Dress up and dance,’ imaginative play based ‘Make & Make Believe,’ cooking based ‘Cook up a Story’ and ‘Little Cheflets.’ All designed to enhance and enrich their emotional and educational experiences – whilst having lots of fun along the way! Location – 62 Pembroke Rd, Kensington, London W8 6NX. Sessions – Full day: 8:30am-5:30pm , Morning: 8:30am-1.30pm , Afternoon: 1.30pm and 5:30pm, School Day: 8:30am-3pm. Costs – Variable depending on member/non-member rates:  starting from £45 per PM session, £65 AM session, £80 School day and £100 full day. Ages –1–5 years. Maggie & Rose follows the core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum

Hyde Park Nursery

Sand pits and secret gardens – the joys of an outdoor education. At Hyde Park Nursery and Pre-Prep School, located North of Hyde Park near Connaught Village, they are in an incredibly fortunate position where they are able to tailor their learning environment to bring out the very best in each and every one of their students. They operate a free-flow nursery, where children have the option to spend time inside or outside throughout the day. They also encourage their pupils to decide for themselves when and how they want to utilise the indoor and outdoor space, rather than operating a rigid schedule that may not always suit their individual needs or goals. Luckily, their nursery school – aptly named The Long Garden – has vast amounts of outdoor space where they have installed a huge sand pit, butterfly gardens and vegetable patches, as well as a large grassy space for their pupils to run around in. The teachers and assistants encourage students to be out in the fresh air as much as possible. They run weekly Outdoor Adventurer sessions where the children learn to make fires, cook marshmallows, pop popcorn and burn sticks to make charcoal. They also learn about the wildlife that lives in the garden. Den building forms part of the weekly challenge lessons and the Mud Kitchen is used to make all manner of imaginary stews and magic potions!  Outdoor play – whether teacher led or not – encourages children to interact more with each other. Be it through playing games, working together on tasks or exploring new territories, we see students interacting together more than they would do in a traditional classroom setting.  Come and visit at their next open morning on Wednesday 21st March.