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Montessori Nursery

'St. Nicholas children get off to a flying start in the early years and achieve above the national

expectations for this age group. The quality of the early years’ provision is outstanding.' SIS 2017

Montessori Nursery Kensington, London

Children blossom in our lively nursery, guided by a wonderful team of Montessori trained staff. We have a staff-child ratio of a minimum of one to eight, which ensures each child receives individual attention. Children work independently, in pairs, and in small groups, in a nurturing learning environment that is far from regular day-care.

The Montessori approach focuses on the development of the whole child – the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive – and views the child as one who is naturally eager to learn, capable of initiating learning in a thoughtfully prepared environment. Louisa Conway, Head of Early Years, explains:  ‘Our classrooms are equipped with specially designed Montessori resources that inspire independence and an enjoyment of learning. The children often choose their activity from the shelves around the room and carry it to a table. When they have finished they are expected to return the materials to the shelf so others can find them. In that way they learn to be tidy, and thoughtful about others.’

Reading, writing and numeracy are introduced in nursery, with students being encouraged to listen to and identify the different sounds around them, in preparation for learning to read and spell. Specialist PE, Music, and French sessions are provided, and children enjoy a variety of practical activities, like planting seeds in the garden, baking, and art. As well as the daily Montessori Work Cycle, they have a weekly Topic, special classroom guests, trips, and they participate in school performances. Throughout their time in nursery, children are individually planned for, and gently prepared for their move into Reception.


Nursery class timetable

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Starting nursery


Our Nursery accepts children termly from the age of three.

Our nursery hours are 8.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 2.40pm on a Friday.  Please note that the finish time from September 2018 will be 3.00pm on all days .

Nursery children are expected to attend for the full day.

Children wishing to join our Nursery will be invited for a 30 minute taster session by our nursery staff and admissions team.

All children wishing to continue into Reception at St Nicholas Preparatory School will be assessed in  the January prior to September entry.