At The Kensington Kindergarten, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, however, a number of our teachers are Montessori trained and we incorporate certain aspects of the Montessori method in our teaching as well. Our nursery is a stimulating and nurturing environment, which helps the children develop into confident and independent learners. 

As well as Literacy and Numeracy, our morning sessions are made up of Science, Art, Craft, and Cooking. The children also have weekly Music, Dance, French and Forest School classes, which are taught by specialist teachers. These activities stimulate the children’s imagination and further their creative and physical abilities. They are also taught practical life exercises that encourage independence. Due to our high staff ratios, every child is given as much individual attention as they need in order for them to realise their full potential. 

In the afternoons, the children enjoy participating in a variety of fun activities, such as Sport (with Little Kickers), Amanda's Action Club, Drama, and trips to the park and the library.

During each term, we also organise a variety of special events, visits and trips. Recent trips include Dean City Farm, The Chelsea Physic Garden, The Wetland Centre, Battersea Zoo, The Science Museum, Buckingham Palace and The National History Museum. Recent visits include an animal entertainer, The Little House of Science, the fire brigade and two of our local policemen. Our annual events include Sports Day, a Christmas concert, a visit from Santa, an Easter Bonnet Parade, and a Hallowe'en party, as well as a number of charity events throughout the course of the year. 

At The Kensington Kindergarten, we ensure that our nursery meets the learning and development requirements outlined in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as well as incorporating certain aspects of the Montessori Method. Children are offered a broad and well-rounded education.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of seven areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our teachers support each child’s emotional well-being, ensuring that they are confident to take part in new activities and work with others. We provide the children with experiences and support that lead them to develop a positive sense of themselves, as well as respect for others, social skills, and a positive disposition to learn.

Communication and Language

We support and extend the children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking, and listening. Children are provided with opportunities and encouragement to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and speaking and listening in a range of situations. If your child speaks English as an additional language, with the support and encouragement they receive here at The Knightsbridge Kindergarten, they will master the English language rapidly, and will gain the ability to communicate with both children and adults fluently.

Physical Development

We encourage the children’s physical development through a variety of opportunities to be active, to improve their coordination, and to control both their fine and gross motor skills. The children are supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food and lifestyle. Our curriculum includes the opportunity for the children to explore their fine motor skills through activities such as pegging, spooning, and cutting. The children are encouraged to develop their gross motor skills in the soft play room and during our daily outdoor activities. They also have the opportunity to explore football, street dance, and other fitness classes each week.


We follow both the Jolly Phonics and the Letters and Sounds programmes, whilst also enjoying the learning process through a variety of games and open-ended mark making activities. The children have access to a wide range of reading materials at school to ignite their interest in books. They visit the local library regularly to choose books to practice their reading skills, and to research topics with support from their teachers.


The children are supported in developing their understanding of mathematics in a broad range of contexts through which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice, and talk about their developing understanding of numbers, shape, space, and measure. They are provided with a wide range of opportunities to practice their mathematical skills, and to gain confidence in using mathematical language and concepts.

Understanding of the World

We fully support the children in developing their knowledge and understanding in order to help them make sense of a growing and technological world. We encourage them to take an active part in the community through walks and by supporting a variety of charities. We promote British values within our nursery, as well as celebrating a variety of festivals and celebrations from other cultures and beliefs. Parents and carers play an integral part in this and are encouraged to come into the school and contribute to the children’s understanding. Our curriculum also includes a variety of activities that provide opportunities for the children to care for the natural world, for example, during Forest School and our gardening sessions.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children’s creativity is supported through our provision of materials and equipment, as well as through the extra peripatetic sessions that they participate in. They are encouraged to explore and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of mediums, such as art, music, movement, dance, design technology, and imaginative role-play activities.

What Ofsted and our parents say…

  • Teaching is of a high quality and staff provide well-planned, stimulating activities that promote children's development.
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  • Staff have a thorough understanding of each child’s learning and welfare needs, and value them as unique individuals.
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  • Children thrive and make excellent progress in their learning and development, due to the highly effective support of the skillful and committed staff.
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  • Children are very well mannered, highly confident and very motivated to learn.
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  • Parents comment on how highly effective the school is in meeting their children’s needs.
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  • The team you have built is fantastic and Leo thoroughly enjoyed his time at nursery.
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  • I would like to thank you with all my heart for the wonderful work you all do at The Knightsbridge Kindergarten.
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  • Staff develop highly effective partnerships with parents.
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  • You really have a great kindergarten and I am so happy I chose this one!
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  • Alex has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the kindergarten – it has been a fantastic experience for him and we will be sad to leave such a happy and positive environment.
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  • Children access a broad range of high quality resources that encourage [them] to engage in activities that promote all areas of learning and development and promote their future skills extremely well.
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  • Staff manage children's behaviour highly effectively and children behave very positively.
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  • Harry could not have had a better start to his schooling life.
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  • Clarissa loved coming to the nursery every day and my husband and I were very touched by the lovely atmosphere you all created. You make school fun!
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  • Children's progress is promoted well by high-quality teaching and thoughtful planning of activities.
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  • Staff are exceptionally good role models to the children, not only offering them praise and encouragement, but also encouraging them to support each other.
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  • You have a great school. I am so happy that my daughter started her journey at The Knightsbridge Kindergarten and hope that her future school will be able to measure up to it!
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  • We deeply appreciate your kindness and admire your patience, knowledge and expertise.
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  • I have told you all many times how much I adore the school. I couldn’t have hoped for a better kindergarten for my child’s first experience of school life.
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  • Thank you so much for everything during the past five years. My three boys have loved your kindergarten and their teachers very much.
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  • Staff take time to carefully find out about children’s personalities and interests, which they reflect in very well-planned activities.
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St. James House
13 Kensington Square
London W8 5HD

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