Kitty Mason founded Holland Park Day Nursery in 1990, at 9 Holland Road and Holland Park Pre-Prep School at 5 Holland Road in 1992, to provide individual, high quality childcare, as well as an education. The school is broadly based on the Montessori system and is registered by the Montessori organisation UK. It is registered with Ofsted as an independent school as well as an early years provider. This established setting, based in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, provides for children aged from 3 months to eight years. It employs the very best primary teachers who are experienced and inspirational. The school day runs from 9am – 3pm but the building provides care from 7.30am – 6.30pm for parents requiring a longer day. We also run a Holiday Club during school holidays.
The school is situated just off Kensington High Street, behind the Olympia Hilton in an 1850s house with windows overlooking the garden. There are light and airy classrooms. The outdoor playing area has a big tree-house, large sandpit, and safety-surface covering the ground.
We provide each child with a stimulating environment, which is caring, happy, and encourages curiosity. Children develop self-confidence and independence. The curriculum reflects the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and is organised and planned under six areas of learning: Children are taught by their class teachers (or key people in the Nursery) for all subjects, except music, football, gym, French and swimming, which are taught by specialist teachers. Every classroom has a computer and children have free play outside at least twice a day.
Children are prepared for entry to their future schools, which include Bassett House, Bute House, Falcons, Glendower, The Hall, Hill House, St James, Kensington Prep, St Mary Abbots, Norland Place, Ravenscourt Park, Thomas’s, Queensgate, Wetherby and Southbank International. Please ask for a full list.
We have an active parents’ association, in which parents are encouraged to participate. There are individual parent/teacher/key person meetings, three times a year, to discuss your child's progress. We host an annual Christmas drinks party and summer party for all parents and their children.
We are the first nursery in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to be awarded Gold for the Healthy Eating Award for children under 5. Special diets are catered for, as all food is freshly prepared daily on the premises. All staff hold at least a Level 2 food hygiene certificate and the chef has the advanced food hygiene certificate. Staff and children eat together, providing an opportunity to practise good manners.
Children are admitted on a first-come first-served basis, and children of all abilities, religious persuasions and ethnic groups are equally welcome. We are a non-selective school, co-educational, with specialist expertise in supporting gifted children as well as those with additional needs. Children can enter the school at any time if space is available. When you accept an offer of a place a deposit of £2000 secures it; this is not refundable if you subsequently do not take up the place.
The school has Quality Assurance (Effective Early Learning accreditation) an RBK&C initiative and Investors in People, is a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health registered training centre and has 5 Stars for Scores on Doors. All staff are qualified up to Early Years Professional Status.