preschool education

Summer camps in London 2016

Summer holidays lasting 8 if not 10 weeks are a real challenge for working parents particularly, but luckily London offers great opportunities for school aged children in a wide range of areas. Summer camps can be very neighbourhood specific, so you need to ask around what other classmates are doing. Some schools organise their own Continue reading…

Exclusive interview on the opening of Falkner House pre-prep for boys

There is a shortage of boys’ pre-preps in London, which is why competition for places at Wetherby or the popular co-educational prep schools is so intense. It is great news then that Falkner House is starting a pre-prep school for boys aged four to eight with an attached co-educational nursery, following their recent acquisition of 20 Continue reading…

Big changes are afoot at the co-educational pre-prep Phoenix School in Hampstead. The UCS Council has decided that the school should transition to an all boys Pre‐Prep school with children aged 4‐7, with the entry point being directly into Reception via a 4+ assessment. This means that the last in‐take of girls will be September Continue reading…

A visit to Broadhurst School in Hampstead

Following recent press coverage on oversubscribed London nursery schools, I was kindly invited by the most oversubscribed nursery of them all, Broadhurst School in Hampstead, to come for a visit and meet Principal Miss Deirdre Berkery and Head Mistress Mrs Alison Fisher. The nursery is located on Greencroft Gardens, a mere 2 minute walk from Continue reading…

How oversubscribed are London schools really?

Friends, readers and clients often ask me if you really have to sign up to all the nurseries and private schools at birth. In recent years, this is becoming a very popular topic among education journalists as well (see here for my recent press coverage). In conversations with journalists, I always give them a very Continue reading…

How to make the most of your nursery visit

Visiting nurseries and schools is a key part of choosing the right one for your child. Unfortunately, if your child is still little and you have no experience of nurseries, it is actually not easy to spot what a great nursery should look like, and most nurseries are experienced at showing their best side during Continue reading…

Financial Times article on London nursery consultants

I was honoured to be quoted several times in a recent Financial Times article on the trend of wealthy expats hiring consultants to advise them on choosing the best nurseries and schools for their children. The article was more balanced than I expected, as you never know what angle journalists might take on such a Continue reading…

Interview with Hip Hop Hen phonics app founders

I recently visited Miss Daisy’s Chelsea, one of London’s most sought after nursery schools and was intrigued to find out during my chat with owner Daisy Harrison that she along with her partner Sophie Carter had developed a phonics app to help young children to learn to read and write. I immediately tried out the Continue reading…

First day at nursery school

My daughter had a lovely first day at her new preschool today where she will spend the next two years. Even though she had been in daycare since she was six months old, I was slightly apprehensive about her settling in and had prepared myself for a few tears on her first morning. But far Continue reading…

Getting into a top nursery school should be easier than getting into a top prep school in theory because there are no assessments and admission is usually first come first served. So if you sign up as soon as your baby is born, you should be fine. But there are so many occasions when this Continue reading…

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Books to read with your baby

When my daughter was barely two months old, my mother gave her a lovely book as a gift – the board book Monkey Puzzle by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson – and asked me if I had started reading books with the baby yet. I was slightly surprised – isn’t it too early, I asked her? She’s Continue reading…

Books to read with your preschooler

If your little one is reaching preschool age, it is the perfect time to keep fostering the love of books and reading, which will make everything easier – from bedtime battles to 4+ assessments :-). Many of the following the books are all-time classics that children can enjoy from the age of 3 till much Continue reading…

Books to read with your two-year-old

There’s nothing better you can do for your child’s early education than reading books together. The beautiful thing is that cuddling up reading books gives your child emotional grounding while also building up vocabulary, grammar and imagination. It is easy to look for educational ipad applications or Baby Einstein DVDs (whose educational effect is completely Continue reading…

For many children, the long journey that is education does not only start when they enter school. It begins at home, and for many children some time between 5 months and 3 years, it continues in nurseries or pre-schools. The best of these can offer an enjoyable and smooth transition from toddlerhood to the Reception Continue reading…