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Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep in Hadley Wood, London, provides outstanding early education to children aged two to five years old. We empower children to become confident learners in a safe and stimulating environment, tailoring the learning journey of each child to its individual strengths and interests. We serve the local communities of Enfield, Cockfosters, Potters Bar, High Barnet, Monken Hadley, Southgate, and surrounding areas.

Founding Principles

The child-centred, boutique nursery school in Hadley Wood was founded by Alexandra Samara in 2015 with a specific educational ethos. Alexandra has been working in the field of Early Years Education for over sixteen years and her primary goal is to help parents and teachers tune in to their children’s development and learning. She is wholly committed to the idea that a child should be provided with a carefully planned environment (both physical and emotional), wherein the child can grow unobstructed and develop key skills, shaping its attitude towards lifelong learning.

Early Education Team

The core educational team at the School consists of the following roles:

  • Head of School – BA in Early Years
  • Deputy Head – BA, QTS, SENCO Lead
  • Leader of Learning – BA, QTS, Forest School expert
  • 2 Early Years Teachers – BA, QTS
  • Early Years Educator – BA, Level 3

Alphablocks Nursery School Team Photo - September 2020

Alexandra holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Development and Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), a Diploma in Leadership & Management, as well as a BA in English Language and Literature. She is a qualified Ofsted inspector and a teacher for the Early Years Teaching Programme. Her experience includes working for fifteen years as an Early Years Consultant in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and supporting private nurseries and independent schools to improve their quality of service. She has acted as a coordinator for various projects by the Department for Education, such as the “Every Child a Talker” project.

Daisy, our Head of School, holds a BA in Early Education and has been serving the early years sector in various posts over the last fifteen years.

Our Deputy Head, Efterpi, and our Leader of Learning, Laura, are both qualified teachers. Efterpi holds a BA in education and a postgraduate specialisation in early mathematics, having published several academic papers on the subject. Laura holds a BA in Social Work and a PGCE in Early Childhood Education. She is also a Forest School Leader and an expert in various educational approaches.

Evi (QTS), Erika (QTS), and Emma (Level 3), all have BA degrees and several specialisations between them, such as Early Education, Physical Education, Music and Movement, Children’s Literature, Phonics, and others.

Consulting & Parenting Classes

Alexandra has witnessed numerous times the educational transformation that a child can undergo in an early years setting, and how this drives tangible outcomes in the early learning of young children, their development, and their interactions with their parents and peers. As an early years consultant, she often applies this experience to new and established settings, offering consultancy services to nurseries that want to improve the quality of their services and Ofsted outcomes, as well as parenting classes.