About Us

Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep in Hadley Wood, London, provides outstanding early education to children aged two to six 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 Hadley Wood, Enfield, Cockfosters, Potters Bar, High Barnet 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 ethosAlexandra has been working in the field of Early Years Education for over fifteen 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:

  • Director (Alexandra Samara, Founder)
  • Head of School (Carley Honey, Manager)
  • Deputy Heads (Leaders of EY Learning, SENCO, Paediatric First Aid)
  • Up to two Early Years Educators
  • Trainee Early Years Teacher(s)


The School Director has Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Development, a Diploma in Leadership & Management, and 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 more than a decade as an Early Years Consultant in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and supporting private nurseries and independent schools to improve their quality and Ofsted outcomes. She has acted as a coordinator for various projects by the Department for Education, such as the “Every Child a Talker” project. As an Ofsted inspector she has assessed the quality of provision and teaching in various early years settings across London. She has also been involved in the delivery of parenting classes and workshops in local schools and children’s centres, helping parents gain the confidence and knowledge they need to support their child’s development.

The Head of School has achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and holds a BA in Early Childhood Studies. With over ten years of experience in leadership roles in various early years settings, she is committed to a child-centred approach and a hybrid early years methodology.

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, Alexandra 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. She also runs parenting classes and workshops based locally in Hadley Wood and also throughout London. Please do get in touch if you are interested in these classes, or in consultancy services.

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