Nursery School

Our School values the individuality of every child and our explicit goal is to develop confident learners, who become empowered to take on the challenges of Primary School.

Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep in Hadley Wood, situated between Barnet and Enfield in North London, provides outstanding early education for children from 2 to 5 years of age, with a few additional places for children between 5 and 6 years old. Children have access to a wide range of learning experiences, which are linked with the School’s educational curriculum and support their development. Extracurricular activities and workshops for children include music & movement, drama, sports & physical education, language & storytelling, natural mathematics and information technology classes. We are a non-denominational school, which values the individuality of every child and actively welcomes children of all backgrounds.

Our approach

We follow a hybrid educational approach, which brings together the best elements of different teaching methodologies in order to maximize children’s learning potential and to ‘scaffold’ their learning. Our classroom is specifically designed according to needs of the children and the skills we want them to develop. It is a flexible and adaptive environment with spaces to explore, to learn, to relax in and have fun. We want our children to be enthused and motivated to learn.

Our teachers

All the teachers in Alphablocks Nursery School & Pre-Prep are experienced educators, who are specifically qualified in the field of early education. Teachers and early years practicioners, including any trainees, get to know our children well and use this knowledge to plan effectively for the next steps in each child’s learning journey through detailed and meaningful observations, which are shared with parents through various channels of communication. They understand the importance of providing the right balance between play opportunities and more structured activities.

Our setting

The School has one main classroom situated in St. Paul’s Church Hall in Hadley Wood, London. This is divided into different areas of learning, including a maths area, a literacy area as well as an area where we explore nature and develop children’s understanding of the world. A creative workshop area allows children to develop their own creative projects. Over 90% of our resources, including all educational toys, are made of natural materials (and over half of them are handmade). There are two outdoor spaces: a sensory garden next to the main classroom and a separate playground in a wonderful tree-lined courtyard. We encourage parents to visit the nursery and come and talk to our team about our philosophy of learning.

The School operates between 8.15 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. (with extended hours included). The core morning session is between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., while the core afternoon session is between 12.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Regular attendance maximizes the impact we can have on the child’s learning journey and in preparing them for school. We therefore recommend that children participate in at least 5 sessions per week, at a minimum.

Our fees

We have a simple and competitive price list, which makes clear and explicit any extra charges for specialist classes, workshops field trips. The minimum attendance for children over 3 years old is five mornings per week. For 2-year-old children, minimum attendance is three mornings per week. Funding for 3-5 year olds is available (up to 30 hours). Parents who wish to claim the 30-hour entitlement should undertake a quick eligibility check. You can find our complete price list with all possible options here.

Areas covered

Set in Hadley Wood village, our nursery school is within easy reach of Enfield, Potters Bar, Cockfosters, Southgate, High Barnet, Totteridge and Whetstone and surrounding areas.

More information

You will find a lot of information about our School’s ethos and educational approach on this website, mainly through our early years education blog, but also in the Frequently Asked Questions page. Please do get in touch with us if you have any other questions. We believe we can be the right early years setting for your child. But we understand that choosing a nursery isn’t easy, so please do visit us and compare us against other nursery schools.