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 education.
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. Children have access to a wide range of learning experiences that support 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 and actively welcome children of all cultural and religious backgrounds.
We follow a hybrid educational approach, which brings together the best elements of different teaching methodologies in order to maximise 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.
All the teachers are experienced educators, who are specifically qualified in the field of early education.
Our teachers 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, Forest School sessions and structured activities.
The School has its main classroom in St. Paul’s Church Hall in Hadley Wood, London.
It 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.
Our fees & funded hours
We have a very transparent and competitive price list. 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 old children is available. Parents who wish to claim the 30-hour entitlement should undertake a quick eligibility check and ensure they understand the breakdown of fees in that case.