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.
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.
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.
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 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. The morning session is between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., while the afternoon session is between 12.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Places can be booked up to a year in advance and we encourage early registration. 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.
We have a simple and competitive price list, which is all-inclusive and without any extra charges for specialist classes, workshops and at least one field trip per Term. The minimum fee is for 3 sessions (4-hour session in the morning or the afternoon) and costs £1,365 per Term (equivalent to £35 per session). A full day (8-hour day) consists of a morning and afternoon session, and costs £60. Funding for 3-5 year olds is available (up to 30 hours from September 2017). Parents who wish to claim the 30-hour entitlement should undertake a quick eligibility check through the HMRC website (please ask us for more details). You can find our complete price list with all possible options here.
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.
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.