In our Kindergarten we offer full day provision for 2-5 days/week during term time. The number of days can be changed on a half termly basis, subject to availability.
Drop-off has historically been between 8.40am and 9.20am and pick-up between 3.00pm and 3.30pm. An optional breakfast club is available from 7.45am and optional after school care until 4.45pm, when the after school activity clubs finish for the pre-prep (Pre-Prep care is available until 6.00pm).
In autumn 2020, the Kindergarten will start in its usual space on the ground floor of our Oak building, where it has successfully been based for the past four years. Our plan is to then move it, towards the end of this year or in early 2021, to our brand new, state-of-the-art facilities at 99 Herne Hill. This is subject to the completion of our ongoing building works.
Our experienced and dedicated Kindergarten team ensure that children receive the very best education. This is built on our ethos of “Love ● Care ● Excellence”, which lies at the heart of our provision together with a highly tailored and individual approach. We have a high staff ratio of about 1:6 to enable this.
Our Kindergarten curriculum is play-based and exploratory, built on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We regularly set and achieve ambitious learning goals through thoughtful planning of the learning environment and experiences which are tailored to every child’s needs, including forest school activities in our nature area. Play is the young child’s work, and by providing the right play, we make learning fun.
Over lunch the children eat a family service hot meal in the classroom. They are served a slightly simplified version of the lunches enjoyed by the older children at the school. In addition to the obvious nutritional advantages, the lunch service offers a number of educational benefits such as exposure to new foods and social interaction at meal times.
Kindergarten children wear a simplified version of our school uniform. Only a few items are required, and they can also be worn in Pre-Reception and Reception. Whilst we ask that parents will have made significant progress toilet training their children by the time they start Kindergarten, we understand that ‘accidents’ do happen at this age. If it is felt that a child is not ready to join our Kindergarten, we are happy to consider deferring entry to a later stage.