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37 St. Mary's Gardens, SE11 4UF
020 7735 5087
2 years to 5 years
Operating from a four-storey terraced house in Kennington, Toad Hall Montessori Nursery School has been providing early education for 2-5 year olds since 1985. It follows the Montessori Method alongside the EYFS and offers a warm and friendly 'home from home' learning environment.
This is a lovely kind caring and stimulating nursery. I feel very secure in knowing my children are cared for at Toad Hall and they both totally love all the different themed projects they do for two weeks at a time. Last term they did the body, growing things and India. I love the fact they can see each other and play together at the nursery though they have made their own friends as well. The parents recently had a social night and the teachers organise lots of end of term events ( plays, teddy bears picnics, trips to museums, farms etc). There is fantastic continuity at the nursery because the teachers are all full time and two of them have been at the nursery for many years but totally retain their enthusiasm. The nursery is very keen to teach independence and kindness. The head of the nursery was also very helpful with advising on school choices...both state and private. The teachers are excellent at settling children in and just take a crying child off a parent without a fuss...within a few minutes the crying has stopped ( I know I have waited outside when my son had a bit of seperation anxiety and was a little jealous of his baby sister staying with me). My son finished at Toad Hall this summer and whilst he is sad to leave he is very confident and well prepared for his next step. My daughter is already excited about her return to Toad Hall this September.
Both of my daughters attended Toad Hall, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The teachers are experienced (Vivien has been running the school for 28 years!), caring, and really understand early education. The lessons are creative and interesting, but also structured. They have a routine which makes the children feel safe, but also are very creative within that routine. The art projects my girls brought home from Toad Hall are remarkable, and always designed around a theme (France, people who help us, Diwali). My girls loved Toad Hall and still miss it years later. An excellent hidden gem of a nursery!