Garden House School Kindergarten provides an inspiring nursery education for boys and girls. The Kindergarten was established more than half a century ago and fosters a strong foundation to your child’s time at Garden House. The Kindergarten occupies an historic building in Sedding Street, attached to the Holy Trinity Church, literally a stone’s throw from Sloane Square. The building is lofty, light and airy, with its own outdoor space for nurturing plants and vegetables. We also have the use of a playground of a neighbouring School.
Nursery education is recognised as having value. Initial focus on Literacy and Numeracy is balanced with an approach aimed to encourage the joy of learning and to open avenues to the possible adventures to which an enquiring mind might be drawn.
- Kindergarten has a permanent teaching staff of five, giving an exceptional child teacher ratio of one to five. Moreover, there is a regular flow of teachers and teaching skills between the Main School and Kindergarten.
- Kindergarten enjoys Gym sessions each week, supervised by two of the School’s sports teachers in the Main School gym.
- Ballet is taught in the Main School’s ballet room.
- Our Kindergarten children enjoy twice-weekly French lessons from a member of the French department.
- Children are introduced to music through one singing and one percussion lesson per week. They love marching and moving to music.
- On Thursdays, the morning Kindergarten attends Lower School Assembly at the Main School.
- Outside specialists visit Kindergarten including a weekly slot with a computing specialist. Throughout the year, each child enjoys and learns computer skills using innovative games to teach mouse control, the opening and closing of files and documents, the ability to draw and create on the computer.
Kindergarten children attend all the major Main School events such the Carol Service and the Summer Show.
Learning in Kindergarten is colourful, imaginative and creative. Its separate library and quiet room give the children the opportunity to choose and peruse story and poetry books, hear stories and work on puzzles. The large classroom allows children to pursue the Foundation Stage Curriculum including, Drama, Cooking and Art Appreciation. Show-and-tell is hugely popular, concentrating on a chosen alphabet letter.
Kindergarten benefits from its separate location providing a safe, inspiring environment in which to commence School and learning. Each child is able to grow in confidence and independence at a pace which suits them.
Children are not expected to wear School uniform but require a red smock to cover their home clothes. They also need leather soled ballet shoes (black for boys and pink for girls available from the Chelsea Ballet School). A navy blue baseball cap (with GHS badge on the front) is optional for Kindergarten children. Smock from Billings & Edmonds and second hand uniforms run by Mrs Moore based at 11 Chelsea Park Gardens, SW3 6AF. To make an appointment please call 020 7352 7594.