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  • Our Lincoln Park Campus

    Our state-of-art facilities will inspire your children to be ambitious.

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire each and every student

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  • Highest Quality Learning

    Our approach to learning gives each individual student the skills to thrive

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  • Love to Learn

    Our students love to learn, and our curriculum encourages inquiring minds and to always aim high

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  • Join Our Family

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one, you and your child will feel at home with us

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  • Stay Connected

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you

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  • Keeping Track of Busy Lives

    Find out about the latest activities and developments in our school, including our new campus developments

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  • Lifelong Values through Skills Development

    The benefits of physical activity extend beyond the gym and work towards children’s inspiration and growth.

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Pre Nursery Program

High-quality education and care are the cornerstones of your child's personal, social, emotional, and academic success. You can begin building these cornerstones now by providing your child with an exceptional early learning experience. Carefully designed by professional early years educators, our Pre-Nursery program sets the foundation for future success by nurturing early learning and development.

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  • Pre Nursery 2
  • Pre Nursery 3
  • Pre Nursery 5
  • Pre Nursery 6

About Pre Nursery


School runs 10 months from August - June (same as all other year groups).

Times: 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. with the option for noon dismissal
Days: Monday – Friday for 2, 3, or 5 days per week

We provide complimentary care before and after school from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:15-6:30 p.m. 

Programming during holiday and summer breaks is also available for an additional cost (payable by day).


Our adult-to-child ratios meet or exceed the standards set out by the DCFS:
15+ Month (Toddlers): 1:4 adult-tochild ratio; maximum of 12 students enrolled each day
24+ Months (Two-Year-Olds): 1:6 adult-to-child ratio; maximum of 16 students enrolled each day
36+ Months (Young Threes): 1:7 adult-to-child ratio; maximum of 20 students enrolled each day


Our Program


Our toddler classrooms are specifically designed to meet the needs of children 15- 23 months. We have created a nurturing environment to support our toddlers with a safe space to develop their fine and gross motor skills, along with a focus on social and emotional development, ensuring they are comfortable it what may be their first school setting. We provide opportunities for sensory exploration and pride ourselves on creating a bespoke schedule for each and every child. 


These programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of children 24-36 months. We have created a safe and secure environment that offers chances for independence, exploration, and playbased learning. These classrooms are divided into a variety of interest areas and includes a multi-level play structure that is perfect for our younger children who enjoy exploring, being active, or even finding the cozy space to read a book. We have custom-built bathrooms attached to each classroom for easy access, which can support children with their diapering and/or pottytraining needs.

Young Threes

Our Young threes classroom is specifically designed to meet the needs of children turning three years old during the Autumn and early Spring terms of their PreNursery year. The program offers many of the same aspects as our two-year old program, but has been adapted to meet the needs of slightly older children to further stretch and challenge them. Children will work towards exploring further developmental milestones and independence. Those that are toilet-trained will be encouraged to use the bathroom, attached to the classroom, independently.



We provide a relaxed and social environment for meal times, promoting healthy eating habits and developing appropriate table manners. Our meal program includes three snacks throughout the day; in the morning, afternoon, and extended day period. Children also receive our nut-free, hot lunch program for an additional cost. Our in-house caterer serves lunch every day at 11:30 a.m. Meals are served family-style with children being encouraged, but not forced, to eat. We love to encourage children to taste each item being served and explore new foods. During snack and meal times, children are given the opportunity to develop their independence and self-help skills by setting up and cleaning away their own place settings. 


Teaching Structure

One UK-trained teacher leads the class and is supported by three learning assistants.


Grounded in the English National Curriculum Development Matters document, the foundation of our curriculum centers around the social and emotional development of our students. We consider the children’s personal, social and emotional development to be essential to learning, and strive to equip the children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to confidently express their own ideas.



Pre Nursery Boys

• Teal or White Polo Shirt with Logo (long or short sleeve)

• Navy or Gray T-shirt with Logo

• Navy V-neck Sweater or Vest with Logo

• Navy Cardigan with Logo

• Navy Zip Front Hoodie with Logo

• Navy Chino Pant, Corduroys, Cotton Pants, or Sweatpants (elastic band)

• Black or Navy Socks (plain dark blue or black)

• Navy Shorts

Pre Nursery Girls

• Teal or White Polo Shirt with Logo (long or short sleeve)

• Navy, Gray, or Light Blue T-Shirt with Logo

• Navy V-neck Sweater or Vest with Logo

• Navy Cardigan with Logo

• Navy Zip Front Hoodie with Logo

• Navy Jumper (pinafore dress)

• Navy Chino Pant, Sweatpants, or Leggings (elastic band)

• Navy or White Tights, or Navy or White Socks

• Navy Shorts

• Lands’ End Summer Dress – Girls Mesh Polo Dress with Logo (navy only, short sleeves, may be worn with white socks)


Backpacks should be packed with diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes and should be brought to school each day. Each child has a cubby in the classroom to store their coats and other personal belongings. 



Nap times are an important part of the day. After a busy morning of activities, children can process the just-learned information and their growing bodies get to rest and recover. Children nap from 12:302:30 p.m. on a cot with a fitted sheet. Children are encouraged bring a lovey and blanket from home. The lights are turned down and soothing music is played to help the children get the rest that they need. In our Young 3’s classroom we understand that children of this age will slowly start to reduce the time that they nap. Therefore, we can provide additional educational activities during the afternoons for those children. 

Learning Observations

Our staff use an online interactive learning journal to record daily video and photo observations of your child’s learning. Parents can also contribute observations from home, which we love to celebrate at school. Through this portal, we send home a daily report sheet that details your child’s sleeping and toileting routines, as well as describing key activities for the day.