About Happy Hearts

Happy Hearts Nursery and Montessori School

Located at the top end of Kensington High Street, Happy Hearts is the natural choice for families living in Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Holland Park and South Kensington. Our nursery school welcomes children from the age of two years and we hope that they will stay with us until they are five. Our established links with several of the leading private schools in London means that we can help you prepare your child for the next stage of their learning journey.

“Everyone at Happy Hearts is here to support each child at the very start of their journey.”

We aim to help them realise their full potential and become well rounded individuals capable of making their mark in the world.

Two children enjoying practical learning at Happy Hearts

Inspiring Curious Minds

A painting child making the right start at Happy Hearts nursery Kensington

The Right Start

A good nursery school education is fundamental as part of a child’s early years development. A stimulating environment, with warm, responsive guidance in the right setting, supports better language and cognitive skills.

We will help your child to feel excited about learning and confident about developing their abilities. We offer a balance of free choices between learning through play and structured sessions, so that your child’s first experience of nursery is a rewarding and an enjoyable one, which gives them a solid foundation for their future development and education.

These early years are crucial as children grow and transition through their learning curve at a fast pace. Therefore, it is imperative that these years are spent in the right setting, one that will help them achieve as much as possible.

What Sets Us Apart

Children playing at Happy Hearts

Everyone at Happy Hearts is here to help each child at the very start of their learning journey. We aim to guide them towards the goal of realising their full potential and becoming well-rounded individuals capable of making their mark in the world. To reach this goal, at our Kensington Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum complemented with aspects of the Montessori Method to reinforce hands-on independent learning and autonomy. Additionally, children participate in extra-curricular activities every day. Your child will learn a variety of subjects taught by specialist teachers, such as tennis, French, yoga, forest school and music. These extra-curricular classes are part of our program and are included in the fees.

A Nurturing Environment

We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve at Happy Hearts; to promote self-confidence and positive attitudes. We want to develop the children’s role as citizens of the world as well as their sense of community, ensuring equal opportunities in all aspects of school life.

We nurture the belief that going to school is a positive, constructive part of a child’s life. This starts with the physical and fun learning environment that we provide. Our Kensington Nursery is a bright and spacious setting that provides an optimum environment for your child to enjoy all of the activities on offer. We also make sure that children can safely access a quieter spot for reading, thinking or observing if they need to.

Children in Happy Hearts Nursery hi-viz vests
Children are building emotional intelligence through self-regulation at Happy Hearts Nursery
Children are building emotional intelligence through self-regulation at Happy Hearts Nursery

Emotional Intelligence

While the world has been focused on academic achievement in childhood, emotional self-regulation has been largely ignored. At Happy Hearts Kensington Nursery, we understand the importance of developing emotional intelligence (EQ) in children as it is related to many important outcomes for their future life. Children with higher emotional intelligence are better able to pay attention, are more engaged in school, have more positive relationships, and are more empathetic. With this in mind, we always make sure to be aware of children’s emotions, to see emotions as an opportunity for connection and teaching, to listen and validate the feelings, to label their emotions and to develop problem-solving skills.

We place immense value on discovering the unique voice within each child. Our philosophy is about inspiring the children’s love of learning, awakening their natural creativity and developing their inner confidence to make positive choices throughout their lives. One key aspect of our ethos is to encourage the children to respect and care about each other, as well as themselves, whilst learning to thrive as part of a group.

Politeness and Good Manners

We believe that behaving politely is a way of life and because it is a lifelong education, it should be taught early on. Our teachers consistently model good behaviours in their everyday interactions with the children.

We focus on developing good manners by learning when to say “please” and “thank you”, greeting each other in the morning and at the end of the day, as well as correct table manners, etc. We also help children understand the meaning of sharing and taking turns.

Children learning good manners

Happy Hearts, a safe environment for your children

Learning at Happy Hearts is an enriching adventure!