Details

37/41 Grove End Road
London NW8 9NG
Tel: 020 7286 3859
Email: kindergarten@shulinthewood.com

Parking available for drop-off and pick-up.

Estelle Brown is the Kindergarten Manager. For more information, or to arrange a visit to the Kindergarten, please contact her at kindergarten@shulinthewood.com or on 020 7286 3859 

The Kindergarten takes children from ages 2-4 and is open:
Monday to Thursday 8.45am-12.15pm / Friday 8.45.am-12pm

There is also a lunch option two days a week, where children can stay and have lunch with their friends and be picked up at 1.15pm.

A weekly newsletter is sent to parents explaining what the children have been doing, including photographs of the children taking part in the activities.

Ethos

St John's Wood Synagogue Kindergarten is a warm, safe place for 2-4 year olds to learn and grow within a Jewish environment. We nurture children’s natural curiosity and feed their imaginations by providing activities and resources across all areas of learning. Children develop close relationships with our experienced staff, thereby building self-esteem, self-confidence and skills in communication. By encouraging an open parent-staff dialogue, we create a supportive and friendly environment for all.

Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This describes how we should best support the development, learning and care of young children.

Through a variety of stimulating activities, we provide opportunities for learning and development according to the seven EYFS areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

We place our learning within a Jewish framework. The Festivals, Shabbat and Jewish values are introduced throughout the year. For example, the week always ends with the children sitting around the Shabbat table, lighting candles, drinking grape juice, eating challa and singing songs. And when the time comes for the Festival of the Trees (Tu B'Shevat), we use it as a springboard to discuss healthy eating with children. Our aim is to provide a sweet and pleasant introduction to our heritage!

Comments from Kindergarten parents:

'It's a great place for kids to learn social skills, Jewish education and have fun.'

'There is a warm and friendly atmosphere for the children to learn in.'

'The children are happy and look forward to going back there in the morning. It feels like a welcoming environment to them which is very important. I also think the children enjoy the set routine they have there every day.'

'I think the Kindergarten teaches the kids really well about the chagim and Shabbat, as well as the first steps towards writing and know their shapes.'

'It provides a homey, warm and caring environment for the children. Additionally, the Jewish environment is lovely and I love hearing my child sing all the songs and perform all the traditions she learns at kinder when she gets home.'

'There is a secure and warm atmosphere that makes a great start of school experience for children that age.'

'The classroom is well organised and gives the child the possibility to explore different centres of interest. It allows creativity and autonomy.'

'I like the weekly "Music and Movement”. I think it’s essential for children that age to have that kind of experience in their development.'

'It provides a safe and comfortable environment for the kids.'

'The children are really happy to go to the kindergarten. The teachers know how to entertain the children and how to make them enjoy the mornings.'

'My experience, after having two children there, is that the kindergarten is best for caring for our children. The teachers give their full attention to each child.'

'My child is very happy there; she is looking forward to the new term already! She is fond of her key worker.'

'My child is really happy; she likes the staff and sings a lot!'