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Keren’s Nurs­ery was founded by Keren Ben Ezra and As­saf Ben Ezra in 2004. Keren’s com­prises three branches, in Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb (Of­sted Out­stand­ing), Bel­size Park (Of­sted Out­stand­ing) and its new nurs­ery in Hol­land Park.

Keren’s Nurs­ery in Hol­land Park is thrilled to an­nounce the open­ing of their new baby room, of­fer­ing flex­i­ble day care. Spa­ces are now avail­able for ba­bies from 6 to 18 months, and up to 5 years old.

Keren’s be­lieve that chil­dren learn best through play in a warm and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We cre­ate a s mula ng en­vi­ron­ment and the cur­ricu­lum is de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren’s in­de­pen­dence, help them de­velop so­cial skills and cre­ate in­quisi ve learn­ers. In th­ese founda on years Keren’s Nurs­ery fo­cuses on the chil­dren’s phys­i­cal and emo onal de­vel­op­ment, en­cour­ag­ing them to ex­plore us­ing all their senses; ex­pos­ing them to dif­fer­ent tex­tures, ma­te­ri­als and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

Keren’s u lises a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences each day, all based on the chil­dren’s spe­cific age and stage of de­vel­op­ment. Th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences range from look­ing for bugs out­doors to pre­par­ing chal­lah dough ev­ery Fri­day. The nurs­ery has re­cently com­pleted For­est School train­ing which is fur­ther en­hanc­ing and en­rich­ing the out­door ac vi es of­fered to its chil­dren. The nurs­ery uses nat­u­ral re­sources and en­cour­ages re­cy­cling.

The chil­dren take part in every­thing that is done in the nurs­ery, such as wa­ter­ing plants, bak­ing, cook­ing and clear­ing the ta­bles a er meals. Stud­ies have shown that th­ese types of ac vi es nur­ture a sense of well-be­ing and be­long­ing in chil­dren, and con­trib­ute drama cally to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of self­es­teem and in­de­pen­dence.

The main goal of Keren’s Nurs­ery is to pro­vide a safe, warm and lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment in which chil­dren can de­velop their sense of iden ty.

The chil­dren are en­cour­aged to ex­press them­selves in both small and large groups, while main­tain­ing their sense of cu­rios­ity. Keren’s Nurs­ery fo­cuses on the unique in­di­vid­ual child, fol­low­ing his/her de­vel­op­ment, based on the na onal

Early Years Founda on Stage guide.

The teach­ers col­lect daily tracking in­forma on and ob­serva ons us­ing the “Ta­pes­try” pro­gram.

The nurs­ery is work­ing at a “key per­son” sys­tem and pride them­selves on es­tab­lish­ing happy rela on­ships be­tween staff, chil­dren and par­ents and be­tween the chil­dren them­selves. Com­mu­nica on be­tween the nurs­ery and the par­ents is highly im­por­tant and par­ents are pro­vided with daily feed­back, newsle ers, weekly photo links and an open-door ap­proach.

“We be­lieve that strong rela on­ships with our par­ents help in se ng chil­dren’s in­di­vid­ual tar­gets, un­der­stand­ing the child’s world and en­hanc­ing their learn­ing,” ex­plains Keren Ben-Ezra, the founder. “Their es­tab­lished track record also en­sures that chil­dren are best pre­pared for life.” Chil­dren leav­ing Keren’s have suc­cess­fully en­tered many of the most pres gious pri­mary schools.

A child’s day at Keren’s Nurs­ery is full of in­teres ng, exci ng and age-ap­pro­pri­ate ac vi es; such as music lessons in both English and He­brew, mul -sports lessons, yoga classes, shar­ing our news, cel­e­bra ng birthdays. We are priv­i­leged to see the world through the chil­dren’s eyes and give them life­long, happy mem­o­ries of their nurs­ery days.

Se ling into a new nurs­ery is o en the first ex­pe­ri­ence for a child in an en­vi­ron­ment other than his/her own home and that is o en a chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The nurs­ery staff are there to sup­port chil­dren and their par­ents dur­ing the se ling-in pe­riod by be­ing sensi ve, a en ve to the child’s and the par­ent’s needs and pro­vid­ing lov­ing care in a safe and secure en­vi­ron­ment.

The staff are highly trained early years prac on­ers and teach­ers who a end train­ing through­out the aca­demic year. There is a cul­ture of ca­reer pro­gres­sion with the nurs­ery and staff are sup­ported through their stud­ies. Of­sted has rated Keren’s Nurs­eries as Out­stand­ing on its last three in­spec ons. As Keren says: “Keren’s is a home away from home, for the chil­dren, staff and their fam­i­lies”.

For more in­forma on please visit www. keren­snurs­ and to ar­range a view­ing of our lovely new Hol­land Park nurs­ery, in­clud­ing our new baby room, please con­tact hol­land­park@keren­snurs­ery. com or phone Emer Pate­man on 020 3457 8020.

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