Early Years: Nursery and Reception

Pupils begin their exhilarating journey through Dulwich Prep London in the Early Years Department.

Set in five acres of fields and woodland, our superbly equipped, award-winning building allows us to provide children with the very best introduction to learning for approximately 150 boys and girls, from 3 to 5 years of age.

Our number one priority is the well-being and happiness of our pupils.  We foster a calm and gentle atmosphere, marked by a mutual respect between adults and children. Teachers and Early Years Practitioners encourage children to praise, listen and take turns. This develops the children’s kindness, honesty and empathy as well as giving them a sense of security and belonging.

We recognise that children who feel confident in themselves, and in their own ability, have a head start to learning.  All the children are treasured as individuals and are encouraged to explore their gifts and strengths in order to achieve their full potential. 

Each day, we nurture the children’s natural curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through fun, play-based tasks.  This helps them become independent and to think for themselves.  Initiative is praised and the resulting self-confidence helps children develop a positive attitude towards learning…

...then they succeed.