It’s a big week for Princess Charlotte as her royal cuteness prepares for her very first day at nursery today.
Back in December the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed where the young royal will be attending.
The two-year-old, who will be turning three in May, is set to start at Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington, London on Thursday 4 January 2018.
Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte would attend the nursery school via Twitter, writing: “Their Royal Highnesses have also announced this morning that Princess Charlotte will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018.”
While the Willcocks Nursery School wrote: “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”
To mark the special occasion, it’s thought that the Duchess of Cambridge will take photos of the two-year-old to share on her first day – just as she did on Prince George’s first day at nursery back in 2016.
Who doesn’t remember those sweet snaps of a back-pack clad Prince George?
From just how much it costs to why Tatler described the school as a “hidden gem” here’s everything you’ll ever want to know about the young Princess’ first nursery school.
It will cost the Duke and Duchess up to £14,550 per year
Registering a child costs a non-refundable £125, and mums and dads must put down a £1,500 deposit if they wish to accept a place. The nursery charges £3,050 per term for children attending morning school, while afternoon school costs £1,800 per term. Because Charlotte will be attending full-time, Kate and William will be spending £14,550 on the little princess’ education every year. Comparatively Prince George’s Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, cost just £33 a day.
Charlotte will take a packed lunch every day
The kitchen staff will be stocking up on packed lunch goodies as children attending the nursery need to bring their own food. Although milk and fresh fruit are provided for a break time snack.
It’s only 10 minutes away from Kensington Palace
Charlotte’s new nursery is just a couple of minutes drive, or a 12-minute walk from the Cambridges’ family home in Kensington Palace. Located in the hall of Holy Trinity Church, next door to the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens, and just a hop, skip and jump from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert museum, where pupils can expect to be taken on educational visits.
It’s got a great reputation
The school is described as a “traditional nursery school, which strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”.
Founded in 1964 by Diana Willcocks, the school is owned and run by headmistress Lavinia Taylor and her fellow teachers. The nursery recently achieved ‘Outstanding’ in its last Ofsted inspection, which was quoted on the school’s site to read: “The organisation of the time that children attend is exceptional. As a result, no time is wasted and children enjoy a productive learning experience.”
Posh bible Tatler called the nursery a “hidden gem” that “flies under the radar”.
Charlotte will have a varied day-to-day schedule
Charlotte will attend lessons themed around topics such as the environment and archaeology, while also being schooled in the art of pottery, singing, dancing and music.
On its website, Willcocks says pupils experience “a fun and structured morning with lots of free play where children embark on the first stages of learning to read, write and to understand simple numbers with the minimum of pressure”.
When she is not learning her ABCs or doing a jigsaw, Princess Charlotte will have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors where the play area includes access to a sand pit and plenty of toys.
Pupils don’t wear a uniform
Like her brother, Princess Charlotte won’t be required to wear a uniform. She will be among a class of 32 children, aged between two and five, who are taught by an all-female staff. Each of the 32 pupils will be put into a group named after a bird. Charlotte will be either a Swift, Swallow, Cygnet or Swan.
The Duke and Duchess will be asked to stay and play
To help their young pupils settle the nursery invites parents for a short “stay and play” session. “Once settled, you will be asked to leave for a short period to see if your child is happy to be left,” the school’s website reads. “As your child becomes more able to cope, the session will be gradually extended to the full morning or afternoon.” For William, there are regular ‘fathers’ breakfasts’.
To further help the youngsters cope with the change each pupil can bring a toy or photograph from home or take a picture of their Key Teacher home to help link home and nursery. Aww.
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