Kensington House Nursery School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Kensington House Nursery School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Kensington House Nursery School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Learning transferable skills
Exciting science – learning
about forces
Kensington House Nursery School looks at the larger picture
and goes beyond the traditional early years provision.
It aims to give its pupils both the requisite theoretical
knowledge and the skills that are easily transferable into
their everyday lives and their future education. Founder and
Headmistress Dorota Kierzkowska tells
how its alternative approach to education has resulted in
excellent outcomes for the students.
Transferable skills
We organise trips at the end of every term to summarise the children’s learning.
For example, our students explored farm animals, so we went to Vauxhall City
Farm to give the children a real-life experience of petting rabbits and helping to
groom horses. In our Science Club, when the children were learning about sinking
and floating, gravity and forces, they visited the Science Museum. The trip to The
Butterfly Exhibition not only summarised their knowledge about a butterfly’s life
cycle, but it also gave them the opportunity to experience different climates and
humidity in a tent.
We believe that children need to know why they are learning certain things. They
want to learn to count and to recognise numbers, so they can count out the right
number of plates for their peers at lunch or write prices on plane tickets, while
pretending to work in a travel agency. They are eager to cut with scissors, mark-
make and write, so they can make a “stop” sign on a dangerous building site that
they’ve created.
»Founder and Headmistress:
Dorota Kierzkowska
»Founded in 2012
»Located in Earl’s Court Rd,
Kensington, London
»Services: Nursery school
»Number of pupils: 36
»No. of staff: 7
»Ofsted: “Outstanding” in all
areas of judgment on first
Kensington House
Nursery School
Highlighting best practice
We also encourage these skills through
extracurricular activities, such as tennis,
football, drama, science, art and
design, Spanish, mindfulness, French
and ICT.
To show our pupils that they are
learning a foreign language to be
able to communicate, we combined
our French class with art. They might
be talking about healthy eating and
decorating paper plates with fruit and
veg while describing them, asking
questions and sharing resources, all
As computers and tablets are all
around us, we want our pupils to
know that these are tools used to
make the task at hand easier and
are not only for entertainment. For
example, our pupils designed their
upstairs classroom and researched
the resources that they thought were
needed. They placed their orders
and were delighted when the items
Diversity and inclusion
As our nursery school is based in
central London, we promote diversity
on an ongoing basis, so that all pupils
feel included and proud of their family
background and heritage. We believe
that if they learn to appreciate one
another for their differences and
uniqueness at this early age, there shall
be no bullying in future years.
Young children tend to understand
things better when they are familiar
and specific to them. For that reason,
we organise multicultural tea parties
every Friday. Every party focuses on one
specific country. Parents get involved
and bring some food for the children
to try, some traditional costumes, flags,
music and money.
We have even had a visit from a
Bollywood dancer and an African
drummer. As these cultures are
introduced to pupils by their friends
and their parents, children accept them
as completely natural and begin to
understand what they mean.
We also have pupils with special
educational needs at our setting
and we make sure that they are fully
included in all the aspects of school life.
For example, there are currently two
children on roll who use sign language
to communicate, so we taught all
our pupils to sign while singing “We
Wish You a Merry Christmas” for our
Christmas show.
Kensington House Nursery school also
accepts children from the two-year-old
Offering an interactive
We also have
pupils with
needs at our
setting and
we make sure
that they are
fully included
in all the
aspects of
school life
programme, whereby RBKC allocates
children to us from families that might
need additional support. There is a
bigger picture to look at to ensure
the individual progress of every child
– immediate family is of the utmost
importance. We help these parents
to further their education, refer them
to English courses to improve their
communication skills, put them in
touch with local job centres and even
help them to write their CVs while
searching for employment.
Partnership with parents
In order to ensure the best possible
outcomes for every child, we build
strong relationships with parents.
At this early age, children need
consistency. This partnership starts
from the very first visit, when we
explain about our philosophy, individual
planning and daily routine in detail for
the parents. A term before their child is
due to start KHNS, they are invited to
an end-of-term social event.
This way they feel part of the school
life and get to meet other parents
before their child’s first day. We
believe that if the parent feels
reassured, so will the child. We also
allow new pupils to choose their
teachers, which helps them build that
first relationship with an adult outside
their family home and makes them
Thereafter, parents receive weekly
emails informing them what the
children are currently interested in and
what learning goals we will be working
on that week. They also receive a
parent’s testimony sheet, which
enables them to share their child’s
experiences from outside of the school
environment. At the end of every term,
we hold individual parent meetings.
Parents receive a written report on
their child’s progress and are advised
on how they can support their child’s
development at home.
At Kensington House we believe that
all children are capable learners, but
as every child is unique, they learn
in different ways. It is our job to
find the best way for each individual
child and this is what ensures their
great achievements and readiness for
Truthfully, there are two things that
really make a difference. The first
is reflecting on our own practice
and accepting that there are always
things that could be done better.
This approach ensures continuous
improvement. Second is remembering
that it is the people that “make”
Even though, at KHNS, all teachers
are qualified to degree level, it’s their
passion that is the most important
factor. As an “outstanding” school,
we take responsibility for training
new leaders, so in time they can help
improve the standards across the UK.
At Kensington
House we
believe that all
children are
learners, but as
every child is
unique, they
learn in different
Discovering different

This article was sponsored by Kensington House Nursery School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister