Welcome to Under The Willow 

A Happy Montessori Nursery 

in  Dulwich

About us

Under the Willow opened in 2012 in a superb leafy setting, in the heart of a family neighbourhood in the Dulwich Herne Hill area. In 2018 we made the exciting decision to become a Montessori nursery.Opening times: Monday to Friday 7.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. 51 weeks a year ex public holidays. We are located in a purpose built eco friendly building, specially designed to provide a welcoming, caring and stimulating environment. We have lots of outdoor space surrounded by trees and nature, where children enjoy play all year round. 

In 2018 we re-equipped the nursery with a wide range of Montessori materials to bring the very best educational experience to every child. We hold information evenings for the parents here to keep them informed about Montessori and any relevant changes. In just a few months the results have been amazing. If you come to visit us we will be very pleased
to tell you all about it.

At Under the Willow, we have a happy team of qualified and experienced teachers and practitioners who focus on providing the best possible care and education, in a happy fun and nurturing environment. We aim to make every day a joy for each child and when the time comes we help you to prepare your child for an easy and confident move to big school. Our facilities and activities at Under the Willow are structured around the different needs of young children, toddlers and babies who will make lots of new friends and learn more about socialising through play and activities. Our classes and activities include dance, music, painting, drawing, mark making, craft, baking, ICT, messy play, local outings and we have teachers for Yoga, Music and Football.  We regularly feature Spanish in circle and music.  A dedicated cook prepares fresh healthy and nutritious meals on the premises, using locally sourced organic and free range food wherever possible. We are a NUT FREE zone. We cater for vegetarians, vegans and most other dietary requirements.

Our Ethos

Do no harm to self

Do no harm to others
Do no harm to the environment

Price varies. If you're a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you could be eligible for Tax Free Childcare - call us today for more information. We're ready..are you?

30 Hours Extended Free Childcare.

Prices vary. We're proud to be offering the 30 Hours Extended Free Childcare - call us today to see how we can help you and your family

Two Year Old Grant.

We have some places available for children receiving the two year old grant.

Our philosophy

In 2018 we became a Montessori nursery, and our practice is now inspired by the educational philosophy of Dr Maria Montessori. We value every child as individuals, their eyes and ears open and awaiting new revelations every day. Through exciting project work and covering the Montessori Curriculum and the EYFS we allow every child to make exciting discoveries for themselves. As Practitioners and Teachers we get to see children’s hearts and minds unfurling, awakening to the amazing world around us. We know our role is a privileged one.



Eco Friendly Travel.

Public transport is close and easy to use, it is just a 10 minute walk to Herne Hill railway station for the City and the West End. We have a Bus Stop just across the road, No 3 & 201.  Brixton tube station is a short bus ride. There are many more buses within a 5 minute walk.

So no need to use a car and we can store your buggy for you to pick up later when you collect your child. There is also a place for scooters and cycles.

Ofsted Report: https://files.api.beta.ofsted.gov.uk/EY453559__6.P...

We had our latest Ofsted inspection on Mon 21 May 2018. 

Policies. All our policies are available to our parents: hard copies are in our reception and our nursery office. Electronic copies are held on the nursery software system.

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