Welcome to Nightingale Montessori® Nurseries in Clapham and Balham

If you wish to make an appointment for a virtual tour please contact us by email info@nightingalemontessori.co.uk

Schools' moto "Let me do it by myself" Maria Montessori

Montessori and Early Years highly qualified and motivated teachers and teaching assistants offer stimulating, inspiring, creative, warm and happy pre-school education based on the Montessori Method and EYFS Curriculum to children of all cultures and abilities aged 20 months to 5 years. Parents are able to log in to our online obserbvation system www.mymontessorichild.com and track their child's educational progress.

Nightingale 1 Montessori Nursery School in Clapham (SW12 8RQ) is a long standing nursery between the Commons (Clapham and Wandsworth Common). It opened in 1978 and moved into a modernised St Luke's Church Hall in 2003. The nursery has three large and bright classrooms, Daisy and Bluebell classrooms. The large enclosed garden is regarded as one of the most beautiful nursery school gardens in London. Nightingale 1 Montessori was graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014 and 2011. The nursery was graded Good with Outstanding elements in March 2020.

Nightingale 2 Montessori Nursery School in Balham (SW12 0NU) is an established nursery located at St Stephen's Church Hall on Weir Road in Balham. It is located between Clapham Common and Tooting Bec Common. The nursery is based in a large, bright and spacious open plan classroom. The nursery's garden is sunny and peaceful, a home to birds, butterflies, bees, flowers, herbs and vegetables. All our vegetables and plants are grown following the biodynamic method and complementing nature's way. Nightingale 2 Montessori Nursery was graded Ofsted Outstanding in March 2017.

Our nurseries are the only MEAB accredited Montessori nurseries in SW12. The Montessori Evaluation Board accreditation process entails inspection by the Montessori assessors every three years. Nightingale 1 Montessori first gained MEAB accreditation status in 2011 followed by a successful reaccreditation in 2014 and 2017. Nightingale 2 Montessori nursery also gained the prestigious accreditation status in 2013 followed by a succesful reaccreditation in 2017. Both nurseries are also members of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA).

The nurseries nurture a close link with local Prep and Primary schools, by organising visits and transition reports to ensure seamless transition to the school of choice.

Children attend morning sessions 9am-12:15pm with or without lunch club 12:15-1pm. Afternoon sessions start at 12:15pm or 1pm-3:30pm. All day sessions 9am-3:30pm. Optional early start 8:50am.

We offer morning, afternoon and all day sessions. 

Please register early as both nurseries operate on a first come first served basis.


St Lukes Community Hall

Nightingale 1 Montessori
St Luke's Community Hall
194 Ramsden Road
London SW12 8RQ
Tel: 07958 567210

St Stevens Church hall

Nightingale 2 Montessori
St Stephen's Church Hall
35 Weir Road
London SW12 0NU
Tel: 07930 401769