Welcome to Nightingale Montessori® Nurseries in Clapham and Balham

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

Montessori and Early Years highly qualified and motivated teachers and teaching assistants offer stimulating, inspiring, creative and happy pre-school education based on the Montessori Method and EYFS Curriculum to ´╗┐children of all cultures and abilities aged between 18 months to 5 years´╗┐.

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 St Luke's newly finished Church Hall in January 2003. The nursery has two classrooms: Daisy and Bluebell class and a large enclosed garden. 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, brigt and airy open plan classroom. The garden comprises of grass-covered area as well as woodchip area alongside vegetable and herb patch. All our vegeitables and plants are grown following biodynamic method complimenting nature's way. The nursery is tucked away down a private road and benefits from a secure private entrance. Nightingale 2 Montessori Nursery was graded Ofsted Outstanding in March 2017.

We are proud to announce that we are the only two MEAB accredited Montessori nurseries in SW12. The Montessori Evaluation Board accreditation process entails inspections by the Montessori assessors every three years. Nightingale 1 Montessori first gained MEAB accreditation status in 2011 followed by a successfully reaccredition in June 2014 and June 2017. Nightingale 2 Montessori nursery also gained the prestigious accreditation status in 2013 followed by a succesful reaccreditation in June 2017. Both nurseries are also members of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA).

We are honoured that many children who have attended the nurseries proceed to local Prep and Primary schools. The nurseries nurture a very close link with local Prep and Primary schools organising visits and transition reports.

Children can attend morning session 9am-12:15pm; with or without lunch club 12:15-1pm. Afternoon session starts at either 12:15pm or 1pm-3:30pm. Whole days session 9am-3:30pm. Optional early start 8:50am.

We are now taking registrations and offer morning, afternoon and a whole day session. 

Please register early as both nurseries operate on 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