Welcome to the
Introduction to our Nursery
Welcome to Hatching Dragons Barbican, the first of our bilingual Mandarin Chinese nursery settings, most recently achieving a Good (with some Outstanding features- like our Level 5 Safeguarding Trained Staff) rating from Ofsted.
It’s been a wonderful ride setting up a nursery in Central London. We opened up this – our first nursery setting – in Jewin Chapel, the home of the Welsh Presbyterian Church in London, back in May 2015. Back then, no one had done what we were planning to do – a fully immersive Mandarin Chinese day nursery environment that complied with and exceeded the requirements of early years educational providers for the EYFS Framework. And our little dragons were looking for a home. No better place to start then – where Welsh Dragons and Chinese Dragons could co-mingle, slap bang in the middle of London. Somewhere where everyone could get to.
Our Local Nursery Area
Some people thought it was an odd place to set up a nursery, being so close to the City. Isn’t it a bit too built up for a nursery? We couldn’t have thought of a better place. Nurseries close to home might be convenient en route to work. But not if you have to race across London if you need to see your baby. And not if you compare what residential based nurseries have on their doorstep versus what we have on ours. They might have a garden. We have the Barbican High Walk. and Fortune Park, with its own child friendly playground, on our doorstep. They might have a pond. We have the River Thames (and our own pond with turtles in the Golden Lane Estate, just opposite our front door). They might have history class. We have real history – St Pauls Cathedral and Museum of London on your doorstep anyone? Trust us when we say, City living is the best place to learn to live in the City.
Our Nursery Community
But who lives in the centre of the city anyway? Turns out lots of people. Our families are not just the commuter-workers of the City, but the jewellery designers, advertising strategists, fashion designers and independent shop owners of the local community. And having local families and workers means that we can have them over for monthly community events and festivals that show case the nursery and what the children have learnt over the month. See our event page for more details.
Our Barbican Nursery Family
And today it is a bustling family of over 45 families coming in and out throughout the week. We do, after all, offer a flexible provision of five hour sessions in the morning or afternoon or for a full day, every day, all year round so our families pick and choose a routine that best suits their needs. Our children age from 6 months through to confident, courageous and capable five year olds, speaking Mandarin and English from time to time as the case may be, If you’d like to see more, why not check out the videos and book in a visit to see us today!
"My husband and I have been very happy with the extent our daughter has progressed since joining Hatching Dragons. The staff is excellent and the care provided is exceptional."
"We feel that they are not only taking care of our child but also showing a real interest in her development and well-being. They have a well planned set of activities each month and they surprise us with new and creative ones every day. They find a way to make the educational activities fun for the kids."
"After looking at many different nurseries around London we have decided to go with Hatching Dragons. The team made us feel welcome and the children in their care were happy and engaging."
Our nurseries regularly host free community events and outreach programmes for local families to come and join the fun to see what the children have been getting up to. From Chinese New Year to Halloween and regular shadow puppetry and mandarin music playgroups, there’s something for everyone. Please see our event page to browse events and make a booking.
Get in Touch
You can always reach us on the email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7256 9365 but if you’d like to receive periodic updates on our events, announcements, availability and educational materials, please just click the sign up button below to starting receiving our monthly newsletters.
1 Viscount Street, London, EC1Y 0AA
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Priscilla Chen Chandler
NVQ Level 3 Childcare & BA Hons Chinese Opera
Paediatric First Aider & First Aider at Work
Primary Designated Safeguarding Officer (level 5) & Health & Safety Officer
Having worked as an Ofsted rated Outstanding Childminder in North London for years, Priscilla stepped away from childcare to start work in a small business as the administrations and office manager, which is where we found her. Initially working as the administrator for the nursery, Priscilla was quickly promoted to the position of Deputy and then ultimately manager last year for her administrative nous, amazing relations with everyone and experience in management.
MA Early Years Education (Institute of Education) and BA Hons Pre School Education (Zhejiang University, China); Paediatric First Aider; Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (Level 5)
Having worked as the Pre-school teacher in one of Hangzhou’s most prestigious pre-schools for 3 years post-graduation, Helen and her family emigrated to the UK so she could continue her studies in early years education at the Institute of Education, the top ranked educational institute in the world. After graduating in 2010 she’s worked a variety of educational institutions and joined the Hatching Dragons team as a practitioner in 2015. She became our deputy manager last year.
Level 6 – BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, University of East London, Paediatric First Aider,
Safeguarding Level 5 – Designated Officer Grade
Shafia joined the nursery in 2016 as a pre-school room specialist. Having graduated with a degree in Early Childhood studies from UEL after working for years in the sector she assumed responsibility for the pre-school room as maternity cover initially and then latterly as the on-going lead, supported by our Pedagogy Manager, Sophie. A skilled artist in her own right, many of the wonderful wall paintings are done by her own fair hand (and the children’s!)