• Sir Vince Cable to open second bilingual nursery for Hatching Dragons Nursery School in Twickenham, SW London

    Sir Vince Cable will be helping Hatching Dragons, London’s first bilingual Mandarin-English nursery group, open their second site as they spread their wings to Twickenham.  The Liberal Democrats leader and Twickenham MP has long been a stalwart supporter of education and his attendance will also......

  • Bilingual Nursery celebrates good Ofsted result by opening second venue in London

    The UK’s first bilingual Mandarin-English day nursery celebrates Good Ofsted rating with the launch of their second nursery in Twickenham, London Staff at Hatching Dragons, the UK’s first bilingual Mandarin-English nursery, are spreading their wings by opening their second nursery in London. The new nursery,......

  • New Parent Learning Resources

    New Character Cards for Chinese New  Year For the fully interactive pdf downloads, please click on the below links: Tiger; Snake; Sheep; Rooster; Rat; Ox; Monkey; Emperor; Horse; Dragon; Dog; Rabbit; Pig  ...

  • Chinese Nursery Learning Resources: Chengyu #1

    Chinese Nursery Learning Resources: 成语#1 Cheng Yu / 成语 (literally “set phrases”) are one of the most interesting parts of the Chinese language and one that we are making central to our chinese nursery learning resources. To the casual observer or new student to Chinese,......

  • Bilingual Nursery – Preparation for a more Active China…

    In a world that is increasingly moving towards a future in which China plays a more active role, how best can we prepare our children to engage with both the challenge and the opportunity such a change represents? We believe our bilingual nursery is part......

  • Bilingual Chinese Nursery Model “Works”

    Good news for us here at Hatching Dragons, the UK’s first Bilingual Chinese Nursery. Just before Christmas we had our Local Authority, Islington, come along to our setting just North of the Barbican to assess how our bilingual early years approach works and whether it was......

  • Why choose Hatching Dragons

    Why choose Hatching Dragons At Hatching Dragons, we believe there are many great reasons to choose us when you’re looking for a bilingual nursery in London. We are specialists when it comes to dual language acquisition and are waiting to hear from you today if......

  • Friendly Nursery in Central London

    Why not consider Hatching Dragons if you have been looking online for a friendly nursery in Central London? Dual language acquisition offers significant benefits to your child and there is no need to worry about your child’s English suffering as a result of learning Mandarin. We......

  • Benefits of children learning Mandarin

    There are significant benefits attached to learning Mandarin, especially for children. Learning an extra language at a young age makes it easier to get to grips with other languages in the future, and being able to speak Mandarin can give your child a real edge......

  • Your bilingual nursery in London

    Your bilingual nursery in London Why not speak to Hatching Dragons today if you have been searching for a bilingual nursery in London? At Hatching Dragons, we help children to get to grips with Mandarin as well as English at any early age and are......

  • Leading bilingual nursery

    Explore London’s leading bilingual nursery At Hatching Dragons, we’re widely regarded as London’s leading bilingual nursery. We are passionate about helping you give your child the finest start in life possible and providing them with skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. We are......

  • Central London nursery

    Central London nursery Are you looking for a Central London nursery offering bilingual tuition? If so, help is available. At Hatching Dragons, we can cater for you if you require a bilingual nursery for your child. We specialise in helping young children get to grips......

  • Children learning Mandarin

    Helping children learning Mandarin If you’re looking for services that specialise in helping children learning Mandarin, help is at hand. Hatching Dragons is a bilingual nursery where kids are enabled to get to grips with Mandarin as well as English. There are many great reasons......

  • Find an Anglo Mandarin nursery

    Find an Anglo Mandarin nursery Do you need to find an Anglo Mandarin nursery? If so, help is at hand. At Hatching Dragons, we can help your child start to get grips with the Mandarin language from a very early age. There are many fantastic......

  • The value of a bilingual nursery London

    The value of a bilingual nursery London There is no need to worry about your child become confused whilst attending a bilingual nursery London. At Hatching Dragons, we have seen children benefit remarkably from learning two languages and there is no evidence to suggest that......

  • Find the best bilingual kindergarten London

    Find the best bilingual kindergarten London Take a look around www.hatching-dragons.com today if you need to find a leading bilingual kindergarten in London. At Hatching Dragons, we help young children enjoy dual language acquisition and enable them to get to grips with Mandarin as well......

  • Mandarin Excellence & My Name My Identity

    The Department of Education’s announcement today (see Gov.Uk) that they will be rolling out a new “Mandarin Excellence Programme” was met with a mixed response by the industry. £10m didn’t seem to be sufficient to affect real change on the ground back when we were......

  • Is there a natural order to language (that we don’t know about)?

    Have you ever thought about the natural order of things? I stumbled upon this story the other day (thank you Matthew Anderson from the Beeb) about how us speakers of English have developed a natural order to the use of adjectives that, if broken, makes......

  • New Consultation on Early Years Funding for 3-4 Yr Olds

    New Consultation | Hatching Dragons As the Department for Education releases its public consultation on the new funding arrangements for early years providers, are we sure that £4.88 and hour is sufficient to meet the costs of delivering childcare and nursery in London? The Department......

  • Chinese Valentine’s Day (七夕节 )

    Chinese Valentine’s Day (七夕节 ) | Hatching Dragons For many of us, the 9th of August was just like any other day. But for millions of people throughout South East Asia and China, it is the day for romance, love and finding that longed for......

  • Tax Free Childcare?

    Tax Free Childcare | Hatching Dragons As Donald Trump, Barak Obama and now Nicola Sturgeon bring childcare front and centre to their economic plans, is now the time to ask how we can change the UK’s policy on childcare for working parents to help with......

  • Britain’s exports to China are small, but growing

    Exports to China | Hatching Dragons Exports to China & Trade between China and the UK continued to grow all the way up through 2014…but what will the new Prime Minister’s position on China do to trade relations in the future? News that Theresa May......

  • What are Post-Brexit British Values and what do they mean for our Babies?

    Brexit British Values | Hatching Dragons The decision by the UK to leave the European Union on the 23th June this year was something I never thought would happen. Living in London, you couldn’t help but feel slightly buoyed by the fact that this City, clearly, stood......

  • Technology in our Barbican Nursery (and outside!)

    Barbican Nursery | Hatching Dragons The wonders of technology in Early Years language learning Technology is a marvellous thing. It’s allowing you to read all about our fantastic bilingual day nursery in Islington from wherever you are in the world, it lets our hard-working Early Years specialists......

  • Bilingual blog – Wales reaps the rewards of a bilingual upbringing

    Thousands of teenagers are facing an anxious wait over the next few weeks as their GCSE exam papers are marked and checked before the results are released in August. Such pressure is a long way off for our little Hatchlings, who are still settling in to......

  • Are bilinguals branier?

    Science is a fascinating subject in all its forms, from our little Hatchlings discovering the different properties of water and sand at our nursery in Islington, to researchers using the latest technology to find out how our brains work. And while the discoveries made by our young......

  • Fathers day.. Whats it all about?

    Nurseries across London will be covered in even more glue and glitter than usual this week, as Father’s Day is just around the corner. Our little Hatchlings – and our staff – love any excuse to get creative, but how does it fit in with......

  • Nurturing Bilingual Children

    The question of how we start nurturing bilingual children is a question that we think about quite a lot at Hatching Dragons. Some of our little Dragons – but by no means all –  are exposed to more than one language at home, and their families......

  • Nursery Learning Environments

    We may have mentioned it a few times (like here and here!) but we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to the nursery learning environments of our first Mandarin Chinese/English bilingual day nursery in the heart of London. Our contractors are working away to make it......

  • HRH visits China and paints Sean the Sheep..?

    It’s been a great few weeks if you’re like us and love all things Chinese. First, there were the fantastic celebrations for the Chinese New Year, here in London and across the world as the Year of the Sheep officially began. And now Prince William is raising......

  • A bit of a sing song?

    If you’ve popped into one of our Hatching Dragons London playgroups or crèches, you’ll have heard our little dragons and their enthusiastic teachers singing their hearts out in Mandarin Chinese. It’s a fun thing to do, of course, and learning through play is one of the......

  • A case for language learning

    We may have mentioned it a few times (like here and here!) but we’re rather keen on children learning languages. Ideally, we’d like Mandarin offered in schools up and down the country as more people realise what we know already, that China is playing an ever-increasing role......

  • Everyone and anyone can be bilingual…

    Psychologists have long investigated how children learn language. And, as any student of psychology will know, studies of animal communication are also useful as a contrast. But research just published shows there may be more similarities than previously thought. Scientists at the University of York and the......

  • The benefits of a HighScope approach

    As this year’s General Election looms, every word politicians utter is increasingly being pored over and analysed. One comment that has provoked much discussion was by Education Minister Nicky Morgan, who said in an interview that she tells her young son to go away and......

  • Training The Team – Day Day Three

    Today we held our third induction training day for our staff at Hatching Dragons, who are now really looking forward to putting into practice all the ideas we discussed when we launch our first nursery, close to the Barbican area, in the very near future. Today......

  • Guest Blog – Lisa Kane

    Lisa Kane Our first guest blog is written by Lisa Kane, an expat who has taken up residence in Shanghai, working for the Western International School of Shanghai. Author of ‘A Whole New World of Colour’, a fantastic book inspired by her own storytelling activities......

  • Bilingual advantage for kids?

    Bilingual Advantage | Hatching Dragons More students than ever before gradated with a first class degree last year, according to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Their statistics showed that of 395,790 students who were awarded a degree last year, 79,440 gained a......

  • Would a duck raised by dogs quack or woof?

    Would a duck raised by dogs quack or woof? It’s an interesting question, and one that yielded interesting results when researchers at Canada’s Concordia University posed it to pre-schoolers. Dr Krista Byers-Heinlein, from the Centre for Research in Human Development, and co-author Bianca Garcia, asked five and......

  • Training The Team – Day Two

    Our second induction training day for staff focused on the 3 prime and 4 specific areas of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), specifically looking at the early learning goals that were discussed last week. We paid special attention to how to best “immerse” our......

  • All getting a bit musical…

    No two days are ever the same at here at Hatching Dragons.  Today I have been singing nursery rhymes in our office in Dalston, working with my colleague Jing Li to develop a new playgroup session, which we will be delivering in the Hackney Downs......

  • Training The Team – Day One

    The start to the New Year just gets better and better.  Following all the excitement of planning the appearance of our first nursery, on the cusp of Islington South and the City, Hatching Dragons had the pleasure of welcoming our initial staff team to begin......

  • Stretching our Dragon wings in 2015

    First thing first – a happy and prosperous New Year to all from us here at Hatching Dragons! We have bounced back into the year – surging forward with our plans for our first nursery, situated on the border of Islington and the City of......

  • Why Bilingual?

    If the ability to speak Chinese and English isn’t enough to convince you, we thought we’d jot down the other advantages a bilingual upbringing will have for your child. Your child will become “smarter”. Yes that’s right – all the evidence now suggests that baby......

  • Christmas Wishes At Hatching Dragons

    I read with interest Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s Three wishes for 2015 in Nursery World and it set me to thinking what would our wishes be here at Hatching Dragons?  I have asked my colleagues in the office and the results are in, we did have......

  • Are 65% of the world really bilingual?

    When looking at our nursery concept and how learning a second language would benefit our little dragons, one question particularly intrigued us – how many people in this world are actually bilingual (or multilingual!)? Would learning a second language help them stand out from the......

  • An insight into Early Language Learning #1

    Here at Hatching Dragons we are researching our approach to supporting young children as they acquire 2 languages, Mandarin and English.  Children have an inherent drive to communicate, from the youngest baby who cries when they are hungry, tired or uncomfortable to the toddling 2......

  • News in brief: Izzard scoops Public Language Champ 2014

    We recently heard the news that the one and only Eddie Izzard has been named the public’s Language Champion, an exciting initiative aimed at promoting the importance of language learning in the UK. The news was well received here at Hatching Dragons, where we firmly believe in......