At Hatching Dragons Westminster, we foster children’s intercultural awareness and understanding of the world, in a positive learning environment.
Our Pimlico nursery and preschool is located in a wonderful Grade 1 listed building with playground and gardens. In beautifully designed rooms and a big playground, our children are exposed to different cultures through the English and Mandarin languages.
Key facts about our Westminster nursery
- Our nursery in Pimlico is open from 8 to 18 hrs, 51 weeks of the year.
- All our teachers are trained in paediatric first aid and safeguarding.
- We focus our practice on our children’s needs and interests.
- We explore and celebrate many cultures in our daily activities.
- Children learn through a bilingual immersion in English & Mandarin.
- Great outdoor space to learn more about nature and the environment.
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What Our Days Look Like
At our bilingual nursery in Westminster, we know that every child develops at their own rhythm and style. We welcome children from 6 months to 5 years old and our rooms are divided not only by age but also by the stage of their development. This is to ensure that your child will always be in the right group for his/her needs.
We call Hatchlings to babies up to the point they are walking and beginning to talk. We introduce our babies to words through songs, rhymes and interactions, aiming to encourage them to listen, understand and, hopefully, speak up to 20 words in either Chinese and English. They also develop basic motor control skills, through a sensorially rich and exploratively exciting environment.
Our Baby Dragons are beginning to understand their environment and world much more. At this age, children begin to walk and grasp items and objects, getting more control over their environment. We help them to develop an awareness of risk and how to manage it. By age 2, they comprehend between 20-150 words, in either Chinese or English, that received through our songs, rhymes and stories.
Blue Dragons are introduced to the “academic” areas of development in more detail. They have the most rapid acquisition and verbalisation of vocabulary, getting to understand or speak anywhere between 250-1000 words in English or Chinese. Our toddlers are able to recite numbers in sequence, express numbers and marks in writing, which suggests early cognition of numerals.
Blue Dragons also begin to understand the concepts of possession and feelings of ownership with a focus on establishing boundaries. They develop values like respect, responsibility, kindness and compassion, and we introduce them to abstract concepts in reading and writing though adult led activities.
Our Dragon Flight children are able to listen, understand or speak between 1000-2500 words by the time they leave us for Reception and primary school. They are also able to count in sequence and recognise numerals in Chinese and English beyond 20. They express concepts of shape, space and measure, understanding weight, time and distance to solve more complex problems and concepts.
Our objective is to ensure that your child leaves us well balanced, confident and socially engaged. They have established friendships and can confidently express their feelings. They also begin to fully appreciate the rich diversity of people and cultural traditions in the world, and they learn that whilst there are difference between us, there are also fundamental values that we all share.
Our Westminster nursery family
Our teachers are not only passionate for delivering the highest level of childcare and education, but are incredibly kind and caring people. Meet our family in the Westminster nursery!
Parents love our nursery in Pimlico
Download our Pimlico nursery fees
We have different fee options to make our unique curriculum available to everyone. We offer tax-free chilcare, 15 and 30 hours funded places and have a new fee option for low-income families.