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Princess Charlotte will start nursery in January, Kensington Palace has announced.

The two-year-old will begin at the Willcocks Nursery School in London from January 2018.

The nursery said they were “delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery school for Princess Charlotte” and look forward to welcoming her at the start of the year.


The nursery is in central London and is in close proximity to Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family live. The nursery benefits from being close to London’s famous science and natural history museums where the children regularly visit when at nursery, according to an Ofsted report.

The nursery is different to the one Charlotte’s big brother Prince George went to. He attended the Westacre Montessori in Nofolk, close to the royal couple’s previous home of Anmer Hall.

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The family decided on making London their base this year and Prince George started at Thomas’s in Battersea in September.


The prices of The Willcox Nursery vary depending on their age and whether they attend nursery in the morning or afternoon.

The highest term cost is £3,050 ($4,090) for the morning school. The afternoon school costs £1,800 ($2,414) per term and the lunch club is ($778) £580 per term for one afternoon per week and £1,740 ($2,334) for three afternoons during the week.

Prince George’s Montessori cost £33 ($44) per day, reports the BBC.


The nursery was founded in 1964 and has been at its current location since 1984. Children can be registered at the nursery from birth but can only start from the age of two. A maximum of 32 children in the early years group attend at any one time.


A 2012 Ofsted report described the provision of the school as “outstanding” saying children make excellent progress, they are well prepared to start school and their “engagement with parents is excellent.”

The nursery was also praised for the devotion to “developing children’s skills in expressive arts and design” as well as their learning of words and numbers.

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Princess Charlotte
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In the report, the children were praised for being “exceptionally well behaved” and showing a “clear understanding of expectations of their behavior.” They help themselves to water when they’re thirsty and enjoy fruit at snack time.

Fairly surprisingly for a nursery school is the fact that they have an active Parents Association, strengthening the link between the staff and parents. According to Ofsted, the PA fundraise and organize events.

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What the children do there

The nursery says that the early years pupils “learn through enormous fun while playing” and there is an enclosed outside play area to facilitate this.

The morning school consists of free play, circle time and ‘letter time’, group time with a teacher which will include educational games, books and writing and then snack time. After snack time there is either singing or nature classes before they finish the morning off with activities like poetry, cooking, singing, acting or playing jigsaw.

The afternoon school is typically for the younger children aged between two and three. Pupils kick the afternoon off with free play, followed by circle time, garden play and then activity time which can involve cooking or arts and crafts.

Before going home to their parents, they’ll finish the day off with a music and movement session before ending with story time.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR