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Alonim Kindergarten takes the Early Childhood learning experience from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Alonim Kindergarten’s mission is to create a dynamic, engaging, Jewish, child-centred community characterised by developmentally appropriate learning, inquiry based exploration, scientific investigation, genuine diversity, and consistent respect.

We offer families the assurance of a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for their children and an atmosphere of support and understanding for themselves.

We view children as powerful individuals. We respect children for who they are now, as well as for their potential. We provide open-ended materials which invite and cultivate thinking, collaboration and representation of ideas.  Learning is embedded in all aspects of our day through meaningful experiences and opportunities for hands-on and minds-on engagement.

We use many of today’s best practices in education including, but not limited to project-based learning, collaborative exploration, and differentiated instruction.  We follow the EYFS as set by the Department of Education.

What do our parents say about us

Parent testimonials

“I visited Alonim by chance really, it was in a convenient location for me, and I am so glad I did. My daughter attended for 2 years and loved it, my son is now in his 3rd and final year. My daughter made amazing friends and the staff were supportive and nurturing. Both my children particularly love/loved the Oaks class; the innovation of the teachers, the experiments, cooking and themed activities have been incredible. I don’t want to think about our Alonim journey coming to an end, it makes me sad to think that all our nursery adventures are going to be over soon. If you are considering Alonim I would wholeheartedly say, go for it. The nursery caters for each individual and the staff truly love working with children. I would like to thank all the staff for looking after both my children and helping them grow into kind, thoughtful, daring and clever individuals, I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

“I have no hesitation in recommending Alonim to everyone I know! Thanks to the excellent staff and lovely setting, my son settled in really quickly and has enjoyed and learnt so much at every stage. He runs into the building each morning with a huge smile on his face and comes home full of stories about experiments, games, stories and crafts that he’s taken part in. It’s a wonderful place and we’ll miss it when he goes to school.”

“As a first time parent I searched high and low for a nursery setting for my daughter, there was so much choice and it was a daunting experience to say the least. I was looking for somewhere caring, attentive, nurturing and encouraging of her development. I found all of this at Alonim and much more. The staff and teachers go above and beyond to make our children feel comforted, safe and happy in what can only be described as a loving environment. My daughter has thrived at Alonim since she started at 2.5 years old and she is soon to be ready for school and I can see her really now ready for that next step and challenge. I am very thankful to all the staff at Alonim and looking forward to continuing our journey there when our second daughter starts later in the year.”

Meet The Team

Our dedicated teachers facilitate the learning process by actively listening to and observing the children.  They enable opportunities for discovery and problem solving, guide and document the learning process and nurture individuals and relationships.  Our teachers help build a sense of community in each classroom and throughout the Kindergarten.

All our staff are qualified in Early Years. We employ staff who hold a minimum of NVQ/CACHE Diploma Level 2 and the majority of our staff hold Level 3.  Two members of our staff have a Degree in Early Childhood Education. Two members of staff have QTS. We encourage and support all our staff to attend ongoing training for their CPD.

Join Us

Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year.

To register for the 2021-2022 school year, click here.

Children are eligible to join as soon as they reach the age of 2 years. However, we recognize that not all children are ready at the same time and therefore some will start in the term of their third birthday.

Priority is given to members of Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue, then siblings, then non-members. There is a non-refundable registration fee to secure a place for your child. Once you have accepted the place a term’s notice will be required if you intend to remove your child from the Kindergarten either prior to starting or during the time your child is on role. If sufficient notice is not given, a term’s fees must be paid.

Early Years Practitioner

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Empowering life-long learners

Alonim Kindergarten is a Reform Jewish Kindergarten and is part of Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue. We offer:

  • Immersive Jewish life including a joyous weekly Kabbalat Shabbat celebration.
  • Celebration of Jewish festivals as they occur through stories, music, drama, creative work and cookery.  Parents/Carers and our Rabbis are invited to attend.
  • We are open to all faiths and none and will ensure every child’s culture and religious persuasion is addressed.

Head Teacher

Patsy Maltz

T: 0203 115 1610

E: alonim@shaarei-tsedek.org.uk

Deputy Head

Ilana Eimer

T: 0203 115 1610

E: alonim@shaarei-tsedek.org.uk

Please click on the link below for the current 2020 – 2021 Term Dates.

ALONIM TERM DATES SEPT 2020-JULY 2021

ALONIM TERM DATES SEPT 2021-JULY 2022

News and Policies

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Our teachers plan the daily curriculum around a theme, either Jewish or secular which normally lasts for one or two weeks. Within the themes, there is often the opportunity for interactive sessions with professionals from the community. Where appropriate we take the children on outings pertinent to the topic they are exploring, theatre or local places of interest.

We work within the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage. During our planning sessions we ensure we address all the areas of the Foundation Stage.  The planning is ‘child initiated’ and we take into account the needs of the individual by monitoring/recording their progress and planning accordingly.  The Kindergarten therefore aims to meet a child’s individual needs.

Amongst the activities we provide to promote the children’s learning are:

  • Arts and Crafts – using a variety of mediums to encourage the children’s creativity.
  • Sand and Water – play especially good for early mathematics and encouraging children to play alongside their peers.
  • Book corner – children are encouraged to look at picture and story books and talk about them. We have a library club where children may borrow a book on a weekly basis to take home.
  • Home corner – we have home corners equipped with dolls, furniture and household items where children can enjoy imaginative play and interact with their peers.
  • Construction toys, puzzles, woodwork, threading and games, which all help co-ordination and teach children about shape, size, colour, number and position, in preparation for reading and writing.
  • Cookery – a favourite activity of the children,  carried out at least once a week and more often during festival items e.g. Pesach.
  • Exercise Class – Weekly incorporating  music and movement great for the children’s creativity and physical development – is taught by a qualified pre-school Exercise Teacher,  with the use of exercise resources e.g. hula hoops, balls, bean bags and ‘ribbons’ .
  • Outdoor play – we have a secure playground where children can use a variety of resources , for example, cars,  bikes, buggies, sand, water.  We aim to offer ‘free flow play’ taking into account the constraints of our building. They are also able to use balls, hoops and beanbags to extend their gross motor skills. We use this every day except in extremely severe weather.  The children are provided with ‘wet weather’ suits.

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Kindergarten Hours

A full-day programme from:

8.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday -Thursday

8.00 am -12.30 pm Friday

Once your child has settled they can stay for a longer day and join our lunch club..  These sessions are concurrent with the morning session.  These sessions enable staff to concentrate on extending the skills the children have already developed and allow the children to eat lunch with their peers, which helps prepare them for the school environment.  An extra charge is made for these sessions.