Our Nursery School

Vanessa Nursery School federated with Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre in 2016 to bring together the very best of early education and childcare to the families of the White City and Shepherds Bush areas.

The nursery Schools staff teams consist of specialist early years teachers working with Nursery Early Years Educators and Childcare assistants.

Our Head Teacher is Michele Barrett, each school has a senior leadership team.

The school’s aim is to nurture, motivate, and inspire children while challenging them in their learning. We aim to support all children in being fascinated in the world they are growing up in.

We are a maintained nursery school with a range of free places for up to 132 children aged two, three and four years old, our 2 year olds attend in the pre-school which is situated in Cathnor Park Children’s Centre. The children have access to a warm and inviting inside learning environment and large and natural outside learning space. Our forest school on-site space is also situated in the Children’s Centre garden.

We aim to support children and parents by having a multi professional team within the federation including a Child Psychotherapist, music sessions for children with a music therapist.

We have a heated swimming pool at Vanessa Nursery where children learn to be confident in and around the water. This is also used to enhance the curriculum, development and learning of all children. We have an on-site Forest School where our Forest School trained Teachers give all children a rich and diverse curriculum in which to learn.

Vanessa Nursery School is based in the Shepherds Bush and Askew neighbourhood of Hammersmith & Fulham.

We are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. See our Ofsted report.

Places Available

Children aged 3 and 4 are eligible for 15-hour funded nursery places. These are referred to as ‘part time places’ and are offered as 2 and half days per week Mondays, Tuesday 9:00am to 3:15pm and Wednesday 9:00 to 11:30am or Wednesday 12:45 to 3:15 and Thursday & Friday 9:00am – 3:15pm. The children will have lunch on their full days, a fee for school meals is payable in advance.

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Vanessa Nursery School is very popular with the local community and is often oversubscribed; inevitably, many families are disappointed because there is not a place for them. Vanessa Nursery is situated in the Askew Ward off Goldhawk Road.

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Governor Information

Vanessa Nursery is a maintained nursery school federated with Randolph Beresford. The schools are overseen by the Federated Governing Board, including parent governors, who have overall responsibility for ensuring that the school offers the very best standards for early education and care.

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We believe that relationships are key to helping each and every child to flourish, and succeed. This enables them to develop the confidence to grow their individual strengths, talents and gifts. Our strong community values motivate us to develop as a positive community together, promoting a love of learning and a strong sense of family.

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Staff Information

We are an inclusive school led by highly experienced Early Years senior team consisting of our Executive Head Teacher Michele Barrett and Head of School Benita Mohamed.

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Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre federated with Vanessa Nursery School in 2016 to bring together the very best in early education and care to the children in the White City and Shepherds Bush neighborhoods.

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