Carlton Hill Nursery and Pre‑School

Ages taken: Birth to 5 years

Spring Open Days 

Saturday 20th April

Spaces available for over 2-year-olds

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Rated Good by Ofsted, Carlton Hill Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and childcare to children from birth to 5 years old. You can find us in Maida Vale, close to Maida Vale and Kilburn Park underground stations. We’re based in a beautiful period building, with a spacious garden.

Our experienced staff plan the day’s free play and focused activities with the children. They might make wooden toys and props, cook in our home corner, take part in science experiments, climb trees, grow fruit and veg or spot insects in our ‘jungle’. There are so many ways to learn! Our on-site chef prepares all meals using healthy recipes from LEYF’s menu.

Meet the manager

Selamawit, nursery manager

Meet the manager

Hello, my name is Selamawit and have I been at Carlton Hill Nursery & Pre-School since 2009. I took over as manager in 2014. My favourite memory during my time at Carlton Hill is helping a child with special needs secure extra hours to match his one-to-one sessions.

At LEYF, all staff live our values.


We are curious, bold and adventurous. We push boundaries and test new ideas, always standing up for the rights of children.


We encourage continuous development for children and staff. We challenge each other to question and explore so we learn together.


We are warm, caring, loving and welcoming. We create safe and homely environments for each child.


We are imaginative and creative and learn through play.

It's a great nursery ... speaking to the other mums there, everyone seems very happy with it.
Parent at Carlton Hill
We're very happy with our daughter's overall care at Carlton Hill. The staff are very friendly and professional, and she really enjoys her time with her little friends.
Parent at Carlton Hill
Children eating a meal in the nursery

Food and nutrition at LEYF

Healthy eating is important at LEYF. Our chefs, trained at our Early Years Chef Academy, understand children’s specific nutritional needs, and how to encourage children to be adventurous in their tastes. We cater for different dietary requirements and allergies.

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