Queen's Kindergarten

Queen's Kindergarten sits wonderfully within the Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate Early Years Department, which strives to provide an enabling, positive environment. Within our specialist Kindergarten area there are three rooms separating the children by age and mobility. The free-flow arrangement means all children are familiar with all staff and rooms but that they have a specific area tailored to their needs.

The Kindergarten Rooms

Squirrel Nutkin Room

The Squirrel Nutkin room is our 3 month to early walkers’ room. Within this room, the staff create a lovely, friendly and soothing first room for the children and each child has their own, unique routine. The staff are very interested in what your child’s routine is, so that they can replicate it and accommodate the child’s needs, to make it an easy and fun time. There are a range of activities and toys for the child to investigate, and the children often get rather messy when they do their first masterpieces of art!


Jemima Puddle-Duck Room

The Jemima Puddle-Duck room is the next room up and is for the early walkers to 2 years. In this room, the staff begin to encourage independence. The staff encourage the children to start to use a fork at meal times, and there are activities organised that move the children on to their next steps, along with lots of opportunity for messy/tactile play. The staff get very involved in this and seem to have as much fun as the children!


Peter Rabbit Room

The Peter Rabbit room is the final room of Kindergarten, for children aged 2-3 years. In this room, the staff create an energetic and very independent room. The children have more activities to choose from and they, like the other rooms, are big on outside play. The children within this room are all encouraged to use a knife and fork and drink from a cup without handles at meal times. Children at this age are starting to form friendships, and the staff help develop this by creating group activities such as baking. Biscuit-making is always a winner in this room!

Queen's Kindergarten: Rated 'Outstanding'

Chapter House Early Years judged ‘Outstanding’ across all areas by Schools Inspectorate 2019

The Chapter House Early Years was praised for its 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’. The glowing ISI report follows a three-day inspection in February this year, with inspectors observing every aspect of school life.

The key findings for the Early Years Foundation Stage provision are set out in the report:

  • The overall effectiveness of the Early Years provision is outstanding.
  • Children receive the best possible support and care.
  • Children’s personal, social, and emotional development is given high priority and, as a result, is excellent.
  • Each child benefits from high-quality individual time with adults who ensure that they are safe, happy and secure.
  • The requirements for children’s safeguarding and welfare are fully met.
  • Due to the excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides, almost all children under the age of two meet or exceed the level of development that is typical for their age.
  • The outstanding outcomes for children are a result of knowledgeable and highly effective leadership and management that has established rigorous and supportive systems of monitoring, evaluation and assessment.
Chapter House Rated Outstanding


A Typical Day at Queen's Kindergarten

These times are only set as guidelines and can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child.

8:00 am

Kindergarten opens and we start the day in the EYFS dining room, offering children breakfast until 8:30 am.

8:45 am We separate into our own rooms. Set up morning activities, free play with toys and focused activities out according to the planning. This will also include time outside, in the park, grassed area or for a walk
10:20 am Snack time, fruit and drinks are offered to the children.
11:00 am Nappies and the toileting is carried out during around this time.
12 Noon Lunch time in the EYFS dining room
12:45 pm After lunch, some children go home and the other children are put down for a sleep. The children are either put in cots or individual beds with their own sheet.
3:00 pm If the children are not awake we wake them up. The children have free play while nappies and toileting are carried out.
3:30 pm Outside play
4:00 pm Back in for their tea-time snack
4:45 pm When tea is finished the children join together in the grassed area or Monarchs hall depending on weather.
6:00 pm

Nursery closes and all children are collected by this time.


Our on-site EYFS chef prepares fresh meals on a 3-week rotation. View our Kindergarten Menu.

Contact Information

General Contact

Head of Chapter House and Queen's Kindergarten, Karen Kilkenny and the rest of the Kindergarten team can be contacted by phone on 01423 333665 or via email at: kg@qe.org.


Information for Kindergarten Parents

Read our latest Kindergarten Notices.

Chapter House News

Queen Ethelburga’s Judged ‘Excellent’ by Schools Inspectorate
Leona Marshall

Celebrations are underway at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded the Collegiate the top grading of ‘Excellent’ across all schools and areas, praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development. 

Chapter House Early Years Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Schools Inspectorate
Leona Marshall

Staff and children at Chapter House school are celebrating this week after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) judged their Early Years provision as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas, praising the 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’.

Chapter House and King's Magna Qualify for Nationals in 'Fly to the Line' Glider Competition
Marketing Team

Students form Queen Ethelburga's have been participating in season 1 of the 'Fly to the Line Glider Challenge for UK primary school children and are through to the national heats.

QE Hosts Local Netball Tournament
Marketing Team

This afternoon, we welcomed Year 5 and Year 6 students from three local schools to participate in a friendly netball tournament.

Chapter House Students Qualify for ISA Cross Country National Finals
Marketing Team

Today, our pupils from Chapter House competed in the ISA Cross Country area races.