Clear, sensitive Nursery and Pre-Prep Advice

We can help you identify the perfect nursery for your child while preparing them for nursery and pre-prep entrance exams.

When helping you choose the right nursery or pre-prep, our consultants use their strong relationships with institutions around the UK and carefully profile the educational, social and emotional needs of your child to find a place to suit them.

Our experts also understand how daunting 4+ and 5+ entrance exams can be and undertake assessments to recommend tuition that is fun and bespoke, all while providing an overview of the process. We are with you every step of the way.

Jane Ritchie - Ivy Education
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Nursery & Early Years Consultant

"It’s never too early to start planning your child’s education and schooling. At Ivy Education we help parents understand the complexities of the London Independent school system and the choices and decisions to consider from the earliest stages of their child’s education."

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Getting into your top preference

2+, 3+, 4+ and 5+ assessments determine Nursery and School entry and are carried out by many of the top institutions. Our team of experts can support your family along every step of the admission process for nurseries and schools such as:

Identifying the right Nursery & Pre-Prep

Learning Assessments

It is very difficult for parents to know what is expected of their children at such very young ages.

The assessments Ivy education offers will help prepare parents for what to expect when they take their children to 3+, 4+ and 5+ assessments.

They will also clarify the contents of the Early Years curriculum and how their child is performing in relation to it. They take into account: communication skills, fine motor skills, number knowledge and problem solving as well as phonics, mark making, reading and comprehension skills.

Matching schools to your child

Our team has strong links and personal relationships with many nurseries and schools in and around London.

Whatever your situation, we always ensure to match your child to the place that meets their educational, social and emotional requirements.

Our consultant will guide you with advice on how best to prepare yourselves and your child for the assessment, with specific attention to the similarities and differences between nurseries and schools. You will receive recommended preparation activities and suggestions, personalised to your child’s developmental needs and practical tips on how to plan your assessment days for optimal outcome.

Preparing for School Entrance

Nursery Support

The specialist will come to your home and support you and your child on an on-going basis. The specialist will be able to prepare them for the transition from Nursery to Pre-Prep.


Our 4+ and 5+ tuition programs are specially designed to ensure that children complete their assessments to the best of their ability and that their Numeracy and Literacy is at its best possible level. Having seen many children go through the process, we understand it is tough and daunting for both parents and children. Success in these assessments will give your children the best chance to gain entry to their preferred nursery or school. Individual Educational Plans are carefully shaped to concentrate on areas of difficulty that have been highlighted by our specialists.

The tutor will coordinate their IEP with the key link at nursery/school ensuring that targets are met and your child flourishes.

Depending on the specific Nursery or Pre-Prep Entrance processes, Tuition will focus on:

  • English
  • Maths

Meet our consultants

Ivy Education will match one of our Nursery and Early Years consultants to support you and your child:


Nursery & Early Years Consultant

It’s never too early to start planning your child’s education and schooling. At Ivy Education we help parents understand the complexities of the London Independent school system and the choices and decisions to consider from the earliest stages of th...

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Nursery and Primary Education

Early years are crucial to a child’s development and consultancy and assessments at this stage offer huge support to parents in understanding expectations, ways of learning and crucially how best to support your individual child’s development. Advice...

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Nursery & Early Years Consultant

Alexandra has worked with Early Years children in top UK Nurseries and Schools since 2010. Most recently the inaugural Headmistress of the prestigious Miss Daisy’s in Knightsbridge, Alexandra has a wealth of experience with nurturing children from an...

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Nursery & Early Years Consultant

Wendy offers sensible, good humoured guidance to new parents on the decisions that they are faced with when choosing the right nursery and pre-prep school. She helps families comprehend the complexities of the London private school system and underst...

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