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The Marmalade Duck

Three and four year old funding

The Marmalade Duck is the newest addition to the Marmalade Schools family!  The Marmalade Schools are a small group of Ofsted Outstanding Nurseries in SW London.  The Principal, Miss Rozzy, founded The Marmalade Cat in 2003 for her son Orlando.  She is a trained teacher and has a Special Needs degree and has worked in both the nursery and primary sectors.  Miss Rozzy took over The Marmalade Caterpillar in 2008, The Marmalade Bear in 2011 and set up The Marmalade Owl in 2016.  The Marmalade Duck opens its doors in September 2021. 

Located a short walk away from Holland Park and under the leadership of it's incredibly well experienced Headteacher Clare Robinson, The Marmalade Duck will be a fun, happy and safe environment in which your child can develop at his/her own pace.  Miss Clare has successfully led an Outstanding School for eight years and we are thrilled that she has agreed to moved from The Marmalade Bear to run The Marmalade Duck.  

Marmalade Schools aim to provide your child with the very best nursery education, through ensuring we recruit trained staff who are passionate about early years education, ensuring that the school is well resourced and through employing specialist teachers to further enhance your child's time with us.  Our specialist subjects are: Multi Sports including tennis, Theatre Bugs, Yoga Bugs, Sparkles Music, Chelsea School of Ballet, Little House of Science and French with Petit Pierrot.  Miss Clare is keen to encourage the children's love of the outdoor environment and will be planning weekly Forest School sessions in Holland Park.

The Marmalade Duck will operate during the term times only but will also provide a Summer Club which runs in the Summer holidays. 

The Marmalade Schools have secured Outstanding Ofsted inspections at all four of their current schools.  These are some of the lovely comments they have made...

"Children flourish in this exciting and innovative nursery."

"Leaders are inspirational.  Leaders' exceptionally high expectations for every child are matched by the staff's ability to teach children to the highest level."

"Staff meticulously plan activities for children that cover all areas of learning exceptionally well."

"Children have high self-esteem and confidence because staff encourage children to try new things and try their best with daily activities."

"Staff work exceptionally well with parents.  They use a range of highly effective ways to keep informed about their childen's progress."

Who to contact

Contact Name
Joanna Knowles and Titta Burgess
Contact Position
 020 8265 5224

Where to go

St Barnabas Church Hall

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
No food is provided by the nursery. Children are asked to bring in one piece of fruit at the beginning of each session which is washed, cut up and shared at snack time with the class. Children who stay for lunch are asked to bring a healthy nut and seed free packed lunch. All parents/carers are asked to fill out an allergies register at the beginning of the child's time at the Acorn and a list is kept in all classrooms, the kitchen and the office. The nursery is a nut and seed free environment.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8.45am 4pm
Tuesday 8.45am 4pm
Wednesday 8.45am 4pm
Thursday 8.45am 4pm
Friday 8.45am 4pm
Play Kitchen
Sand & Water Play
Play Dough
Visit & Outings
Walks to local park etc
Home Corner
Arts & Crafts
Quiet Area
Both indoor and outdoor activities
Water play
Books & Storytelling
ICT Facilities
Wendy House
Role play dressing up
Construction toys
Accept Childcare Vouchers
Climbing Frame
Messy Play Area
Multicultural Themed Play
Dress Up
Sensory Play
Outdoor Playspace
Songs, Rhymes and Music
No Smoking Policy
Small world toys
Out-door Play

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Last Updated 04/05/2021

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