Active Learning West Hampstead | Day Nurseries & Preschool | West Hampstead

Active Learning West Hampstead

Why Children Love Us

A place to grow

Active Learning West Hampstead is located a short walk from West Hampstead Underground Station (Jubilee Line) and offers care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. The nursery benefits from a fully equipped art studio, a preschool science lab and an IT studio, as well as a sensory room for the younger children. The large garden means all children can explore the natural world as well. All meals are nutritionally balanced, prepared using fresh ingredients by our own chef

Tom Diaper
Nursery Manager


Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet and is approved by the Childrens Food Trust. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Supporting and Learning

Growing Mathematicians

1-2-3-4-5! Mathematics is embedded in everything that we do and experience in our day-to-day lives and our Growing Mathematicians programme has been created to help your child understand the purpose and importance of mathematics. 

Growing Readers

Growing Readers brings together home and nursery life, providing parents with some of the theory behind developing children’s reading skills, and also providing handy Hints & Tips, recommended reading lists and suggested activities for parents and children to explore together.

Growing Writers

Our Growing Writer’s approach supports the complex magical journey from making a mark, to emergent writing, to confident writer, laying the foundational skills that enable each child to flourish with the confidence and capability to succeed at school.

A day at Active Learning West Hampstead

Below is an example of a typical day

  • Morning

    Drop Off

  • Morning


  • Morning

    Play & Activities

  • Morning

    Story Time

  • Morning

    Singing Time

  • Midday


  • Afternoon

    Sleep Time

  • Afternoon

    Play & Activities

  • Afternoon

    Story Time

  • Afternoon

    Singing Time

  • Afternoon

    Tea / Dinner Time

  • Afternoon

    Play & Activities

  • Afternoon

    Pick Up

Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns, including everything your child needs. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

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Meet the Team

Tom Diaper

Tom started working with children in 1997 as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award. He worked in nurseries and out of school clubs in a variety of roles, before taking a break from childcare to work as cabin crew for several major airlines, progressing his career to Cabin Crew Manager and Trainer.

Returning to children's services saw Tom working in a variety of roles including Development and Quality support on behalf of the local authority, Project Managing childcare initiatives such as childminding development, extended schools and early help. Most recently, prior to his role at Bright Horizons, Tom was a Regional Manager for a large children's charity, supporting nurseries, out of school clubs, youth services for the armed forces and early help targeted projects. When the charity closed suddenly, Tom decided to take the opportunity to return to nursery and work directly with children and families.

Tom is qualified to Level 4 with a Higher Diploma in Early Years, alongside Level 3 training in Playwork. He firmly believes that children should remain at the very centre of everything that we do and is a strong advocate for child led learning and effective family partnerships, supporting a child to achieve their very best potential. 

Sarah Wheatley

Sarah is qualified to Level 3 and has worked with children for 11 years. Sarah joined the Active Learning family as a Nursery Nurse at Finchley, 8 years ago and has worked her way up to her current role of Business Manager.

Sarah primarily looks after the financial and business development of the nursery but also works alongside Tom to lead the team delivering the highest possible quality childcare and education.

Sarah loves the varied days at work, where none are ever the same and enjoys the challenge of increasing and maintaining families joining our nursery.

Hasan Saffari (left) & Shereen Henry-Oliver

Hasan has worked in childcare for 14 years and holds a degree in Early Years. He joined the Active Learning group at West Hampstead in 2015, having moved from Manchester where he had been managing an independent nursery.

Whilst working across the nursery when required, Hasan is the leader of the Under 2s unit within our nursery, ensuring that our babies and toddlers have the best possible start by coaching, developing and leading the team to deliver warm, supportive care and exciting learning opportunities as our smallest children begin exploring the world.

Shereen joined kidsunlimited as a nursery nurse in 2012, prior to them joining the Bright Horizons family in 2013. Shereen holds a Level 3 qualification and has worked her way up to the role of Deputy Manager at our Beaufort Park nursery, before joining West Hampstead in 2016.

Shereen is the leader of the over 2s units, working with Room Leaders to ensure that our children in 2-3's and Pre-School have access to a stimulating and exciting curriculum that gives them a solid start in education and making sure they are ready to take the big step to school. 

Events at Active Learning West Hampstead

  • Join us for our Growing Scientists Open Day

    10 March 2017

    You are cordially invited to our Growing Scientists Open Day

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Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 10 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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