The Maryam’s Ethos

The tree of life welcomes & shelters us beneath its boughs, bearing fruit to sustain us. It is home to a vibrant community of creatures. It grows & flourishes, connecting us to our roots. It is our family tree.

Our teaching method

Through years of professional experience and expert collaboration, we have developed a unique teaching method for your child to learn through play and shared experiences.

Creative play

Creativity is key to early-stage development and we love letting our kids explore, get messy, cook or make music. Learning is meant to be fun!

Maryam’s family (our team)

We’ve had the pleasure of growing our family to include our passionate team of carers that all have a high standard of qualifications. Each team member is trained in the Maryam’s way to carry on her high standard of childcare. 

Outdoor adventures

At Maryam’s, we believe that being outdoors is vital to a child’s wellbeing and development, teaching them healthy habits early on. We take our nursery’s outdoor activities very seriously and make sure our children spend a good part of their day interacting with nature.

Organic nutrition

We believe that food is key to the development of healthy, happy children. That’s why our chef sources only the best organic ingredients to prepare every meal.

Our community

The Maryam’s community has become a close-knit family, supporting parents and children alike. Through this community, we run regular events and support groups to give our community a chance to meet like-minded individuals.  


Every child is unique 

We believe that every child is a unique individual, continually growing in independence and capability.

  • What is our unique teaching method?

    Your child’s growth and development is at the heart of everything we do. With the help of Dr Elenor Kitto and Dr Helen Bradford, we’ve developed our own method of teaching at Maryam’s nursery.

    With the love and support of our team, each child is encouraged to develop in their unique way, and our activities are tailored specifically to fit every child’s needs.

  • A family-centred approach to teaching

    Our unique teaching method is centred around developing and growing together as a family.

    Through our community-based activities, we encourage children to learn about the world around them through active feeling, touching, exploring and imitating.

  • Every child is unique

    Every day, we run tutor assisted educational classes, either in groups or on an individual basis. We are continually observing and assessing your child to ensure that all our activities are suitable for their unique learning path.

    We incorporate elements of a healthy lifestyle, such as organic nutrition and frequent activities in nature, into our daily activities to instigate positive habits from an early stage.

The people involved

As a second-generation family-owned nursery, we’re very hands-on in the running of our childcare facility. Azi, who head’s up Maryam’s, is directly involved in the day-to-day activities, and Maryam herself checks in every so often to make sure everything’s running as it should. 

We work with a number of professionals in the field of early years to plan the daily schedule and are also incredibly lucky to have a dedicated team of carers that excel in what they do.

Our Family Story

Dr Eleanor Kitto

Dr Eleanor Kitto is a specialist in Early Years and Primary Education. She is currently Programme Leader for the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) PGCE Programme at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

She has taught across Early Years and Primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programmes and on the Early Years Education MA Programme.

In addition, Eleanor works in the Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education (CTEY) which is based at the IOE, and supports the development of Early Childhood Education through international collaborations.

After completing a BA (Hons) in Primary Education, Early Years with QTS degree, Eleanor worked as an Early Years and Primary School Teacher for 15 years, whilst also completing an MA in Education (MA Ed) and a Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Dr Helen Bradford

Dr Helen Bradford is an early years consultant with a background in nursery teaching. She has taught and led on early years courses at the University of Cambridge and UCL Institute of Education.

Her research incorporates aspects of child literacy development, including how children learn through play.

Her PhD looked at two-year-old children and their early engagement with writing. She has written many publications over the past twenty years on effective early years practice.

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