A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said, “They felt it was ideal as a first step for Princess Charlotte’s early education and they were impressed by the team that work there.”
A spokesperson from the nursery added, “We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”
It’s thought that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge selected the nursery partly for its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. The 2012 report stated, “The educational programme is outstanding. Children actively participate in activities that relate to all areas of learning.
“Topic themes include outings in the local community and visitors to the nursery. This enables children to gain first-hand experiences that effectively consolidate their learning.”
The news shortly followed the unveiling of the Cambridge’s annual Christmas card portrait. Kensington Palace posted the image, which was shot by royal family photographer Chris Jackson, via Twitter.
The family photo was shot earlier this year, before the Duchess’ third pregnancy was announced. This will be one of their portraits as a family of four.
Willcocks is also in a prime location for the Duke and Duchess. The school is ten minutes away from their family home in Kensington Palace, and is located in the hall of Holy Trinity Church, neighbouring the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens.
The school charges £3,000 a term for children attending full-time, Monday to Friday. Term starts Thursday 4th January, although Charlotte’s attendance dates have not been confirmed.
Earlier this year, Charlotte’s older brother, Prince George, 4, started at Thomas’s Battersea, an £18,000 a year preparatory school. He previously attending the Westactre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, located near William and Catherine’s home Amner Hall.
It was reported earlier in the year that the Duke and Duchess wanted no special treatment for George when he joined Thomas’s Battersea. William has spoken previously about his children’s upbringing, saying in 2016, “I would like George and Charlotte to grow up being a little bit more simple in their approach and their outlook.”