Natural learning for ages 2—5

german kindergarten
herne hill

The German Kindergarten Herne Hill is located in a large church hall.

There is an extensive outside space with a huge custom built sandpit, lots of activities and grass. Inside is a beautiful large bright clean room. We like to take the children to Brockwell Park to the paddling pools and the playground. Delicious food is freshly prepared on site daily by our German chef.


Dates and times

Autumn: Tuesday 22 August — Tuesday 19 December 17
Spring: Thursday 4 January — Thursday 29 March 18
Summer:  Monday 16 April — Friday 3 August 2018

Monday—Thurs 8:30am—5:30pm  
Friday 8:30am—3:45pm

Open 46 weeks a year

From September we are open 8am—6pm for 50 weeks a year.



Herne Hill Team


bettina sebek

Bettina is the director of The German Kindergarten. She could not find a bilingual nursery for her own three children so founded this one. She holds an MA in German Linguistics and is particularly interested in children’s communication and language. Her aim is to create a rich bilingual environment for children to play and have fun.


Anika Duenbostel

Anika has trained as a nursery school teacher in Germany. She has previously worked at the German Kindergarten and now has completed her Montessori Training and worked in two English Montessori nurseries in London. Her area of interest is body and movement for early years. She believes strongly in project work with children and she is herself a compelling storyteller.


Vanessa Werner

Vanessa is newly qualified early years teacher. She has worked previously in a family centre in Gutersloh. Vanessa is interested in drama for young children. Her strength is to engage children in role play and her compassion and friendliness make her a much thought after play partner.

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Priscilla Akyeampong

Priscilla joined the Kindergarten full time. She is a qualified nursery teacher. Originally from Ghana she grew up in Germany. Her interests are in creative arts and design and she enjoys dance with the children.


linda hillman

Linda is a nursery teacher from Berlin with an Early Years Education MA. She enjoys working with bilingual children and helping them develop in a individual and playful way.


Nico Schober

Nico is with us for one year to finish his training as a nursery school practitioner. He comes from Essen has loves sports in particular football.


Lucy Abbott

Lucy Abbott is a qualified early years practitioner. She grew up in Germany and has worked in various english nursery before joining the German Kindergarten. She is particulary interested in Speech and Language Development having grown up bilingual herself.

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Angela Schmid

Angela is our Kindergarten cook. Originally from Berlin she is passionate about food. She cooks delicious fresh food. The favourite pudding of all times is German waffles and raspberries. Lecker! Yum!





213a Railton Road
London SE24 0LX

T: 020 7733 3445