Kindergarten London

Our Holistic Approach to Education

Introduction to Kindergarten London at Matthews Hall

Embarking on one’s educational journey is a momentous step for any family and their child. At Matthews Hall Independent School, located in the heart of London, Ontario, we understand the significance of this step. Known for our rich history spanning over a century and founded by Dr. Kate Matthews, our institution has consistently upheld a tradition of excellence and a commitment to nurturing young minds. As we now open our doors to applications for enrollment in September 2024, we invite you to explore what makes Kindergarten London at our school a unique and enriching experience for your child.

Our Holistic Approach to Education

At the very core of our educational philosophy lies the belief in a holistic approach to learning. We believe that each child is unique, and our curriculum is designed to cater to the multifaceted aspects of a child’s development. Through an integration of the Orton-Gillingham teaching methods, we ensure that every student receives personalized attention, fostering an environment where every child is understood, valued, and given the opportunity to thrive.

Our commitment is not just to academic excellence but to the molding of resilient, compassionate citizens of tomorrow. The vibrant campus of Matthews Hall, nestled at 1370 Oxford Street West, serves as a nurturing ground for our students, encouraging them to explore, learn, and grow in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Strengthening Bonds with Community Involvement

At Matthews Hall, the partnership with parents and the broader community plays a pivotal role in the educational journey of our students. We believe that education is not confined within the walls of a classroom but is a collaborative effort that extends beyond. Our open channels of communication and active collaboration with parents ensure that we work together in shaping the educational experience of our students, aligning with our motto, “A Recipe for Grit”.

Our school’s active involvement in the London community through various events and initiatives reinforces our commitment to societal values and the holistic development of our students. This symbiotic relationship enhances the learning experience, providing students with a broader perspective and a sense of belonging and responsibility towards their community.

Extracurricular Excellence

The role of extracurricular activities in a child’s development cannot be overstated. At Kindergarten London at Matthews Hall, we place a strong emphasis on sports, arts, and other extracurricular activities. Through events like basketball games and various competitions, students are provided with ample opportunities to explore their interests, discover new talents, and develop a spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork.

Such activities not only contribute to the physical well-being of the students but also play a crucial role in shaping their character, enhancing their social skills, and fostering a vibrant school culture that celebrates diversity, creativity, and excellence.

Our Commitment to Excellence

As a member of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario and accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, Matthews Hall Independent School has continually set benchmarks in educational excellence. Our experienced and dedicated faculty is our greatest asset, driving our mission forward with passion and commitment.

Our Campus Renewal Plan is a testament to our dedication to creating an environment that inspires creativity, learning, and personal growth. With state-of-the-art facilities and a focus on sustainability, we are preparing our students not just for the challenges of today but for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Why Choose Kindergarten London at Matthews Hall?

  • Comprehensive, holistic education tailored to individual needs.

  • A nurturing environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and resilience.

  • Strong community involvement and partnership with parents.

  • A rich array of extracurricular activities for a well-rounded education.

  • Commitment to excellence with a century-old legacy.

Enrollment Information

We understand that choosing the right kindergarten for your child is a decision of paramount importance. At Matthews Hall Independent School, we are dedicated to providing your child with a nurturing, inspiring, and enriching learning environment. With our application process now open for September 2024, we invite you to become part of our esteemed community.

For more information about Kindergarten London at Matthews Hall and to begin the application process, we welcome you to visit our campus or reach out to our admissions team. Together, let’s embark on an educational journey that sets the foundation for a lifetime of learning, discovery, and success.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Is Kindergarten Free in London?

At Matthews Hall Independent School, we understand the question of affordability is a significant consideration for families. Unlike public education systems, independent schools like ours do not usually offer free tuition. Our commitment lies in providing an unparalleled educational experience through a holistic learning approach, state-of-the-art facilities, and a nurturing environment. The tuition fees invest in your child’s future, enabling us to maintain small class sizes, personalized attention, and a wide range of extracurricular activities. While we understand that this represents a considerable commitment for families, we believe in the long-term value it adds to every child’s educational journey. We also offer financial aid and scholarship programs to assist families in making this valuable investment in their child’s future.

What is Kindergarten Called in London?

In London, Ontario, and indeed throughout much of Canada, the term ‘kindergarten’ is widely used and recognized. It refers to the foundation year of schooling for young children, typically around the ages of four to five years old. However, in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, you might hear the term ‘reception’ being used to describe this initial stage of formal education. Regardless of the terminology, at Matthews Hall Independent School, our Kindergarten program is designed to nurture curiosity, resilience, and a passion for learning in every child, establishing a strong foundation for their educational journey.

What is the UK Equivalent of Kindergarten?

In the United Kingdom, the equivalent of kindergarten is referred to as ‘Reception’. This stage marks the beginning of the Foundation Stage in the UK’s education system, catering to children aged four to five years old. Although the name differs, the essence of inspiring young minds, fostering curiosity, and laying down the educational foundation remains universal. At Matthews Hall Independent School, while we may use the term ‘kindergarten’, our philosophy and objectives align closely with the nurturing and developmental goals seen in ‘Reception’ classes internationally.

Is Kindergarten a Thing in the UK?

While the term ‘kindergarten’ may not be commonly used in the UK, the concept certainly exists. In the UK, early years education for children aged four to five is called ‘Reception’, and it serves a similar purpose as kindergarten in Canada and other countries. It’s the first step in the compulsory education journey, focusing on social, personal, and academic development. At Matthews Hall Independent School, we share the global vision of providing children with a strong educational foundation, fostering a sense of inquiry and a love of learning from the very start.

Why Choose Matthews Hall for Kindergarten?

Choosing Matthews Hall Independent School for your child’s kindergarten experience means choosing a legacy of excellence and a commitment to holistic education. Our curriculum goes beyond academics to include emotional and social development, creative expression, and physical education. We believe in nurturing each child’s unique talents and interests within a supportive community, laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning and success. Our experienced faculty, personalized approach, and vibrant campus life make Matthews Hall the ideal setting for your child’s formative years.

How Does the Holistic Approach Benefit My Child?

A holistic approach to education, like the one we embrace at Matthews Hall Independent School, ensures that learning is not confined merely to academic achievements. Instead, it encompasses the development of the whole child, including their emotional well-being, social skills, physical health, and creative talents. This approach recognizes and celebrates each child’s unique abilities and interests, fostering a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom. By integrating academic excellence with emotional and social learning, we prepare our students not just for school, but for life.

What Extracurricular Activities are Offered?

At Matthews Hall Independent School, we boast a rich array of extracurricular activities designed to complement our academic curriculum and support the holistic development of our students. From sports like basketball to creative arts and community service initiatives, we provide a vibrant spectrum of opportunities for students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and form lasting friendships. These activities not only enhance our students’ physical and social well-being but also contribute to building a well-rounded character, resilience, and a sense of community responsibility.


  • Ministry of Education – Ontario: Official website of the Ministry of Education in Ontario, providing information on educational policies and programs in the province.

  • Department for Education – UK: The UK government’s department responsible for education and children’s services, offering resources on education policies and initiatives.

  • Manitoba Education and Training: Official site for Manitoba’s educational resources, curriculum information, and student services in the province.

  • Edutopia: An online resource for educators with articles, videos, and resources focused on innovative teaching and learning strategies.

  • UNICEF Education: UNICEF’s education section providing information on global education initiatives and resources for promoting quality education worldwide.

Matthews Hall Independent School

+1 519-471-1506
1370 Oxford Street West

London ON N6H 1W2 CA

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