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Prince George to start Montessori nursery in the new year

Published 18/12/2015

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October at Kensington Palace (Chris Jelf/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a photograph taken late October at Kensington Palace (Chris Jelf/PA)
Prince George, with his sister Charlotte, is to start nursery
The Westacre Montessori School nursery in Norfolk, which Prince George will attend before the end of January
Prince George with his uncle Prince Harry leaving Buckingham Palace following the Queen’s Christmas lunch yesterday
File photo dated 14/06/15 of the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, as the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry take part in a charity polo match at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge poses for selfies with in Sydney, Australia.
Prince George pictured earlier this year
The Duke of Cambridge, pictured with his son Prince George, praised the Queen's public service and role in his family
Public role: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son George
Prince George with his father the Duke of Cambridge in the gardens at Sandringham House (copyright Martio Testino /Art Partner/PA)
Prince George
Prince George with his baby sister Princess Charlotte and his parents
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte and family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son Prince George will begin his school life next month when he starts attending a Norfolk nursery.

The two-year-old will be enrolled for a few days a week at the Westacre Montessori School nursery near William and Kate's Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

The nursery said in a statement: "We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery where he will get the same special experience as all our children.''

With the announcement came the release of a touching family photo of William and Kate and their two children George and Princess Charlotte in Kensington Palace's garden.

In the image they are crouching down and Kate balances her daughter on her knee while her son stands next to her - and all four smile for the photographer.

The royal couple are understood to be hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.

George will only attend the nursery while the couple are staying at their Norfolk home and will not be enrolled in classes when they are in residence at Kensington Palace in London.

Montessori is an approach to educating children developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori.

It is founded on the belief that within each person is untapped potential that needs a fertile environment and it aims to develop the whole child naturally, with the period from birth to age six seen as when children have the greatest capacity to learn.

George, who will be begin attending nursery before the end of January, is following in the footsteps of Princess Eugenie who attended the Winkfield Montessori School, in Berkshire, when aged two in 1992.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
The Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
The Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, with their son three month-old Prince George of Cambridge, ahead of his christening
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London

The picture of the Cambridges and their children was taken in late October by photographer Chris Jelf who said: "I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don't have long when there are two young children involved.

"I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public.''

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