The Rainbow Montessori School includes three beautiful nurseries, junior school and training college all situated in prime locations throughout North West London. Our very first nursery was established by Rainbow’s founder, Linda Madden, in our West
Hampstead premises in 1982 and was followed with the opening of a second nursery in Highgate Village the following year and by Queen’s Park in 2009. Our nurseries cater for children aged 2 through to 5 years old.

Established since 1984, our Highgate Rainbow Montessori Nursery is the second Rainbow Nursery to
be opened by Linda Madden and is located within one of North London’s most beautiful and culturally rich areas, Highgate Village.


As with all our Rainbow Nurseries, Highgate follows traditional Montessorian teaching methods and structure. At Rainbow
we always strive to provide only the best quality environment and educational materials for your child. All our teachers are fully qualified in Montessori education by recognized Montessori Training Colleges.

Our Highgate site is open plan and located within the tranquillity of a spacious and bright church hall. Our students
enjoy the use of an outdoor play area as well as frequent excursions to the lovely Waterlow Park just behind us. Our curriculum is varied and always fun filled!

If you would like to find out more about what our Highgate Nursery gets up to and what activities and outings they have
planned please feel free to take a peek at our public blog .

Our Teachers

Helen McStay

Head Teacher Mont. Dip. AMI (3 – 6)(6-12)

Helen McstayI trained at the AMI Montessori College in Dublin qualifying with both a 3-6 (1992) and 6-12(1993) diploma. I spent 6 years working in Montessori schools before joining Rainbow as the Elementary 1 class teacher in 2002. Following 5 years working as a class teacher I took on the role of Head teacher and began lecturing for RMTC. More recently I have worked with children aged 18 months to 4 before re-joining Rainbow as the Head teacher of West Hampstead this September. I am currently completing the final year of a Foundation Degree in Psychology for Education Professionals at Birkbeck, University of London.

Ellen Li

Deputy Head Teacher - Montessori Teacher Mont. Dip. MCI Early Years 3 – 6

Ellen has been at Highgate for over 5 years; the first 2 years as a student. She qualified as a Montessori Teacher with Rainbow and took on a part time role and has remained at Highgate happily ever since. She has enjoyed being involved at Highgate and seeing the changes over the years. Miss Ellen lives locally with her partner, a daughter (senior at CLSG) and their dog (Mini Schnauzer) who you may see out walking sometimes!

Caroline Kim

Montessori Teacher Mont. Dip. MCI Early Childhood

CarolineMiss Caroline joined the Highgate team in September 2013 as a student and qualified as a Montessori teacher in July 2014. She is passionate about children's education. Caroline has 3 children who attended Rainbow Montessori School and have very fond memories of their first school!

Sofia Wardere

Classroom Assistant

Sofia WardereHi my name is Sofia. Sofia Wardere I enjoy working with children. I joined the Highgate nursery just this year and love the Montessori teaching and method and wish to learn more. I am also a mum of one.

Cristina Serban

Classroom Assistant

CristinaHi my name is Cristina! I am so excited to join yet another Rainbow site, I first started at our Queens Park Nursery then on to Sheriff Road and now I continue my Rainbow journey at Highgate. I am happy and delighted to have the opportunity to work with children because I believe they are a hope and a promise to mankind, as Maria Montessori once said!