About Kinder Lodge

Kinder Lodge was opened in 2000 in the outstanding greenbelt surroundings of Verulam Playing Fields, next to the Oaklands Grange development.  Our purpose built Norwegian Log cabin was inspired by fairy tales as we wanted somewhere magical and inspiring for children to learn. read more

It is divided into four learning areas and has a large garden. In addition to our nursery facilities we have exclusive use of the field and woodland area for county walks and sports activities. The site benefits from a large car park for parent parking.

Click on the links below to discover more about what happens during a typical day at Kinder Lodge together with information about admissions, fees and opening hours.

Are you looking for a children's nursery in Harpenden or Wheathampsted? Many of our families travel from outside of the St Albans area to attend our nursery school because of our unique approach, flexible attendance and outstanding facilities.

Every parent wants their child to have the best possible start in life and the best experiences before they head off to primary school. Those formative years when a child attends day care are vital in the early development of a child. If those years are care free but structured, happy and productive years then a child is more likely to enjoy and excel at school.

Providing daycare provision for children aged 2-5 years old, the happiness and development of your child is our key concern, which is why we’ve created a friendly, happy and creative environment in which each individual child can flourish.

If you’re looking for a children’s nursery in Wheathampsted, Harpenden or the surrounding areas then look to Mount Carmel Kindergarten. Based in St Albans, our nursery will offer everything you’ve been looking for in a pre-school education and day care centre.

What we offer

Unique Approach

Unique Approach

Our unique “carousel” method of early years education settles children and enhances their learning by offering them with a broad range of learning experiences in every session.

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Flexible Attendance

Flexible Attendance

We offer a unique alternative to traditional day care by providing flexible attendance – combining quality pre-school education with extended hours and optional holiday clubs.

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Exceptional Facilities

Exceptional Facilities

Both sites are newly refurbished, well resourced and boast exceptional outside facilities. Our green belt locations also offers access to country walks and woodland activities.

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Family Run

Family Run

Lucia and Franco Federici, themselves parents of 10 children, have run the school since 1985.  Most families hear about us through personal recommendation and  some even attended themselves as children.

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Opening Hours

Opening Hours :

Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm


8.00am - 9.00am - Breakfast club

9.00am - 5.00pm - Full day session

Children attend between three to five sessions per week during the term time. We run an optional holiday club, exclusively for children at Mount Carmel Kindergarten. Parents can book the holiday club on an ad hoc basis or as part of their child's yearly plan.

Note, the nursery school is closed on Bank Holidays.

Term Dates

Spring Term 2024

Friday 5th January to Thursday 28th March

February Half Term Holiday Club – Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February

Easter Holiday Club -  Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th April & Monday 8th April to Friday 12th April

Summer Term 2024

Monday 15th April to Friday 19th July

May Half Term Holiday Club – Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31th May

Summer Holiday Club - Monday 5th August to Friday 30th August

Autumn Term 2024

Monday 9th September to Friday 20th December

October Half Term Holiday Club - Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November

Christmas Holiday Club - Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd January


Spring Term 2025

Monday 6th January to Monday 7th April

February Half Term Holiday Club – Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February

Easter Holiday Club -  Tuesday 8th April to Friday 11th April & Monday 14th April to Thursday 17th April

Summer Term 2025

Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 18th July

May Half Term Holiday Club – Tuesday 27th May to Friday 30th May

Summer Holiday Club - Monday 4th August to Friday 29th August

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