Our History

The Kindergartens is a family run group of nursery schools in central London which have been educating children aged 2 to 5 years for over 28 years. They were founded in 1991 by Carol Evelegh and her late husband Philip. Carol takes an active role in their development and she is supported in her role at The Kindergartens by Mrs Joanne Allen, who is the Vice Principal.

Carol has taught children aged 2 to 13 for the past 36 years in both the state and independent sector. She is a trained special needs teacher. Carol has spent the past 33 years working with Thomas’s London Day Schools firstly as a reception teacher whilst in her early twenties. She went on to be Deputy Head of Thomas’s Kensington and then Director of Thomas’s Kindergartens before becoming the inaugural Head of Thomas’s Clapham. Carol left this role in 2012 after 19 years of headship. 

Carol is a former governor of The King’s School, Canterbury.  Her daughter Pips is a qualified teacher and her son James is a lawyer. Pips is a founder member of The Kindergartens.