Growing up! Prince George is heading to nursery in January, his parents Prince William and Kate Middleton announced on Friday, December 18.
The 2-year-old tot will start at Norfolk’s Westacre Montessori School nursery before the end of January.
The nursery, which is 10 miles away from his family home, Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate, is housed in a converted chapel and located away from prying eyes, on a private road.
The small educational establishment in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, takes a maximum of 29 children at any one time, and believes in mixed age groups and children having a choice in what they do.
In enrolling Prince George in the modest nursery, Prince William and his wife are staying true to their hopes of giving their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, 7 months, as normal an upbringing as possible. The school costs just $49 a day compared to more up-market establishments near Kensington Palace that can run over $22,000 a year.
A source close to the couple tells Us Weekly that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 33, feel “it’s the perfect choice” for little George while William is working as an air ambulance pilot in the region.
“We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery where he will get the same special experience as all of our children,” the Westacre Montessori School commented in a statement released by Kensington Palace.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Montessori nurseries (an educational method invented by the Italian Maria Montessori which places an emphasis on independence, freedom and social development). Middleton attended a local preschool in Berkshire, where her family lived at the time.
News of Prince George’s important milestone came as the family released a new portrait, also on Friday, December 18, which will serve as the couple’s Christmas card this year.