Prince George will head off to nursery school in January

Prince George continues to sprout up before our eyes, and the adorable heir to the throne has now reached another milestone: starting school! Prince William and Kate's eldest will start nursery next month in a converted chapel near his parent's Anmer Hall home in Norfolk.

The two-year-old will attend the Westacre Montessori School at East Walton, near King's Lynn, which is about a 20-minute drive from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's mansion.

TAP TO SEE GALLERYPrince George will start nursery at the end of January.

In a statement, the school said: "We are looking forward to welcoming George to our nursery where he will get the same special experience as all of our children."

The nursery, which has been running for 23 years, was Ofsted rated "good" at its last inspection in the summer and takes a maximum of 20 children.

While George will not attend every day, his parents wanted him to be able to enjoy going to a local nursery school while Prince William is on duty as an East Anglia Air Ambulance pilot in Norfolk.

George will attend the Westacre Montessori School at East Walton.

A royal source said: "They thought it was very welcoming and the staff were lovely and would offer Prince George a very special experience."

The nursery opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 AM to 2:45 PM, and Prince George is expected to start attending several mornings a week from the end of January.

The Montessori method was invented by Dr Maria Montessori to teach deprived children in Italy. It focuses on the individual development of each child rather than using tests and grades and children of different ages share classes.

They are encouraged to help each other and learn "practical life skills". There are more than 600 Montessori schools in the UK, but the method has been criticized for giving children too much freedom in the classroom and shunning homework.

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