"I started READY STEADY GO in September 1988, in a garden flat in Primrose Hill, as a morning-only group for ten children. It has since grown into a pre-school programme for 200 children, across three centres. I’m honoured to say that all three are recognised as outstanding, not only by Ofsted but also by the many families who have entrusted their children’s care and development to us over the past 34 years.
Having begun my career in education as a secondary school teacher, I later studied Child Development & Education, gaining Early Years Teacher Status and taking an MA in Infant Mental Health. I have built a brilliant team of Early Years educators, supported by expert specialists.
READY STEADY GO has grown steadily over the past three decades. In October 1997, the local playgroup at Primrose Hill Community Centre was suddenly closing. READY STEADY GO stepped in, and RSG Fitzroy Road started up. In 2000, RSG St John’s Wood began in an adventure playground, later moving to its current home – a church which has been beautifully converted by us to accommodate our largest centre.
In 1992, Creative Workshops – now known as ABC – started up. In 2000, RSG Beginners was born. Both of these provide something I would have welcomed as a new parent and never found – a consistent group of families with young children, led and guided by wise and skilled teachers supporting new parents with great ways to interact with small children.
Our staff at RSG are some of the best in Early Years, and we have an exceptionally low staff turnover. Several of our team have been with us for over 20 years, and Amanda Neil, our Head of Education and Lead SENCO, has been with us since we opened.
In 2021, I stepped down as Principal, handing the reins to my deputy, Harriet Darley. I am still deeply involved in READY STEADY GO, and hope to continue to be so for many years to come."
Jennifer Silverton, Founder
Child's Drawing of Jennifer by Bella Wakely