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Willow Children's Centre

Willow Children's Centre is situated in the Bright Start West area in a light and spacious purpose-built space. We have a large garden with a large sandpit, a meadow with a bug hotel, climbing equipment and tree house, mud kitchen and space for growing plants and vegetables. There are covered verandah areas which means the outdoors can be accessed easily in all weathers.

As well as providing childcare and education for babies and children from 6 months to 5 years, the Centre offers a range of activities and services including stay and play, fathers’ stay and play, midwifery clinics, family support  and employment advice and free healthy start vitamins. The Bright Start West timetable indicates the activities we offer. 

At Willow Children’s Centre we have an integrated, holistic and responsive approach which develops children’s physical health, emotional wellbeing, creative and critical thinking skills. This is done through sensitive interaction, an enabling environment and parent partnership so all children reach their full potential to achieve positive outcomes.

“Children make outstanding progress in their personal development and behaviour. staff place children’s welfare at the centre of everything they do. Staff are highly skilled in ensuring children develop strong emotional attachments. Strategies are securely in place to help children who need extra support feel confident and safe in their care”. Ofsted. You can read the most recent Ofsted report here.

The services have been highly rated by users. The Centre has been awarded 'You’re Welcome' Accreditation in recognition of provding a “young people friendly service”.

For information on activities from 24 April to 26 July see the Bright Start West Summer Timetable.

Healthy Start vitamins are available at all childen's centres.

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Willow is recognised as an Islington Healthy Early Years setting and has received the Healthy Early Years London Gold Award.

Islington Healthy Early Years works with settings to ensure a good level of support for the health and wellbeing of children under five and their families.  Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) is an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London which recognises Early Years settings’ achievements in child health, wellbeing and development.  More information about the London award is available here.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mita Pandya, Executive Head
Telephone
020 7527 1990
020 7527 1991
E-mail
willow.eyc@islington.gov.uk
Website
www.islington.gov.uk/.../brightstart

Location

Address
1a Holbrooke Court
off Tufnell Park Road
London
Postcode
N7 0BF

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Other Details

Age Ranges
Childcare services are for children aged 6 months to 4 years
Cost Details
There is a charge for children under 3 and for those 3- and 4-year-olds who stay longer than the free education hours.
Who is this service for?
Everyone living in Islington who cares for a child under 5.
Can I refer myself?
Yes
How to refer or apply

Phone the Children's Centre. The Early Years Centre is a popular nursery who has to prioritise places depending on whether the child: is at risk or in need; has special educational needs; lives in Islington; lives close to the nursery; is the right age for the space available; has parents who are working or studying full-time. The nursery does not prioritise children because they have been on the waiting list for a long time.

Additional Languages
Turkish, Greek, Gaelic and Igbo.

Childcare information

2 year old funding
No
3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
Yes
3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
Yes
Tax-free childcare
Yes

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

We have experience of working with a wide range of children with severe and complex needs.

Our two SENCOs work closely together; the SENCO for under 3s has an Early Years Teacher qualification and the SENCO for 3-5s is an experienced, qualified teacher. They both access regular training opportunities.

The staff have attended a range of SEND-related training to develop their knowledge and skills including on supporting children's communication, children with autism and profound deafness. We continue to monitor training needs and tailor it according to the children's requirements.

Differentiated support is offered in the form of Short Term Plans where children with identified needs will be supported to work on specific targets suggested in collaboration with parents and health professionals involved. We use small group work to focus on language development and all the activities are planned based on children's needs and interests.

The centre benefits from the input of the Children's Centre Speech and Lanaguage Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Educational Psychologist. We work closely with the local Health Visiting Team and a wide range of health professionals to ensure early identification and intervention.

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
27/10/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Record updated: 17/05/2019