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.