Coronavirus update: Following Government instruction all schools and early years settings are closed until further notice to children unless they are children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Parents of these children in Islington have been contacted directly by their children’s nursery and should speak to the centre if they have any questions.
Other services such as stay and plays, parenting programmes and health and well-being sessions have been postponed until further notice. Community midwifery clinics are continuing in children’s centres. Please contact your midwife directly if you have any questions.
We are developing a programme of activities which will available online shortly and teams are supporting parents over the phone. We are encouraging all parents to sign up to our fortnightly Bright Start, Bright Ideas newsletter and Quick Tips
For more information on what is available or to speak to someone in your area please contact:
- East BrightStartEast@islington.gov.uk, 020 7527 8465
- West BrightStartWest@islington.gov.uk, 020 7527 8441
- South BrightStartSouth@islington.gov.uk, 020 7527 4089
Alternatively you can contact the Family Information Service on 020 7527 5959, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a family support worker they will continue to remain in contact with you during this period. For information about Bright Start family support services see the Family Support page. Bright Start stay and play sessions are not running until further notice.
Bright Start Islington services are for under-5s and their families.
You can find our services in children's centres, nurseries, health centres, community centres and libraries across Islington. We support families from pregnancy to a child's fifth birthday.
As well as childcare and early education, Bright Start Islington provides activities and services including:
- Stay and play sessions: toys and activities for under-5s
- Child health clinics
- Health visiting
- Parenting programmes
- Free healthy start vitamins
- Speech and language therapy
- Breastfeeding support and infant feeding advice
- Benefits advice
- Help with finding work
Bright Start venues are places you can meet other parents, support each other, and you can make your voice heard by getting involved in designing and reviewing local services.
Find out what's on today!
See the Bright Start timetable for free and low cost local activities from 2 January to 17 April 2020
(includes Margaret McMillan, North Islington, Hornsey Road, Ambler, Conewood and The Factory children's centres)
(includes Archway, Bemerton, Hungerford, Kate Greenaway, Paradise Park, Willow children's centres)
(includes New River Green, Packington, Moreland, Golden Lane children's centres)
To register for Bright Start services, fill in a registration form, or drop into your local children's centre or other Bright Start venues, including health centres and community centres.
You can drop in to any of your local Bright Start venues for activities, advice and information, but to find out which Bright Start area you live in, go to the homepage of Islington's website and scroll down to 'Your Local Area'
For more information about your local Bright Start Islington services, and how you can get involved in shaping services, call the Family Information Service on 020 7527 5959.