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Packington Children's Centre

Packington Children's Centre operates from four sites. Our community and outreach services at the Packington Hub include family support and drop-in sessions; antenatal and post natal clinics; child health reviews; housing advice and information sessions.

Packington Children's Centre has two nursery sites, with one in Popham Road and another off Ecclesbourne Road - both just five minutes' walk from Essex Road station.

Our nursery on Popham Road has been awarded 'Outstanding' twice in the last five years and has 22 places for children aged 3 months to 3 years. Bentham Court, Packington's newest nursery has just received an 'Outstanding' Ofsted report in March 2018. The new nursery provides an addiitonal 35 full-time, high quality day care and education for children aged 2-5 years. Both nurseries are very popular with parents and provide children with a rich learning environment.

We host an open morning/tour of the nursery for new parents on the last Friday of every month. Booking is essential for this tour.

We run stay and play sessions for parents with children aged 0 to 5.

For information on activities from 2 January to 17 April 2020 see the Bright Start South Timetable.

You can read the most recent Ofsted report for Packington Children's Centre here.  You can read the most recent Ofsted inspection report for Packington@Bentham Court here.

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

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Packington 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
Ana Sevilla
020 7226 6436 - Daycare Services, Popham Road
020 7527 4008 - Early Education and Childcare, Bentham Court
020 7527 4089 - Bright Start South Admin


Packington Childrens Centre
32a Popham Road
N1 8SJ
Additional address
The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul's Street,
N1 7UG
Additional address
Herongate House, Basire Street,
N1 8TJ
Additional address
Bentham Court Ecclesbourne Road
N1 3AA

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Last day Friday 20 December, reopens Thursday 2 January 2020.

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 in Islington who cares for a child under 5
Can I refer myself?
How to refer or apply

Phone the Children's Centre

Childcare information

2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
Tax-free childcare

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Our SENCO is fully trained to Level 4 and has extensive experience. Our full staff team are highly experienced and trained; all use Makaton sign language and PECS to support communication with children.

We have wide experience of working with children with complex needs, in particular we have adapted one of our nursery sites to support children with hearing impairment by installing acoustic panels.

We run small language groups on both our nursery sites and also deliver more specialist Chatterpillars and Little Leaps groups for children with more complex speech and language needs.

The children's centre has a named speech and language therapist and CAMHS worker and we have excellent link with our health visiting team.

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
24/02/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Record updated: 29/05/2020