Packington Children's Centre

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 25 places for children aged 3 months to 3 years. Bentham Court, Packington's newest nursery received an 'Outstanding' Ofsted report in March 2018. The Bentham Court 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. You can also take a virtual tour of the Popham Road site or the Bentham Court site.

More information on Bright Start services for families with children under 5, including the timetable of local and online activities.

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 to collect here.

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 7226 6436 - Daycare Services, Popham Road 020 7527 4008 - Early Education and Childcare, Bentham Court 020 7527 4008 - Early Education and Childcare, Bentham Court
Packington Children's Centre
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Name of venue
Packington Childrens Centre
32a Popham Road
N1 8SJ

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 in Islington who cares for a child under 5
Can I refer myself?
Referral not required
Referral Details

The Centre is popular and prioritises children 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.

You can apply for a place at a children’s centre by either collecting an application form from the centre or phoning and asking for one to be emailed to you. You can then return it in person or email back. If your child is offered a place, an admissions meeting will be arranged where you can bring in the relevant paperwork (proof of address etc) and the administrator will help you with the forms that need to be signed.

Centres are not offering tours at this time but you can see the rooms through a virtual tour and/or photo leaflets. If you would like any more information about protective measures in place at the centres to minimise risk of transmission of Covid-19 or curriculum practice and provision in general, please phone and ask to speak to the Head or Executive Head who will be happy to speak with you.

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 

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