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Archway Children's Centre

Archway Children’s Centre achieved 'Outstanding' in the recent Ofsted inspection. The effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning, assessment, personal development, behaviour, welfare and outcomes for children is all outstanding.

The report states that, ‘Staff build exceptionally strong partnerships with parents. Children are happy and feel safe in the children’s centre. The management team is inspirational. Children are exceptionally well prepared for their next stage in learning and for their move to school.’

Archway Children's Centre is situated in the Bright Start West area in a light and spacious purpose-built space. We have a family-friendly cafe which provides healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals and a spacious garden with chickens, mud kitchens and a calm space to explore natural materials.

Archway Children’s Centre is in the register of good practice for ‘Providing Adventurous Learning Through Forest School Experiences’ and for ‘Imaginative Approaches to Exploring Media and Materials’. It also has the status for Healthy Children’s Centre and Healthy Early Years.

As well as providing childcare and education for babies and children from 6 months to 5 years, the Centre offers a wide range of activities and services including stay and play, chatterpillars, zumba, midwifery clinic, health clinic, family support surgery, free healthy start vitamins and breastfeeding support.

At Archway 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.

There are also a range of exciting volunteering opportunities available at the centre including working with children and families in sessions, leading exciting projects or helping in our café and gardens.

A recent EYFS review report stated, ‘Archway Children’s Centre demonstrates commitment to all the children, families and users of the centre. First hand experiences and appropriate challenges are offered to meet the developmental needs of the children’.

The services have been highly rated by users: “We love the sessions! Coming to the Centre is the best part of the week!”; "thank you for giving a wonderful start to her education – it could not have been bettered. We couldn’t have asked for more!"

For information on activities from 4 September to 20 December see the Bright Start West Autumn Timetable.

You can read the most recent Ofsted report here.

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

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Archway is recognised as an Islington Healthy Early Years setting and has received the Healthy Early Years London Silver 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
020 7527 4827


Vorley Road
N19 5HE

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Summer 2019: Last day Thursday August 15th - Monday 2nd - Tuesday 3rd September inset days, Wednesday 4th September open to children

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?
How to refer or apply

Phone the Children's Centre. 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.

Childcare information

2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Our setting welcomes children with SEND and we are committed to working with parents and other professionals to provide good inclusive practice. Our Islington link Area SENCO provides us with support, advice and training re children with SEND.

You can download a copy of our Special Needs and Disability Policy.

We have a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who has a number of higher education qualifications including BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Qualified Teacher status. The skills and training of our SENCO include training on autism, social communication, meaningful transitions for children with SEND, Makaton, and early years mental health and wellbeing.

Our staff also have PECS training, Downright Excellent training (Down Syndrome), Every Child a Talker (ECAT), Adult Child Interaction training.

We have experience of working with children with a wide range of needs including autism, Down Syndrome, speech delay, emotional needs and a range of severe and complex needs.

We run a number of groups to support children with SEND. These include: language groups, SEN target groups, play therapy sessions, sing and sign groups, behaviour workshops, sleep clinic, fussy eating workshops, Read it 2 sessions.

We have good links with a range of professionals including: Social Communication Team; Early Years Development Team; audiology; community nursing; health visiting; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; speech and language; educational psychology; Richard Cloudesley Outreach Service; Downright Excellent; Rainbow Trust - respite care. 

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
24/10/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Record updated: 02/09/2019