Bright Start

Ambler Children's Centre and Extended School

Ambler Children's Centre is set in the grounds of Ambler Primary School at the northern end of Blackstock Road, near Finsbury Park. Access to Ambler Children's Centre is via its own entrance on Romilly Road, at the rear of the property.

The Children's Centre provides day care integrated with early education for children aged 6 months to 5 years, all the way to the end of reception class. Term-time only places are also available.

In addition, Ambler Children's Centre provides family support, health services and activities to enhance wellbeing. Our Stay and Plays run throughout the week, providing for children under 1 separately. Baby signing and song and rhyme sessions happen within the Stay and Plays. Please call for details. As a result of sharing space and resources with the school, we are able to offer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes with a crèche. Ambler is a welcoming community with something for all families.

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 here.

Healthy Start vitamins are available to collect here.

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ciara Rush
Contact Position
Head of Centre
020 7359 7628 020 7359 7628
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Name of venue
Ambler Children's Centre
Within Ambler Primary School
Blackstock Road
Entrance via Romilly Road
N4 2DR

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 5 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?
Referral not required
Referral Details

Phone the Children's Centre. The Children's Centre is a popular nursery and has to prioritise places depending 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. The nursery does not prioritise children because they have been on the waiting list for a long time.

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 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.

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
27/01/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

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