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Bemerton Children's Centre

Bemerton Children's Centre is one of the nurseries directly managed by the council offering integrated care and education.

Bemerton Children’s Centre is located on the Bemerton Estate close to the Caledonian Road and the Barnsbury area. Services available include early learning and childcare, parenting advice, health services and advice on benefits and returning to work. The centre is open 49 weeks per year for families with babies and children aged six months to five years.

At the Centre you will find a friendly family support team; a well-equipped Stay and Play area where children and their families can experience a range of age appropriate activities; a comfortable parent room for coffee mornings, Parent Forum, info sessions and courses; access to advice, specialist services and parenting classes; a well-resourced setting providing part-time nursery education for 3 to 4 year olds and full day care provision from birth to four; a garden where children can develop their motor skills and learn more about the natural world.

What Parents and Carers say about the Centre: “I have more confidence in my parenting skills”; “The opening hours are good and work around working parents”; “Before my child went to the nursery he wouldn’t share toys with family members now, he shares everything. He is also picking up new skills and words everyday from the nursery and at home.”

For information on activities see Bright Start Online activities 

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.

Bemerton is recognised as an Islington Healthy Early Years setting and has received the Healthy Early Years London Bronze 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

020 7527 4806


1a Coatbridge House
Carnoustie Drive
N1 0DX

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

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 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.

Our two SENCOs work closely together; the SENCO for under 3s is an Early Years Teacher and the SENCO for 3-5s is an experienced, qualified teacher. They both access regular training opportunities.

The staff have attended a range of SEND-related training to develop their knowledge and skills including on supporting children's communication, children with autism and SEND. We continue to monitor our training needs and tailr it according to the children's requirements.

We have experience of working with a wide range of children with severe and complex needs.

Differentiated support is offered in the form of Short Term Plans where children with identified needs will be supported to work on specific targets suggested in collaboration with parents and the health professionals involved. We use small group work to focus on language development and all the activities are planned based on children's needs and interests.

The centre benefits from the input of the Children's Centre Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Psychologist and Educational Psychologist. We work closely with the local Health Visiting team and a wide range of health professionals to ensure early identification and intervention.

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
25/09/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Record updated: 03/11/2020