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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

Telephone
020 7527 4806
E-mail
bemerton.eyc@islington.gov.uk
Website
www.islington.gov.uk/.../brightstart

Location

Address
1a Coatbridge House
Carnoustie Drive
Islington
London
Postcode
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?
Yes
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
Yes
3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
Yes
3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
Yes
Tax-free childcare
Yes

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 SENCO is an Early Years Teacher, she has attended SENCO training provided by the local authority and liaises regularly with area SENCO She is experienced in applying for EHCPs and supports families through the process whilst working alongside the team of professionals.  

We have a continual professional development programme where staff have been supported to access training on autism, PECS and speech and language. We have in-house training developed on positive behaviour strategies and special educational needs. Staff have accessed adult child interaction training.

The centre has supported children with complex medical needs where specialist equipment and intervention has been required, children low functioning autism and children with speech and language needs. We have a sensory room onsite supporting children with complex needs.

All children with SEN are supported by short term plan. The SENCO works alongside the key worker and team around the child to identify the best possible care and support for the child. We run attention builder sessions, small story groups and language groups on site. Parent workshops are run by the SENCO and we have access to a Drama Therapist where the need arises. 

We have good links with our Area SENCO; Speech and Language; Health Visiting team; Educational Psychologist; Nurses/specialist – for babies and children with medical conditions requiring specialist support.

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: 05/02/2021