Willow Children's Centre achieved 'Outstanding' in the recent Ofsted inspection. 'The inspirational senior management team creates a highly focused ethos, which is reflected in the positive attitudes of staff, parents and children. Meeting children's care, well-being and learning needs is central to all that they do’. The report states that, ‘Staff have the highest expectations for children's development. The learning environment is filled with stimulating and imaginative resources and learning opportunities, both inside and outside. Children's interests are central to learning and themes are embedded in activities which stimulate the children’.
Willow is situated in the Bright Start West area in a light and spacious purpose-built space. We have a large garden with a large sandpit, a meadow with a bug hotel, climbing equipment and tree house, mud kitchen and space for growing plants and vegetables. There are covered verandah areas which means the outdoors can be accessed easily in all weathers. Willow's garden has been awarded the Islington in Bloom 2020 Silver award for 'Best Chidren's Planting'!
At Willow 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.
As well as providing childcare and education for babies and children from 6 months to 5 years, the Centre offers a range of activities and services including stay and play, fathers’ stay and play, midwifery clinics, family support and employment advice and free healthy start vitamins. The Bright Start West timetable indicates the activities we offer.
Willow 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.
Willow received a Gold Award for 'Best Children's Planting' as part of Islington in Bloom 2019.
Healthy Start vitamins are available at all childen's centres.
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