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Willow Children's Centre

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 Children's Centre has achieved the Healthy Early Years London Gold Award. 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.

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. 

For information on activities from 24 April to 26 July see the Bright Start West Summer Timetable. For information on activities from 29 July to 30 August see the Bright Start West Summer Holiday Timetable.

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

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mita Pandya, Executive Head
020 7527 1990
020 7527 1991


1a Holbrooke Court
off Tufnell Park Road
N7 0BF

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Summer 2019: Last day Thursday 15th August - Monday 2nd September - Tuesday 3rd September inset day, 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 Early Years Centre is a popular nursery who 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.

Additional Languages
Turkish, Greek, Gaelic and Igbo.

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?

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

Our two SENCOs work closely together; the SENCO for under 3s has an Early Years Teacher qualification 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 profound deafness. We continue to monitor training needs and tailor it according to the children's requirements.

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 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 Lanaguage 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
18/06/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Record updated: 16/07/2019