College nurseries

City and Islington College nursery

The College has two nurseries which provide places for students’ children aged 2-5 years. The nurseries are based at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology on Camden Road and the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park. 

Our nurseries

We aim to provide within our 2 nurseries a service which fosters children’s active learning, development and the well being of every child in our care. Therefore it is our aim to: Provide quality day care within our nurseries under the guidance of the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to ensure better outcomes for children and families.

The aims of the Nurseries are:

  • To provide a secure, happy caring environment for all our users that gives every child the best start.
  • To ensure our children are seen as individuals and their needs are met to help our children reach their full potential. Our Key Early Years Practitioners build positive relationships with their children and strive to gain a true understanding of their Key Children.
  • To provide respect and understanding for all religions and cultures. We celebrate festivals and events that are meaningful to the children and their families. We encourage positive attitudes, awareness and respect of diversity.
  • We aim to build on each child’s self esteem and together with mutual care and respect for others we can encourage children to make a positive contribution to the nursery and the wider community. This is achieved in partnership with parents.
  • To comply with the regulations set out by the Local Authority (The Children Act 2004) and to follow college procedures and the College Mission Statement.
  • To provide a key person system.
  • To support each child’s learning and development through observation, assessment and planning. (EYFS) 

For more information about the Nursery, such as nursery term dates and procudures, you can download our Nursery Information Booklet.

Camden Road Nursery wins award!

In March 2012 City and Islington College’s Camden Road Nursery joined the Islington Register of Good Practice which is awarded to Early Years settings within the borough. The Nursery’s outdoor play area was recognised for having good practice in developing a small city outdoor environment.

The nursery has a multi-sensory garden which supports children’s learning. The garden provides opportunities for children to dig and grow healthy foods in a small space. The nursery was chosen to join the register of good practice as it provides an enabling environment for children which has been developed within a natural setting.

At a presentation to launch Islington’s new register, Deborah Evans, Head of College Nurseries, and Diane Martinez, Deputy Nursery Manager, presented a case study which included descriptions of their areas of expertise, the process of setting up the multi-sensory garden, the barriers they faced and the impact of the improved provision for children. 

All of this work has been achieved by working in partnership with Islington Early Years Foundation Team who have been generous in the support and funding they have given.

Finsbury park nursery graded Good by Ofsted

The nursery at the Centre for Lifelong Learning was recently inspected by Ofsted and graded as Good. Ofsted said "The overall quality of teaching is good and some is outstanding. Staff provide a varied and interesting range of activities, both indoors and outdoors, that are based on children's interests. As a result, children make good progress in their learning and development."

Read the full report here.

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.

What you get: You may receive up to £175 a week (deposits paid and holiday retainers).

What you need: You need to be a parent aged under 20. You can claim this benefit as long as the other parent is not available to provide childcare (e.g. if they are working) and they are not claiming Childcare Tax Credit.

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