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.

Nurseries graded Outstanding by Ofsted

Our Lifelong Learning and Camden Road nurseries were both recently inspected by Ofsted and graded as Outstanding. Ofsted said "The overall quality of teaching 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 reports here.

Lifelong Learning
Camden Road

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.

For more information visit

Financial support for adults (aged 19+)

Are you aged 19+? Find out about fees and funding to help you during your adult learning.

Link to Financial support for students aged 16-18

Financial support for 16-18 year olds

If you’re aged between 16 and 18, find out about the financial support that could be available to you.

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