Children PPCC Stage

We see play as a way for children to learn and express themselves

PPCC Nursery (0-5)

At the Paradise Park Children’s Centre nursery we see play as a way for children to learn and express themselves as well as having fun. There are currently 14 regular staff working in our nursery, with qualifications far in excess of those required by Ofsted (the childcare regulator), including Early Years Degrees and NVQ 3 in Education and Care in Early Childhood. Staffing ratios meet national requirements of 1 adult to 3 children for children aged under two, 1-4 for children aged 2-3, and 1-8 for children aged over 3.

We plan for children according to what they show and tell us they want to do and we consult parents about what they’re interested in at home. We use our knowledge of children’s development in planning but also provide open-ended resources and loose parts so children can create their own play. Children get uninterrupted time for play and we work with them as they play to promote the learning they need.

Our open-door policy means that children from 6 months can choose whether and when to play outside in our garden and staff who are trained Forest School leaders take the older children to play and explore a local wood every week. This promotes all areas of children’s development, as they are given the opportunity to enjoy and learn through fun woodland experiences.

The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation curriculum and this breaks into seven different areas of learning. There are three prime areas:

And four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Nursery Tours:

We please to say we are resuming our nursery tours! The tours will take place on the last Friday of the month between 10:15 am and 11 am.

It will need to be booked as only 5 parents are allowed.

To book call 020 7697 7341 or email

List of the dates for the academic year 2022-23


  • 28th October 2022
  • 25th November 2022
  • 16th December 2022


  • 27th January 2023
  • 24th February 2023
  • 24th March 2023
  • 28th April 2023
  • 26th May 2023
  • 23rd June 2023
  • 28th July 2023

Virtual Nursery Tour:


Nursery space availability:

Our nursery is well-respected and very popular with the local community and as such demand for places often outstrips supply. However, places do become available throughout the year. Fill in a nursery registration form to join the waiting list.

For more information about eligibility and fees, please visit the Islington Council website.

Nursery policies and procedures:

You can find our policies and procedures here, including the Nursery Parents Handbook.

Term Dates 2022/23

See 2022-2023 term dates here.

Inset & Development Afternoon Dates 2022/23

Inset days (Nursery closed all day):

  • Monday 5th September 2022 
  • Tuesday, 3rd January 2023
  • Friday, 31st March 2023
  • Thursday, 25th May 2023
  • Wednesday, 21st June 2023

Development Afternoons (Nursery closed from 2:30pm):

  • Thursday, 13th October 2022 
  • Wednesday, 9th November 2022
  • Friday, 17th February 2023
  • Monday, 24th April 2023
  • Tuesday, 25th July 2023