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

We run regular nursery tours every Friday at 10.30am. There’s no need to book, just come along on the day but we would appreciate if you arrived punctually! We try our best to run weekly tours but on some occasions the tour will be cancelled. We’ll update our website but you could also drop us a call before you venture out. On the tour, staff will explain the daily routine of the children and parents/carers will have a chance to see the nursery layout. You will also be able to pick up a nursery registration form which can be completed and handed in on the day.


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. Come along to a nursery tour and 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.


Nursery dates for your diary Summer 2018:

    • Monday 30th July – Friday 10th August – Summer closure (Nursery closed to all children)
    • Monday 13th August – Nursery open for AYR children
    • Friday 31st August – Last day for School / Nursery school Leavers)

Term Dates 2018/19

See 2018-2019 term dates here.


Inset & Development Afternoon Dates 2019/20

Inset days (Nursery closed all day):
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Tuesday 14th January 2020
Friday 13th March 2020
Monday 18th May 2020
Thursday 16th July 2020

Development Afternoons (Nursery closed from 2:30pm):
Monday 16th September 2019
Friday 15th November 2019
Thursday 6th February 2020
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Tuesday 23rd June 2020