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 2021-22


  • 29th October 2021
  • 26th November 2021
  • 17th December 2021


  • 28th January 2022
  • 25th February 2022
  • 25th March 2022
  • 29th April 2022
  • 27th May 2022
  • 24th June 2022
  • 29th July 2022

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 2021/22

See 2021-2022 term dates here.

Inset & Development Afternoon Dates 2021/22

Inset days (Nursery closed all day):

  • Wednesday 1st September 2021
  • Thursday 2nd September 2021
  • Tuesday 8th February 2022
  • Monday 4th April 2022
  • Friday 17th June 2022

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

  • Monday 18th October 2021
  • Tuesday 4th January 2022
  • Friday 11th March 2022
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022
  • Thursday 7th July 2022