Helping you choose the right childcare


We've researched the best-known nurseries in Stoke Newington and the results are below.  It's worth checking out their latest Ofsted reports for an idea of how they're doing.

We're continually adding to the site, but if the nursery you're interested in isn't registered or if you'd like to look up an individual childminder, visit


This report by the Learning Trust is also incredibly helpful


There are also plenty of fabuous local nannies and childminders - check they're Ofsted registered and police record checked before you sign up.

If you're after a babysitter, childminder, nanny or even a midwife there are some fantastic websites dedicated to helping. We can't vouch for them but it's a good place to start. Check out Local organisation Nanny Network can also put you in touch with nannies and babysitters and can provide CRB certificates.  Visit

N16 Tots

Opening times: 8am-6pm 49 weeks of the year


This privately-run nursery opened in 2013 and operates from a recently-refurbished building. The provider owns two other nursery settings, one of which acts as a feeder for this young group of children. Children are taken to the park every day.


Visit: Contact the nursery: 0207 3542772 or email

Apple Blossom Nursery

This lovely little nursery offers a stimulating and caring environment for children aged six months to five years. They offer a well-planned programme, with activities and resources tailored to each child. This nursery was ranked 'good' by Ofsted, who describe a "warm, friendly atmosphere."

Sandbrook Community Playgroup

Opening times: 9am-12pm and 12.45pm – 4pm during term time.

This playgroup opened in 1978 and operates from a two storey terraced house with an secure outdoor play area. It welcomes children from a wide catchment area – a maximum of 18 attend each session. All receive funding for nursery education. The playgroup employs 5 staff, each with the appropriate childcare qualification from level 3. Children can attend for a maximum of 5 sessions a week which can be taken flexibly and linked together by a Lunch Club to provide care from 9am until 4pm if required.

Visit the playgroup’s website:

Sunrise Day Nursery

Opening times: Weekdays 8.30am till 5pm for 46 weeks of the year.


Registered in 1992 as part of the Sunrise Education Trust, this nursery operates from a three-storey building. Children have the use of two playrooms; one on the ground floor and one on the first floor, and a dining room in the basement – all accessed by stairs. There is a secure outdoor play area. The nursery employs 10 staff, most of whom have suitable childcare qualifications. They include a qualified teacher. Teaching methods follow the Montessori approach alongside the nursery’s Neo-Humanist philosophy. There are around 25 children on roll in the early years age group. The nursery is in receipt of funding for the provision of free early education to children aged 3 and 4.


Visit the nursery’s website:

Phoenic House Montessori

Age range: 6 months - 5 years

Opening times: weekdays 8am till 6pm 50 weeks of the year.

Cost: From £37 to £66.50 per day equivalent price (minimum two days or four half days)


Based in a converted Victorian house. Occupying four floors and a garden area, the nursery was registered in 1991. Children have access to three group rooms and a secure outdoor area. The nursery can occupy up to 50 children and supports a number of children who speak an additional language. The nursery uses Montessori teaching methods.


Visit: or call 0208 880 2550


Opening Times: 8am - 6pm for 48 weeks of the year.

Age range: newborn - 5 years


This committee run group was registered in 1973. It features an enclosed area for outdoor play. Children attend for a variety of sessions. The nursery is registered on the Early Years Register and both the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. Up to 47 children can attend at any one time. There are 23 staff.

Visit: or contact 020 7254 7930

Monkey Puzzle

The newly registered Monkey Puzzle Stoke Newington Day Nursery is owned by mum of two, Chiara.   Their nursery cares for children aged 3 months through to pre-school. It occupies the second and third floor above the Methodist Church on Stoke Newington High Street and has two beautiful secluded roof terraces at the rear of the building.  They have three dedicated playrooms for various age groups, each reflecting the seven areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

All their practitioners are L3 qualified or higher and they have lots of planned activities to keep children engaged whilst having fun. They have weekly sports (football, yoga, gymnastics, tennis) and Spanish lessons. 

 Menus have been approved by Hackney Eat Better Start Better programme and all meals are made from scratch onsite by chef Sherifat. Nappies, wipes, formula and meals are included in the daily fee. 

They are open from 8AM to 6PM, 51 weeks a year and are closed only over Christmas and public holidays. 

Call or email to arrange a visit.



Call: 0203 538 4790


Opening times: 8am till 6pm all year round

This nursery in 1992 in a one-storey building. Access is via a secure driveway and children have the use of two large play areas, a toddler unit and a pre-school, which include several smaller play areas.  The nursery is registered on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. 49 children can attend at any one time, of those not more than 21 may be under 2 years. The nursery employs around 20 suitably qualified staff and supports children with special educational needs.


Visit: or call 0207 9230720

Mini Home

Address: 14 Allen Road, N16 8SD.

Opening times: 8am till 6pm

Age range: 3 months to 5 years


This day nursery opened in 2003 in a converted studio building. Space includes three base rooms, a dance studio and a secure outside play area. It accommodates up to 70 children at any one time, has around 26 permanent staff. Most children attend on a full-time basis.


Visit Minihome direct at or call 0207 2490725

N Family Club

Address - 5 Defoe Road (& opening another soon at 110 Church Street, N16)

Opening times: 7am-7pm, Monday to Friday

Closed for 2 inset days per year & 1 week at Christmas.

Age range: 3 months - 5 years


N Family Club opened its first Stoke Newington nursery in 2017 and was rated Outstanding by OFSTED in early 2019. The nursery offers daily Forest School for the over 3s, expressive arts and music as part of the core programme, fresh meals prepared daily by an on-site chef, and a cafe for parents. Outside of nursery hours, they run Family Club events & workshops for parents & families, which is free for all nursery members. 


In June 2020 they will be opening a new nursery on Church Street, for baby and toddler groups. 

For more information, visit, or call 020 3865 7402. 

The Bath House Children's Community Centre

Age range: 18 months to 8 years

Opening hours: weekdays 8.30am till 6.15pm for 48 weeks of the year


Registered in 1997, this community centre is run by a board of trustees and provides full day care, after school care and holiday play scheme facilities. The Bath House is a single-storey building with access to four group rooms and an enclosed outside play area. There are around 70 children on the roll, of which 28 receive funding for nursery education. The centre supports a large number of children who speak English as a second language. It employs 31 staff, most of whom have appropriate early years qualifications.

Visit the nursery’s website: or call 0207 923 7754

William Patten Daycare

Opening times: weekdays 8.30am - 4pm  Monday-Friday, after schoold club (Monday-Thursday termtime only (4pm-6pm).

The nursery is open for 49  weeks of the year

Age range: 2-5 years

Cost: £6 per hour

Registered in 2006, this nursery, situated within the grounds of William Patten School, is on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Registers. Up to 24 children can attend at any one time. 


Visit: or call 0207 9237803

Little Londoners Day Nursery

Little Londoners Day Nursery, which occupies three rooms in the courtyard of St Michael and All Angels Church, employs a qualified Early Years Teacher and has a strong focus of learning through play.


The nursery has been divided into three main spaces – the ‘serene room’ offers space to relax and ponder and has a comfy sofa and a tepee, the ‘humming room’ offers space for arts and crafts and the ‘gallery room’ is a lovely display space. Staff plan to take children on regular trips to local libraries, parks and shops.


Run by two local mothers, there’s a strong emphasis on health and this is reflected in the food they serve. There’s a strict policy against processed food and they only use organic fruit and vegetables, mostly locally sourced.


Prices start at £52 per day and the nursery is open 8am – 6pm Mondays to Fridays for 49 weeks of the year.        



Free Range Urban Kids

FRUK is an Ofsted registered Forest School founded in 2014 by Hayley Mitchell and Elizabeth Hassay, two local mothers who believe in the Forest School ethos of child led outdoor learning through play. 


Children aged 3-7  are free to explore nature and have the space and freedom to learn and play outdoors all year round.


The children who are part of FRUK are looked after and taught important life skills in a unique ever changing environment. Staff follow the EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum incorporating all the seven areas of learning. The school is Ofsted registered.


Sessions are available Monday to Friday as either full or half days. We have a minimum attendance per week of 2 full days or 3 half days per week


For more information visit:

Grasshoppers in the Park

Tel: 0208 6165450

Mobile: 07581718470


Opening times: 8am- 6pm throughout the year (apart from Bank Holidays, Easter week, two weeks during August and the Christmas period).



About: This nursery was registered in 2004 and is run by a parent cooperative. It operates from the ground floor of a community hall near Springfield Park. The nursery receives funding for the provision of 15 weekly hours of free early education to children aged three and four years and to two year old children who fulfill the criteria set out by the education authority.

Children can attend long or short days. On Fridays parents and children from the community are invited to attend ‘Music and play’ sessions from 11am till midday.  The nursery employs five members of staff; all hold appropriate childcare or art related qualifications. There is a strong ethos of parental engagement and parents actively participate as regular volunteers on a weekly schedule.

At Grasshoppers parents and practitioners work together to create contexts in which children are able to explore and represent their ideas and thinking using play, creativity, role-play, drama, music, literacy and the outdoor environment.



Read the full report on our website:

Little Stars

Opening times: 8am till 6pm all year round apart from Christmas and bank holidays

Age range: 2 years-5 years


About: This nursery was registered in 2013 and operates from a shop front in Stoke Newington. Children have access to a large room and a secure outdoor play area. Part time or full time sessions are available. At the time of the Ofsted inspection the nursery employed three staff. The nursery is in receipt of funding for the provision of free nursery education for children aged 3 and 4.


Visit: or contact Tel: 0207 2544367

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