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.
This report by the Learning Trust is also incredibly helpful
There are also plenty of fabulous 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 great websites dedicated to helping. We can't vouch for them but it's a good place to start. Check out www.childcare.co.uk. Local organisation Nanny Network can also put you in touch with nannies and babysitters and can provide CRB certificates.
Opening times: 7.30am to 6.30pm, 51 week of the year.
Zeeba Daycare Dalston is a private day care nursery situated in the Labyrinth Tower which is part of Dalston Square, and is conveniently located within walking distance of Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction Overground Stations. Their philosophy is that every child deserves a calm, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and thrive. They offer a range of unique educational experiences which enables children to become successful and lifelong learners.
Age range: 3 months to 5 years. Tel: 02079234673
5 Defoe Road (& opening another soon at 110 Church Street, N16)
Opening times: 7am-7pm, Monday to Friday. Age range: 3 months - 5 years
N Family Club
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.
They will soon be opening a new nursery on Church Street, for baby and toddler groups.
Open from 8AM to 6PM, 51 weeks a year and are closed only over Christmas and public holidays.
Monkey Puzzle Stoke Newington Day Nursery is owned by mum of two, Chiara. The 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.
Call or email to arrange a visit. Email: email@example.com
Call: 0203 538 4790
Open Monday - Friday 8am-6pm (after school club available too).
William Patten Daycare
Located within the grounds of William Patten Primary School, this private nursery has been open since 1986, offering places for children aged 12 months to five years. There's a lovely outside space where children can play and the nursery serves a healthy vegetarian menu. The nursery has spaces available for this September intake.
Open five days a week (8am-6pm), 49 weeks a year.
Rosemary Works Early Years Centre
With nurseries in Clapton and Hoxton, this nurturing business is a great option. They offer weekly music and movement sessions, football and Forest School with Laura. The children also enjoy weekly cooking sessions. The menu here is healthy, fresh and seasonal the children learn through play. This nursery is ranked 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
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.
Contact the nursery: 0207 3542772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The nursery is open from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. They also offer Early Bird start 7.30 am or late pick up 6.30 pm for a small additional charge. They cater for parents who need full day sessions (8am-6pm), or half-day sessions AM 8am-1pm or PM 1pm-6pm.
Tiddley Tots Nursery was set up in 2011 and recently opened a branch in Stoke Newington.
This well-established nursery provides high quality childcare for children aged 3 months to 5 years. They offer a warm, nurturing and welcoming environment, where children feel that they are at home away from home. They have three spacious rooms- Baby room (3 months-2 years), Toddler room (2-3 years), Pre-school room (3-5 years), and a lovely garden where children have opportunities to play and learn in a natural environment.
Opening times: 8am till 6pm all year round apart from Christmas and bank holidays
Age range: 2 years-5 years
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.
Contact email@example.com Tel: 0207 2544367
Free Range Urban Kids
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
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.
Open to children aged 3-7 and outdoors all year round.
Staff follow the EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum incorporating all the seven areas of learning.
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.
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.
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.
Grasshoppers in the Park
Opening times: 8am- 6pm throughout the year (apart from Bank Holidays, Easter week, two weeks during August and the Christmas period).
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 fulfil the criteria set out by the education authority.
On Fridays parents and children from the community are invited to attend ‘Music and play’ sessions from 11am till midday.
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.
Phoenix House Montessori Nursery and Playgroup
Age range: 6 months - 5 years
Opening times: weekdays 8am till 6pm 49 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 with a garden area. Children have access to three group rooms and a secure outdoor area. The playgroup is open term-time only (9am-3pm) and both this and the nursery offer places for children in receipt of free early education funding (for children age 2-4). The nursery uses Montessori teaching methods and offers two sessions (9am-3pm and 8am-6pm). It has received the Silver Mayor's Award.
Little Londoners Day Nursery
Prices start at £52 per day and the nursery is open 8am – 6pm Mondays to Fridays for 49 weeks of the year.
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.
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.
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.