Moreland Children's Centre

Moreland Children's Centre is a friendly and welcoming centre based in EC1 in South Islington. The centre is part of Moreland School and has its own entrance in Gard Street. 

The children's centre includes a nursery for 0 to 3 year olds, with a baby room and toddler room offering education and childcare all year round and part-time, term-time only free places for eligible two years olds. For information about how to apply for an eligibility check, go to the free early education for two year olds web page or call into the centre.

The Centre  provides a range of Bright Start Early Childhood services from pregnancy until your child is five to support you and your child every step of the way and to help give your child the best start in life. Services on offer include:

  • Early education and childcare including a childminding base with opportunities for parents to meet local childminders
  • Child and family health including midwifery, heath visiting, child health clinic
  • Speech and language support
  • Breastfeeding support group, infant feeding and healthy eating
  • Stay and play and other activities for you and your child to enjoy and learn together such as storytelling, singing and music
  • Family and parenting support
  • Information and advice about employment training, benefits

What parents and carers say about the centre: "We've used Moreland Centre loads and have found it to be so welcoming and all the staff are so friendly and polite. My daughter gets really excited when she's there!"

"All the stay and play services are very fantastic. It is a homely environment. I'm glad my child has learnt a lot, like interacting with other children, sharing, doing things like singing time, play time and snack time - he has benefitted from all their facilities."

"Family support were very helpful, gave advice on parenting and helped me choose a school for my child and visited me."

For information on activities see Bright Start Online activities 

You can read the most recent Ofsted report here.

Healthy Start vitamins are available to collect here.

For accessibility information, please visit Disabled Go.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Catherine Lawrence, Head of School; Rebecca Brown, Assistant Head 0-5
020 7527 3500 (children's centre family support and outreach) 020 7527 3500 (children's centre family support and outreach) 020 7253 8144 (children's centre and 0-3s provision) 020 7253 8144 (children's centre and 0-3s provision)
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In Moreland Primary School,
2 Gard Street

Time / date details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (Bright Start services) and 8am to 6pm for education and childcare, 48 weeks per year.

Other Details

Age Ranges
6 months to 4 years
Cost Details
There is a charge for children under 3 and those 3- and 4-year-olds who stay longer than the free education hours. We also offer free childcare for eligible 2 year olds.
Who is this service for?
Everyone living in Islington who cares for a child under 5.
Can I refer myself?
Referral not required
Referral Details

Contact Bright Start Islington for family support.

Childcare Information

2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
Tax-free childcare

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Our setting welcomes children with SEND and we are committed to working with parents and other professionals to provide good inclusive practice. Our Islington link Area SENCO provides us with support, advice and training re children with SEND.

Our SENCO is a fully qualified Teacher and holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination.  

Our staff have a variety of training and expertise between them.  All Staff receive regular training tailored to their roles: ITIPS Training – Islington Trauma Informed Practice in Schools; Autism Education Trust Training Early Years; Box Clever Language Training Programme; Makaton Training Level 1; Short term planning training; Asthma Training; Epilepsy Training; Paediatric First Aid; Adrenaline Auto Injector Training.

We have experience of working with children from 0 – 5 years who have needs in the following areas:

Communication and interaction: e.g. speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Cognition and learning: e.g. Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), global developmental delay (GDD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH): e.g. attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment disorder

Sensory and/or physical needs: e.g. vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI), a multi-sensory impairment (MSI), Cerebral Palsy (CP), epilepsy {Note – the building is fully accessible to pupils with mobility difficulties.

Medical needs: Where pupils have medical needs and special educational needs, we will plan and deliver education provision in a co-ordinated way with their healthcare plan if they have one. We will also follow the statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.

We work with the following professional partners to support our children and families:

Early Years Inclusion Team – advice and training to practitioners working with children under 5 with SEND; Social Communication Team – A multi-disciplinary team working to assess and support children with Autism Spectrum Condition; Bright Start – Family Support Service; Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team; CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Richard Cloudesley Outreach Team – supporting children with severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities and sensory impairments such as hearing and sight; Educational Psychology Service; Islington Area SENCO team

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/09/2019Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

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