The Register of Good Practice supports early years practitioners in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). It includes representation from all types of early years settings and childminders in the borough.
The Register is split into areas of expertise and settings are encouraged to contact each setting to arrange a visit to see how they do things. The visits are focused and provide an opportunity to talk about why and how a particular aspect of practice or provision was developed.
Good practice visits will not be possible during the Covid-19 pandemic however the settings on the register are keen to share their areas of expertise via remote methods of communication. Please contact the setting directly to arrange a remote meeting/telephone appointment to hear more about the aspect of good practice that has been developed.
Register of Good Practice
Select each area of expertise for details of each recommended setting. Practitioners on the register are ready to welcome you. Please contact the setting directly to arrange a visit.
Willow Children's Centre
020 7527 1990
1A Holbrooke Ct, London N7 0BF
Long and well established practice and commitment to tackling the ‘nature deficit’ that many inner city children face.
Arrange a visit to the Children’s Centre to hear about the wide ranging benefits that forest school can offer in developing young children’s skills, knowledge and attitudes.
Arrange to join a socially distanced forest school session with the children from Willow Children’s Centre led by Sadiye, an expert Forest School Leader. Forest school sessions take place at Queen’s Wood Highgate on Wednesday mornings.
Archway Children's Centre
020 7527 4827
Vorley Road, London N19 5HE
Inspirational practice that is rooted in processes and skills to satisfy children’s artistic intentions.
Lisa and Dave Harvey
Contact by email to arrange a visit.
Childminders who have developed a stimulating range of provision to inspire learning across the 7 areas of the EYFS
Highbury Quadrant Pre-school
Highbury New Park
London N5 2DP
Visits can be arranged Monday – Friday between 1.30–2.30p.m.
Pre-school provision with thorough systems and approaches that support the child within the context of the whole family
City and Islington College Nursery CLL
020 7704 7292
28-42 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DG
A college nursery with an experienced, dedicated and highly organised SENCO manager at the helm.
St Joseph’s Catholic School and Nursery
Highgate Hill N19 5NE
020 7272 1270
Exciting use of technology to support auditory skills, social communication and social collaboration building on from unplugged to plugged learning experiences.
City and Islington Camden Road Nursery
444 Camden Rd N7 0SP
020 7700 8790
College based nurseries able to offer insightful advice and guidance to other early years leaders and managers pursuing improvement within their teams.
City and Islington for Lifelong Learning Nursery
28-42 Blackstock Road N4 2DG
020 7704 7292
Kido Clerkenwell Nursery & Preschool
Clements Hall, 141 Central Street EC1V 8AP
020 7684 3172
Visits can be arranged Monday to Friday from 10-11.30am or 2.30-4pm.
The pedagogical approach at Kido Clerkenwell is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Early Childhood Centres where practitioners draw on the ‘hundred languages’ that children use to express themselves by. Children’s views and ideas are both listened to and acted on and staff use a wide array of technology to excite, provoke and record the children’s diverse modes of creative expression. Children’s voices permeate the learning spaces and are beautifully and thoughtfully presented.
Aberdeen Park Nursery
143 Highbury New Park
London N5 2LJ
Tel: 020 7226 2610
Preferred day to visit: Fridays
Aberdeen Park Nursery staff have developed a range of interesting and attractive early home learning bags to further support the children’s communication, language, health and self care. The bags were developed in consultation with parents and include storytelling tins capitalizing on young children’s interest in small toys.
Westbourne Early Years Centre
24 Bride Street
London N7 8RP
Tel: 020 7527 7970
Westbourne Early Years Centre staff have ensured that ongoing communication and home learning ideas have been provided for every child during the coronavirus pandemic. They have utilised telephone and video contact for those unable to attend the setting for periods of time, ensuring transition to school deadlines are met and children have regular opportunities to join their keyperson for enjoyable live streamed learning sessions.
How to join the register
Settings and childminders who wish to join the register are asked to deliver a short presentation about their particular area of expertise at a special launch event. For further guidance and information, please contact your Link Advisory Teacher or Louise Bufano on 020 7527 8660