Bright Start services are delivered in our centre and are open to any parent living in the borough of Islington. Such as; Stay & play sessions, child health clinics, health visiting, parenting programmes, family support, speech and language sessions, benefits advice, help with finding work and a hub for Free healthy start vitamins.

More information on Bright Start services for families with children under 5, including the timetable of local and online activities.

Stay and Play

Stay & Play is a FREE drop-in session run by Bright Start Islington, for mums, dads and carers to come and play with their children. Qualified early years staff set out a wide range of exciting activities to support all areas of children’s learning and development. They are on hand to help the children get the most out of each activity, which are set up both indoors and outside, whatever the weather!

For most of the session children are free to choose which activities they would like to do with their parents/carers. Followed by singing to end the session.

These sessions provide opportunities for your child to:

  • Learning through play
  • Enjoy indoor and outdoor play
  • Make new friends
  • Develop social skills

Our Local Offer

Our setting welcomes children with SEND and we are committed to working with parents and other professionals to provide good inclusive practice. We work closely as a team, alongside children and parents to create a sense of trust, in a dynamic and exciting environment to ensure that our children are happy and feel confident.  We take pride in listening to and respecting all children as unique individuals. All children are enabled to achieve their full potential.

Our Day Care Manager is our designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, and oversees the provision and effectiveness of all strategies for all children with SEN. She is experienced in applying for EHCPs and supports families through the whole process. When your child is ready to make the next move on to reception class, she again will support this process ensuring a smooth transition for both the child and family.

We have a range of roles, all Early Years trained, to support all children in their educational development. Teachers, Early Years Educators (Key persons) and SEN Support Workers, who all work alongside each other to enhance the outcomes for all our children.

Majority of our staff have been trained in:

  • Supporting children to develop their speech & Language
  • Supporting children with a variety of sensory needs
  • Supporting children with Autism
  • Specialist training in PECS
  • Makaton
  • Supporting children with behavioural difficulties
  • Toileting training
  • Sleep routines
  • Using an Epipen
  • Trained in paediatric first aid
  • Safeguarding Children

We work closely with outside agencies in making provision to meet the child’s needs in partnership with the family. This may include:

  • Early Years Area SENCO
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Social Communication Team
  • Early Years Development Team
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapist
  • Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Early Years Visual advisor
  • Early years Hearing impairment advisor
  • Nurses for children with medical needs

"Pupils are sensible and support one another."

- Ofsted, 2022