There are a wide range of nursery education and childcare options across Camden. These include children’s centres operated by Camden Council and those run by local primary schools along with independent, voluntary sector and private sector nursery providers.

Beyond nursery education there are a range of playgroups and independent childminders, while many people rely on friends and relatives for additional support.

To help parents balance work and family life we are offering local people free 25-hour nursery places for three and four-year-olds in our own children’s centres and those operated by participating primary schools until at least July 2016. This is ten hours on top of the Government’s 15 hour provision:

This offer is subject to local availability and individual schools’ admissions policies. Applications for September 2015 free nursery places are made directly through the school or children’s centres. To apply for a September 2015 free 25-hour nursery place please contact your school or children’s centre directly.

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Early years consultation – now completed

The Council’s two consultations on the future of our early years and childcare services for children under five and their families have ended. The Cabinet has approved the first part of the proposals, relating mainly to early years and childcare provision in children’s centres. These will come into effect from September 2015. Proposals relating to wider children’s centre services will be considered by Camden Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on 9 September.


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