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There are a wide range of nursery education and childcare options across Camden. These include children’s centres operated by Camden Council, 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 3 and 4 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 direct.

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Camden Sure Start: a new approach to early years services

Our vision for early years services in Camden

We want to ensure that all children in Camden have the best start in life. To help us achieve this, we carried out a review at the beginning of 2015 looking at our early years services. Staff, parents and experts took part and shared their views on what works well and what we could do differently. 

This review was published on 27 March 2015. It makes proposals which will help protect frontline early years services and focus our investment on those in greatest need so that no child is left behind.