Your Child’s Session With Us

A typical morning or afternoon pre-school session might include cooking, craft or a learning game, varied with free play outdoors in our safe courtyard area.  Of course, they can’t miss our story-time and singing!

There’s a snack time in each of our sessions, and any child staying for lunch has a break to eat their packed meal.

We welcome children from 2 to 4 years old to our huge variety of interesting, fun and educational activities in a stimulating and light environment.

Session Times From September 2018

Full Day9.00-4.00
6 Hrs Day9.00-3.00For free 30 hrs eligible children only
3 Hrs Morning9.00-12.00
4 Hrs Morning9.00-1.00Limited availability of places
3 Hrs Afternoon1.00-4.00

Our Ethos

Our ethos is first and foremost about the children, providing the best early years education and care it possibly can in a safe and loving environment being very conscious of the long term impact of these years in children’s lives. The Pre-School welcomes and encourages the active involvement of parents and other volunteers. If you would like to visit the pre-school please contact the bookings team  to arrange a visit. Our visiting hours are between 9.30 and 11am and between 1.30 and 3pm every Wednesday.

Our Staff

Our dedicated and friendly staff are always ready to talk to you about your child.

Our Record

St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre has been the home of a popular Pre-School (previously Playgroup) for over 30 years.   It received a GOOD Ofsted Report in May 2015 and previously in  May 2011.

Thank you so much for your hard work, support, patience and kindness so T could enjoy her first year at school.”

Thank you very much for the kind welcoming and the help and support. Not just to my daughter but for me personally too!”

Read more parent comments from previous years. See some snap shots of recent displays and events in the pre-school.


To find out general information about our Pre-school and to arrange a visit please contact:

Childcare Services Manager – Sharon Ellis

Neighbourhood Centre
Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TX
020 7704 2873

To find our about our admissions process and how to register please click here

If you would like to talk to a member of our team please call  020 7704 1895   or  e-mail

Find out more about fees for morning, afternoon or all day sessions according to ages of children by clicking on this link

Bright Start

Mary’s is within the Bright Start South. Have a look at the latest newsletter and find out what’s on for you and your family.

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