Thank you for expressing an interest in your child having a place at Hargrave Park Nursery and Children’s Centre.
Children’s Centre Admissions
How does the centre allocate places?
Places are offered to children on the applications list according to the Council’s admission policy, which is available on request. It is very important that the information on your application form is accurate as this is used when allocating places at the Centre. Please inform the Centre if your circumstances change.
It is particularly important that we know if you have:
Stopped working or studying
Changed your working/studying hours
Are entitled to Working or Childcare Tax Credits
(please note we only offer 2, 3 or 5 days which must be consecutive beginning or end of week i.e. For 2 day places Mon and Tues or a Thurs and Fri. For 3 day places Mon, Tue, Weds or Weds, Thurs, Fri)
How will I know if my child has a place?
The Centre will contact you by phone and/or post if your child is allocated a place. You will be invited to a meeting and requested to provide evidence such as proof of residence in the borough, work/study details and income details of both parents. A place will be given to your child only if all the information requested at this meeting is produced.
What happens if I am not contacted?
We cannot guarantee that your child will be offered a place at our Centre. If the Centre does not contact you then assume that your application has been unsuccessful, but will continue to be considered at each future allocation meeting.
Admissions are on a rolling cycle. Once a child has a birthday and a place is made available, one will then be allocated. All applications are considered, and the aim is to fill projected vacancies. It is unlikely to give indications as to the availability of places in advance of allocation.
We would advise you to seek information about all the under five’s provision in your area, by contacting the children’s information service on –
A limited number of places are offered at the full market charge to higher income parents. Parents who are not resident in Islington are eligible for consideration for these places. Ask the Head of Centre for details.
London Borough of Islington will handle the information you have provided in line with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Any personal information will be held in confidence with only the necessary people able to see or use it. Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to make a formal request in writing for access to personal data held about you or your child.
Islington has a duty under the Children’s Act 2004 to work with partners to deliver and improve services to children and young people in the area. Therefore Islington may also use this information for other legitimate purposes and may share this information where necessary with other bodies responsible for administering services to children and young people. Islington also has a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end it may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud.
Applications to our Children’s Centre can be made by completing our online form. Please make an application using the form below