We open at 8.30am and close at 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Our nursery is open during 49 weeks of the year; we shut for two weeks in August and one week between Christmas and New Year. You do not pay for the days when the nursery is closed.
We also have five Inset days during the year. These are days when the nursery is closed to children to allow our staff to complete training and administration, and Islington Council recommends that all Early Years settings have five per year. We try to arrange them so that they generally take place at the start or end of the holidays. For 2014/15 the Inset days are 18th November, 2nd January, 7th April, 10th June and 14th August. Inset days, and Bank Holidays, are paid for.
Bowlers is financially assisted by Islington Council and therefore follows its fees guidelines. You can find out more about fees on Islington Council’s website.
We accept childcare vouchers – which can help working families save up to £1866 a year – and will provide you with all necessary information if your application is successful.
Free early education
All 3 and 4 year olds, and some 2 year olds, in England can get free early education or childcare, usually 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. From September 2017 some working families will be eligible for up to 30 hours a week of free childcare for their 3 and 4 year olds. You can check your eligibility here.
Families who need assistance to apply (or do not have access to the internet) can call the children service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 and apply over the phone.
Families with children aged 0-4 years can now sign up for tax-free childcare with the online Childcare Service.
The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. You can find the latest information and guidance on what’s best for your family on their Childcare Choices website.
A step-by-step guide to boosting your childcare budget can be found here.
Families who do not have access to the internet, or need additional support can also contact the Family Information Service (FIS) 020 7527 5959
Bowlers was fully inspected in June 2012 by Ofsted and was graded ‘Good with Outstanding Features’. The most recent Ofsted inspection took place in April 2014. It coincided with an INSET day, when there were no children present. For that reason, Ofsted carried out a more restricted inspection, focusing on policies and documentation, and Bowlers was found to meet all requirements. The full Ofsted reports are available from Ofsted’s website.
Bowlers is registered for 36 children aged between 3 months and 5 years. We offer full time and part time (but not half day) places. Applications are welcome from anywhere in Islington, as well as outside the borough. Bowlers seeks to establish a cultural, social, economic and gender mix through its admissions policy.
As of November 2017 we have the following places available:
Main Room (for children aged 2-3 years old)
- we have 4 part time places on Thursday and Friday only (2 days)
Baby Room (for children up to 2 years old)
- we have 3 part time places:
Monday-Wednesday (3 days)
Monday and Tuesday (2 days)
Thursday and Friday (2 days)
“When we moved to Britain, our child did not know one word of English. However, just after a couple of weeks at Bowlers, he started to speak in the new language and his confidence grew day by day. We are very happy to have chosen Bowlers nursery – it is a very warm and welcoming place, with dedicated staff who take care of the individual needs of each child.”