Bowlers Community Nursery

Practical Details

Useful information:

Opening Times

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. Fees are not charged for the August and Christmas holidays. 

Inset days: 21 June 2021 and 13 August 2021

Friday 2 April 2021 and Monday 5 April 2021

13 August – 30 August 2021 (inclusive of these dates)


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 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 2018 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.

Tax-free Childcare

Families with children aged 0-4 years can now sign up for tax-free childcare with the online Childcare Service.

Further Information

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 November 2018 by Ofsted and was graded ‘Good’.   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 April 2021 the nursery is running at maximum capacity.

Main Room (for children aged 2-4 years old)

  • 3 part-time places available (more places will be available in September)

Baby Room (for children up to 2 years old)

  • No places currently

If you are interested in your child attending Bowlers, please download our Child Admissions Form complete it and post it to us. Please also download and read the Co-Chairs Welcome letter

 “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.

D. Siemens

Our Policies

Please click on the links below to read our policies: