Nurseries and playgroups

What do nurseries and playgroups offer?

Nurseries and playgroups are for children under five years old to play, learn and have fun in groups, while their parents work, study or are busy elsewhere.

Nurseries provide full-time childcare for children aged 0 to 5. Part-time care may be available. Nurseries are popular with parents who work or study. Costs vary, and places will be available under free childcare for 2-4 years.

Playgroups provide part-time childcare for children aged 2-5. Children spend 2 ½ to 3 hours there in the morning or afternoon during term-time. Costs are low, and most places will be funded under free childcare for 2-4 years. Playgroups are popular with parents who are home during the day.

School nursery classes in primary schools provide free part-time education for children aged 3-4 (sometimes starting at 2), with teachers, usually for five mornings or five afternoons per week. Places are term time only.

Please note that the settings shown in this guide are those who have reopened since the Covid-19 lockdown and are now taking childcare applications. This list will be updated regularly to include any additional settings as they become available. Please contact the settings directly for more information.

Children's centre charges

The amount you need to pay for nursery provision at a children's centre depends on your child's age and your income.

Hackney Family Information Service

The Hackney Family Information Service (FIS) offers free, impartial advice and information on childcare, paying for childcare, funded places for 2-4 year olds as well as information and advice on local services and activities for children and families. 

Other support

Hackney Local offer: Hackney's Local Offer website sets out information about services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) who are aged 0 to 25. It also offers more general information on childcare and family support.


Hackney Family Information Service (FIS)

020 8820 7000 option 6
This page was last modified on: 15 Jul 2021