Welcome to Charlton Family Centre

Charlton Family Centre is an Alliance childcare service located in Charlton, London. We offer 28 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted. Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 2-5 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

We are open from 9:30AM-3:30PM Monday to Friday, 38 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • Summer holiday play scheme
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child

Find out more

You can visit during our opening hours or please contact the Manager, Lisa Kingston on 02088569906 or by email on charltonfamily.centre@pre-school.org.uk

See Our Summer Programme



View our Ofsted Report

Family Corner Website 

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has launched a useful website packed with information, advice and tips for families on how you can help your young children to learn and develop. The website is called Family Corner and is free, so please take a look.


Term Dates

SpringTerm 2018 Summer Term 2018 AutumnTerm 2018
4 Jan - 29 Mar 16 Apr - 20 Jul 5 Sep - 20 Dec
Half Term Half Term Half Term
12 Feb - 16 Feb 28 May - 1 Jun 22 Oct - 26 Oct


About us

Charlton Family Centre offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly. 

We are managed by the Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 



Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.


Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per weeek.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?

We offer flexible offer for families. Morning sessions are 9:30AM-12:30PM, Afternoon sessions are 12:30AM-3:30PM or Full days 9:30AM-3:30PM 

Do you provide hot meals?

No, you will be asked to provide a healthy packed lunch for your child

Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?

Yes we can cater for your child's individual needs and would work in partnership with you to ensure we meet those needs

What qualifications do your staff have?

All Staff are qualified to a Nationally recognised Level 2 and Level 3 in childcare. 

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

We have 5 qualified members of staff working across the setting.

How quickly can my child start?

We operate a waiting list for families local to the centre. For more information please contact us.  





Contact Us

Lisa Kingston, Centre Manager

Charlton Family Centre,

41-43 Shirley House Drive, 



SE7 7EL 

T:  02088569906

E: charltonfamily.centre@pre-school.org.uk


41-43 Shirley House Drive
Cherry Orchard Estate
United Kingdom
Tel: 0208 8569906

I want to increase the number of hours my child attends because the progress he is making is clearly visable

I never have to worry about my child, the staff here are fantastic!