Effra Early Years Centre

35 Effra Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1PL

Effra Early Years Centre consists of a maintained nursery school with 125 places available, and a childcare provision for children aged 2-3 years of age with space for 32 children per day. The building is purpose built for early years provision. We deliver high quality early learning both inside and outside to meet the needs of individual children to give them all the building blocks for progress.

The centre is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for 48 weeks of the year. This means or childcare is open to support working parents who require a longer day. We also have spaces for funded two year old children. The maintained nursery school offers 8:00-6:00 provision through extended day childcare on site. During holiday periods the extended provision runs and gives high quality childcare at either end of the core nursery school day.

We are a highly inclusive centre and with our qualifies inclusion manager we are able to support the needs of the children and families who may need additional support to support learning and progress. We have trained staff who deliver one to one and group sessions to support communication and language. Every Friday we offer music therapy with a specialist music therapist.

We deliver Forest School provision on site and off site. Onsite forest school is a weekly provision. In addition to this, every child has an opportunity to attend a four week set of sessions which take place in Effra Nature Garden off site for two weeks, and then two weeks at Brockwell Park. Forest School provision helps children to develop self-confidence and resilience and to have an understanding of risk. We understand that being outside and in touch with nature supports the wellbeing of children and adults alike, and we therefore encourage children to care for the environment within and outside our centre.

Effra has a STEM curriculum that sits alongside our EYFS curriculum to further develop science, technology, engineering and maths. This enables our young learners to learn the basics of coding, green screen technology, civil-structural-aeronautical and mechanical engineering, chemistry and chemical reactions- physics- maths in real world applications. Children are willing to try things out and have little fear of technology and using this enthusiasm and the passion for STEM from the teaching team we are able to take children and their learning to places beyond their imaginations. The opportunities are endless for our young learners. We have lots of budding scientists and engineers!

Our staff enjoy regular CPD both in-house and through external providers.

We are keen that parents and carers are actively involved in their child's early learning and we have a range of ways for people to participate in their child's learning and development. We welcome parents and carers in to the centre to read to children. If you have any skills you think the children will enjoy we are happy to support you to share them.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.


  • “Pupils' behaviour is second to none. They are eager to learn. They are kind, confident, articulate young people. They respect those from all backgrounds and heritages.”

  • “The school's values are shared by its whole community. Pupils leave Ashmole exceptionally well prepared to take their place in society as fully rounded citizens.”

  • “All adults share the drive to raise pupils' aspirations and provide them with extensive chances to take responsibility and to think for themselves.”

  • “Adults are caring. Children are kept safe. Adults all know each child and provide for their individual needs extremely well.”


The school is easily reached from most areas of London being situated in Kennington and only minutes away from Oval Underground Station.

Visits to the school are always welcome.

Holmewood Nursery school is situated in Central Lambeth, off Brixton Hill.  The school is located in a densely populated area of contrasting households in terms of culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.


Holmewood provides education for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), with 95 full time equivalent places in the main nursery (2 - 4 year olds) and 12 full time equivalent places in the two year old provision.  The school's intake is very culturally diverse with a high percentage of children from mixed, or Black-British / Caribbean / African backgrounds. Nearly half of the children speak English as an additional language, with many at the early stages of learning English.


Holmewood is federated with Maytree and Triangle Nursery Schools.  As a Federated Nursery School, Holmewood is led by an Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and teachers working with other qualified early years practitioners. Holmewood offers highly inclusive education with qualified and caring staff.  It has rich and varied indoor and outdoor learning environments that allow children to play and be active in developing and acquiring new skills and knowledge; children are well motivated and are thoroughly absorbed in their learning.


They are encouraged to experiment and explore and children are very well challenged to enable them to take risks safely and develop their own problem solving skills. Outdoor learning is supported through the Natural Thinkers curriculum and an extensive allotment.


Each child is allocated a Key Person, one of our skilled early years educators or teachers. They get to know the children in their group very well and work in collaboration with their parents. Teachers and practitioners support, encourage and facilitate learning opportunities so that children are happy, confident and independent learners.


All teachers and practitioners have a thorough understanding of children’s early learning and development and the early years foundation stage and understand the importance of working together with parents and other professionals.


At Holmewood, we believe in investing in professional development and bespoke training to meet individual needs so that all teachers and practitioners feel motivated and committed to the continuing success of the school.


Visits to the school can be arranged by contacting the school office.

Number of Pupils: 157
Ages: 2 - 4 years
Gender: Mixed
Type of School: Maintained School

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