Will you still be following Barnet & Southgate College timetables at your new location in Colindale?
Yes, we will continue to follow the College timetable and will also continue to work closely with the college, so that we can support the parents in every way we can
Why have you moved your location in Colindale?
The old college, as well as the old nursery, are being knocked down as part of the regeneration project in NW London. Unfortunately, due to lack of space at the new college, we have had to find alternative premises. However, we still wanted to ensure that we can continue to serve the parents attending the college, as well as the local community. As of Sept 2016, we have moved to 100 Martlesham Walk, NW9 5BF
How often will my child go outdoors each day?
Please send your child appropriately dressed to nursery as they will have an opportunity to play outside - every singly day of the year - in all weathers. We believe that if your child is well enough to come to nursery then he / she is well enough to play outside in some fresh air. Please discuss with a member of staff about the advantages of playing outdoors.
How will I be able to afford the childcare fees?
Please refer to the tax credits website.
What do I do if I need to make a complaint?

Stage 1

  1. Any parent who has a concern about an aspect of the setting's provision talks over, first of all, his/her concerns with the setting leader.
  2. Most complaints should be resolved amicably and informally at this stage.

Stage 2

  1. If this does not have a satisfactory outcome, or if the problem recurs, the parent moves to this stage of the procedure by putting the concerns or complaint in writing to the manager.
  2. For parents who are not comfortable with making written complaints, there is a template form for recording complaints in the above-mentioned publication; the form may be completed with the manager and signed by the parent.
  3. The setting stores written complaints from parents in the child's personal file. However, if the complaint involves a detailed investigation, the manager may wish to store all information relating to the investigation in a separate file designated for this complaint.
  4. When the investigation into the complaint is completed, the manager meets with the parent to discuss the outcome.
  5. Parents must be informed of the outcome of the investigation within 28 days of making the complaint.
    1. When the complaint is resolved at this stage, the summative points are logged in the Complaints Summary Record.
Will my child qualify for the free 15 hours provided by the local authority?
Abracadabra is registered with the local authorities to be able to offer the free 15 hours to the qualifying children.

For more information, please refer the relevant links below:

Barnet Local Authority website

Brent Local Authority website
What info do I need to provide when I register my child?
We need:
  1. Date of birth proof of the child.
  2. Address proof of the child's parent - that the child lives with mostly.
  3. Red book - so we can get information about your child's Immunisations.
  4. Photos of people picking up the child.
  5. £30 non-refundable registration fees.
How do we manage children’s behaviour?

Strategies with children who engage in inconsiderate behaviour

  • We require all staff, volunteers and students to use positive strategies for handling any inconsiderate behaviour, by helping children find solutions in ways which are appropriate for the children's ages and stages of development. Such solutions might include, for example, acknowledgement of feelings, explanation as to what was not acceptable and supporting children to gain control of their feelings so that they can learn a more appropriate response.
  • We ensure that there are enough popular toys and resources and sufficient activities available so that children are meaningfully occupied without the need for unnecessary conflict over sharing and waiting for turns.
  • We acknowledge considerate behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.
  • We support each child in developing self-esteem, confidence and feelings of competence.
  • We support each child in developing a sense of belonging in our group, so that they feel valued and welcome.
  • We avoid creating situations in which children receive adult attention only in return for inconsiderate behaviour.
  • When children behave in inconsiderate ways, we help them to understand the outcomes of their action and support them in learning how to cope more appropriately.
  • We never send children out of the room by themselves.
  • We never use physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking. Children are never threatened with these.
  • We do not use techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children.
  • We use physical restraint, such as holding, only to prevent physical injury to children or adults and/or serious damage to property.
  • Details of such an event (what happened, what action was taken and by whom, and the names of witnesses) are brought to the attention of our setting leader and are recorded in the child’s personal file. The child’s parent is informed on the same day.
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, we make clear immediately the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes, by means of explanations rather than personal blame.
  • We do not shout or raise our voices in a threatening way to respond to children's inconsiderate behaviour.

Children under three years

  • When children under three behave in inconsiderate ways we recognise that strategies for supporting them will need to be developmentally appropriate and differ from those for older children.
  • We recognise that babies and very young children are unable to regulate their own emotions, such as fear, anger or distress, and require sensitive adults to help them do this.
  • Common inconsiderate or hurtful behaviours of young children include tantrums, biting or fighting. Staff are calm and patient, offering comfort to intense emotions, helping children to manage their feelings and talk about them to help resolve issues and promote understanding.
  • If tantrums, biting or fighting are frequent, we try to find out the underlying cause - such as a change or upheaval at home, or frequent change of carers. Sometimes a child has not settled in well and the behaviour may be the result of 'separation anxiety'.
We focus on ensuring a child’s attachment figure in the setting, their key person, is building a strong relationship to provide security to the child.
My child has never been separated from me before - what is the settling in procedure at the nursery?


  • Before a child starts to attend the setting, we use a variety of ways to provide his/her parents with information. These include written information (including our policies), displays about activities available within the setting, information days and evenings and individual meetings with parents.
  • During the half-term before a child is enrolled, we provide opportunities for the child and his/her parents to visit the setting.
  • We allocate a key person to each child and his/her family before she/he starts to attend; the key person welcomes and looks after the child and his/her parents at the child's first session and during the settling-in process.
    • We use pre-start visits and the first session at which a child attends to explain and complete with his/her parents the child's registration records.
  • When a child starts to attend, we explain the process of settling-in with his/her parents and jointly decide on the best way to help the child to settle into the setting.
  • We have an expectation that the parent, carer or close relative, will stay for most of the session during the first week, gradually taking time away from their child, increasing this as and when the child is able to cope.
  • Younger children will take longer to settle in, as will children who have not previously spent time away from home. Children who have had a period of absence may also need their parent to be on hand to re-settle them.
  • We judge a child to be settled when they have formed a relationship with their key person; for example the child looks for the key person when he/she arrives, goes to them for comfort, and seems pleased to be with them. The child is also familiar with where things are and is pleased to see other children and participate in activities.
  • When parents leave, we ask them to say goodbye to their child and explain that they will be coming back, and when.
  • We recognise that some children will settle more readily than others but that some children who appear to settle rapidly are not ready to be left. We expect that the parent will honour the commitment to stay for at least the first week, or possibly longer, until their child can stay happily without them.
  • We do not believe that leaving a child to cry will help them to settle any quicker. We believe that a child's distress will prevent them from learning and gaining the best from the setting.
  • We reserve the right not to accept a child into the setting without a parent or carer if the child finds it distressing to be left. This is especially the case with very young children.
  • Within the first four to six weeks of starting we discuss and work with the child's parents to start to create their child's record of achievement.
Do you accept Childcare Vouchers?
Yes, please contact us for more details.
Do you take children who are not yet potty trained?
Yes we do. We will work with you to help your child with potty training.
Is the Nursery Uniform compulsory?
We believe that uniforms not only gives the child a sense of pride in belonging to a nursery but also gives them a sense of belonging amongst their friends and peers. Furthermore, it helps them get used to wearing uniforms for when they go to big school. It also stops parents worrying about what to dress their child in each morning. These are just some of the reasons why uniforms are now compulsory at Abracadabra Preschools.
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Published: Sun, Feb 05th, 2017
  • Playtime (C) Colindale New Martlesham Walk 1 Martlesham Walk 2 Martlesham Walk 3 Martlesham Walk 4 Martlesham Walk 5 Martlesham Walk 6 Martlesham Walk 7 Martlesham Walk 8
"The staff at the nursery are very friendly towards the parents and the kids. They inform us about everything important. Mia loves coming to he nursery because it gives her more opportunities to explore"
- Malgorzata
"I am happy with the staff and the key workers especially. My child learns a lot here and I am happy with his progress"
- Mrs Jagda
"The nursery has good policies, explained to parents in detail. Most importantly, the safeguarding policy was well discussed and as a parent, I feel children are in a safe environment. My child has been showing remarkable progress in cognitive abilities; we attribute this partly to the input from the nursery. Most importantly, I am pleased by the level of physical activity eencouraged by the staff"
- Ms Ashogbon
"Very good nursery. Jessica is well looked after. Staff members are very kind."
- Ms Corcoran
"We can see good progress in Riana within this period. She loves going to the nursery and she has become so friendly with others since attending the nursery.

Riana can sing, dance and she is good at numbers and letters. She talks about good and bad habits which she has learnt from school, like not fighting with other children, sharing things, listening ettc. Riana also tells her own stories using her own imagination. We are happy with her progress.

Thank you all."
- Mrs Fernando
"We are very pleased with the nursery as it has met our high expectations. The key worker gives us regular updates about our child’s progress, including her schemas, which we find very useful."
- Mr & Mrs Tran
"My children have grown in confidence and I have seen lots of improvement and progress. I want to thank all the staff of Abracadabra for their help and support over the past year"
- Eliot & Artea's mum
"My daughter has become very courageous and social. I am very happy with the nursery. Many thanks to all the teachers / staff."
- Mr Naqushbandi
"I like the fact that we work together to achieve my child's progress. i.e. the nursery will teach something and then inform me so that I can continue the development at home."
- Ms Cooper-Padmore
"My daughter has gained so much confidence and independence during this year. Most importantly, she has learnt to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. She can also now stand up for herself. She is now ready to join primary school in September. Great work by all the staff."
- Mr Abedin
"Our son has made excellent progress at the nursery. His speech and communication have developed remarkably and he is more inquisitive and curious about new things. His confidence is growing and we feel has been given a good platform to express himself. He mentions staff and pupils at home and he can't wait to go to school. He has found a purpose in school and we find pride in the strides he has taken at the nursery."
- Ezekiel's mum and dad
"I was recommended this nursery by my sister-in-law and I am very happy with my choice. Our daughter comes home each day with positive stories and comments. She loves the teachers as well as the nursery."
- Mr Jalal
"Abracadabra nursery has had a good impact on our daughter. She thoroughly enjoys coming to the setting. She has become more independent and confident, both physically and verbally. She has formed meaningful relationships at Abracadabra, which I am sure she will not forget as she grows."
- Ms. McCallum
"The overall quality of teaching and atmosphere is outstanding at the nursery. Our daughter has learnt a lot from being here for the past year."
- Tia's mum
"I am very happy with Abracadabra because my son loves the teachers there and he always speaks very positively about them. He is always happy when he comes home."
- Mrs Masshad
"We can see the great progress our daughters have made since joining Abracadabra. They both can’t wait to go to the nursery."
- T Fernandes
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