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Scallywags Parent Partnership 

Scallywags is a parent partnership nursery, initially set up by parents some two decades ago to run as a cooperative. It’s today run with the same community ethos and continued regular parental involvement but led by longstanding Nursery Manager, Debbie Bull, and a committed, generous team of professional educators. Many of our families return when they have second or third children and this too helps create a special atmosphere where children, parents and staff all value, respect and care for each other.

We have maintained a community-based setting by developing strong working relationships with parents where all members are actively involved in their child’s early development through undertaking roles within the nursery that support the team. This usually takes the form of parents working alongside staff on activity or food shifts (which the children love), taking part in occasional maintenance days and supporting fundraising. The positive outcomes of our setting rely on the cooperation of staff and parents working together towards the same goals. 


Scallywags’ aim is to promote the learning and development of each individual child, by providing a stimulating range of experiences for children to make sense of their world through play. We do this in a happy, well-managed environment where children are encouraged to develop their social skills as well as to gain skills in recognising and managing their emotions.

Location & Setting

Scallywags operates from the ground floor space at the Mowlem Children and Family

Centre, Wadeson Street, London E2 9DL. The premises are laid out over one level and

comprise two spacious nursery rooms with plenty of room for different activities and

learning environments, two separate gardens – equipped with stimulating playground

equipment and planting areas, two children's toilets, adult toilets, a kitchen and office. 

Opening Times

We are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 1.30pm, 38 weeks of the year. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we run an afternoon session until 3pm (this is at an additional cost). 


Term Dates

At Scallywags, we have three terms (61 days).

Year 2023/24

Term 1: Friday1st September 2023 - Friday 22nd December 2023

Half term: Monday 23rd October 2023 - Friday 27th October 2023 

Term 2: Monday 8th January 2024 -Thursday 28th March 2024

Easter: Friday 29th March 2024 - Friday 12th April 2024 

Term 3: Monday 15th April 2024 - Tuesday 23rd July 2024 

Half term: Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024

Inset days: 21st and 22nd December, 28 March 2024, 21st and 22nd July 2024



Our latest OFSTED inspection was completed on 8th July 2022. We were rated as ‘Good’.  The full report can be found here.

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