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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 2022/23

Term 1: 5th September 2022 - 20th December 2022

Half term: 25th -29th October 2022

Term 2: 4th January 2023 -31st March 2023

Half term: 13th - 17th February 2023

Term 3: 17th April 2023 - 20th July 2023

Half term: 29th May - 5th June 2023

Inset days: 1st + 2nd September 2022, 3rd January 2023, 5th June 2023, 21st July 2023



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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