Welcome to Charlton Family Centre

Charlton Family Centre is an Early Years 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 Pre-school 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 Pre-school. 


We are open from 9:15AM - 3:15PM 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
  • 30 hours funding for 3 year and four year olds.
  • Summer holiday play scheme
  • Outdoor learning
  • A 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
  • Healthy snacks

To visit during our opening hours, or if you want to discuss your child's needs, please contact the Manager, Lisa Kingston on 02088569906 or by email on charlton@eyalliance.org.uk


View our Ofsted Report

At Charlton Family Centre we believe in making a safe and welcoming environment for children to learn and develop in. We are passionate about building up a good relationship with parents, so we can work together to help children develop.

Ofsted reported

 “Staff provide a positive, safe and welcoming environment for children and parents. Staff form strong partnerships with parents, which helps to support children's well-being. Parents say they are extremely happy with the care of their children and the ongoing support received.” (Ofsted Report Sept 2017)

We provide free flow play so that children have access to the garden and both rooms during the day, where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential and to build up their self-confidence and to become more independent.

"I never have to worry about my child, the staff here are fantastic!" - Parent feedback 2018

Take a look at our pre-school and all we have to offer your child




Term Dates

Autumn Term 2018 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 2019
Wed 5th Sept - Fri 19th October Mon 7th Jan - Fri 15th Feb Tues 23rd April - Fri 24th May
Half Term Mon 22nd Oct - Fri 26th Oct Half Term Mon 18th Feb - Fri 22nd Feb Half Term Mon 27th May - Fri 31st May
Mon 29th Oct - Wed 19th Dec Mon 25th Feb - Fri 5th April Mon 3rd June - Fri 19th July


Involving Mothers, Fathers and Carers 

Working in partnership with parents and/or carers is central to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). At Charlton Family Centre we work hard to consult with parents and/or carers children’s early experiences helps practitioners plan for effective learning at our setting and helps them support parents in continuing their children's learning development at home.

'Staff regularly share children's progress with parents, and effective systems engage parents in contributing to their children's learning at home'. (Ofsted Report 2017)

Here you can find out about Ofsted's registration and inspection process.


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 Pre-school 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. 

"I want to increase the number of hours my child attends because the progress he is making is clearly visible". - Parent feedback 2018






You can visit during our opening hours call, Lisa Kingston Centre Manager 0208 856 9906 or email charlton@eyalliance.org.uk


Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the Pre-school. 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 Pre-school 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 Pre-school 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.

"Thank you all so much for the support that you have given to both of my children for the time they have spent there. If he gets a new teacher half as kind and caring as you he will be very lucky". - Parent feedback 2018

LISA KINGSTON Manager - Level 3 Child care

FRANCESCA INTERLANDI - Practitioner - Level 3 Child care

CHERYL JEHAN - Assistant - Level 2 Child care



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 week.  

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 9:15AM-12:15PM, Afternoon sessions are 12:15AM-3:15PM 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 dietary 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 currently have places available. Please do call us and arrange a visit to meet the team, other parents and children here at the setting. There is a settling-in period for all new children. We can discuss and agree this together to make sure it best meets the needs of your child. Contact us on Tel: 0208 8569906 or email charlton@eyalliance.org.uk

"Thank you all so much for the support that you have given to both of my children for the time they have spent there. If he gets a new teacher half as kind and caring as you he will be very lucky". - Parent feedback 2018








Contact Us

Lisa Kingston, Centre Manager 

Charlton Family Centre,

41-43 Shirley House Drive, 



SE7 7EL 

T:  02088569906

E: charlton@eyalliance.org.uk


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

"Thank you all so much for the support that you have given to both of my children for the time they have spent there. If he gets a new teacher half as kind and caring as you he will be very lucky".

"The staff at the setting are very attentive to my child’s needs, he has a care plan for his hypoglycaemia. They keep me informed if they notice any changes to him".

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

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

"It has been great working with you and your team. Such lovely ladies who work so hard with the kids and I’ve always been made to feel so welcome. Believe me, not every school/Pre-school/home is like that, so you should be really proud of yourself and your team. It has been a pleasure". (Outside agency feedback)

"I've had two of my children attend Charlton Family Centre over the last 4 terms. It has been a great experience for myself and my two children. Amazing staff, very caring above and beyond the call. I've had extra special help from all the staff as my youngest has been diagnosed with a disability. I have had so much support and guidance from all staff and management. They have put in extra strategies to make sure my daughter is getting the best everyday. Thank you so much for all their help."