Lavern Powell

Established since April 2000

Lavern brings a tremendous amount of childcare experience to her setting, which is very well established and is located within a short walking distance from Canonbury overground station.

Lavern Powell

Lavern Powell


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Max. No of children

7 under 8 years old

Hours of Business

8am - 6.30pm

Ages catered for

6 months - 8 years



Open all year

We love the way Lavern involves the whole family in their child's journey at her setting and the pride she inspires children to take in their creative work, which is showcased in colourful termly updates.

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Annaliese Hendry

Head of Community

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About Lavern

I've worked with children in my own home setting for a long time now. I've seen lots of education trends come and go, but my own approach has always been rooted in carefully listening to the child's interests and using these as a starting point to expand their understanding of the world around them.

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Unique highlights

Works with one assistant

Lavern employees a childminder trainee to support the running of her setting

Private garden with sheltered area

Lavern has created a little haven for children in her outdoor garden, complete with mud kitchen!

Supports breastfeeding mums

Lavern will accept expressed breastmilk for babies, if required

Deep knowledge of the local area

Lavern has been running her setting in Islington for decades and is familiar with local sites and activities for children

Nursery and school drop off and pick ups available

Lavern currently serves Highbury Quadrant and St Joan of Arc Primary Schools

Special termly curriculum-linked outings

Previous trips to the London Aquarium, Chinatown for Chinese New Year, the Natural History Museum and London Zoo

Our guarantees

  • Ofsted registered

  • A mix of adult led and independent activities available

  • DBS checked

  • Paediatric First Aid trained provider

  • Well-ventilated rooms with comfortable temperatures

  • Designated keyworker for every child

  • Clean, bright designated play area

  • Supports child during potty training

  • Play equipment is clean and safe to use

  • Non-smoking home

  • Monitored staff to child ratio

  • Smoke alarms installed and working

  • Super simple payments and statements

  • Two year old progress checks

  • Safe, secure, GDPR compliant messaging

  • Access to rich library of material

  • Comprehensive insurances

  • Daily outdoor play

Other benefits

Designated space for quiet nap times

Clean, bright designated play space

Regular weekly outings to local groups and parks

Lavern's setting is based on the ground level of a large terrace house near Canonbury.

During business hours, her living room becomes a playspace and 'activity stations' - including a book area and drawing and writing table - set up with activities that change daily. Boxes of resources are kept within children's reach and there are opportunities for them to select an activity of their choice.

Children eat their snacks and meals in the kitchen and a bedroom is designated a quiet nap area.

Lavern's kitchen opens out onto a private and secure garden space, which has a range of equipment set up, including a mud kitchen and Wendy house.

Throughout the space, Lavern displays bright and colourful posters to support children's learning, be it numbers, shapes or letters of the alphabet.

At Lavern's setting, your child will enjoy daily outdoor adventures in the morning and stimulating activities at home in the afternoons.

A typical week includes outings to regular playgroups with a network of local childminders, during which your child will have the opportunity to play in larger groups of children. Lavern considers these larger groups to be an important part of their social and emotional development.

Lavern's playspace at home is well-resourced and activities frequently involve lots of role play, construction, music and craft.


How we select tiney homes

We find exceptional and talented individuals

We send a member of the tiney community team to visit their home in person

We interview the home leader about their ethos and approach

We help with training, creating a great setting and ensure that our tiney guarantees will be met

We work together to deliver a great ongoing tiney home nursery experience

tiney is on a mission to reinvent childcare and unlock the potential of every child.

At tiney we want to help children feel safe, valued and loved in their early years. We want families to have access to high quality childcare that works for them and is designed using evidence and research from around the world. We want tiney to accelerate children’s development in family-style homes through play and learning. And, we want to build a vibrant community of tiney homes, run by founders who can impact their local neighbourhoods, cities and beyond.

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