Hi Choccie! How are things going at independent place?? My DD has been offered a place for september and I would really love to hear how you think the staff are there? Are you happy with your choice??!
Choccie - both mine are on waiting list for Ind Place, along with other places. I went for a visit a few months ago and did like it. And it has had good ofsted. I really think its a matter of instinct though. DD was at Minihome a while ago and is now at home with me as I'm on mat leave and I had real ups and downs with the place although its one of the most sought after in N16! V personal choice.
I was about to put her into Linden Children's Centre (she was 6 months old at the time) but then my mum stepped in and offered to take care of her (and she is now looking after both kids one day a week - thank you mum ). But loved Linden and Fernbank (liked the state options much more than the 'we offer French on Tuesday and Baby Yoga on Wednesday but won't actually talk to your kids' private options I saw...)
Go with instinct I say - and def do another visit. IMO a lot is down to personal preference too (we all parent differently I guess) - I know one person who didn't like Minihome but several who really rate it. Have friends with good experiences of Rainbow, Phoenix, Minihome, Hillside, Coconut... all in N16 I know. My daughter is at playgroup now, and v happy (went with instinct there too and didn't put her in the one I was going to)