Ilys Booker Drop-in Consultation - Challenges

Ilys Booker Drop-in Consultation - Challenges

Picture of childrens playground at Little Wormwood Scrubs

After the Grenfell tragedy

The Ilys Booker drop-in service has been on the estate for many years and was located at the Ilys Booker Centre in Lower Clarendon Walk. Following the Grenfell tragedy, the nursery set up its nursery services at the Ilys Booker Centre, and the drop-in service was relocated to the North Kensington Resource Centre.

In March, the drop-in service had to leave the Resource Centre and since then has had to stay in a number of temporary accommodations. We are currently operating from Little Wormwood Scrubs on a temporary basis.

Picture Little Wormwood Scrubs Nursery in the classroom

Staying on the estate

The drop-in service has been on the estate for many years and was formerly located at the Ilys Booker Centre in Lower Clarendon Walk. The drop-in staff and management committee are very much a part of the Lancaster West community and during our time have served and supported the estate community. We are committed to keeping our services local, affordable, and accessible to families on the estate.

The Ilys Booker drop-in is currently the only drop-in service in the local W11 area. We believe it is vitally important for us to remain in the local area so that we can continue our work promoting children’s learning and development through play in a secure and loving environment. This also includes supporting parents through training courses, classes and workshops to better their lives and improve their wellbeing.

The drop-in service wishes to stay on the estate and rebuild to honour the memory of the deceased, many of whom attended the centre and helped shape the drop-in. This is an opportunity to remember and to look forward to the future.

Our current services

The drop-in currently accommodates 6 to 8 children and parents at one time due to the size of the site at Little Wormwood Scrubs.

Having a permanent home on the estate would mean the drop-in could:

  • Accommodate more children and operate at a level that would keep them financially stable
  • Keep prices low for parents
  • Keep the current local staff

The Ilys Booker Drop-in was nominated in the BAFTA’s best community playgroup Nanny 2020 award.

Four ladies porudly holding their Nanny 2020 award