Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
The GLA London Data Store produces a table showing the change in housing stock held by the London boroughs since 1994. There has been a significant decline. In Islington the number of units has fallen from 36,902 to 26,264 during this period. See here for more information.
The London Data Store has updated the ward well-being scores to show 2009 to 2013 data. See here. For 2013 Highbury East and Highbury West wards come out best in Islington but no Islington wards are in the top 25% of London wards. Mildmay ward has shown the most significant improvement.
The opening hours of Contact Islington are changing. From Monday 6 July, Contact Islington (020 7527 2000) will operate from 9am-5pm, a change to the current opening hours of 8am-6pm. 93 per cent of all calls to Contact Islington are made between 9 and 5 and the change will align the phone lines with the opening hours of the Customer Centre at 222 Upper Street.
In Islington, there is a wide range of education and day care for under fives including nurseries, playgroups, childminders and primary school nursery classes. You can get part-time and full-time places at nurseries. Playgroups are usually part time only although some operate core day, 9.30am to 3.30pm. Full-time day care hours are 8am to 6pm.
Some nurseries will only take children over two years old, so ensure you check the age range on the nursery list if you have a child under two.
Childminders look after children in the childminder’s own home. Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, registers and inspects them. Childminders are self employed and services, fees and opening times vary.
Childcare on Domestic Premises is Ofsted registered childcare based in a home where four or more carers look after children at the same time. It’s a small nursery operating on domestic premises.
The listis updated at least every four weeks and the link for it can be found at the foot of the page here. All childminders and childcare on domestic premises on the vacancy list are registered with Ofsted.
The results of a pilot study which saw London volunteers wear air quality monitors for the day to measure personal exposure to pollution showed clear peaks in exposure to particulate matter (PM) at times in the day when volunteers were travelling to and from work or school, and also during trips out of premises during lunch breaks.
Results were also compared between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, which suggested that exposure to pollution can be higher inside a vehicle than outside on the street, as PM concentrations can get trapped inside the cab of a car.