Award winning, holistic childcare company in Hackney

Maisie Poppins Childcare was started in 2013 by founder and director, Yasmin (Maisie) Darling. Yasmin (Maisie) has over 24 years experience studying and working with children, families and local communities. Yasmin (Maisie) believes passionately that every aspect of a child’s life and environment is equally important and can be a positive component within their overall development and well-being. This includes learning, playing, eating, sleeping, toilet training and boundary setting.

Yasmin (Maisie) has developed The Maisie Poppins Way, an approach that draws on a wide range of resources and practices including early years educational frameworks, evidence-based research, forest school philosophy, the writings of Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, all combined with Yasmin (Maisie’s) 24 years of experience working with children and families in London and overseas. The Maisie Poppins Way creates a positive and nurturing environment that allows every child’s strengths and qualities to shine.

More about the Maisie Poppins Nursery

A special message from the Manager

Dear Parents and Carers, I hope you are well and enjoying our emerging freedom as we come out of our Covid-19 restrictions. 

Our nursery is currently open for families who are critical workers, special educational needs and disabilities and families that feel more vulnerable at this time. We have x 2 staff working full time (Manager Maisie (Yasmin)  and room leader Rahima) who are both very experienced in all aspects of nursery life and fully qualified.All other staff have been furloughed until we make a ‘phased return’ to full nursery life from June 1st 2020. 

We have used the lock down time to reflect and action on nursery improvements including becoming a paperless workplace, refocusing our holistic curriculum even more on health and well-being, no pressure playful ways to ensure education levels are restored and children feel safe, happy and can make sense of their experiences.

As a staff team we have had a very high level of positive communication throughout the time and have been reaching out to parents and children throughout the weeks with video circle times, video craft and play sessions, video parents evenings with the manager and plenty of early years activities to do at home. We’ve missed each other, the children and families lots and can’t wait to have everyone return and settle the children back in with kindness, patience and warmth.

Our holistic pedagogy and curriculum has been updated in readiness to support our children’s well-being with the highest possible outcomes upon their return.

Government safety guidance will direct our forthcoming policies and procedures updates. All updates are shared with all parents and carers as standard. There is a weekly evening zoom meeting every weds offered to all parents with Maisie, the manager to discuss anything and everything and to access parenting support through the lockdown when useful.

There will be no fees increase in September 2020. All will be reviewed in April 2021.

We look forward to giving a very warm welcome to our current families and those that have been on our waiting list due to start as soon as we are able to have you back. We have taken the opportunity to refresh our nursery with a deep clean, repaint and update which we hope will be a lovely uplift for all. 

We have also been working with nurseries nationally, our local MP Meg Hillier and our lovely Hackney Mayor Phil Glanville to coordinate and campaign for insurance companies to take responsibility and pay up where due and for national government to make financial accommodation in the form of grants for nurseries such as ours who fall through the gaps as we rent from a charity. 

If anyone wants to contact us in the meantime please feel free: admin@maisiepoppins.com

If you would like to read further on our Covid-19 fees and arrangements please see the fee’s page below.


Thank you and I wish you the best of health and happiness

Maisie (Yasmin)

Founder and director, Yasmin (Maisie) Darling

Tour the Nursery 

We warmly welcome you to tour the Maisie Poppins Nursery and ask any questions you would like. Tours take place on Tuesdays at 10am. To attend, simply email admin@maisiepoppins.com with the date you would like to visit. Children, babies, friends and family members are welcome to join you. 


To apply for a place at the Maisie Poppins Nursery, please email admin@maisiepoppins.comFor more information about the Maisie Poppins Nursery and fees, see here.


“Maisie is a person of considerable integrity who always puts the needs of children first. She achieves this by establishing strong, positive relationships with children and working hard to engage the adults involved in their lives. “


Children's Quality Assurance manager, London Borough of Croydon

“I don’t believe how lucky I am to have the good fortune to have found Maisie Poppins Nursery”


Maisie Poppins parent

“Maisie’s knowledge of complex childcare is fantastic and its very reassuring as a parent knowing that she can answer well any questions we have about our child.”

Michael & Imogen,

Maisie Poppins parents

“The communication with the team is excellent, we get daily pictures, messages and a personal diary so we are always informed, it brightens our day to see him so happy, we are extremely pleased”

Dr. Bacon

Maisie Poppins parent

“Pablo Picasso once said, ‘the meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away’ It is rare to find someone who has found their gift…. just think; do you know anyone? Maisie Collin is one of the few people who has found her gift and is actively giving it away. “

James & Katherine,

Maisie Poppins parents

Maisie sets very high standards and has many policies and procedures in place to keep the children safe and happy.”


Maisie Poppins parent

Maisie and her team come highly recommended, not only from us but also from our twins!”

Cassie & Bradley,

Maisie Poppins parents

"There’s so much to interest the children, lots of toys and amazing resources inside and outside, then there are all the activities, so varied and engaging.”


Maisie Poppins parent

"My son looks forward to going and never wants to leave, I’ve never seen that reaction in him!”


Maisie Poppins parent

“Maisie and her team offer a bespoke, holistic nurturing childcare service focussing on care and education, and concentrating on PSED (personal, social and emotional development), healthy lifestyles and outdoor play. Maisie strongly believes in working in partnership with parents and the ‘team around the child’ approach, resulting in excellent developmental outcomes for the children in her care.”


Hackney Learning Trust

“Their knowledge of the EYFS and commitment to encouraging development through fun play is fantastic, their holistic childcare model has meant my daughter has been supported to learn at her own pace which has really helped her confidence in social situations.”


Maisie Poppins parent

“The food is outstanding, healthy varied and interesting and the education and support equally so. We truly feel like we’ve won the lottery having our children at Maisie Poppins, there’s no place like it.”


Maisie Poppins parent

“Since being at MP our daughter has grown in confidence and her development has progressed in leaps and bounds, she’s exceeding her milestones and is a very secure and confident child.”


Maisie Poppins parent

“Maisie and team create childcare of an extremely high standard, with a variety of calm yet stimulating activities based on a great curriculum, it is an invaluable service for us and the other families they work with.”


Maisie Poppins parent

"His transition couldn’t have been easier, he simply loved it there from the very first minute and ran in leaving me at the door with a quivering lip, he is now developing there at an explosive rate especially his interpersonal skills.”


Maisie Poppins parent

“We are very grateful for the thoughtful and dynamic child centered care provided by the team, we feel completely confident that our son is treated with the same respect and care as he would be at home.” 

Dr. Gurney,

Maisie Poppins parent

“Maisie creates a warm, joyful and creative environment that makes everyone feel welcome and at ease, she made community for the children and parents alike.” Claire MP Parent


Maisie Poppins parent