Welcome to the Maisie Poppins Nursery.

Maisie Poppins Childcare was started in 2013 by founder and director Maisie (Yasmin) Darling. Maisie has over 24 years’ experience studying and working with children, families and local communities. Her qualifications include a BA Hons degree in English Literature & Theatre Studies, a PGC in Social care & Health and a post graduate diploma in working with children, young people and families within a psychoanalytical approach.

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.

Maisie has developed The Maisie Poppins Way, an approach that draws on a wide range of resources and practises 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 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.

Maisie Darling (previously Collin)


A note for all parents and carers

We warmly welcome you to tour our nursery and ask any questions you would like. Tours take place 48 weeks a year on Tuesdays at 10am sharp. To attend, simply email us at admin@maisiepoppins.com with the date you would like to come for a tour. Children, babies, friends and other family members are welcome to join you. Please note that there is no parking on-site.

To apply for a place for your child at the Maisie Poppins Nursery, please fill out the application form found on the apply page.

Holiday Closure Dates

The Maisie Poppins Nursery is open 48 weeks of the year. Please click the below links to view our holiday dates:

Holiday Closure Dates 2018 – 2019

Holiday Closure Dates 2019 – 2020 


“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

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