At City we have 3 major trust options for child nursing which is Barts Health NHS trust, Great Ormond Street hospital for children and UCLH, which are all situated in central london and are quite accessible for most students. if you do think your placement trust is too far then you will be given a chance to switch but very likely they wont allow you to change trust location because of the limited spaces. alternatively you can find a classmate who has a different trust to you and swap places. However at City trust allocations are dependant of post code and they won't send you to trust which is more that 50 mins away.
Since you are choosing child nursing you will most likely have community placements as well like going to a nursery/ children health foundations or a clinic sometime in your 3 years. im not really sure how far these community placements are cuz ive never gone to community.
I would say the best part of City nursing is the clinical practice sessions. They will teach the skills before going to placement such as taking vital signs, CPR or wound dressings ect. In 2nd and 3rd year you will also have a chance to practice on a simulation doll, which makes it seems like your actually in charge of a patient's care. I also like that city does prepare us for the future of nursing for example, learning how to use a stethoscope, or learning to read ECG which are responsibilities nurses will need to carry out more in the future according to the NMC. The support is great as well as the lecturers give tutorials for students on critical writing, and other assignment help which you can book. And also another good thing with CIty is the joint field cohorts. This means that you will also have some knowledge on adult and mental nursing, which will definitely widen your practice skills and make it easier for you if you plan to change fields in the future.
In terms of comparing it to other universities, im not really sure since i only know a handful of student nurses from other unis such as KCL, bucks and Brunell and their opinions tend to differ from one another however i do recommend going to open days where you will find out what uni is best for you or you can also follow or join different uni nursing society groupchats/ instagram pages where you can get in touch with student nurses and get their personal opinions and experiences.
Hope that helps, feel free to ask more questions