Please note: Following the recent announcement from the government regarding the closure of schools and early years’ settings YMCA Childcare will be keeping the following sites open for key people, those who provide fundamental services and specific families as directed by the Government.


The list of the sites, opening hours and ages are as follows:


YMCA Childcare Providence, Ipswich: 8.30am – 5pm (0-12 years)

YMCA Childcare St Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft: 8.30am – 4pm (0-12 years)

YMCA Childcare Exning Road, Newmarket: 8.30am – 4.30pm (0-12 years)

YMCA Childcare Blinco Grove, Cambridge: 8.30am – 4pm (0-5 years)


Our YMCA Childcare settings are making every effort to contact all parents and carers in response to this in order to work out which families we will be able to provide care for from Monday 23 March. If you have not received a call from us by Monday 23 March and you feel you fit into the relevant categories, please contact your settings Childcare Manager to discuss further.

Everyone at YMCA Childcare would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding at this difficult time.



Should you have any queries or concerns please speak with your setting’s Childcare Manager in the first instance or contact


At YMCA Childcare we believe that children deserve the best possible start to their education. We hope to provide this in our Childcare settings and in the community, by offering a safe, secure and happy environment in which children will feel confident and ready to learn. They will be supported  by experienced staff who are all committed to providing quality, nursery education and support.

At our settings, children take part in a variety of child chosen and adult led activities. We operate ‘free-flow play’ where children can move between indoors and outdoors of their own free will, regardless of the weather, throughout the day. Learning through play helps the children develop at their own pace; having fun, making friends and learning as they play to become confident, secure children.

Each of our Childcare settings operates a key person system where a member of staff will work with parents and carers to ensure the nursery provides what is right for the child’s particular needs and interests. The key person will form attachments with children, parents and carers, helping to settle children into the routine and undertaking care routines. For more information about our individual settings please see the links below.



Home Learning Resources

We have provided some fun activities, stories and songs to keep your young ones busy and active while they are at home.

Water Lane

Term time childcare in Lowestoft

St Margarets Road

All year round childcare in Lowestoft


Term time childcare in Grundisburgh near Woodbridge


All year round childcare in Ipswich

Exning Road

All Year Round Childcare in Newmarket

Blinco Grove

All Year Round Childcare in Cambridge

Out of School & Holiday Club


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