Childcare Update

As you may already know, some of our YMCA Childcare settings have been able to remain open in order to provide childcare for children with key worker parents and for other children as specified by the Government. The good news is the government has now confirmed that it is safe to welcome more children back to YMCA Childcare.

As an organisation we continue to follow the Governments guidelines which include ensuring we maintain the highest safety and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infection with Covid-19. We have considered our practice and have carried out thorough Risk Assessments and implemented new Operational Procedures in line with the Government Guidance to ensure that we provide the most effective measures to ensure the children and staff’s health and safety are met appropriately.

As we begin to introduce more children back to our settings, we are still operating under slightly different opening hours. The list of the sites, opening hours and ages are as follows:

  • YMCA Childcare St. Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft: 8.30am – 4pm (0-12 years)
    YMCA Childcare Providence, Ipswich: 8.30am – 5pm (0-12 years)
    YMCA Childcare Exning Road, Newmarket: 8.30am – 4.30pm (0-12 years)
    YMCA Childcare Blinco Grove, Cambridge: 8.30am – 4.30pm (0-5 years)
    YMCA Childcare Grundisburgh, Ipswich: 9am – 3pm (2-5 years)
    YMCA Childcare Water Lane, Lowestoft: Remains closed (Children can attend YMCA Childcare St. Margaret’s, Lowestoft)

We understand that this is an anxious time for everyone, and you may have lots of questions about how we can care for your child safely. So please read our ‘Welcome back to YMCA Childcare’ booklet to understand the safety measures we are putting into place to protect our families and staff during this time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Childcare Manger, or email

We would like to thank you for your co-operation and understanding during these difficult times, it is greatly appreciated. And we are looking forward to welcoming you back.



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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