Please see below for an update on our Childcare services regarding COVID-19: 


Our YMCA Childcare settings are now operating at their full hours again and we would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone that has supported us throughout this difficult time.

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. Our Operational Procedures are under continual review as guidance changes.

After reviewing the latest Government guidelines and our site specific Operational Procedures, we have had to temporarily pause the running of our Breakfast and Afterschool clubs at YMCA Childcare St. Margaret’s Road, Lowestoft, and YMCA Childcare Exning Road, Newmarket. Once we feel we are able to operate the Breakfast and Afterschool clubs again we will contact our existing families to inform them.   

For our returning, new and prospective families, 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. Please read our ‘Welcome back to YMCA Childcare’ booklet (568KB, PDF) to understand the safety measures we have put into place to protect our families and staff during this time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Childcare Manager, 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.”

Amanda Spence – Childcare Programme Manager



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

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St Margarets Road

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Exning Road

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Blinco Grove

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Out of School & Holiday Club


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