Providence is our Ipswich Childcare setting. It’s a purpose built brand new and wonderfully kitted out setting that boasts 3 large size rooms, catering for children from 3 months to 12 years. Each room has a wet play area, their own bathrooms & nappy change area as well as covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The setting has a wonderful free flow access garden where the children can freely access resources as well as play with peers in different age groups.

Providence is based within our YMCA Trinity building in Ipswich but has its own entrance and parking off Wellington Street and is open between 8am-6pm.


Meet the team

Kim Streater - Childcare Manager

- Certificate in Early Years Practice
- Level 4 (studying towards BA Hons)
- 3 years in service

I love the sense of family I get from working for YMCA. I am supported with my Professional Development and valued for my knowledge and experience. I enjoy the opportunities to work with other areas of the organisation to try and ensure the children get the very best start to their early years. I love to involve the community around our settings and am always looking for ways that our children can get involved with local events.

My favourite things to do with the children are messy play, singing, making up our own stories and playing outside!

Louisa Taylor - Deputy Childcare Manager

- 2 years in service
- Masters Degree in Childhood Studies
- SENCO, Deputy Safeguarding Lead

My name is Louisa and I have worked in childcare for many years and have 3 grown up children of my own. I’m extremely devoted to ensuring all children get the best start in their early years. I feel privileged to be part of YMCA Providence childcare.

I am part of a childcare family, delivering an outstanding, nurturing, playful learning environment for young children to grow and thrive in.

My favourite things to do with the children are Playdough Disco and Bucket Time and I love a singsong!

Nicole Warner - Room Leader, Baby room

- Level 3
- Health and Safety Officer
- 3 years service

I started my time with YMCA as a Deputy Room Leader when our setting at Providence first opened, and now I am the Room Leader. My colleagues are like my second family and are always there for support.

I love that no two days are the same and that I get to watch the children grow and learn.

Justina Vaskeviciute - Room Leader, Preschool Room

- Level 3
- 3 months service

I have always enjoyed working with children and helping them to grow. I love watching them learn something new.

My favourite activities are group times where the children can interact with each other.

Louise Skinner - Deputy Room Leader, Preschool Room

- New in post
- Level 3
- 10 years experience in Childcare.

I already feel like I am settling in and feel part of the YMCA family.

I’m passionate about safeguarding children and providing a safe and welcoming environment for children and their families.

I’m looking forward to having fun with all the children and meeting their families and working together for positive outcomes for the children.

Leah Everett - Early Years Educator

- 2 years in service
- BA Hons in Education

I love working for YMCA Trinity Group because there are lots of professional development opportunities.

I enjoy messy play, role play, outings and opportunities to explore and learn.

Megan Blake - Early Years Educator

- 18 months in service

I started here as a Level 2 Apprentice, and now I am studying for my Level 3.

There are amazing opportunities on offer with YMCA Trinity Group and it is such a welcoming environment.

I love making obstacle courses for the children in the garden.

Sam Hope - Apprentice Early Years Assistant

- 10 months in service

I joined YMCA Trinity Group with a Level 2 that I had gained elsewhere and I am studying for a Level 3 with YMCA Training

I have been well supported in my role as Apprentice since joining YMCA and I’ve had the opportunity to learn lots of new things from the practitioners in my team.

I love getting the music on and having a boogie with the children.

Charity Lloyd - After School Club Leader

- Level 3 (studying Level 4 at Suffolk New College)

I joined YMCA very recently but love working with the team.

My favourite things to do with the children are singing songs and being creative.

Ellie Cross - Kickstart scheme employee

- 2 months in service

I joined YMCA Trinity Group through the Kickstart Scheme with the Jobcentre as I wish to pursue a career in Childcare.

My favourite things to do are messy play and painting activities.


AttendanceTime0 - 2 Years2 - 3 Years3 - 5 Years
Weekly8am - 6pm£226.20£214.20£208.80
Full Day8am - 6pm£50.75£48.50£45.20
Half Day8am - 1pm
1pm - 6pm
6 Hour Session8:45am - 2:45pm£37.35£35.60
3 Hour Session8am - 11am
8:45am - 11:45am
12pm - 3pm
3pm - 6pm
Hourly Rate£6.35£6.00
Lunch Club*11am - 11:45am£4.80£4.60





Cost of Meals


Breakfast is £1.05

Lunch is £3.70 (hot or cold)

Tea £2.10

All meals must be booked one week in advance. Last minute bookings are subject to availability. Children are also able to provide their own packed lunch. We offer a 10% sibling discount for nursery and holiday club sessions. The 10% discount is applied to the oldest child’s booking.




You may be entitled to funding for your child’s early learning. To find out whether you can claim, visit our Childcare Funding page.


More information about funding


Book a place


To request a place at the setting for your child, please complete the Enquiry Form (91KB, Word) and send it to us. You can fill in the form on the computer and email it directly or print it off if you prefer. For enquiries please contact us on 01473 295258 or email


OFSTED Reports


YMCA Childcare Providence was last inspected by OFSTED on 9 January 2020. We received an overall grading of OUTSTANDING.

The inspector who visited said:

“Babies and children show that they are extremely relaxed and feel very safe in the care of the attentive and nurturing staff. They delight in exploring the indoor and outdoor spaces, which are planned with a great deal of thought and expertise.

Children confidently choose from the abundance of rich, varied and imaginative resources that are beautifully presented to capture their interest. For example, they enthusiastically delve into a planter filled with soil and begin to talk imaginatively about making magic potions that give them special powers.

There is a constant flow of laughter and singing, and children remain deeply engaged with the skilful support of the staff. For example, they are inspired to get involved in an exciting and energetic hunt for a bear and talk with great anticipation about where they think the bear could be hiding. There are excellent opportunities for younger children to extend their speaking and listening skills.”



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