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.



Half term activities 


If you are looking for a fun filled October holiday club? Look no more! We are open from 8am until 6pm for children from 5 years to 10 years at a cost of £23.65 a day.

A hot lunch costing £3.60 and tea costing £2.05, other snacks included.

We will be offering the following activities and events on each day:


  • Monday 26 October – Orange Mondays/Lego Masters
  • Tuesday 27 October – Dance Madness/Cardboard Jenga
  • Wednesday 28 October – Great British Bake Off/Puppet Show
  • Thursday 29 October – Autumn Awe/Woodland Creators
  • Friday 30 October – Super Sports/Card & Board Games


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



AttendanceTime0 - 2 Years2 - 3 Years3 - 5 Years
Weekly8am - 6pm£215.40£204.00£198.85
Full Day8am - 6pm£48.30£46.15£43.05
Half Day8am - 1pm
1pm - 6pm
6 Hour Session8:45am - 2:45pm£36.60£34.90
3 Hour Session8am - 11am
8:45am - 11:45am
12pm - 3pm
3pm - 6pm
Hourly Rate£6.15£5.85
Lunch Club11am - 11:45am£4.60£4.40


Cost of Meals
Breakfast is £1
Lunch is £3.60 (hot or cold)
Tea £2.05
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.

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.”