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Water Lane, Lowestoft

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At YMCA Childcare Water Lane, Lowestoft we provide support for children between the ages of two and five years-old, with spaces available for up to 50 children.

Water Lane provides stimulating, exciting areas to play in and encourages children to share ideas and gain valuable social and language skills with peers and staff through play. Rated as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by Ofsted, we are very proud of the excellent childcare support that is offered at Water Lane.

Water Lane is split into two rooms:
1. Panda Room, for children two to three years-old
2. Giraffe Room, for children aged two to five years-old

Both rooms provide a wide range of sensory experiences and encourage children to explore, share ideas, and gain valuable language and social skills. Each room also has its own dedicated outside space, where children can further their learning and development.

We welcome enquiries and visits from parents and families and encourage you to contact us or follow our Facebook page to find out more.

Apply For A Childcare PlaceNursery Events For Your DiaryTerm Dates 2024 - 2025
Giraffe Room YMCA Water Lane Lowestoft
Panda Room Water Lane Lowestoft

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Sessions and Fees From 1st April 2024

YMCA Childcare Water Lane is open daily from 8am to 3pm (during Term Time Only), and feel our prices offer outstanding value for the quality of our nurseries.

Support and funding may also be available to cover some of the costs of childcare, and we encourage you to read our Childcare Funding page, or contact our childcare team for more information.

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Attendance Time 2-3 Years 3-5 Years
6 Hour Session 8:45am - 2:45pm £48.90 £46.80
3 Hour Session 8:45am - 11:45am £24.45 £23.40
12.00pm – 3.00pm £24.45 £23.40
Hourly Rate N/A £8.15 £7.80
Morning ‘Bolt On’ 8.00am - 8:45am £6.80 £6.50
Afternoon ‘Bolt On’ 2:45pm – 3.00pm £2.50 £2.40


YMCA Childcare Water Lane can also provide a nutritious breakfast or lunch for your child during the day.

• Breakfast is £1.30
• Lunch is £3.50 (hot or cold)


Government funded hours can be used with any sessions, including bolt on times.

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 sessions. The 10% discount is applied to the oldest child’s booking.