YMCA Newark & Sherwood Nursery at the Village

Come and look around the brand-new YMCA Nursery at the Village, and see our three age-related rooms for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children.

Ofsted registered, with funded places available we encourage curiosity and imagination through play and exercise.  A truly inspiring place to be for young minds to belong, contribute and thrive.

Because it takes a village to raise a child…



Key person

All children will have a key person that will support the child and family


YMCA follows key curriculum outlined for early years in science, technology, engineering, art and maths

Learning through play

Exciting and varied activities that will encourage children to learn through play

Open Days

Join us for our upcoming YMCA Nursery Open Days for the perfect opportunity to explore the fantastic facilities we have to offer.


Date Time Booking required?
Tuesday 12th September 9:30am – 12:00pm No
Wednesday 20th September 9:30am – 12:00pm No
Monday 25th September 9:30am – 12:00pm No


No need to book in advance – our friendly team will be there to give you a warm welcome, show you around our facilities, and answer all your questions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


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YMCA Parent Handbook and Curriculum

Download our Parent Handbook and Curriculum, they are full of information about the Nursery, our curriculum, the daily timetable, and much more.

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Situated on the ground floor of the new YMCA Community and Activity Village in Newark and Sherwood, our nursery caters for children from three months to pre-school across six spacious rooms.

The setting also benefits from a fully fitted onsite kitchen, milk kitchen, sensory room and large, landscaped outdoor space for the children to run and play, they’ll explore the outside world making their own adventures with teepees, mud kitchen and allotments.

The environment is designed as a neutral, calming space where we encourage naturalistic learning and development.

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Our facilities set us apart, but what truly makes us different is our holistic approach to childcare and development. The YMCA ethos is centred around offering children and young people a place to belong, contribute and thrive and the YMCA Nursery will be the starting point on your child’s journey to building fundamental skills and values that will set them up for life.

Our child-centric approach puts your child first, supports them to find their passions, and builds a care plan that encourages and nurtures everything that is unique and special about them.

Just like you would do at home.


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Our childcare is all about discovery, curiosity and adventure and we offer a wide range of activities for all our children, from messy play, to music, gardening, phonics and exploratory art.

We also benefit from the wide range of facilities on our doorstep in the Village in the climbing centre, football, outdoor sports, dancing and bike skills, to name a few. Having access to such a range of activities means your child will benefit from a programme of activities, designed to help discover their interests, develop new skills, and set them up for the future.


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YMCA Nursery has our own fully fitted onsite kitchen and milk kitchen.

All our meals are freshly prepared and cooked onsite by our chef, catering for all dietary requirements.

And for the babies, we’ll follow your lead with their routine until they’re ready to explore all the delicious and nutritious foods we have to offer.


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We are passionate about including parents and carers as much as we can with children’s learning and development. We will host regular parent, grandparent, carer or family drop-in day sessions where you can play and be involved in everyday activities with your child. We will also host a parents’ forum where we’ll work together to continually improve our offering for you and your child.

Leaving your child for the first time can be daunting, and so we operate an ‘open door’ policy where parents are welcome to speak to us at any time and your child’s key person will be there at the beginning and end of the day to talk to you and your child, ensuring that you are fully informed and confident that your child is happy, healthy, thriving and having lots of fun.

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Babies from three to 12 months


Toddlers from 12 to 24 months


Pre-school children from 2½ to 5 years

  • Fully open for children aged 3 months to 5 years old
  • Open 7:30am-6pm every weekday
  • Flexible pricing options available
    • 7:30am-6pm from £50 per day
    • 9am-3pm from £44 per day
    • Note: prices will change from September 1st. Please enquire for information.
  • Funded places available for children from the term after their 3rd Birthday


Care to Learn

Care to Learn is a government scheme that helps parents under 20 pay for childcare while they are in publicly funded education courses in England, including parents who were under 20 when they started their course.

If you have children under 5, why not access the extra government support of £160 per child per week and bring them to the YMCA Nursery at the Village? Our outstanding facilities and staff will nurture your children while you learn.

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:

  • Your childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • A childcare taster session for up to 5 days
  • Keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays

Childcare payments go directly to YMCA as your childcare provider.

To find out more and how to register for the Care to Learn scheme.

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Get in touch with our team to book a visit

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