YMCA Nursery

Newark & Sherwood Nursery

Come and look around the YMCA Newark 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.


Welcome to YMCA Nursery

Seeing children grow and thrive is at the heart of everything we do. YMCA Nursery is an empowering, imaginative space that supports children to build skills, confidence and friendship.

Our curriculum flexes to each child’s individual needs and interests, and every space, toy and activity we run has been designed to nurture child-led play and creativity. Supported by world-leading youth development research, our fun, engaging spaces are here for your child to grow in confidence and capability every single day.

Children are our purpose. Our nursery has been built from a belief that every child should have the chance to discover who they are and what they can become. Better yet, our nursery is 100% not-for-profit, and run by YMCA Robin Hood Group, a registered youth charity and part of the world’s oldest movement for children and young people.

We can’t wait to meet you and your family!

Laura Richmond
Nursery Manager

Why Join Us?

Y's Girls Mentoring

✔ Creative, child-led learning

✔ Unique play opportunities (from bouldering to cookery!)

✔ Sensory room

✔ Cycle track with James


Y's Girls Mentoring

✔ Purpose-built Nursery with brand new facilities

✔ Age-specific equipment and spaces

✔ Children choose meals made by our chef

✔ Safe and secure space

✔ Beautiful, large and secure outside play area

Y's Girls Mentoring

✔ 100% not-for-profit, youth-driven organisation

✔ Free on-site parking

✔ 10% discount at YMCA Café

✔ Concession discount for YMCA Villager membership

Our Core Values

Children at YMCA are encouraged and praised for showing our Core Values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. Children love to recognise these special behaviours in themselves and their peers, and we love to celebrate them with thank-yous and award certificates.

Engaging children with these values is a fun but impactful way of supporting their social and emotional development, helping them along as they grow into kind, thoughtful and community-minded individuals.

We live our values throughout YMCA, and they are just important for young people and grown-ups too. You’ll find older children in our youth programmes, staff and even parents are celebrated and thanked when they demonstrate one of our values!

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Special Activities

Our unique home at YMCA Village gives our children access to wonderful opportunities that they wouldn’t find elsewhere. Every week, we organise special activities with staff from across the YMCA to nurture children’s sense of discovery, exploration and adventure.

Some of our favourite activities include:

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  • What is the YMCA Newark & Sherwood Nursery at the Village?

    The YMCA Newark & Sherwood Nursery at the Village is a purpose-built, Ofsted-registered nursery that caters to babies, toddlers, and pre-school age children. It encourages curiosity and imagination through play and exercise, providing an inspiring place for young minds to belong, contribute, and thrive.

  • What are the facilities at the YMCA Nursery?

    The YMCA Nursery is situated on the ground floor of the purpose-built YMCA Community and Activity Village in Newark and Sherwood. It has six spacious rooms for children from three months to pre-school age. The setting also benefits from a fully fitted onsite kitchen, milk kitchen, sensory room, and a large, landscaped outdoor space for children to run and play.

  • What activities are offered at the YMCA Nursery?

    The YMCA Nursery offers a wide range of activities for children, from messy play, music, gardening, phonics, and exploratory art. It also benefits from the wide range of facilities in the Village, including the climbing centre, football, outdoor sports, dancing, and bike skills.

  • What food options are available at the YMCA Nursery?

    The YMCA Nursery has its own fully fitted onsite kitchen and milk kitchen. All meals are freshly prepared and cooked onsite by a chef, catering for all dietary requirements. For babies, the nursery follows the parents’ lead with their routine until they’re ready to explore all the delicious and nutritious foods on offer.

  • What are the age groups catered to at the YMCA Nursery?

    The YMCA Nursery caters to three age groups: Discoverers (babies from three to 12 months), Explorers (toddlers from 12 to 24 months), and Adventurers (pre-school children from 2½ to 5 years).

  • What are the operating hours and pricing options for the YMCA Nursery?

    The YMCA Nursery is open for children aged 3 months to 5 years old from 7:30am-6pm every weekday. Pricing options are flexible, with full day care from 7:30am-6pm starting at £50 per day and 9am-3pm starting at £44 per day. Funded places are available for children from the term after their 3rd birthday.

  • What is the Care to Learn scheme at the YMCA Nursery?

    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. It can help with the cost of childcare, including deposit and registration fees, a childcare taster session for up to 5 days, and keeping the childcare place over the summer holidays.