College Nurseries

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The Learning Exchange Nursery:

This nursery is based in The Learning Exchange building and is registered for 18 children per session aged from 18 months to 4 years.  The nursery provides childcare to the surrounding college centres of The Arts Centre, Duke Street and Clarence St and is 10 minutes walking distance to all centres.

Due to its smaller size, the nursery provides a cosy, nurturing environment, where siblings can be cared for in the same setting.    The children benefit from a well-equipped play area and a large outdoor play area.

Princes Road Nursery:  

This nursery is based within Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre (L8) and is registered for 27 children per session, aged from 9 months to 4 years.  There is a separate room for the babies/toddlers and a play area for the 2-4 year age range.  There is a large outdoor play area accessible from both rooms.

The nursery is a 10 minute walk to The Arts Centre, 15 minutes to the other centres, also  there is a bus stop outside the nursery with 2 or 3 stops to the other college centres.             

Similarly to The Learning Exchange nursery, siblings can be cared for in the same nursery and children benefit from the family groupings of being with younger and older children.  A wide variety of play opportunities are available to the children throughout the day.

ALL college staff are qualified to a minimum of Level 3 in Childcare and Education and with the essential skills and experience, establish secure and warm relationships with the children.  All staff will work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure each child is settled within nursery and enjoys their learning and development journey whilst at nursery.

Childcare Funding/Support

Students aged 19 years or under at the start of their course are entitled to ‘Care to Learn Funding’.

To be eligible for this funding parents need to be enrolled on a college course and in receipt of child benefit for their child.  As part of the application process, the parent will be required to show their child’s full birth certificate or their Child Benefit letter to the Childcare Manager for completion of the Learning Provider section of the application.

Parents can claim up to £160 per week, per child for childcare and additional travel costs.

For further information, the Care to Learn telephone number is 0800 121 8989.

Application is online – – Karen Costain, Childcare Manager available to help with on-line application

Adult Funding (Parents aged 20 years+)

All adult students must apply for childcare by completing a 20 Years+ Childcare Application Form 2017-18 – early application is recommended.  Application Forms can be obtained from Advice & Guidance, the college nurseries or from Karen Costain, Childcare Manager.

Depending on the level of the course, adult students will apply for

  • Learner Support Funding
  • Adult Bursary Fund

For students enrolled on a Level 3 course, they will usually have to apply for the Adult Bursary Fund for their course and childcare costs.

IMPORTANT: Parents must be aware that childcare costs cannot be paid until their Adult Bursary Loan is approved.  Until the loan is approved, childcare costs will be the responsibility of the parent.

ALL Childcare funding can only be used in registered childcare settings, e.g.   Childminders, Day Nurseries, Out of School Clubs.