Bath City Centre Nursery

The longest established of all YMCA Bath Group nurseries, the YMCA City Centre Day Nursery is based at our main site in Broad Street Place, Bath. Established in 1995, we provide pre-school care and early education for children between the age of 18 months and 5 years. We are registered for 26 children, we are also the smallest nursery in the group. We offer a wide variety of sessions and operate between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm.

At the YMCA City Centre Day Nursery we aim to provide high quality childcare, with experienced and qualified staff working closely with parents and carers to meet the needs of each child as an individual. We believe that young children should learn through play and our aim is to provide a safe, secure, friendly and relaxed environment in order that all children will achieve and develop during their early years.

Play Based Learning

Our daily activities and routines are based on the  Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and we have a highly motivated staff team. We use our equipment and resources in innovative ways and the outdoor area is  well designed for the children.

Overarching principles:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The seven areas of learning and development that shape all our educational programmes are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy – understanding and development
  • Mathematics – understanding and development
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


There is a large multi use dedicated nursery area that can be sub-divided when appropriate. We also are fortunate that by being situated in the main YMCA building, we have designated access to other areas / rooms. For example we use the dance studio for indoor play (especially useful in very bad weather and when it’s extremely hot) and we also have access to the restaurant and conservatory for special occasions such as the Christmas party.

The following staffing ratios are maintained at all times:

Under 2’s 1:3
2 year olds 1:4
3 – 5 year olds 1:8


Size isn’t everything! We have a designated nursery garden that is adjacent to the dance studio. It may be small but we use every inch to the maximum! We have a mixture of fixed and mobile play equipment, a planting area for flowers and vegetables, a sand pit and shelters.

We make use of the garden area all year whatever the weather and are delighted to have such a feature in the middle of the City!

Healthy Eating

All meals are cooked on site in the YMCA kitchen. The Catering Manager devises a rotating menu with the Nursery Manager and together they ensure that children receive a healthy and balanced diet. Special diets can also be catered for. We provide: mid morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

Session Times and Prices (from 1st April 2017)

 18 mths – 3 yrs  3 – 4 yrs
Morning session (including lunch) 8.30am –1.00pm £22.70 £21.80
Afternoon session 1.00pm – 4.30pm £15.75 £15.05
Extended afternoon session 1.00pm – 5.30pm £20.25 £19.35
Full Day (including lunch) 8.30am – 5.30pm £40.50 £38.70
Full time weekly rate
(5 days, including lunches)
8.30am – 5.30pm
Monday – Friday
£202.50 £193.50

Hourly rates 18 months- 3 years = £4.50;   3-4 years = £4.30 per hour.

Government-funded free entitlement hours

All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week and this offer has been extended to 30 free hours for working parents who are eligible for the new offer. To check for eligibility and see how you can get government funding towards childcare fees please visit:

Eligible two year olds can also access 15 hours free and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on the Bath and North East Somerset website

2.5 hour session 1.30pm – 4.00pm No Charge
3 hour session 1.30pm – 4.30pm No Charge
5 hour session 8.30am – 1.30pm
(term time only)
No charge for session
£2.45 charge for lunch
7.5 hour session 8.30am – 4.00pm No charge for session
£2.45 charge for lunch



Prospective parents / carers are welcome to arrange an appointment to view the nursery. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or would like us to send you further details.

Contact Details

Manager: Rosie Robinson
YMCA Day Care Nursery
Broad Street Place
Tel: 01225 325911

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