Our new, 44-place Lakeside Nursery provides a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which a child’s personality and confidence can develop in preparation for school.

It is designed to meet the needs of young children and is equipped with a large bright playroom and a variety of age-appropriate toys.

We pride ourselves on our caring, experienced and highly qualified team of staff who will ensure that your child has the right support to foster their development and emotional wellbeing.

We offer full day-care five days a week, all year round. All of our Early Years settings are Ofsted registered as either good or outstanding.  You can view our latest report here.


What do we do?

We offer full daycare for 1 – 5 year old’s, five days a week, 51 weeks of the year.  We have a 44 place (maximum per session) nursery with lots of indoor and outdoor space for exploration and play.


Where are we based?

We are based in the Lakeside Centre in Bazalgette Way, overlooking Southmere Lake in Thamesmead.

Off-street parking is available nearby.


When are we open?

We are open from 8.00 – 6.00pm with morning and afternoon sessions available (8.00am – 1.00pm and 1.00pm – 6.00pm). A 7.30am start can be pre-booked (subject to availability and extra fee applies). All meals are included.

I am so grateful for the support offered whilst both children were at the setting and for the resource packs delivered during lockdown. The YMCA have been really supportive and helped me to apply for an EHCP which I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for the family inclusion co-ordinator.

Nursery parent

Funding your childcare

  • 30 hours of funding is available for 3 & 4 year olds (T&Cs apply).
  • All children are entitled to 15 hours of free Early Education Funding (for 3 & 4 year old’s) per week from the term after their third birthday, for 38 weeks of the year until compulsory school age.
  • Free funding for two-year-olds (FF2) is available to some children (restrictions apply).

Click here to view a video guide on applying for funding.

Get in contact with us today to find out more!

For more information, or to reserve a space, contact our nursery direct on 02077 818224 or email Lakesidenursery@ymcatg.org. Download a registration form here.