What are your opening times?

1st Place Children & Parents Centre – 8.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park, London SE5 0RN

020 7740 8070, info@1stplace.uk.com

1st Place at Cambridge House – 8.00am till 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Cambridge house, 1 Addington Square, SE5 0HF

020 7358 7009, info@1stplace.uk.com

1st Place at Lorrimore Square – 8.00am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Lorrimore Square, SE17 3QU

020 3841 9000, info@1stplace.uk.com


Free Early Education for 2 year olds

Some 2 year-olds are eligible for 15 hours’ free education.  To qualify you must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Children looked after by a local council are also entitled to a place
  • you get Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year
  • your child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order

You need to check with Southwark council that you are eligible for one of these places before we are able to offer you one. Please email earlylearninginfo@southwark.gov.uk or call 0800 694 0171.

Room hire: Catering, supplies and other services

We are a nut free centre. Please consider this if bringing food in.

Unlimited Tea/coffee/water, also biscuits.

  • £1.50 per half day.
  • £3.50 full day per head.


  • By arrangement. Please download and fill in our catering form Catering Form- Menu Latest.Please send back to sam.tomkins@1stplace.uk.com  or give us a call on 0207 7408070.
  • Own catering delivery (£25 surcharge for clearing, cleaning and disposing of catering plates etc). Please specify for a table.

Any other supplies such as breakfast buns, cakes, paper, pens etc.

  • By arrangement.

Childcare vouchers

Your employer can provide vouchers that can be used towards the cost of childcare. You can receive up to the following amounts in childcare vouchers each month without having to pay tax or National Insurance on them.

  • £243 a month if you’re a basic-rate taxpayer.
  • £124 a month if you’re a higher-rate taxpayer.
  • £110 a month if you are an additional-rate taxpayer and you joined the childcare scheme on or after 6 April 2011.

The vouchers may be offered as a benefit on top of your ordinary pay or through a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme where you permanently give up some ordinary pay in return for vouchers. You’ll pay tax on any extra vouchers your employer pays unless you earn less than £8,500 a year.

1st Place accepts electronic childcare vouchers- we have accounts already set up with several different providers so please contact us to check for an account number. We also accept Direct Payment for childcare from employers which works in the same way as childcare vouchers- please contact us if you need more information on this.

Tax credits

In most cases you have to work for 16 hours a week to qualify. You can get help with up to 70% of your childcare costs. The actual amount you get will depend on your income, the hours you work and your childcare costs.

Tax credits and Universal Credit: 
Universal Credit is the new benefit which is going to be replacing tax credits (and other benefits). It’s being introduced in stages over the next few years from April 2013 to October 2017. Universal Credit will be paid as a single monthly payment that will include a standard allowance plus other ‘elements’ – for example for childcare. So the amount you get will depend on your circumstances.
If you’re already claiming tax credits for help with childcare costs, then the Tax Credit Office will tell you when you should claim Universal Credit instead.
If you’re claiming help for the first time you will be told whether to claim Universal Credit or tax credits.

Tax Credit Helpline: 0345 300 3900


If you’re a student, you can use the Student Parents website to see if you are eligible for any other support.


What happens if I do not pay?

  • If you are having difficulties making your fee payments, you must let us know immediately.
  • If you do not make any payment, or if you do not make a payment which covers the full amount due, then we will attempt to contact you by email or by telephone.
  • If full payment is still not received within 1 week of us contacting you, we may have to suspend your childcare place. This will be for a maximum of 2 weeks, and you are still liable for fees during this time. You will not be able to use the nursery during this time.
  • If full payment is not received by the end of the suspension period, your contract with 1st Place will be terminated. At this point, all outstanding fees will be transferred to a debt collection agency to recover payment. This will incur further charges to your account.

Hire space cancellation charges

You can provisionally book a room but it will only be held for 1 week.

If you cancel later than 2 weeks prior to your booking you will incur a charge of 30% of the fee. If you fail to attend the booking on the day you will be charged 100% of the fee.

What will my child do while at nursery?

At 1st Place we deliver the standard EYFS Curriculum. We are also inspired by some of the ideas and ways of working in the Reggio Emilia Approach. We have a variety of toys and indoors and outdoors spaces to meet the needs of different age groups and allow all children explore their interests.

Please take a look at Sample Daily routine.

Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year.   Your child is entitled to receive it from the term after your child turns 3.

1st Place offers a limited number of funded places (15 hours per week, term-time only) for 2 year olds through the government’s Free Early Education programme.  We currently have a large waiting list for these places, and each time we have a space in one of our nurseries, we will offer this to a 2 year old child on our waiting list.  The offer of free early learning for eligible two year old children is aimed at those families who may not otherwise benefit from early learning at this age, so we have chosen to offer our funded spaces to this age group.  Children who join us at 2 years old then stay with us until they go onto primary school.

This means that, unfortunately, we are not able to offer the 15 hour funded places to children who are 3 or over at the time of joining the nursery. Parents are able to use their 15 hour entitlement with us as part of a paid place, and top up the 15 hours if they wish.  There are many other providers within Southwark who do offer these places for 3 and 4 year olds, and Southwark council maintain a list of nurseries online http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200016/childcare/1513/nurseries. Or you can contact the Family Information Service http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200017/children_and_families/545/family_information_service