Can I visit your nurseries?

Yes, we offer weekly tours at each of our three nurseries. You can book a tour through our website.

In the meantime, you can take a virtual tour of our nurseries.


How do I apply for a nursery place?

To add your child’s name to our waiting list, you need to complete our application form and pay a £5 administrative fee directly into our bank account.  Please note, this £5 fee is non-refundable.

Once you have been offered a place, you will need to secure it by paying a deposit. This will be equivalent to two week’s fees, so if you are offered a full time place, this will be £515.  The deposit is then held until your last day at 1st Place, when it will be returned to you with in 4 weeks, provided your account balance has been paid in full.

If you would like to apply for a place at any of our nurseries, please email



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,

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

Cambridge house, 1 Addington Square, SE5 0HF

020 7358 7009,

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

Lorrimore Square, SE17 3QU

020 3841 9000,


What age range do you cover?

We can accommodate children aged 6 months to 5 years.

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.

What will my child eat?

Nutritious and healthy meals are cooked by a professional cook at Chumleigh for both sites, and all special dietary needs are catered for.

Breakfast is between 8am and 8:45am each morning, there is a hot meal for lunch and tea is served from 3:30-4pm. Fruit snacks are provided for the morning snack, water and milk is available throughout the day. Please see our Sample menu.

Fees and payment

To view a copy of our nursery fees for 1 April 2018-31 March 2019, please download the following document:

If you are an existing parent and would like to pay your child’s nursery fees, please use the following bank details:

  • Bank name: Barclays Bank
  • Account name: 1st Place Children and Parents Centre
  • Account number: 83142221
  • Account sort code 20-29-63
  • Please use your child’s full name as the reference.

If you have any questions about our nursery fees, please contact

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 or call 0800 694 0171.

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. Or you can contact the Family Information Service.

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.

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