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Childcare Office


The Childcare Office oversees the facilities and assistance offered to University staff and students with children.

The University has four Workplace Nurseries at Edwinstowe Close, West Cambridge, Eddington and the Chris Abell Nursery for children from three months to school age.  Offers of places at a University Workplace Nursery depend on demand and qualifying criteria. There is a scheme for staff who secure a Workplace Nursery place, to benefit from tax and National Insurance savings on their nursery fees.

There is a Holiday Playscheme which operates during the state school holiday periods (excluding Christmas and Bank Holidays) for school-age children.

The Childcare Office operates an Information Service, which aims to support families of the University community.  The service offers information on family related issues including childcare, schooling, health care, financial support and local community resources.


Changes to Early Years funding


As announced by the government last year, from April 2024 there will be additional funding available to support eligible working families with their childcare costs for children aged two years old.

The University’s workplace nurseries are now able to offer the additional funded hours for two-year-olds, for eligible families, from April 2024.

If you are already enrolled with a University nursery you may have received further information and advice on the next steps directly from the nursery. If you have any queries, please do speak to your nursery team. 

To find out more about the scheme, support with childcare costs and to see whether you are eligible please follow the link to the Childcare Choices website.

There are spaces available for certain booking patterns and age groups across all of our workplace nurseries, for information about our nurseries and how to apply, please follow the link to the Childcare Office website pages or contact us on






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