About and applying

The University of Leicester Nursery caters for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years and is only open to University of Leicester staff, students and their partners.

We are registered with and inspected by OFSTED and deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework. There are separate and shared facilities for babies under 2 years and for toddlers between 2 and 4 years old.

The open plan room has designated areas for babies under 2 years old and for children over 2 with appropriate facilities for each group. We can accommodate up to 9 babies and 12 older children.

To apply

  • Complete an application form and email it to or hand it in to us in person.  
  • Include on the form a date of birth or expected date, a nursery start date and the days and sessions you require.
  • You must book a minimum of two sessions to start as this will help ease your child into the new environment.  


The nursery is located next door to - and accessed via - Danielle Brown Sports Centre on Wyggeston Drive (Entrance 1).

Opening times

  • We are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday for 51 weeks a year.
  • We are only closed on bank holidays, from 25 December to 1 January, and six days for the Easter bank holidays from Thursday to Tuesday through Good Friday and bank holiday Monday each year.


  • Full day - 8.00-18.00 - £47.00 per day
  • Mornings 8.00-13.00 - £30.50 per session
  • Afternoon 13.00-18.00 - £28.50 per session
  • There is a £150 deposit and £50 admin fee, usually deducted from your first monthly invoice 

Government help and free childcare

Find out what you're entitled to at Childcare Choices.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are available from the HM Revenue and Customs. Check the GOV.UK website for further information and eligibility.

Tax free childcare

Working parents with children under 12, or under 17 for disabled children, can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2 up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 per disabled child.

Free childcare for 2-year-olds

Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you receive other forms of support. Check Childcare Choices for more.

Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

Every child aged 3-4 years old in England is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks per year. This can be increased to 30 hours based upon certain criteria. Find out more at Childcare Choices.


Applying for a place

Do I need to make an appointment to view the nursery?

Yes. We will be more then happy to show you around. Please call us on 0116 252 5880 to arrange a viewing.

How do I register my child?

You need to complete a registration form. If a place is not available we will add you to our waiting list if you wish.

What happens after I have been offered a place?

We contact you around one month before your requested start date to organise a Parent Induction appointment (this usually takes up to 1.5 hours). This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions and for us to give you all the information you need and to meet your child's key worker. At this point we also organise a series of settling in sessions for your child where you will gradually leave them for longer periods on each occasion until their start date.

Fees and funding

Find out more about fees and government-sponsored free childcare.

How are fees paid?

  • Fees are requested by invoice at the beginning of each month and payment is required within 7 days.
  • Payment is usually made by direct bank transfer.
  • We accept many different types of childcare vouchers. If you work at the University, Sodexo is the voucher company used. Contact Payroll Services for more information.

What do fees include?

  • We provide all meals and drinks.
  • You will need to supply two sets of spare clothes, a sun hat, sun screen (50+ SPF), formula milk, nappies, wipes and nappy creams if needed.

How often are fees increased?

  • Fees are reviewed annually.
  • We will look at our operating costs and if they have risen, fees will increase.
  • Existing parents will receive written notice of any increase at least one month before they increase.

Do you take government funding?

We are registered to take the Free Early Years Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. We will claim this for your child and amend your monthly invoice accordingly. Conditions apply. Please speak to a manager if you require further information.

Do I have to pay if my child does not attend?

  • If your child is absent for any reason then full fees are still payable. 
  • Fees are payable 51 weeks of the year.
  • We do not charge for the extra closure days at Easter and Christmas.
  • We close for all bank and public holidays and these are charged for.
  • We do not swap sessions although you can request extra sessions.

Health, comfort and what to bring

How many staff will be looking after my children?

What happens if my child has an accident at home or nursery?

  • All staff are aware of the accident procedure and are trained in first aid.
  • For the majority of accidents you will be informed of the accident at the end of your child’s day when you collect then and you will be asked to sign the accident form. In the unlikely event of anything serious you, or an emergency contact, will be notified immediately (see below).
  • Any injuries sustained at home must be reported to a staff member on arrival at the nursery and you will be asked to complete a form. 

What about emergency contacts?

  • If your child becomes ill, we need to be able to contact you or an emergency contact to come and collect your child. If a child needs urgent medical treatment, it is essential that the nursery or the hospital can get in touch with you.
  • Provide us with two emergency contact names and numbers, such as a place of work, a relative, a neighbour, friend or childminder. We will only contact the person(s) named in this section in emergency circumstances after we have tried to contact the parent or guardian.
  • An emergency contact form will give given to you at the parent induction.

Do you give children medicine?

We have a medicine policy and with written consent we are able to administer most medicines but this is at the discretion of the manager or senior staff.

What accommodations are made for children with special needs?

Children with special educational needs are welcomed into the nursery, where they will have the opportunities to become an involved member of the group. The nursery will liaise with parents, and other professionals according to each child’s needs. 

What will my child eat?

  • Before your child is admitted to the setting we will obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences, and food allergies, any special health requirements that your child may have, and discuss suitable alternatives with you at parent induction. We will record and act on information from you about your child’s dietary needs and ask you to sign the record to signify that the information is correct.
  • We place great emphasis on healthy living and employ a cook, Jane, to prepare fresh meals daily.
  • We aim to ensure that children who attend for a full day receive their recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables so that children enjoy a healthy, balanced and varied diet.
  • Meal times are considered a social time for staff and children to sit and talk together.
  • Parents are required to provide labelled bottles and lids with the correct measure of powdered milk in a dispenser. Formula milk will be made up in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidelines. Formula milk will only be kept for 2 hours after preparation. Children between the ages of 1 and 2 - unless otherwise advised by parents - will also be offered full fat cow’s milk. Children 2 and over will be offered semi-skimmed milk as per government guidelines.
  • Parents wishing to give their baby breast milk are welcome to do so as long as the milk is provided in a secure bottle or freezer bag. Breast milk will be stored at room temperature for up to 6 hours, in a fridge for 8 hours or in a freezer compartment for 3 months.
  • We encourage mothers to come into the nursery to breast feed their baby if they wish. We will try our best to provide a suitable private area where this can be done.
  • Before your child is admitted to the setting we will obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences, and food allergies, any special health requirements that your child may have, and discuss suitable alternatives with you at parent induction.

Sleep/ quiet time

  • The quiet areas are available for children to sleep or rest whenever they feel the need.
  • The babies have their own cot and bedding and the older children are provided with individual sleeping bags.
  • Children are always within observation of an adult and parents are encouraged to liaise closely with their key person to discuss their child’s sleeping pattern.

Do the children go outside to play?

All children spend some time each day outdoors so please ensure you dress your child appropriately. Please see a list of items to pack below.

What should I bring with my child?

  • Nappies (only 20 at a time due to lack of space)
  • Wipes
  • Nappy cream (if required)
  • Teething gel (if required)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun screen (50+ required)
  • Spare clothes x2 (we will keep them in at nursery)
  • Comfort objects e.g dummy
  • Calpol (this will only be administered if absolutely essential)
  • Powdered milk with sterilised bottles 

    All items except nappies will need labelling.

Do you offer a settling in period?

Yes. This is a flexible arrangement to suit you and your child. Please see our settling in policy.

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