This fantastic Newport Nursery and Preschool is located within the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital where the YMCA has been working in partnership with the NHS since January 2005 to provide the very best in care.

Children are provided with a wide range of learning experiences both within the nursery building and the extensive garden, enabling us to promote an emphasis on outdoor learning. The outside space includes a woodland area with a variety of trees that are home to wildlife, provide shade in the summer and are a visual example of seasonal change.  Children have the opportunity to try gardening using wheelbarrows to move soil and other materials such as forks and spades for digging and planting.  There is also a safe garden for the babies, including a summer house.

St. Mary’s Baby & Toddler Group

The nursery is also the perfect setting for its weekly Baby & Toddler Group, which offers parents / carers and children (0-2 years) some fantastic indoor and outdoor activities, such as Mini Musical Moments, messy play, stories and rhymes and sensory play, plus lots of fun in the lovely secure garden.

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Through membership of the YMCA Community, you will have the chance to feel a greater sense of ownership and belonging, as well as enjoying exclusive member events, discounts and early booking discounts.  For more information visit our Membership page.

Opening times

Monday to Friday 0730-1800 for 51 weeks of the year.  The Newport Nursery is closed on Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.


The Newport Nursery is registered for 86 children from 4 months – 5 years.  We provide 3 light and airy rooms in a modern building:

For more detailed information on the nursery, please see our Childcare Prospectus and Childcare Handbook.

Bumble Bee Room

The Bumble Bee Room caters for children aged 4 months – 2 years. We have two rooms with a range of resources and activities to provide the children with exciting experiences. In the Playroom the children have access to a variety of toys which are stored at their level, so they can access them freely. Our Messy Room provides lots of different textures to explore, and sometimes taste, as well as sand and water. We do lots of mark-making activities encouraging all of the children to enjoy getting messy! We also extend our activities by taking our Bumble Bees into our lovely safe garden, where the children can enjoy some fresh air and the space to run around. Please give us a call if your little Bumble Bee would like to come and join us.

Ladybird Room

The Ladybird Room caters for children aged 2 – 3 years. Ladybirds can enjoy a wide variety of activities from story books and construction to a home corner and painting, all covering the 6 main areas of learning. In our lovely garden there is the opportunity for climbing, balancing, or maybe some stories under the shade of the trees. Our aim is to help our Ladybirds explore and expand their experience to their fullest potential. Please come along, visit us, and meet some of our Ladybirds!

Grasshopper Room

The Grasshopper Room caters for children aged 3 – 5 years. The Grasshoppers enjoy large indoor space which contains 6 main areas of learning, and a wide range of activities which are readily available each day. The Grasshoppers are also lucky to have a beautiful and spacious woodland garden, with some mature trees – perfect for bug hunting! We have a lovely summer house, and plenty of play equipment to keep even the most active and adventurous pre-schoolers happy! Our Grasshoppers have the opportunity to do some planting and growing in our large wooden planters, and also get the chance to safely explore a range of tools for use in woodwork. There are also culinary delights-a-plenty with cooking activities, and a range of art and craft activities on offer. We would love you to come along and see what we have to offer to 3 – 5 year olds.

Peace of mind

As with all our nurseries, St Mary’s Newport Nursery and pre-school is Ofsted registered (latest report Ofsted Reg: EY 302408) and has a dedicated, well-trained staff team. All staff undergo an enhanced DBS disclosure before commencing employment.

Healthy meals

A hot lunch and healthy mid-morning and afternoon snacks are provided, freshly cooked by our own dedicated catering team.  All meals and snack times are fun and sociable and can meet your child’s individual dietary requirements.

Menus are on a 4 week rota, please click here to see the delicious meals provided at YMCA Nursery Newport.

You can contact us in the following ways:

Tel: 01983 525423

Email: stmarys@ymca-fg.org

Alternatively, if you have any feedback please email feedback@ymca-fg.org.

Our postal address is: YMCA St Mary’s Newport Nursery & Pre-school, St Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG

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Michael started at the YMCA at 6 months old; he is now nearly 5 and leaving for big school.  Michael has enjoyed every aspect of the nursery- especially baking, woodwork, construction building and the garden.

 Michael has made so many friends and is very fond of the staff (especially Joe).  The staff are very friendly, helpful and nothing is too much.  I knew from the moment I stepped into this nursery that this was the right one.  I would definitely recommend this nursery to anyone.

Sarah Stuart

Jacob started in the baby group where he settled easily with the help of the staff. Now he’s in the Grasshopper group he enjoys playing outside in the lovely garden. He also loves Boogie Mites. He will miss his friends – children and adults alike.

Rebecca Logan

Call us to arrange a visit

We are very proud of our nursery and would love to show you round.   To arrange a visit, please contact us on 01983 525423.

Our current fees, valid from 1st September 2017, reflect our excellent care.  After your visit, if you decide that you would like your child to join the nursery, you will be asked to complete our Registration Pack and Enrolment Pack, and to read and sign our nursery Terms and Conditions.

Free Pre-School Sessions

Each child in the UK is entitled to 15 hours of free pre-school sessions per week effective from the term after their 3rd birthday. Please contact us if you require further information regarding this.


See what we have been up to in our September 2016 Newsletter.

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Dates for your diary :

Date Event Who is it for?
Mon 8th Feb Chinese New Year Celebrations! Grasshoppers
Tues 9th Feb Pancake Day! We’ll be making and enjoying pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. All rooms
Fri 12th Feb Red Day! In celebration of Valentine’s Day all children are invited to wear something red. We’ll also be making and decorating heart shaped biscuits. All rooms
Wed 24th Feb Membership Parents can join their child for breakfast at the nursery- from 7:30am All nursery parents
Thurs 3rd Mar World Book Day- dress up as your favourite book or nursery rhyme  character All nursery children
Fri 4th Mar Mother’s Day celebration- come and join us for afternoon tea and cakes which the children have made All nursery parents
Mon 7th Mar Mud Day- a celebration of all things muddy- please bring spare clothes! Bumble Bees children
Sat 19th Mar Saturday Stay & Play at the nursery with an Easter Egg hunt, table top sale and refreshments 10-11:30am All nursery families
Tues 22nd Mar Parents Evening- 6pm-8pm All nursery parents
Wed 23rd Mar Pirate Day- dress up and enjoy pirate themed activities Ladybirds children
Fri 1st April Mad Hatters Tea Party 2:30-4:30pm- dress up as your favourite Disney character All nursery children

Our Procedures

We want to work in partnership with parents and carers, and it is important that we are open about what we do and why. Therefore, our childcare procedures are accessible to all.

These may answer some of the questions you might have about us, and how we work, day to day. If you have any queries on any of these procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us.