Working at Parliament: Nursery facilities

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Parliament includes an on-site nursery for staff who work for the House. It is available to Members, Members’ staff, House of Commons and Digital Service employees, House of Lords Peers and staff, Press Gallery media pass holders, Whitehall parliamentary pass holders and contractors situated on the parliamentary estate.

It is a bright and modern facility with capacity for 40 children (aged three months to five years) and offers a stimulating and secure environment for children’s personal educational development.

Enquiries and eligibility

To find out more about the Nursery or book a visit please contact the Nursery staff. The nursery staff will be able to let you know about availability of places and can supply an application form if required.

The nursery facility is available to MPs, MPs’ staff, House of Commons and Digital Service employees, House of Lords Peers and staff (including the grandchildren of these pass holders and their grandparents), Press Gallery media pass holders, Whitehall parliamentary pass holders and contractors situated on the parliamentary estate.

Visits and tours 

If you would like a visit you will be taken round the nursery facility by one of the staff and end the tour by meeting the Nursery Manager.

Visits can be arranged Monday to Friday at 10.30am, for 30 minutes, and at 2.30pm, for 30 minutes. The visit times have been set up around the feeding and sleeping arrangements at the nursery.

Opening Times

Day Session Evening Session
Monday 8.00am - 6.00pm 6.00pm - 10.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am - 6.00pm 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 8.00am - 6.00pm 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 8.00am - 6.00pm 6.00pm - 6.30pm
Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm Not Applicable

Costs

Standard fees for House of Commons Nursery. Childcare vouchers also welcome.

Under 2’s

  • 2 days: £135.00
  • 3 days: £202.50
  • 4 days: £270.00
  • 5 days: £295.00

Over 2’s

  • 2 days: £120.00
  • 3 days: £180.00 
  • 4 days: £240.00
  • 5 days: £270.00

Evenings (all ages)

  • Monday: 6-10.30pm (£49.50)
  • Tuesday: 6-7.30pm (£16.50)
  • Wednesday: 6-7.30pm (£16.50)
  • Thursday: 6-6.30pm (£5.50)
  • Friday: n/a

Service provider

The contracted service providers are London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a Westminster based organisation established in 1903. LEYF are rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. 

OFSTED report


OFSTED inspected the nursery in August 2015, and it was rated as ‘Good’.

What Ofsted liked most about the nursery:

"Management and staff have a secure knowledge of safeguarding matters and know exactly what to do should they have any child protection concerns"

"Staff promote children's well-being strongly. They provide a warm and welcoming environment and work very closely with families to help children feel confident and secure"

"Staff provide a stimulating and well-resourced environment. They use this effectively to help children make good progress"

Related information

  • Contact Details

    For further information about the House of Commons Nursery, please contact the Nursery Liaison Manager on either: