Childcare facilities

Exeter campuses

Family Centre

The Family Centre offers childcare for children from 6 weeks old to school age during school terms, half-terms and new extended opening (43 and a half weeks a year), plus an optional two and a half weeks’ Summer Playscheme. Situated on the edge of the main Streatham Campus, it provides a safe, secure, warm and friendly environment in its four separate units, each of which has an outside playing area. The Family Centre can be contacted on (01392) 725416.

Parent and child facilities

Toilets with baby changing facilities are available in the following locations:

  • Reed Hall
  • Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • The Forum (unisex toilets by Costa)
  • The Forum (Shower area on the mezzanine floor)
  • Devonshire House (Second Floor)
  • Sports Park (Between male and female changing rooms)
  • St Luke's Sports Centre (within disabled changing/toilet area)

Penryn Campus

Woodlane Nursery

The Woodlane Nursery in Falmouth provides students and staff with high quality childcare and education for children aged 1 to 8 years. The nursery is purpose-built with separate areas for younger and older children and has an enclosed, safe and pleasant garden area. The nursery also operates an After School Club and Holiday Club. The Nursery is very popular and can have a long waiting list, so you are advised to make early enquiries (tel: 01326 213765; email: nursery@falmouth.ac.uk).

For further information on Woodlane Nursery, please visit the Falmouth Exeter Plus website [opens new window]

Childcare Review

Cornwall update: Following comprehensive research and consultation with students, staff and other parents/carers in the Falmouth and Penryn area, the Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus) Board have approved the development of a new nursery to be built at the Penryn Campus.  The 54-place nursery will be in addition to the Woodlane Day Nursery in Falmouth, and will benefit students, staff and the local community from September 2016.

Parents/ carers who are interested in putting their child on a waiting list can email the nursery.  To read more about the new nursery, please click here.

Exeter update: As a result of the findings in the Childcare Review, a recommendation is to be made to Council to consider the development of a new Family Centre on the Streatham Campus. This will support the requirement for high quality, accessible childcare provision for staff and students at the Exeter campuses.  Council will consider this in July and a further update will be provided on the outcome of this discussion.

For further information please see the Childcare review web pages 

Childcare vouchers

Please note that the government have announced planned changes to childcare vouchers from Autumn 2015. The link below provides further information on the changes. As part of its range of family friendly initiatives, the University has made arrangements to participate in a scheme which enables employees to purchase, via a salary sacrifice arrangement approved by HM Revenue & Customs, childcare vouchers without paying tax or National Insurance Contributions. Information on the scheme and how to join can be found on our webpages about the provision of childcare vouchers through salary sacrifice.

Parents and Carers information

If you would like to find out further information about the University's Maternity, Paternity/Maternity support and Adoption leave and pay, or other family-related information such as requesting a change to your working pattern, see the Parents and Carers website.