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Child Care Provision for the School Holidays

Colleagues will be considering how they balance their working life and child care provision during this time. To support planning, we have made contact with our local Councils and other providers of child care, to identify the support available to working parents.   

Finding and choosing childcare. 

Devon County Council website

Plymouth On Line Directory

Coram Family and Childcare website

For specific questions in relation to holiday clubs and school openings, colleagues are able to contact this website directly

It is worth noting that the on-site nursery, Happy Days, offer childcare provision from 7am – 7pm and cater for children from 3 months to 5 years, however, given the exceptional situation currently they are extending the offer to children up to and including 6 years old. For emergency care or care on a permanent basis, please contact Happy Days Support Centre by email on: 

Tops Day Nurseries in Plymouth are open for child care for children from 0-5 from 6am until 8pm.  They also will be running holiday clubs open throughout the summer holidays for primary school children up to age 11. All their locations in Plymouth are now open, these are: Stonehouse, Devonport, Efford, Bretonside and Prince Rock. For more information contact

Finally, we would encourage colleagues to have early conversations with their line managers if child care is proving to be difficult. Our expectation is that our leaders will be as supportive as possible, and considerations will be made around working more flexibly, temporarily altering working hours or annual/unpaid leave. 

Bright Horizons Nurseries and Pre-schools

  • Free registration
  • Priority bookings
  • Flexibility with session booking: book a specific number of sessions per month and use them when needed, subject to availability
  • Summer holiday care for children up to 8 years old
  • Emergency childcare services either in local nursery or in own home

Contact: 03717 053 523 quoting NHS05, 0345 241 5309 for emergency childcare services.

Busy Bees

Holiday care for children age 4 years and over. Free registration for NHS staff.

Busy Bees will work with NHS organisations and local systems to block book summer provision or to open centres where there is need.



A free service from the charity PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years)

Summer provision:
Ofsted registered childminders are trained professionals, able to care for a range of ages and more likely to be flexible for those working atypical hours. They can care for siblings and, over the summer, organise trips out whilst maintaining Covid hierarchy of controls.

NHS staff  can ask their local council about childminders in their area or search for registered childcare providers for free using searchChildcare.



  • Happy Days Nursery 
    Extended childcare for NHS staff. 


  • Tops Day Nursery 
    Priority is given children of parents working in the NHS and Emergency Services. Tops Day Nurseries has six nurseries based near the hospital and caters for UHP staff. Open for children from 0-5 from 6am until 8pm. Subject to places being available, children of age 5-11 can also be catered for.  


  • Baba + Boo reusable nappies 
    Kindly donated onesize and newborn nappies. Email

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