Childcare options

Deciding on childcare is, of course, a very personal process for every family, so we did not feel reviews or recommendations would be appropriate or helpful. We have provided the information below as a starting point only, and wish you luck with your arrangements!

Nurseries (alphabetical order):

Blackshaw Nursery (St George’s Hospital)

Blackshaw Nursery, 201 Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London SW17 0BZ

Web: blackshawnursery.co.uk

Derinton Road Family Centre (nr Tooting Bec/Furzedown)

101A Derinton Road, London SW17 8HZ

Eveline Day Nursery

30 Ritherdon Road SW17 8QD (nr Balham/Tooting Bec)

and

Seely Hall, Chillerton Road, SW17 9BE (Furzedown)

and

14 Trinity Crescent, London SW17 7AE (Tooting Bec)

Web: evelinedaynursery.com

Funky Owls (nr Figges Marsh/Tooting rail station)

46 Thirsk Road CR4 2BD

Web: funkyowlsnursery.com @funkyowls

Lavender Nursery and Pre-School (nr Figges Marsh/Tooting rail station)

London Road, CR4 3LB

Web: click here

Little Linguists (nr Furzedown/Streatham)

121 Fallsbrook Road, SW16 6DU

Web: littlelinguistsnursery.co.uk @LinguistNursery

Little Starlings Pre-School (nr Balham/Tooting Bec)

St James Centre, 1 Florence Way, Ouseley Road, London SW12 8EW

Web: little-starlings.co.uk @littlestarlings

Looking Glass Day Nursery (nr Tooting Bec/Tooting Commons)

75 Macmillan Way, London SW17 6AT

Web:  https://www.brighthorizons.co.uk/our-nurseries/looking-glass-nursery-and-preschool

Mayfield Nursery (nr Tooting Bec)

Building 25 Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London SW17 7DJ

Web: mayfieldnursery.com @MayfieldNursery

Toots Day Nursery (nr Tooting Broadway/Graveney)

214 Totterdown Street, London SW17 8DT

Web: tootsdaynursery.com

Childminders:

Other ideas:

Third Door (Wandsworth/Putney)

Workhub combined with a flexible nursery, PAYG hours or monthly packages available.

16 Point Pleasant, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1GG (nr Wandsworth Town)

Web: third-door.com @thirddoor

Age 3+ – information:

All over 3s are entitled to 15 hours free childcare per week (term time) starting from the school term after they turn 3 years old. More info on the direct.gov website. You can redeem these hours at private nurseries and childminders (most will give you a discount off full-time hours, for instance), state school nurseries and drop-off playgroups.

School nurseries:

Click for information for Wandsworth Council and Merton Council. They have different application processes – briefly: Wandsworth state school nurseries require you to apply directly, and generally have September intake and waiting lists for spaces in January and April. Merton state school nurseries have an online application process via the council website and have intakes in September, January, and April as children become eligible.

Playgroups:

(drop-off, fixed commitment of 2-3 mornings a week for example, for ages 2+ – all offer the 15 hours per week places for eligible 3 year olds, some with the option for paying for extra hours and/or paying for places for younger children)

Derinton Road Family Centre (nr Tooting Bec/Furzedown)

101A Derinton Road, London SW17 8HZ

Web: click here

Jollytime (nr Figges Marsh/Tooting rail station)

North East Mitcham Community Association, Woodland Way, London CR4 2DZ – places available (last update Nov 2015)

Mornings (9.15am-12.15am) and one afternoon (Weds).

Web: nemca.org.uk/playgroup.html

Rookstone Road (nr Tooting Broadway/Graveney)

United Reform Church, Rookstone Road, Tooting, SW17 7NQ

Web: click here

Gyms with creches:

Babysitting:

A local parent has set up Hello Mums, a website to book daytime and evening babysitters. The Hello Mums founder also arranges meet-ups for local mums to discuss childcare options and network with childminders, for example – contact Kate to find out more.

Another local agency for daytime and evening babysitters is Wimbledon Babysitting Agency. Contact founder Caroline on 0208 739 0878 / caroline@wimbledonbabysitting.co.uk