Leisure Centre's Creches- Make Time For You

Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 09:57

Pregnancy and giving birth is an amazing experience, but it can also take a toll on our health and general well being. Sleepless nights, chasing after a toddler and little time for oneself can push us to the edge and take some of the joy out of raising our kids.

Did you know that some leisure centres in Suffolk offer creche services for kids under 5? This is a fantastic service which encourages parents to take time to recover from their everyday routine. Have a swim, use the gym facilities, attend a class or simply relax in the sauna, while your child is looked after by qualified carers and in a fun and safe environment.

It is advisable to book in advance, to secure a place for your child and avoid disappointment. Sessions run in the morning and in the afternoon. Some centres will take newborns and others will take babies from 3 months upwards. Nervous about leaving your baby for the first time? Creches offer a 15m FREE introductory session, which gives you the chance to meet the staff and discuss your child’s needs.

Please note that you must be in the building for the duration of the creche.

Give it a go! Bring a friend if you would like some company and have some time for yourself, you deserve it!


In Ipswich: Crown Pools, Gainsborough Sports & Community Centre, and Whitton Sports & Community Centre all offer creche facilities. Kids can stay for up to 2 hours. For adults who hold an All-inclusive iCard, creche places for up to 2 children at a time are included in the membership. They are run by qualified carers who will entertain your little ones whilst you either have a swim, relax in the sauna or exercise.  Make sure you register them on their first visit.

Price:  Crèche places can be booked up to 7 days in advance with an iCard, and the price is included in the All-inclusive monthly iCard memberships.  Otherwise the price is £2.70 per child.

Crown Pools

Crown St Ipswich Suffolk IP1 3JA (01473) 433655

  • Monday        9.30-1.30
  • Tuesday       Closed
  • Wednesday  10-12 and 1-3pm
  • Thursday      9.30-11.30
  • Friday          9.30-12.30


Gainsborough Sports & Community Centre

5 Brazier's Wood Rd Ipswich Suffolk IP3 0SP (01473) 433 644

  • Monday        9.00 - noon
  • Tuesday       9.00 - noon and 12.45 - 3pm
  • Wednesday  9.20-11.30
  • Thursday      9.00 - noon
  • Friday           9.00- noon


Whitton Sports and Community Centre

Whitton Church Ipswich Suffolk IP1 6LW (01473) 433 633

Take children from 2 weeks old to 5 years old.

  • Monday       9.15-11.15
  • Tuesday      9.15-11.45
  • Wednesday  9.15-11.15
  • Thursday     9.15-11.45
  • Friday          9.15-11.45



Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre

Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1LH,  (01449) 674 980


  • Monday        9.00-2.45
  • Tuesday       9.00-12.15
  • Wednesday  9.00- 12.15
  • Thursday      9.00- 2.45
  • Friday          9.00- 12.15    

Price: 15 minutes £1.05; 60 minutes £4.20

Suitable for babies and children from 3 months up to 5 years. The creche is closed over the Christmas period, all bank holidays and weekends. Come for a FREE 15 minute introductory session on either a Monday or a Thursday, and book in advance!



Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Seafront Felixstowe Suffolk, IP11 2AF (01394) 694 600


  • Monday         9.15am - 12.45
  • Tuesday        9.15 - 12.15
  • Wednesday   9.15- 12.15
  • Thursday       9.15-12.15
  • Friday           9.15am - 12.15

Price: £1.75 per hour per session. Each session is one hour and ten minutes within creche times. It offers childcare facilities for newborns to 4 years term time and newborn to 9 years during school holidays All sessions must be booked in advance prior to your visit. Bookings can be taken up to 7 days in advance.  Note that a registration form will need to be completed before your first session.


Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre

Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3TT (01284) 753 496


  • Tuesday   9.30-10.30 and 10.30-11.30
  • Thursday  9.30-10.30 and 10.30-11.30

Price: £2.90/per hour. It offers childcare facilities for babies from 0 months to 5 years. It is recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Please make sure you check with the centre as times can vary during school holidays and other events.




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