The Lakes Centre is located in Orford, set back from a cluster of quiet streets all named after lakes in the Lake District. Adjoined with the area’s popular children’s centre, this bright and airy nursery & pre-school is hugely welcoming for children and parents alike. Every room you wonder into is a hive of activity, colour and smiling faces – lots to see and do, as well as plenty of free space to let the imagination run free. Each large open-plan room (one per age group) opens out onto an amazing outdoor area where the adventure continues: places to climb and crawl, sand pits, a mud kitchen, a bug hotel, a pirate ship, planting gardens and a mini orchard… welcome to The Lakes Centre!

Who is The Lakes Centre for?

The Lakes Centre caters for babies aged 3 months up to ready-for-school. Before reaching the pre-school room, there are 3 ‘base rooms’ for different age groups – however, these age bands are not rigid. We understand that every child develops at their own pace, so will ‘move up’ a room once they’re ready. Similarly, children’s transfer to The Lakes’ pre-school room happens when the time feels naturally right.

Owls & Badgers

Approx. 3 to 18 months
A lovely open-plan room split into various smaller play areas. There are lots of sensory toys to try out, an area for messy play, open space for music and movement activities, and cosy spots for looking at books and exploring shapes and colour. The eating area has high chairs and a children’s table and seats, and there are cots and sleep mats available for naps. The Baby Room opens out onto its own exclusive outdoor area (including a sheltered space) so that our littlest people are able to play at a slower pace.



Tufty Ducks

Approx. 2.5 to 3 years
Tufty Ducks’ base is a large open-plan room full of different activity areas, toys and books, arts and crafts materials, and open areas for games and other interactive learning sessions. Children can flow freely between their base room and the large outdoor area where there are plenty of places to climb, play hide-and-seek, investigate bugs and creepy crawlies and enjoy a spot of gardening. Expect a few changes of clothes and lots of colourful artwork!

Fox Cubs

Approx. 18 months to 2.5 years
Fox cubs have a large, open-room at their disposal, with all sorts of activity areas to explore, and open spaces for interactive physical activity, dancing and singing. Large doors open onto theoutdoor area (including undercover area) and huge garden, where a whole other world of play awaits, including a sand pit, pirate ship, mini orchard and muddy kitchen. As well their as base room, Fox Cubs also have access to the play-court, a large room that’s ideal for drama, music, yoga and gym.




Approx. 3 to 5 years
For children already at nursery with us, pre-school is a seamless transition – just the next room up, with access to the same fantastic outdoor areas and indoor play court. Children joining us for the first time are welcomed just as warmly, with a gentle introduction to a life of learning through play. The pre-school experience is colourful and exciting, with lots of messy and creative activities on offer and plenty of running about, as well as more structured learning. The focus on phonics and numbers increases - our practitioners run a variety of stimulating learning sessions using rhythm, rhyme, song and movement to bring letters and numbers to life.

The facilities at The Lakes Centre

  • 4 base rooms, one per age group
  • Baby-changing rooms and sleep areas in each base room
  • Pre-school room and toilets
  • Play-court
  • Large garden including undercover area
  • Sandpit, climbing frames, play huts, planting beds, mini orchard, pirate ship
  • Kitchen on site where all food is freshly prepared daily

What you can book

  • Full days (8am-6pm)
  • Half days and a variety of other session times are available
  • Flexible sessions available - just ask!
  • 2-Year Funded places are available for eligible children
  • Early Education Funding (universal 15 free hours) available for all children aged 3+

The Lakes Centre is open all year round, excluding Bank Holidays and Christmas (for which you won’t be charged). For fees and any questions you have regarding bookings, please contact us