SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Child Care

SOAS does not have a nursery of its own. The following gives information on where SOAS students can apply for nursery places within the University of London and in the local area. Those who require a nursery in another area should ask for information from the local council or check the web links below. There is great competition for nursery places so put your name on the waiting list as early as possible.

Nurseries near to SOAS

Thomas Coram Nursery

49 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2NY. Tel: 020 7520 0385 Places for 106 children aged 6 months to 5 years. Must be Camden resident. Places are allocated to those living nearest to the Centre first. For more details see the website.  

Collingham Gardens Nursery

Henrietta Mews, off Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PH. Tel: 020 7837 3423. Places for 20 children aged 2 to 5 years. Must live or work in Camden. Contact email or visit the website.

Hampden Children’s Centre

80 Polygon Road, London NW1 1HQ. Tel: 020 7387 1822. 69 places for children aged 4 months - 5 years. Also offers holiday provision for 3-7 year olds. Priority given to Camden residents, but service offered to non residents also.

Regent's Park Nursery Centre

Augustus St, London NW1 3TJ. Contact by phone only. Tel: 020-7387 2382. Camden resident or non resident welcome. 93 places for children aged 0 - 7 years. 2 intakes per year, September and January.

How to find a nursery or childminder place for your child

Find out about childcare facilities and availability of places throughout the UK including all the London Boroughs at:

Funding for Childcare

Free part-time early education

If you are UK or EEA national, your four-year-old is entitled to a free part-time early education place. This means your child will be eligible for up to 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks.

The part-time, free early education places are available at:

  • school nursery classes
  • state or private nursery schools
  • day nurseries
  • playgroups and pre-schools
  • accredited childminders who are part of a quality assured network

Some 2 year old children are also eligible. For more details please the Gov.UK website.

Funding for undergraduate students

UK undergraduate students and EU national students that qualify for a maintenance loan from Student Finance England can also access means-tested financial support towards the cost of childcare.

You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less. The maximum you can get in 2019/20 is:

  • up to £169.31 a week for 1 child
  • up to £290.27 a week for 2 or more children

You may also qualify for Parents Learning Allowance, a grant to help with cost of being a student parent of up to £1,716 in 2019/20

Both grants are means tested and non-repayable. To find out more visit

SOAS Childcare Fund

The School has a Childcare Fund to help full-time student parents with up to £750 per academic year towards the cost of Ofsted registered childcare. For more details and to apply please see this SOAS webpage.

Who is eligible to apply?
  • UK, EU and international students with dependant children
  • Priority will be given to lone parents
How to apply?


Other sources of funding

UK based students may also qualify for child benefit and several other benefits related to maternity of the cost of bringing up a small child. Please see the Gov.UK website for more information.

  • Maternity Action is a charity who supports parents from low income backgrounds to get the funding and support they are entitled to.
  • Turn 2 Us is charity that helps people access benefits and other funding available to them.

Please be aware that studying may affect your entitlement to benefits, for any questions please email