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Creche at Riverside

Our fantastic crèche offers child care for children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years. 

With qualified staff and OFSTED registration, you can enjoy your exercise at Riverside, knowing that your child is being well looked after.


Our crèche offers everything you need to keep your little one active while you enjoy your workout!

Perfect for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old, each session is 30 minutes long, and you can book multiple sessions for up to a total of two hours. 

Before you use the crèche, you are welcome to visit and speak to our staff, or for more detailed information, please read our creche welcome information.

Riverside is a Breastfeeding Welcome centre. Please speak to one of our team for more information.

Opening times and prices

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm (including school holidays) in 30 minute
  • The Creche is closed on bank holidays 


Sessions must be booked on your child's ourChelmsford card

 Wellness monthly members

  • One hour per day of free crèche sessions for one child. Sessions must be booked on the parent's monthly membership card. Additional sessions and children must be paid for. 

Booking and using the creche

Booking a crèche place

  • You must have an ourChelmsford account to book and attend the creche, even if you are not a monthly member and you don't live in Chelmsford.

Riverside creche is very popular, so we recommend that you book a place in advance. 

You can book in advance:

Advanced booking

  • if you are a monthly member, you can log in using your card to book up to 10 days in advance.

  • if you are an ourChelmsford Plus cardholder, you can log in using your child's card to book to 7 days in advance.

  • if you are an ourChelmsford Lite cardholder, you can log in using your child's card to book up to 2 days in advance.

  • each bookable slot is 30 minutes, so two slots will need to be booked for an hour.

You can't book a place at any of our kiosks. 


If you no longer need to use the crèche, please cancel at least two hours before the session starts, to avoid being charged. 

If you need to cancel, you can:

Essential information

  • You must be attending a booked session on site while your child is at the crèche.   

  • If your child has a bad cold, sickness or diarrhoea, please don't bring them to the crèche. If your child becomes ill, we'll contact you and you'll need to collect them immediately.  

  • Please bring extra nappies, wipes and a change of clothes for your child. You will not be able to bring food or toys from home to the creche.

  • Your child needs to have an ourChelmsford card to use the crèche.

Late collection

  • Please aim to drop off and pick your child up at the time specified. If you think you'll be late picking up your child, please call us on 01245 615050.
  • Due to a limited number of booking spaces being available, we may limit your ability to use the creche if you are late picking up your child.
  • If a new session has started when you pick your child up, you'll need to pay for the extra 30 minutes. We'll add the payment to your membership card, and you'll need to clear this charge within seven days of the crèche session before you can make another booking. 

About the creche

Please bring a snack
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Please bring a drink
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Bring spare nappies
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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


  • 130 station gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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