Play-A-Way Day Care Centre

Our nursery in Vicarage road is the first of the two nurseries which was opened in 1995. It is located conveniently to Gillingham town centre and Gillingham train station and all main bus routes the Universities at Medway camps and Mid Kent College.

Our homely Vicarage Road setting provides a safe and fun environment for children aged 2 to 5 year olds. Our nursery practitioners are caring and professional and do their best to create a home away from home for your children. Activities are chosen carefully by their Keyperson depending on the age and development level of each child.

This nursery is open 47 weeks of the year. We are closed for a week for Easter, May half term, last two weeks in August summer holidays and during Christmas period. We also do not open for bank holidays.

Free funded places for 3 to 5 year olds as well as limited spaces for 2 year olds are available.

All major childcare vouchers are accepted.

Toddlers and Pre-school: 2 years to 5 years

Our day care nursery in Vicarage road aims to provide a homely experience that will ensure little one is always comfortable and happy.

We pride ourselves on our small group sizes, which means your child will have the chance to bond with their peers and develop friendships while under the care of our considerate and dedicated staff.

All our staff are long running carers at Play a-Way, which means your child will see the same face each day. This helps to develop trust and positivity.

Wraparound care and holiday clubs for School aged children

We offer wrap around care which is designed keeping busy parents in mind.

Our Breakfast club runs from 7:30 AM until 8:30AM every weekday. You can drop your child off to us before school or nursery, knowing that they’ll be fed a nutritional meal and start their day in the company of friends, where they’ll play and develop. School aged children attending our breakfast club will be dropped off to their school by us.

Our After-school club is open from 3:30pm to 6pm, in conjunction with our after-school pick-up service. When your child arrives at after-school club, they’ll have a range of activities to choose from, including crafts, games and play. We also encourage school children to make a start on any homework they might have during this time, which our staff are more than happy to help with.

Children will be provided with a nutritional hot meal.

We offer drop off and pick up services from the following schools;

  • Bryan school
  • Napier School
  • Oasis Academy

For school aged children in addition to breakfast club or After school clubs we offer holiday club during school holidays.

Would you like to schedule a tour? We would love to show you around.

Play A Way Day Care Centre Team


Nursery Manager

I have been with Play-a-Way family for almost 14 years. Last year I completed my B.A (hons) degree in early childcare and education. I have worked across all the areas of the nursery from being baby room supervisor to toddler room lead to now being the manager for the past three years. I really enjoy working at the nursery and enjoy teaching the children through different activities and like to watch the change as the children grow in confidence from when they first begin their journey with us. I have two of my own children who both attended Play a Way from when they were around seven months old until they went to school and they both really enjoyed their time in the nursery making new friends and learning lots of new things.

I look forward to meeting you in the future and providing a fun, welcoming and homely nursery for your children.


Deputy Manager

My journey as a childcare practitioner with Play-a-Way began when I started at the After School club back in 2008. During these 12 years, I have worked my way up gaining experience with different age groups including being the Room Lead for Toddlers. I am now the room leader for our Pre-Schoolers as well as the Deputy Manager and I love spending my time working and teaching children new things and watching them develop through there important years with me setting them up for their next steps in growing and moving on. I love interacting with the parents showing them what great children they have and the potential they show updating them with daily progress, learning and activities they have done with us at Play-a-Way.