King Eddy’s Crèche is a free child-minding service based at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). It’s located next door to the East Wing Clinic, on the Hensman Road side of the hospital.


Who can attend?

The crèche accepts children of parents/guardians who have an outpatient appointment scheduled before 3pm and can provide proof of this or have a baby in the Special Care Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SCN/NICU).

Only parents, guardian or emergency contact may sign a child in or out of the crèche.

The crèche is staffed by senior, qualified child care workers who have a Senior First Aid certificate and a Working with Children Check.

The crèche does not accept children of parents who:

  • Are visiting the hospital
  • Are an inpatient
  • Are having day procedures
  • Are having any transfusions

Children attending the crèche must be:

  • Aged between two months (eight weeks) and six years (proof of age may be requested).


  • Well and free from illness.

Children may not attend if they have:

  • Colds
  • Continuous coughing
  • Green runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Unexplained rash
  • Ring worm
  • Head lice or any other infectious illness.

Babies and children who are too sick to go to day care or school are too sick to attend the crèche. For the safety and wellbeing of others, staff have a right to refuse entry to sick children.


How long can my child stay at the crèche?

  • Outpatients – up to three hours (in any 24-hour period)
  • Visiting baby in the SCN / NICU – up to two hours (in any 24-hour period).

A child may spend up to a maximum of 12 hours per week in the crèche.


What do I need to do before dropping off and during my child’s crèche stay?

Parents / guardians need to:

  • Make sure their child’s toileting needs have been met i.e. fresh nappy or have been to the toilet – crèche staff may call you back to meet these needs if necessary.
  • Spend just a few minutes settling their child in – parents are not permitted to remain in the crèche or crèche foyer.
  • Be available to return to the crèche if their child is upset and can’t be consoled by staff, becomes unwell or has any other need which cannot be met by crèche staff.


What do I need to bring to the crèche?

  • Nappies and wipes
  • Prepared milk bottles
  • Water bottle
  • Healthy finger food snacks (ready to eat but no nuts)
  • Pram for non-walkers
  • Change of clothes.

For everyone’s safety and wellbeing DO NOT bring snacks with nuts.

Last Updated: 05/09/2022