Opened in October 2017, our nursery offers high quality childcare for children aged 0-5 years in the local community. The purpose built building offers exciting spaces for children to learn, develop and, most importantly, have fun in spacious rooms.  Our impressive outdoor area can be accessed from each room allowing children to explore and create their own adventure.

Our friendly staff reflect our values – listening, caring, welcoming, exciting, inspiring and active, ensuring your child has the best nursery experience possible.  

We recognise the valuable contribution that parents bring to nursery life and believe that, by working together, every child can be given the opportunity and support to thrive and build all of the skills needed to be a happy, healthy and confident individual.

Playing at Portsea Nursery

Babies (0 – 2 years)

Our experienced team create a safe and nurturing ‘home from home’ for your child, establishing strong bonds with baby and you.  We work closely with you to understand your child’s interests and emerging personality, and help with big steps such as weaning and walking.

New experiences are introduced as your child develops, such as treasure baskets, controlled climbing and heuristic play.

Your child will have daily opportunities to get messy, be physically active and express their creativity and development. A cosy sleep space as well as outdoor sleeping in warm weather ensures a relaxing nap time.

Children also have access to the garden with plenty of resources and shelter.

Children playing at Portsea Nursery.

Toddlers (2 – 3 years)

Your child will want lots of opportunities to be physically active and to build on their growing confidence and independence. They will learn about their environment through play, discovering how fast they can move, how to co-ordinate and developing their imagination.

Our welcoming indoor space provides opportunities for children to thrive and develop as well as gain further independence. The garden area allows for children to refine their gross motor skills and develop their fine motor skills even further from larger climbing equipment to digging in the large mud kitchen.

Throughout their time in the toddler room, your child will have new experiences every day, getting very involved in messy activities and being both active and social with our wide variety of role-play opportunities. In the garden, they’ll discover about nature.

Campfire at Portsea Nursery

Pre-school (3 -5 years)

Children take that next step into independence and resilience, taking ownership of their space. They will learn new things and revisit their previous experiences to aid their development.

Our indoor and outdoor spaces will ensure your child benefits from a mixture of child initiated and adult led activities to enhance their learning and help them achieve their next steps.

As your child grows, they’ll have daily opportunities to develop confidence, independence and social skills, spending much of their time outdoors. Outside they’ll climb, run, balance, jump and splash.  In the garden, they’ll problem solve, take risks, share ideas, develop their language and have imaginative adventures.

Playing at Gosport Nursery

Free childcare

We welcome children with an entitlement to 2 year old funding – visit the Hampshire County Council website to check your eligibility.

Your child is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week from the term after their 3rd birthday.  

If you are in work, you could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare. To find out if you are eligible for the additional 15 hours please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Child eating

Opening times & information

We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am – 6.00pm, 51 weeks of the year. 

The latest addition to our Hampshire settings, our purpose built East Anton Nursery is located in the heart of the new Augusta Park development in Andover.

Child on the telephone

Contact us

For further information about our childcare places contact our friendly team on andover@ymca-fg.org. You can call us on 01264 310140. 

To express an interest in childcare places, please see the Parent Information and Enrolment packs below.

Location

Find us at YMCA Nursery East Anton, Dairy Road, East Anton, Andover, SP11 6YG.