Located just off the A334 in Botley, our nursery provides excellent quality childcare for the local community. The nursery is based in a former manor house, set in stunning parkland and woodland, offering your child a unique environment for their learning and development.
Your child will access a wide range of activities with our exceptional staff team, enabling them to learn and develop through play, with a particular focus on the outdoors. The nursery fully embraces a Forest School approach, and each day brings a different adventure for the children.
All of our food at nursery is prepared fresh daily so we can ensure your child has healthy, tasty and nutritious meals.
Rabbits Room (4 months – 2 years)
Our experienced team creates a safe and nurturing ‘home from home’ for your child, establishing strong bonds with baby, and with you. We work closely with you to understand your child’s interests and emerging personality, and help meet milestones, such as weaning and walking. New experiences are introduced as your child develops, such as treasure baskets and heuristic play sessions.
Your child will have daily opportunities to get messy, be physically active and express their creativity and development. The baby room has its own secure garden, perfect for making sense of the great outdoors, and your child will also have daily opportunities to explore the whole 111 acres in groups using our special buggies.
Badgers Room (2 – 3 years)
Your toddler needs 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.
We offer a spacious and stimulating indoor space coupled with a large garden area where your child will benefit from a mixture of child initiated and adult led activities that enhance their learning and help them achieve their next steps.
Your child will have access to unrivalled outdoor facilities and enjoy activities such as digging for mini beasts, nature walks and woodland adventures.
Foxes Room (3-5 years)
Your child will have daily opportunities to grow confidence, independence, and social skills, spending most of their time outdoors. We provide a stimulating and exciting place for developing minds. Our incredible outdoor environment allows your child to choose where they want to play and learn. Your child will run, climb, balance, jump, splash, explore books, or even enjoy cooking on a campfire.
In our outdoor classroom, Foxes Den, they will learn to discover problem solving, take risks, share ideas, develop their language, and have imaginative adventures. Forest walks, pond dipping, dam building, bug hunts and boat trips on the Hamble will all become talking points!
Your child is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week from the term after their 3rd birthday. Some 2 year olds in our area are also entitled to free funded childcare sessions.
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.
Contact us on 01489 772222 to check your child’s entitlement.
Opening times & information
We are open Monday to Friday 7.30am-6.00pm, 51 weeks per year. The main nursery day runs from 8.00am to 6.00pm, with a breakfast club starting at 7.30am, ideal for commuting parents.
Children can join us from age 4 months to 5 years.
Find us at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GH, which is just 1 mile outside of Botley.
There is plenty of parking in our dedicated nursery car park for parents.