Welcome to Tops Day Nurseries: Lakeside Nursery, Portsmouth

Our Lakeside day nursery & preschool is based opposite the business park at 1000 Lakeside North Harbour. We provide childcare for children from 3 months old until preschool age, and our newly built, eco-friendly nursery is open-planned with a fresh, natural focus.

We have an extended cabin classroom which has allowed us to extend our preschool, which has been designed with a familiar open plan, bright rooms similar to the nursery.

Please feel free to pop in and visit us, as we would love to show you around. We are a friendly and active nursery and we love exploring the nature around us, as well as exploring natural resources indoors. Outdoors in our garden we enjoy creating different recipes in our mud kitchens. Indoors we enjoy messy play activities, stories  singing and small world play.

Our Lakeside day nursery in Portsmouth is part of a group that provides the most eco-sustainable childcare and education in the UK, being respectful of the environment and acting to reduce, re-use and recycle resources is an important part of the culture and routine for the children and staff.

Tops Lakeside also implements extra-curricular activities in line with the rest of the Tops Day Nurseries family. For example, Tops Cooking School, Boogie Mites, yoga, tooth brushing, Football Fun and much more!

Our Lakeside day nursery is one of the five childcare settings within the Tops Day Nurseries family based in the Portsmouth area, including Tops Copnor at the Roko Health Club, Tops Havant based in Trosnant Primary School, Tops Portsmouth at Queen Alexandra Hospital and Tops Southsea on Bruce Road.

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Nursery manager:

Chelene Lillywhite
Nursery Manager

Our Ofsted rating:

Good - view report

Where to find us:

Lakeside North Harbour

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Opening times:

  • Monday - Friday: 6am-8pm*
  • 52 weeks a year including bank holidays. Only closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • *subject to local demand

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What Lakeside Nursery parents & carers say

“She has made great relationships with the staff and I trust them to care for her as I would.”

Claire H

“Excellent purpose built building with open plan lay out. Staff are friendly and really engage with the children.”


“Excellent set up and very friendly staff.”

Matt C

“She absolutely loves coming and has made lots of friends and built good bonds with the staff.”


“The flexible shifts allows for my husband’s shift pattern and works really well for our family. We highly recommend Tops at Lakeside!”

Sam T

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What makes Tops different?


With opening hours from 6am-8pm including bank holidays, means we are here when you need us. Offering childcare with 15-minute intervals, so you only pay for the childcare you need. (Available at the vast majority of our nurseries but not all.)

The Environments

Particular pride is provided for both outdoor and indoor environments. Each Tops Day Nursery has a rich and vibrant environment, custom-built to encourage your children's safe exploration, learning and discovery.


At Tops, all children have a key person responsible for every aspect of their ongoing development. With the eyLog app for web and mobile, you can follow your child’s learning journey.

How Tops makes a difference

Some of our friendly Lakeside Nursery team:

Chelene Lillywhite

Nursery Manager