|Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 3EN||02393 977009|
6am - 8pm
Monday - Friday, 52 weeks a year including bank holidays. Only closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Welcome to Tops Lakeside!
Our nursery is based opposite the business park at 1000 Lakeside North Harbour. We cater for children from 3 months old until they are ready to start school, and our newly built, eco-friendly nursery is open-planned with a fresh, natural focus.
Every 15 minutes is important and your time is valuable. That’s why we offer flexible childcare – so you only pay for time you need.
Do you work at 1000 Lakeside? Tops Day Nurseries works in partnerships with 1000 Lakeside and offers a staff discount.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Tops Lakeside take pride in working in partnership with our parents to encourage their child’s development, seeing each of our children as individuals.
We have recently introduced a number of extra curricular activities in the Tops Day Nursery curriculum, please click here to find out more additional activities and services provided by Tops Day Nurseries.
We can offer 15 hours funding which is available for 2 year olds, and 30 hours for 3 and 4 year olds! To find out more about 2 year old funding, please click here. To find out more about 3 & 4 year old funding, please click here. Come in and see us for more details, conditions apply.
We look forward to meeting you.
Take a look at our lovely rooms at Tops Lakeside…
Whilst your child is in our care we are more than happy for you to call us as often as you like to talk to a member of staff about your child and their day at nursery. During your child’s day at nursery we will record important information to share with you, such as sleep times/nappy changes and information about milk/food intake. This information is added to a daily report which is submitted onto EYLOG.
The Explorers is the youngest group at Tops with an age range from three months to 24 months. Our under 2’s units have a flexible routine, allowing activities to be altered when children are ready or showing interest in activities other than those currently on offer. We will mirror your child’s care routines from home, so much of the day is flexible to meet individual needs.
Children have free access to a wide range of activities, offering them learning experiences in all areas of the EYFS. The children can choose what they would like to play with and they are able to select the toys and equipment themselves. Planned activities are created from the children’s interests and areas of their development being supported.
Investigators and Pre-school
Our over 2’s unit has a flexible routine, allowing activities to be altered when children are ready or showing interest in activities other than those currently on offer. The children can choose what they would like to play with and they are able to select the toys and equipment themselves.
Planned activities are created from the children’s interests and areas of their development being supported. During circle time the children are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities, some of which are from the Rainbow Project, which will support and promote social and emotional aspects of learning.
Self registration will support the children in beginning to recognise the letters of their name. Each day when your child arrives they will be encouraged to find and place their name on the self registration board. Letters and Sounds is a teaching programme designed to help children understand how the alphabet works for reading and spelling and is delivered through a variety of fun activities. The activities pave the way for children to make a good start in reading and writing.
All children have access to the garden daily. Outdoor play or group activities allow children to develop skills of co-operation when working and playing with their peers. All the activities are play based but challenging and take account of the individual needs of the children. They are all carried out in a safe and stimulating environment and in line with the current EYFS guidelines.
Feeder Schools – your child’s next step
We are often asked where we ‘sit’ in the pyramid of schools in the Portsmouth area. Most of our children go on to attend the following local schools:
- Purbrook Infant School
- Trosnant Infant School
- Mill Rythe Infant School
- Court Lane Infant School
- St Pauls Infant School
- Ranvilles Infant School
- St Albans Primary School
- Barncroft Primary School
- Northern Infants School
- Solent Primary School
- Corpus Christi School
- Oakwood School
- Bidbury Infant School
- Morelands Primary School
- Copnor Primary School
Tops Lakeside – Parents & Carers
Parents and carers at Tops Lakeside are always very welcome. We encourage you to get involved in their child’s life at nursery in lots of ways, such a free settling in sessions for the children with their parents, lots of informal daily communication, parent evenings, termly magazines, parent noticeboards and our active Facebook page.
What our parents say:
- “She has made great relationships with the staff and I trust them to care for her as I would.” Clare H, parent at Tops Lakeside
- “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, parent at Tops Lakeside
- “Excellent set up and very friendly staff?” Matt C, parent at Tops Lakeside
- “Excellent purpose built building with open plan lay out. Staff are friendly and really engage with the children.” Leanne, parent at Tops Lakeside
- “She absolutely loves coming and has made lots of friends and built good bonds with the staff.” Nikki, parent at Tops Lakeside
Tops Lakeside – Ofsted
We were rated ‘Good’ in our latest Ofsted inspection. To view the Ofsted inspection report, please click here.
Comments we are particularly proud of include:
- Staff’s interaction with the children promotes their confidence and well-being
- There are positive relationships with the parents and carers, which supports the children’s continuity of care and learning.
- Children are encouraged to explore the environment and access a wide range of good quality resources.