Welcome to Tops Day Nurseries: Lakeside Nursery, Portsmouth

⭐Enquire before 23rd September to receive your first week of nursery for FREE when you enrol your child, quote ‘FREEWEEK22’⭐

Subsidised rates for Lakeside Business Park occupiers, get in touch to find out more.

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

You can view our hourly rates and optional extras on our price list here: Tops Lakeside Price List. Find out more about 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and working tax credits here.

Tops Lakeside are now using real nappies as opposed to ‘disposable’ nappies. Each child at nursery uses around 1000 nappies per year (full-time equivalent) which is costly for parents, and very costly in terms of waste – it actually costs three times as much to dispose of a “disposable” nappy as it costs to buy! Click here to find out more about the real nappy pilot.

At our Lakeside nursery, 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.

Our aim at Tops is for all children to meet or exceed expected development for their age. We are implementing ‘SchemaPlay’ across all of our settings to help narrow the gap for any children showing signs of delay and to also enhance the learning experiences for all children that attend our settings. ‘SchemaPlay have recently created a video to help parents understand what schemes are, and how these can be identified and promoted at home. Watch the full video here’.

The children at Tops benefit from our balanced no-added sugar menus that we have designed to support growth and development using the Children’s Food Trust Recommendations.  To view our healthy, nutritious recipes click here.

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 Early Education and Care 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 Early Education and Care 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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WhatLakeside Nurseryparents & 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, it means we are here when you need us. Offering Education & Care with 15-minute intervals, so you only pay for the childcare you need. (Available at the majority of our nurseries but not all.)

The Environments

Particular pride is provided for our sustainable outdoor and indoor environments. Each Tops Day Nursery has natural, sustainable, rich and vibrant environments, 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. Follow and contribute to your child’s learning journey with the eyLog app for web and mobile.

How Tops makes a difference

Some of our friendlyLakeside Nurseryteam:

Chelene Lillywhite

Nursery Manager