Nursery Manager:

Rachel Harmer
Nursery Manager

Our Ofsted rating:

Good - view report

Where to find us:

16 Bruce Rd

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Opening times:

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 6pm*
  • 52 weeks a year, excluding Bank Holidays*
  • *subject to local demand

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Welcome to Tops Day Nurseries: Southsea Nursery, Portsmouth

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Our day nursery & preschool in Southsea, Portsmouth provides Early Education and Care for children aged 3 months to school age. The nursery is located on Bruce Road, just a short walk to Southsea seafront.

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

Tops Southsea 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.

Tops Day Nurseries Southsea is set within a large detached house with a garden mainly laid to lawn, but with areas for the children to grow flowers and vegetables. In addition, there is a brilliant outside play area with a special soft rubber compound surface to protect the children should they fall.

Our Southsea day nursery has a baby room for under 2’s, a spacious room for 2 & 3 year olds as well as a preschool room.

We are able to take advantage of our location near the beach, Natural History Museum, library, Southsea Common and parks to ensure that children are given the opportunity to spend time outside the nursery during periods of good weather.

At Tops Day Nurseries our aim 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’.

Tops Southsea 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.

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.

Tops Southsea 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 Southsea day nursery is one of the five Early Education and Care settings within the Tops Day Nurseries family to open in the Portsmouth area, following Tops Portsmouth at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Tops Lakeside at 1000 Lakeside Business Park, Tops Copnor based within Roko Health Club and Tops Havant, based in Trosnant Primary School.

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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 friendlySouthsea Nurseryteam:

Rachel Harmer

Nursery Manager