Frequently Asked Questions


We hope you find the answer to your query in the text below. If we cannot answer your question please do not hesitate to contact us at

Who is eligible to use the nursery?

Any parent who is a registered University of Portmouth student, studying six or more hours per week, or a member of University staff may apply for a nursery place for their child.

How much does the nursery cost?

Please see our fees and funding page for details about nursery costs. 

Will there be a place for my child when I need it?

A place on a University course does not guarantee a place at the nursery. Students' courses must be six hours or more per week for a student to be eligible for a nursery place.

There is a high demand for nursery places and there is a waiting list.

Applications are prioritised as follows:

  1. Brothers and sisters of children already attending the nursery, or having a confirmed nursery place offer at the nursery
  2. Children of undergraduates students
  3. Children of postgraduate students
  4. Children of University of Portsmouth staff*

* Postgraduate students employed by the University as researchers will be classified as (3) postgraduate students and not (4) staff.

Applications in each category will be prioritised by the date they are received at the nursery.

The Nursery Managers are responsible for maintaining the waiting list according to the priorities above, regardless of children's or parents' ethnic origin, gender, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

Are single parents given priority for nursery places?

No. The priority system is set out as above.

How long is the waiting list?

It depends on the age of your child. The waiting list is longest for children under the age of two.

Can I get financial help with the nursery fees?

The Student Finance Centre is able to advise on loans, grants, bursaries, tax credits, housing benefits, income support and budgeting. To contact the Student Finance Centre please telephone (023) 9384 3014 or visit them at the Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road.

Are there set times to drop off and collect my child?

Parents may drop off and collect their child at any time during their allocated session, although for the children's benefit we ask that parents try to avoid delivering their child during the busy lunchtime. 

What activities does the nursery provide?

The nursery curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation stage framework for children aged birth to five years old and the High/Scope 'Key Experiences'. The High/Scope learning environment is carefully organised to widen the children's opportunities for choice and independence. With a high level of adult support and encouragement, the children work and play in small and large groups to enhance their learning experience.

For more information on High/Scope, please go to

We encourage the children to be active by providing a wide variety of physical activities indoors and outdoors. The nursery has a large and stimulating outdoor play space with grassy areas, trees, a growing area, a play den, a climbing frame and safety surfacing.

Has the nursery had an OFSTED report?

The nursery was inspected by OFSTED in December 2016 and was judged as GOOD in all four areas:

  • Effectiveness of the leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare of children
  • Outcomes for children

For the full report please go to and search for 'University of Portsmouth Nursery' (URN 143572).

How do I apply for a place?

Download the appropriate Application form‌ below or contact the nursery to request an application form. When you complete and return your nursery application form, your child will be added to the waiting list.

Staff Application Form 2018

Student Application Form 2018

Where can I look for other childcare in Portsmouth?

If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a University of Portsmouth Nursery place, please contact:

Portsmouth Family Information Service (formerly known as Portsmouth CHAT)

Ground floor, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AE

Tel: (023) 9268 8830



They will be able to let you know about other nurseries and childminders in Portsmouth.

For school-aged children, you can contact the YMCA, who run activity programmes for children and young people aged 4-16. Find out more:

They offer a variety of different programmes throughout the year:

  • Junior and Youth Daycamps – every school holiday
  • Saturday Daycamps – every Saturday year round
  • Independent & Inset Daycamps – during independent school holidays and selected inset days
  • Extended Day – during standard school holiday weeks only