University of Southampton

Early years childcare centre

High quality childcare for students, staff and local parents.

Open 8:00-18:00, Monday to Friday for children aged three months to five years

Stimulating play

We pride ourselves on our wide range of activities and events

Stimulating play

Based at the Highfield campus at the University of Southampton, the Early Years Centre offers stimulating childcare with a focus on learning through play.

Learning, stimulation, and support

Our highly qualified and experienced staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, planning activities and opportunities that your child will enjoy and be stimulated by. We are also keen to communicate closely with our parents so that we can better understand and cater to your child’s individual interests.

Our facilities

We can offer plenty of on-site variety to all of our children with our sensory room, soft play area, outdoor play equipment and a separate garden for digging, planting and learning about nature.

Activities and events

Outdoor sand pit

We regularly spend time with the children outside

Outdoor sand pit

We run a range of activities for our children regularly, such as:

  • music minors’ classes that include sensory play and dancing
  • talking tots’ classes which combine games, songs and rhymes
  • fit kids’ which offers music and movement classes within the University’s Sports Centre
  • zoolab, an educational and fun animal handling workshop
  • the book bus which makes termly visits for on-board story time

We also put on a range of seasonal events including a Christmas party and carol singing, a teddy bears’ picnic in the secret garden at the University grounds, and an end of year Graduation ceremony for preschool children.


From 1st August 2014 to 31st July 2015



Morning Session

8am - 1pm

Afternoon Session


Full Day


Staff Parent £23.80 £21.80 £45.60
Student Parent £21.85 £19.80 £41.65
Public £25.80 £23.75 £49.55

A safe environment

Safety is the most important aspect of care at the Early Years Centre

A safe environment

What do my fees cover?

  • our wide range of activities and events
  • healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks
  • a hot lunch prepared by our own dedicated chef
  • nappies and wipes are not included - please bring your own supply
Contact the Early Years Centre

If you have any questions then give us a call on 023 8059 3465 or email us here

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