The University of Southampton
About us

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

 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

 We regularly spend time with the children outside
Outdoor sand pit

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

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.




Morning Session

8am - 1pm

Afternoon Session


Full Day


Student Parent £22.72 £20.60 £43.32
Staff Parent £24.75 £22.67 £47.42
Public £26.83 £24.70 £51.53

What do my fees cover?


The Centre's policies on topics such as safeguarding, diet, first aid and sickness and allergies can be found on their website.

Contact the Early Years Centre

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

Book sessions and purchase clothing

Book and pay for your regular childcare sessions here, or buy early years centre hoodies and polo tops for your child (available in a variety of colours).

Support for students

Read about our support services for students - including looking after your health, welfare and wellbeing, as well as financial and legal advice.

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