Early Years Centre

The Early Years Centre is located on Highfield Campus, and provides high quality childcare for students, staff and local parents. The Centre is open to children aged from three months to five years, and is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the year.

Your child will be supported and encouraged by highly qualified and experienced staff. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a strong emphasis placed on learning through play.  We work with you to understand your child's interests, so we can plan opportunities they will enjoy.

What makes us special?

• We have fantastic facilities including a sensory room, a soft play area, outdoor play equipment and separate garden space for digging and planting.
• A range of seasonal events including a Graduation ceremony for preschool children and a teddy bears picnic in the secret garden within the University grounds.
• ‘Music Minors’ classes that include sensory play and dancing.
• ‘Talking Tots’ classes which combine games, songs and rhymes.
• ‘Fit Kids’ offers music and movement classes within the University’s Sports Centre. 
• ‘Zoolab’ and educational and fun animal handling workshop
• ‘The Book Bus’ which makes termly visits for on board story time.

For more information on these activities on offer, please visit EYC Activities and Events

How much does it cost? 

Fees from 1st August 2013 to 31st July 2014








Full Day


8am - 6pm

Staff Parent




Student Parent








What do my fees cover?

• A wide range of activities which are unique to the Centre
• 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
• A late collection fee will be incurred if your child is not collected at the end of a session.

Financial Support for Childcare

Staff childcare voucher scheme
'Computershare' provide our staff childcare voucher scheme which helps our staff save money by paying for childcare through the voucher scheme. Contact Human Resources to find out more.

For any other information on financial support that may be available to you, please contact us at the Centre.

Applying for a place

To apply for a place please complete the form ‘Apply for a place at the Early Years Centre’ which can be found in the useful downloads section of this page.

Please return via email or post:

Early Years Centre

Building 41, Univeristy Road



SO17 1BJ

Telephone  023 8059 3465