Asquith Port Solent Pre-School & Day Nursery


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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

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Port Solent Pre-School and Day Nursery is a vibrant, purpose built nursery. We've received 3 consecutive Ofsted 'Outstanding' ratings and have an established team who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their roles. 

The nursery in the Port Solent area of Portsmouth is situated on the marina, outside of school catchment areas, but the schools of choice for many of our parents include Portchester, Cosham and Drayton. Each of our rooms are well resourced, with high-quality equipment and furniture handcrafted by Community Playthings. All our facilities are set at a level that allows the children to access them independently. The pre-school room features a range of state-of-the-art ICT equipment, from touchscreen computers to an interactive smart board. Outdoors, we have an amazing adventure garden with a growing and planting area,  large mud kitchen, bug hotel, music area and giant chalkboards for mark making. The older children go for outings to the large field opposite the nursery. We also use the Port Solent adventure playground. The younger children regularly go out in pushchairs for walks around our beautiful marina. Pre-school (3-5 year olds) and nursery (2-3 year olds) children are able to attend weekly swimming lessons in the David Lloyd centre.


Delicious healthy meals are cooked onsite by our chef. Special diets are catered for, and our chef liaises closely with each child's key person in order to meet their dietary needs. Our chef also offers regular cooking sessions with our pre-school children.

Our friendly, experienced and highly qualified staff are on hand to conduct a personal nursery tour at a time to suit you.

Nursery Manager
Jeanette Merryweather
Nursery Manager


01 Apr 2019

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Our excellent nutritionally balanced menu is changed regularly to encourage a varied diet. Here is an example of a typical menu.

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

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Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

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Meet the Team

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Jeanette Merryweather

I have over 20 years childcare experience, 17 of these have been at Port Solent Day Nursery where I have worked with all ages of children before progressing to a managerial role 15 years ago. During this time I am very proud to have achieved 3 consecutive Ofsted Outstanding ratings with the support of my amazing team! 

My qualifications include: a Degree in Childcare, Education & Training, my Early Years Professional Status, NNEB & NVQ’s 3 & 4. 

I am extremely passionate about offering Outstanding childcare & education to all children in our care. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to be able to leave my child in a safe and secure environment that he will thrive and grow in, whilst being supported by enthusiastic and nurturing staff. 

Please feel free to get in touch, or pop along to meet my team & I. We will be happy to show you around our friendly environment, and answer any questions that you may have.

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Tracey Jordan

I have worked in childcare since 1996 joining Port Solent Day Nursery in 2003 as Crèche Supervisor where I worked with children from a variety of ages.. In 2004 I was promoted to Assistant Manager, before stepping up to Maternity Cover Nursery Manager in 2018. In 2019 I stepped back down to my original role on Jeanette’s return in February. I have a real passion for working with children and enjoy watching them progress and develop.

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Jamie Harding

Jamie has worked in childcare since 2005 and has been at the nursery for 5 years. Jamie has a real enthusiasm for working with children and really enjoys looking after babies and children's early development. Jamie really enjoys the planning aspect of working in the setting and sharing their development with parents to build a good relationship.

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Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

Why Asquith Nurseries

Founded in 1989, Asquith Nurseries has a strong record of excellence and consistently high ratings from Ofsted and the Care Inspectorate. Children are prepared for the enjoyment of lifelong learning and exploration through industry leading equipment with the latest technology and a curriculum that prepares children for school. In November 2016, Asquith became part of the Bright Horizons family.

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