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Port Solent Day Nursery and Preschool

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Ofsted 'outstanding' nursery in Port Solent

Port Solent Day Nursery and Preschool 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 and preschool 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).

An enriching Ready for School programme gives every child the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to thrive in school and beyond. 

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 preschool children.

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



Kerry Mardle Port Solent
Kerry Mardle
Nursery Manager


28 May 2022

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Food Hygiene Rating of 5

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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

Kerry Mardle Port Solent

Kerry Mardle

I have worked within the child care sector for 22 years and hold a foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education. I am passionate about creating a safe environment where children are free to explore their curiosity. I believe strongly in a child-centred approach to children's learning and development, which includes building strong relationships with those who care for them. My hope is that every child in our care leaves us with a lifelong love of learning - excited to take on their next challenge of starting school!

Tracey Jordan

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.

Candy Floss

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 Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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