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Let your child experience opportunities to explore, discover and develop in a fantastic light and airy space off Smannell Road, East Anton, looked after by a dedicated and caring team.

Our friendly staff reflect our values – listening, caring, welcoming, exciting, inspiring and active, ensuring your child has the best nursery experience possible.

We believe that, by working together, your child can be given the opportunity and support to thrive and build all of the skills needed to be a happy, healthy and confident individual.

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Babies (0 – 2 years)

Your child will experience a safe and nurturing ‘home from home’ with our experienced and passionate staff team, who will, establish strong bonds with baby and with you.  We work closely with you to understand your child’s interests and emerging personality, and help with big steps such as weaning and walking.

New experiences are introduced as your child develops, such as treasure baskets, controlled climbing and heuristic play.

Your child will have daily opportunities to get messy, be physically active and express their creativity and development. A cosy sleep space as well as outdoor sleeping in warm weather ensures a relaxing nap time.

Children also have access to the garden with plenty of resources and shelter.

Children playing outside

Toddlers (2 – 3 years)

Your child will want lots of opportunities to be physically active and to build on their growing confidence and independence. They will learn about their environment through play, discovering how fast they can move, how to co-ordinate and developing their imagination.

Indoor space provides opportunities for your toddler to thrive and develop as well as gain further independence. The garden area allows for children to refine their gross motor skills and develop their fine motor skills even further from larger climbing equipment to digging in the large mud kitchen.

Throughout their time in the toddler room, your child will have new experiences every day, getting very involved in messy activities and being both active and social with our wide variety of role-play opportunities. In the garden, they’ll discover about nature.

Child playing in nursery

Pre-school (3 -5 years)

Your child will want to take that next step into independence and resilience, taking ownership of their space. They will learn new things and revisit their previous experiences to aid their development.

Your child will benefit from indoor and outdoor spaces with a mixture of child initiated and adult led activities to enhance their learning and help them achieve their next steps.

As your child grows, they’ll have daily opportunities to develop confidence, independence and social skills, spending much of their time outdoors. Outside they’ll climb, run, balance, jump and splash.  In the garden, they’ll problem solve, take risks, share ideas, develop their language and have imaginative adventures.

Children playing in nursery

Free childcare

We welcome children with an entitlement to 2 and 3 year old funding – visit the Hampshire County Council website to check your eligibility.

Your child is entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week from the term after their 3rd birthday.

If you are in work, you could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare. To find out if you are eligible for the additional 15 hours please visit

Child playing in nursery

Opening times & information

We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am – 6.00pm, 51 weeks of the year.


Child on the telephone

Contact us

To talk more about your childcare needs, contact our friendly team on [email protected] or you call  01264 310140.

To express an interest in childcare places, please see our Registration pack below.


Find us at YMCA Nursery Andover, Dairy Road, East Anton, Andover, SP11 6YG.

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