Nursery Whale Island

Give your child the very best start in life

Welcome to Nursery Whale Island!

Located in the grounds of HMS Excellent, convenient for the M275, the nursery provides excellent quality childcare for service families and the local community in Portsmouth.

The nursery is on a naval base, offering your child a unique sense of safety and freedom. Your child will access a wide range of activities enabling them to learn and develop through play. Each day brings a different adventure: exploring shoreline nature trails, watching helicopters land, or listening to the Royal Marines Band.

All food at nursery is freshly prepared daily, to ensure your child has healthy, tasty and nutritious meals.

Give your child the very best start in life at YMCA Nursery Whale Island.

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Baby room

We work closely with you to understand your baby’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 and heuristic play sessions.

Toddler & Pre-school room

A stimulating and exciting area for young minds to grow, experiment and explore. The outdoor space is an important element, providing a natural environment. Your child will have adventures exploring all corners of the island, plus off-site trips to experience the wider world.

Toddler & Pre-school room

A stimulating and exciting area for young minds to grow, experiment and explore. The outdoor space is an important element, providing a natural environment. Your child will have adventures exploring all corners of the island, plus off-site trips to experience the wider world.

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Meet the team

Sarah H

Nursery Manager

Sarah H

Nursery Manager

Qualifications:
  • Level 4 Early Years Developing Practice
  • Early Years SENCo Level 3
  • DSL
  • Paediatric First Aid
"Hi, my name is Sarah, I am fortunate enough to have worked in early years for 23 years. I am very passionate about children’s development and how crucial these years are for our children’s learning and experiences. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is to see children happy in their education, having lots of fun whilst learning valuable skills."

Shannon

Admin

Shannon

Admin

Qualifications
  • Level 3 in Early years and Education
"Hi I’m Shannon and for the last 10 years I have worked in childcare. After gaining my Level 3 qualification I took a year out to have my own child before returning with the same passion. I find working with parents, supporting families and helping to organise very rewarding, which led me to be a nursery administrator at the YMCA. I am friendly, approachable and love a good chat, so our door is always open to discuss any queries and questions over a cup of tea."

Emily M

Baby Room Lead

Emily M

Baby Room Lead

Qualifications
  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education
  • DSL
  • Paediatric First Aid
"Hi, My name is Emily and I have worked in childcare for over 10 years, starting as an apprentice where I gained my level 3 qualification. I have always been so passionate about looking after children and babies since a very young age and always knew I wanted to work in childcare. I am currently the room leader of the baby room at Whale Island Nursery and work with a great team. I have built a strong bond and relationship with all of the babies and their parents and feel it very rewarding at the end of the day watching our babies grow and develop while in our care."

FAQs

YMCA Nursery Whale Island is based on the Royal Navy training ground, HMS Excellent. Therefore to access the nursery, all parents need to be DBS-checked and sign in at the front gate. If you're just visiting the nursery you will need to sign in and be escorted to the nursery.
Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 6pm, all year round.
Please view our sessions and fees here.
Find out more about our Childcare Policies and Procedures here
Childcare Prospectus is available from your Nursery, please contact them for more information.
Childcare Terms and Conditions are available here.
YMCA Nursery Whale Island is available for children from 4 months to 5 years.

Perfect Location

Find us at YMCA Nursery Whale Island, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth PO2 8ER. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 02394 218321

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