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Welcome to Rainbow Corner Nursery School, Southsea

Rainbow Corner Nursery School is a privately owned day nursery which was founded in 1983. We were one of the first nursery schools to open in Southsea and since then have continued to provide an excellent level of childcare. We are situated in Central Southsea in a large converted Victorian house. The nursery is family run and we pride ourselves on our strong reputation, flexibility and service, the true home-from-home environment and the excellent facilities we provide for the children in our care.

Key Information:

  • Outstanding Ofsted rating (2017)
    Click here to see our latest report.
  • We were crowned ‘Nursery of the Year’ in 2018 by the readers of Portsmouth News.
  • We won a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Nursery World Awards in 2017.
  • Children from birth up to 8 years
  • 50 full-time place nursery
  • Core opening hours are 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, 52 weeks per year, excluding bank holidays
  • 3 main classrooms
  • Sensory room
  • 2 secure, environmentally friendly, outdoor play areas
  • We provide a hot nutritious 2-course lunch and a high tea. We also provide 2 healthy snacks morning and afternoon.
 
  • We provide all nappies, wipes and creams.
  • Follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles & Guidelines
  • Nursery Education Grant. Children are entitled to receive 15 hours of free education per week, for 38 weeks of the year, from the term after their third birthday. An additional 15 hours of free education is also available for working families, but this is subject to certain criteria. Some children from the term after their second birthday, may also be entitled to NEG funding, however this again is subject to certain criteria. For more information on all government childcare support please click here.
  • As the nursery is open 52 weeks of the year, we only offer stretched funding. This entitles you to 11 hours stretched a week over 52 weeks of the year, rather than 15 hour over 38 weeks of the year. The same applies for the additional entitlement, therefore you would receive 22 hours over 52 weeks of the year, rather than 30 hours over 38 weeks of the year. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any term time only places.

Some Testimonials

“We can’t express in words how much we love Rainbow Nursery!! You have the most amazing nursery and we have been enormously blessed to be part of it all. We are so so grateful for all you and the staff have done for our family and so much of our love for Portsmouth and our enjoyment of our two years here has been down to you all.”

Martha Bryant, 31st May 2018


“Luca loves going to the nursery and we see how happy and thriving he is. Your staff is amazing, your commitment with the children and the diversity of activities are wonderful. It was a pleasure for me to support the ‘Nursery of the Year’ competition because I think that the nursery really deserves the prize! In all countries we have been (Germany, Italy and New Zealand), this is definitely the best nursery we've sent one of our children too.”

Barbora Foerster, 29th May 2018


“Both our boys have been attending Rainbow Corner since 2015. We are very happy with their progress and their confidence has grown amazingly. The staff are always warm, welcoming and get to know our children very well. Would highly recommend if considering sending your children here.”

Sophie Lynch, 15th April 2018


“I would just like to personally thank you for working so hard with us as a pre-school and showing my colleague and I around your nursery. Firstly I would like to say how polite and welcoming every single staff member was, as we moved into each room they all smiled, made eye contact and spoke to us, including your trainee staff who looked confident and at ease, and spoke with great understanding. I felt this gave a feeling of a warm and loving environment. I appreciate how busy you all are and yet you still took the time to support and explain everything in so much depth and answered all of our challenging questions. Thank you again, I hope we can have further contact and continue to support each other in providing the best care for the children within our settings.”

Leah Collins, 22nd August 2017 (Little Admirals Pre-School Manager)


“My daughter has been attending Rainbow Corner nursery for a year now and she loves it. She can't wait to go to nursery and always has a fun filled day. The staff are friendly and warming. I couldn't recommend this nursery enough.“

Rebecca Farrington, 19th May 2017


“We couldn't ask for a better nursery for our little boy. They do so much with the children - always exploring new things and ideas. The level of one on one time is also really great, and you get regular updates about what your child has been up to posted on their online profile which is lovely. Our little boy is happy and really excelling there. We can't thank the staff enough - they're all fantastic!”

Andrea Pattison, 22nd May 2017