More HELP with childcare for working families

If your child is three or four years old and you are a family with both parents working, or a lone working parent, then an additional 15 hours childcare could be yours.

For more help and information go to:

Childcare CHOICES

Can I get help with childcare costs?Parents have a look at this website to see if you are eligible to further funding or finacial support for additional childcare for 3 and 4 year old children


Two Year Old Funding

If your child is two years old and:

  • you receive certain benefits, or

  • you are a working family on a low income then up to 15 hours of free childcare could be yours.

Click on the link to apply:

More help and information

For further help and information contact:-


  • Telephone:- 023 9268 8830 or


  • Family Information Service (FIS) email:

  • You can also drop-in to the FIS office in the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square (Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 5pm)

  • ask in Portsdown Nursery for a ‘2 year old funding application form’


What to expect, when? A parents’ guide.

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

Click on the word ‘booklet’ in the first sentence above or use the following link:

What to expect, when

Helping you and your child to settle into Portsdown Primary School and Early Years’ Nursery

  • We recognise you have played a very important role in your child’s learning and development.
  • We hope as your child prepares to start Portsdown Nursery you will continue your crucial role in helping and supporting your child in nursery.
  • We want your child to settle happily and confidently and for you to feel a partner in your child’s education and development.
  • We feel it is vital that you tell us all about your child and we will spend time with you in your home and at Nursery before your child starts so you can tell us about your child’s routines, interests, likes, dislikes, health and development.
  • We know you will feel more confident in entrusting your child with us if you are informed as to what your child is doing, will need in nursery and how you can support your child settling.
  • Our website, handbook and leaflets aim to answer questions parents have asked us in the past about children starting Nursery.
  • We constantly try to improve our practice, so if there is any information you feel parents would find useful,  please let us know.

To help you and your child to setlle and throughout their time at nursery, at the nursery we aim to keep you informed about:

  • The environment and organisation
  • The curriculum
  • Your child’s progress and development
  • Your child’s routine
  • With whom your child is working
  • Policies and procedures of the  Nursery
  • Who you can talk to if you have a concern.