About Us

Established in 1990, Play Away is proud to have been the very first baby nursery to open within Hampshire; thirty years on and we now care for 324 wonderful children every day, aged between 3 months and 5 years.

Every one of our Play Away children has their own wonderfully unique personality, and we pride ourselves on knowing each and every one of them. We promise that Play Away will never grow too big for this not to be the case.

Our Team

We are immensely proud of our hard-working and talented staff team who hold a broad range of impressive childcare qualifications. We always look to invest in our staff and provide every opportunity that we can to broaden and deepen their knowledge with additional training – First Aid, Baby Massage, The Curiosity Approach to name but a few.

Both our room ratios and our qualification ratios significantly exceed those set by Ofsted – 87% of our staff working directly with the children are qualified and the remainder are currently completing their training.

We pride ourselves on selecting the very best of practitioners; each of whom genuinely love working with children. Every member of staff must undergo a rigorous system of vetting which includes a ‘Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check’ completed to an Enhanced Level. In addition, our induction process includes a 3-month probationary period to ensure that every member of our team is a perfect fit for Play Away.

“The leadership and management of the nursery are inspirational; the management team works very effectively to ensure high-quality supervision is undertaken for the staff team.”


Management Team

We are privileged to have a wonderfully hardworking and committed Management Team at Play Away made up of thirteen outstanding practitioners with extensive Early Years experience which spans all age groups. Two of our managers hold Early Years degrees and post-graduate qualifications in childcare.

Breakfast & Evening Club

Our Breakfast and Evening Clubs are available to all children should you need drop your child off earlier or collect them later than our standard opening hours (8:00am-6:00pm).

Some parents choose to include these additional sessions as part of their contract to guarantee their child’s place. We are able to take flexible bookings too, subject to availability.

Breakfast & Evening Club
Sessions & Fees

Sessions & Fees

We offer a number of flexible contracts and discounts to suit different families – please ask us for further information.  

  • Shift-pattern options
  • Term-time teacher contracts
  • Preferential rates for Hampshire Police
  • Term-time only options for those just wishing to use nursery funding
  • Sibling discounts
  • No charge for Bank Holidays when the nurseries are closed

Nursery Education Funding

All children qualify for Nursery Education Funding in the first term following their 3rd birthday. Once your child is eligible, we will help you to claim for a maximum of 30-hours funding per week (term time only), totalling 1140 hours per annum. You will then be able to continue claiming each term, until your child leaves to start school. We also offer a range of 15-hour contracts which are term time only. These sessions are subject to availability.