"....It really stood out to me how relatively confident your group are outdoors.  The Forest School must be doing the trick ! .."

Jess Daish Miller, Community Education Officer (Milton Locks), Hants & IoW Wildlife Trust

Covid-19 - Latest - Please see Pre-school News below for the current position

Little Bears Forest Preschool
Little Bears Forest Preschool

Our Little Bears enjoying Langstone Harbour

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Little Bears
Little Bears

Leaving party

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Buckets and spades
Buckets and spades

Not just for the beach

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Little Bears Forest Preschool
Little Bears Forest Preschool

Our Little Bears enjoying Langstone Harbour

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Welcome to Little Bears Forest Preschool

We are a small privately owned preschool, run by a local family with dedicated, highly qualified and experienced practitioners for children aged from 2 years up to 5 years.


Our location is unique in Portsmouth, based in the newly created Milton Common Local Nature Reserve.  Our beautiful surroundings ensure that our Little Bears have every opportunity to explore, discover and learn in a wonderful natural environment including the seashore of Langstone Harbour.  The preschool is owned and managed by Heather Smith, an accredited Forest School Leader, with a passion for following the Forest School ethos of development.

We are motivated to achieve the highest standards of education and care.  Fun, a healthy learning environment and quality care for all Little Bears is assured.  

Our learning is recorded and monitored via Tapestry, a fully interactive, easy to use online learning journal. Tapestry is an excellent tool that helps the staff and parents/carers to record, track and celebrate your child’s progress with us.

We are open from 8.00am-5.00pm daily on Monday to Thursday in term time with additional holiday clubs during the summer holidays. A selection of sessions is available daily, including all day care. Hot lunches are also available for the children or you may provide a packed lunch.

Covid-19 advice

We are following the guidance provided by the Department for Education and Portsmouth City Council. We are communicating directly with all parents and carers and intend to return to a full provision on Wednesday 9 September 2020.  We will continue to respond as necessary to the most up to date advice. Please follow these links or call the number below if you have any concerns. 





Department for Education coronavirus helpline

0800 046 8687


Shore Ave, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 8NB


​Tel: 07544 112 751



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2020 Summer Holiday Club 

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide this offering for 2020 but expect to do so in 2021

First day of  term for school year 2020-21

Due to staff training in the week commencing 7 September, our return with the children will start taking effect from Wednesday 9 September 2020, 8am to 5pm.