"....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

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

Following the announcement by the Department for Education on 18 March 2020, schools, colleges and early years settings are to close from Monday 23 March 2020, except for children of identified key workers and vulnerable children. We are following all Government and Portsmouth City Council advice and will be communicating directly with identified key workers over the coming days.  We have issued a number of communications on the situation but for 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 

We are open for 4 weeks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the 4 weeks commencing 20/27 July & 5/10 August, 9am-3pm.  Ages 2-8 years. Cost £30 per day.  Please contact us directly for more information 

Last day of term for school year 2019-20

Thursday 16 July 2020

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