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Partners in Excellence

Following the launch of our Partners in Excellence on 12 May 2018, a number of practitioners across the city have volunteered to become Southampton Hub Champions and are busy planning future meetings.

Effective partnership working is vital in order to provide consistent information and advice for parents, work collaboratively with other professionals and to improve outcomes for children. Many Early Years and Childcare providers have committed to being  Partners in Excellence  and have pledged to:-

  • Continue to improve communication and partnership working with neighbouring Early Years and Childcare providers
  • Provide greater flexibility for parents to utilise their 30 hour offer and to explore opportunities for increased occupancy
  • Develop more seamless transitions for children through communication and enhanced relationships with providers
  • Work as a Partner in Excellence, sharing skills, knowledge and best practice to further improve outcomes for all children in Southampton

If you, or your setting, would like to work to these principles and become a Southampton Partner in Excellence, please print and sign a copy of the pledge for display in your setting.

All Early Years and Childcare practitioners are invited to participate by building links and communication with other local providers – childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and schools and out of school care provision. Details of planned meetings and contact details for Hub champions can be found under the blue headings below.


28 October 2019

  • The Early Years Alliance offers payroll and pension services to Early Years Settings.  This is a national service available to groups all over England and Wales; ideal for charitable organisations, pre-schools, village halls, afterschool/holiday clubs and many other community groups.

15 August 2019

  • Holiday Hunger: Southampton and the local area currently has a number of organisations, individuals and initiatives geared towards tackling the issue of food poverty - with a particular focus on those families and children who go hungry during the school holidays. It's an issue that's widely been referred to as 'holiday hunger' in the media.
    Therefore, Southampton City Catering are launching the Southampton Holiday Provision Steering Group, funded through a VIVID grant administered by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

    City Catering very much want to engage a diverse range of voices from across the City so please come along to the launch meeting  3-4:30 on 24th October,  so that they can ensure the Steering Group meets the City's growing needs.

    For further details and/or to reserve your place please access the Eventbrite website.

23 July 2019

  • 3 wooden cots for sale, any reasonable offer accepted.  Buyer collects.  Photo attached.  Please contact Startpoint Sholing on 023 8068 5872.

26 September 2018

  • Paint Pots Nurseries are delighted to announce that they were recently given an award for being winners of the 'Nursery World Awards' category for Nursery Group of the Year 2018.

05 September 2018

  • The Southampton Opportunity group help children (aged 0-5) with additional needs and their families, offering short term play sessions providing support and short term breaks for parents and carers.  Please note, the Opportunity Group has moved its weekday sessions from Hardmoor to Swaythling Sure Start in Honeysuckle Road.  For more information please visit their website: 
    or contact them at:

05 May 2016

  • 2 Year Olds Stay, Play and Learn sessions (pdf 647KB) at Hardmoor Early Years Centre.

    These free sessions are available to children who are entitled to 2 year funding and their families. We hope the project will support the uptake of 2 year funding, particularly for those families who are not yet ready to leave their child in an EY setting.


Lordshill and Lordswood Hub

Hub area:            Lordshill and Lordswood

Venue:                 TBC

Date:                    TBC             Time:    TBC             

Champions:           Rebecca Hounsell/Stacy Hutton                        

Champion contact details:  Tel:  07526 691561
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MRM Hub (Millbrook, Redbridge and Maybush)

Hub area:            MRM (Millbrook, Redbridge and Maybush)

Venue:                 Oasis Academy Lordshill Pre-School,
                             Oasis Community Hub,
                              Green Lane, Southampton, SO16 9FQ

Focus:                  Moderation / Transitions

Date:                    15th May 2019           Time:    6 – 7 pm

           Clare Croucher/Lesley Strange           

If you are a local Early Years and Childcare Provider (Pre School, Nursery, Childminder or YR Teacher) and would like to join this Locality Hub, or would like to find out more, please come along!

Please confirm your attendance to the Hub Champion:
Clare Croucher & Lesley Strange:

Shirley & Freemantle Hub

Hub area:             Shirley & Freemantle Early Years Hub 

Venue:                  St James Nursery and Pre-School, 182, Winchester Road,
                             Southampton, SO16 6UG

Date:                    27th Feb 2019          Time:    6pm -7pm

Champion:            Corinne Finlay

Champion contact details: 

                                                        Tel: 02380 701 601


Hub area:            Shirley & Freemantle Early Years Hub    

Venue:                 Shirley Infant School, Wilton Road,
                            Southampton, SO15 5LA

Date:                    3rd June 2019                    Time:    6pm – 7pm   

Champion:          Corinne Finlay                  

Champion contact details: 

                                                        Tel: 02380 701 601

Weston/Woolston Hub

Hub area:          Weston

Venue:               YMCA Woolston Nursery

Date:                 23 January 2019                 Time:    7.30pm

Champion:         Toni Southwell                         

Champion contact details: 
                                           Tel.  02380366351 or 07833478591

Hub area:            Woolston/Peartree

Champion contact details:        Clare Hayles
                                                 Diana Buckell                                     

Champion contact details: Tel.  07581284565
                                     Tel. 023 8044 7997


Hub area:          Sholing/Thornhill

Venue:               Kanes Hill Pre School,  Hinkler Road,  SO19 6FW

Date:                 Wednesday 22nd May 2019  Time:    4.00-5.00pm

Champion:         Jen Beazley

Champion contact details: 
Tel. 023 80 363309

Click here for further information about the next Hub meeting.

Citywide - Action Learning Hub (for leads and managers)

Hub area:            Citywide - Action Learning Hub (for leads and managers)

Venue:                 Various locations across the city

Date:                    Next meeting July  2019                      

Contact:              Trisha McGregor                        

Contact details:

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