Toddler and parent groups | Portsmouth High School

Toddler and parent groups

Stay and… find out more!

Portsmouth High Prep School is delighted to run a variety of toddler and parent groups each offering a unique experience for the very youngest children to enjoy on a weekly basis during term time.

We are delighted to announce our parent and toddler groups are restarting during the week beginning Monday 7 September 2020. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, there will be some new guidelines we ask all participants to follow when they arrive.

We regret we are unable to provide drinks and refreshments so we ask parents to bring their own drinks and snacks with them to enjoy during the activities.

Join us for Stay and Explore


Close up of marshmallows on a fire, enjoying outside fun at Private School Portsmouth

Why not put on your wellies and join us for outdoor fun? All sessions are led by forest schools specialist Mrs Joan West, in the beautiful grounds of Portsmouth High Prep School.

Children will be encouraged to have fun, touch and explore their natural surroundings, including mud and leaves and sticks. Forest School sessions encourage messy play so it is essential that children dress appropriately. Yogi, the friendly school dog, will also be present at some sessions.

A very warm welcome is extended to all children under 5 years, with their parents, grandparents and carers. Stay and Explore sessions take place every Tuesday morning from 10.30 to 11.30 during term time and each session costs £3. To register and book your first place, please telephone 023 9282 4916 or complete the booking form below.

All Toddler and Parent groups take place at Portsmouth High Prep School, 36 Kent Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO5 3ES.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions places are limited on all our parent and toddler groups. Places on Stay and Explore MUST BE PRE-BOOKED each week. Booking opens at 9.00am on Monday mornings via e-mail to on a first come first served basis. Places are only confirmed when Mrs West has replied to your e-mail and accepted your booking. Thank you for your interest in coming to Stay and Explore.


Join us for a unique dance experience at ‘Stay and Ballet’


Ballet at Portsmouth High Prep School

A warm welcome to join us for our weekly Stay and Ballet sessions run by Manic stage productions for toddlers (all walkers) and pre-schoolers. Mrs West will be supervising these sessions.

Stay and Ballet runs each week during term time. Sessions start at 9.30am and there will be music and storytelling through dance. Ballet costumes are very welcome but not essential and we are happy to have babies along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the music.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we can only accept a maximum of seven children with one parent each per session. We regret that no siblings will be able to come along to Stay and Ballet. For these reasons, attendance is by online booking only and a member of staff will contact you to confirm your place. Alternatively, please telephone Mrs Fergie Cox on 023 9282 4916.

Please note our Stay and Ballet session is now full. You are more than welcome to complete the booking form below and go on our waiting list and we will contact you when a space becomes available.


Register for Stay and Ballet


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Stay and… Pop-up Sessions


Occasionally Portsmouth High School runs different Stay and… ‘Pop-up’ sessions. 

Stay and… ‘Pop-up’ sessions are currently unable to run due to Covid-19 restrictions. The sessions are normally advertised here on our website, on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed @Portsmouthhigh  We hope to be able to run them again soon when restrictions are eased. You will be most welcome to join us.