Welcome To The Early Years Group

Starting nursery is a new and exciting change in a child's life. Choosing a quality provision is often the hardest decision.

What does quality look like? Will a provision cater for all my child's changing needs?

When you have been by your babies side every waking moment from the second they were born-holding them, guiding them, comforting them - it's hardly surprising that watching them disappear into a room of virtual strangers is enough to fill the most confident parents with questions and doubts.

The Early Years Group is an independent nursery group who have been providing early years services within Hampshire since 2017, when we opened our very first nursery in Hamble. Since 2017 we have opened further settings in Applemore, Hythe, Yateley and Winchester. With our newest setting, Milford Early Years Centre having opened in May 2024.

Previous to owning our own settings we both worked with the sector in a number of New Forest settings and have been in the sector for around 15 years.
We are qualified and experienced practitioners ourselves and although we may not directly be managing the settings on a day to day basis we are still very much immersed within the sector. We are extremely proud of the quality of care we offer as well as the reputation we have built up at each of our settings.

Kings Worthy Early Years Centre

I could not be happier with the care my son receives at H.E.Y.C. Gemma, Hannah and their team of staff are outstanding. They are such warm and friendly people and their passion for working with children is obvious. My son settled really easily and thoroughly enjoys his time at the…

Katie Jackson

I moved my son here due to being unhappy with his previous nursery. I had massive reservations about the move as I didn’t want to unsettle him again but it has worked out so well. Everyone at the nursery is fantastic, so kind and welcoming. My son gets to be…

Kirsty Stephenson

I would not trust anyone else with my currently 6 month old. He is always happy to see the girls and happy for me to leave him despite his clinginess elsewhere. All the ladies are so passionate about the care and well being of each individual child and go above…

Chrissie Brighouse

Our Founders


We are extremely lucky to have such driven and likeminded staff, led by our area managerS Eliza Wright and Natasha Brunsdon. Eliza and Tash have been at the forefront of our renovations and expansions and is on hand to really ensure that standards at each centre meet our high expectations. Eliza is an expert is child development and holds a degree in childcare, she ensures that we are not only compliant but ensures we are offering the highest quality care. Tash has the highest standards and has worked her way up from an early years educator, building and developing the very best practice along the way.

Each centre manager has full control of the day to day running of their setting and are able to create unique environments that meet the needs of the local community and the children within their own setting. With their support we have been able to create qualified, nurturing and experienced teams within each of our settings. Our teams are all so passionate and focussed on change and improvements and strive for the best.

As owners we are very much emerged within the sector and support all settings on a daily basis.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website, to make a general enquiry about availability at one of our settings please follow the links for the required setting and complete the enquiry form. A member of the team will then be in touch to answer any questions you may have.

We very much hope that we can work in partnership with you look forward to welcoming you the The Early Years Group Family.

Gemma & Hannah, Owners.