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The Elizabeth Foundation for preschool deaf children

We provide family support and Ofsted 'Outstanding' educational services for babies, toddlers and preschoolers who are deaf at our purpose-built family centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire.  We also offer regular sessions for children with unaided hearing loss, and for children with additional and/or more complex needs and deafness.  For families who are unable to travel to our family centre on a regular basis, we provide support through our innovative Let's Listen and Talk online education programme -     

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Hughes
Contact Position
02392 372735 02392 372735
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Where to go

The Elizabeth Foundation
The Elizabeth Foundation
Southwick Hill Road


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We are located on the grounds of Queen Alexandra Hospital, but are not in or a part of the hospital.  If you come in the East entrance of the hospital off Southwick Hill Road, turn left, bare left and we are at the end of the road on the right.  We have free parking in our allocated carpark.


Our Baby Group services are free of charge; our Toddler Group fees are £6 per session; our Preschool sessions are £12 per session and our Listening Groups are £5 per session; our online programme is free at this time.


Referral Details

There is no referral process - parents just need to contact the family centre at the details supplied.

Other notes

Within the nursery setting The Elizabeth Foundation provides a multi-sensory oral / aural approach. The Elizabeth Foundation works hard to engage all of the children’s senses with our learning activities helping them to develop their listening, language, speech and communication skills. Many of our families are also learning sign language outside of the programme. The Elizabeth Foundation's approach naturally complements the use of sign and spoken language.

Children attending the Elizabeth Foundation nurseries may have additional needs over and above their deafness. The Elizabeth Foundation strives to be fully inclusive. All families visit the setting to learn about the charity and it's services and to ensure it is the best possible learning environment to meet their child's needs.

Families attending the family centre come from both the Portsmouth area and further away including Surrey, Dorset, West Sussex and London. 


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Last Updated: 13 October 2023

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