Welcome to Hove – Portland Road Nursery in West Hove – an Outstanding nursery with a warm, nurturing and friendly setting for babies and children from 0-5 years old. Our experienced, graduate led staff are committed to ongoing training and continuous development. We invite you and your child to visit our fabulous nursery today by making a booking on the right. Portland Road is one of our five nurseries in East Sussex.
Our staff engage in continuous training to ensure that are knowledge is always current. Hopscotch follows QuILT (Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching) which was developed for early years settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is designed to encourage early years practitioners to improve quality through information gathering, action planning, implementation, evaluation and moderation. Hopscotch has been awarded many Credits over the years in all areas. We are now working towards QuILT Gold which allows us to show how we are providing an exceptional learning environment.
We have a passionate and long standing team of practitioners, who work in partnership with parents, to create an exciting, fun and educational learning environment. Clare, our Early Years Teacher, and her team offer a variety of challenging, interesting activities, which are led by the children and their unique individual needs. Our learning environment is created by our children, for our children. Children learn through play at their own pace, using the framework of the EYFS curriculum. This allows us to enhance upon the foundation for learning and future development. Our baby room creates a calm, nurturing atmosphere with soft lighting, music, aromas and cosy area. The environment is specially designed to promote babies physical and emotional well being. Encouraging babies to express themselves through messy, sensory and exploratory play, where they are valued and respected. We pride ourselves on our quality of care, using effective communication to work in partnership with parents.
As a team we value learning and believe in nurturing our children’s potential, and achievements. In a safe, clean, healthy environment, we are able to build on children’s self esteem, confidence and sense of self. At the nursery we provide breakfast, organic milk and snacks for the children and we recycle as much as we can. We think it’s important to involve the children in environmental topics and encourage them with activities and discussion.
We have been awarded Outstanding in all areas in 2015. See our latest – Outstanding Ofsted Inspection Report
See our latest Ofsted Inspection Report.
Portland Road has successfully achieved the Brighton & Hove Healthy Choice Award. This has helped them to ensure all foods provided by the nursery are nutritionally well balanced. It has also provided them with a wealth of information to share with our parents and staff ensuring a healthy start for the children in our care. Working together, the joint partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, aims to improve the quality of snacks and meals offered. Specialist nutritionists from the Brighton and Hove City Council Food Partnership provide help and guidance to businesses wishing to achieve a Healthy Choice Award. Only once a full assessment that meals offered are the healthier option and are as low as possible in salt, fat and sugar, is a Healthy Choice Award granted.
Our West Hove nursery has an outside play area, five large, bright and spacious nursery rooms including a large indoor two-level softplay room. Our children love to burn off energy each session climbing the steps, whizzing down the slide into the ballpool, rocking on our giant see-saw or building with our large softblocks. All of our rooms are furnished to a high standard with Community Playthings wooden equipment.
The baby room has a calm, nurturing atmosphere with soft lighting, music, aromas and a cosy area. It also has its own specialist equipment for babies to develop their physical skills when starting to crawl and walk, creating a stimulating environment for our youngest children.
Our older children enjoy our sensory room which is equipped with soft flooring, lights and music and have the opportunities to explore different smells, sounds and textures.
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To celebrate the nurseries diverse learning culture, we celebrate festivals from around the world, inviting families to join us. We regularly visit local parks with our younger children, enjoying nature trails, walks and the natural world. The older children are taken on trips to farms, theatres and other events within our local community; parents are encouraged to volunteer to help.
There are fun dressing up days, parents’ evenings, carol concerts and Christmas and Summer parties.
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) will explain how the individual needs of the children can be met using the IEP planning strategies and targets. Advice will always be taken from professionals and specialist support teams as necessary. The SENDCo works closely with the Key Person, monitoring the IEP targets for your child. They also work with other practitioners to ensure the provision is appropriate and relevant. See our Local Offer for further information.
We are located in West Hove within a convenient 10 minute walk to central Hove and Hove/Aldrington/Portslade railway stations which enables easy transport links to wherever you work. Bus routes to the nursery are 2,2a,25,46,49,49a,93 and 95a.
We have various helpful pages about financial support for parents, the early years funding entitlement and how to pay. You can find out the fees for this nursery here or learn about our terms and conditions.
My name is Rachel Forman. I joined Hopscotch in 2009 and have achieved my NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualification and many courses including Paediatric First Aid. I am passionate about childcare and committed to providing a stimulating and creative environment that is tailored to the individual child. I work in close partnership with my team, outside agencies, parents and carers, allowing me to offer exceptional childcare that creates a positive environment, promoting development and learning. I am currently studying towards my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Hello, my name is Claudia Laingchild and I joined Hopscotch in 2009. My qualification is NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education and I hold certificates in Supporting Positive Behaviour, First Aid and Child Protection.
I enjoy interacting with the babies and children, and exploring messy play activities with them.