Our friendly and professional staff welcome you to visit our Brighton nursery and see for yourself the many fun and educational activities on offer for your child. Preston Park is one of our four nurseries in Brighton & Hove and is ideal for those who live in the local area and commute from Preston Park train station. We are open Monday-Friday, 51 weeks of the year from 7.30am to 6.00pm.
If you are interested in sending your child to our Brighton nursery, please fill out the form to the right to book a visit.
Hopscotch follows QuILT (Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching) which was developed for early year’s settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is designed to encourage early year’s practitioners to improve quality through information gathering, action planning, implementation, evaluation and moderation. Hopscotch Preston Park has been awarded many Credits for childcare over the years in all areas.
Our babies and toddlers enjoy a range of songs, rhymes, sensory play, exploration, music and physical play to develop their co-ordination and cognitive growth.
Clare, our QTS Early Years Teacher, enhances older children’s learning and communication, language and mathematical skills. For example, using Jolly Phonics to develop reading skills, art and craft activities to support creativity, and identifying and sorting colours and shape to understand early mathematical concepts. These early experiences support transition to school.
Weekly peripatetic Spanish lessons also improve the children’s language skills in a fun way.
Welcome to Hopscotch Preston Park – a long established Brighton nursery serving the Preston Park community and awarded Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in 2013.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold Healthy Choice Award by Brighton and Hove City Council. This helps us to ensure all foods provided by the nursery are nutritionally well balanced. It also provides us with a wealth of information to share with our parents and staff ensuring a healthy start for the children in our care.
This award is given by Brighton and Hove Council after passing all three HEY modules which include Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. For each module staff demonstrated how they support each of the subjects within the nursery. Lots of new ideas came from taking this course, such as implementing a rolling snack menu, creating a ‘yoga pose’ book for the older children and introducing our ‘show and tell’ home box.
We have four main rooms; all are large and spacious with a light and airy atmosphere. Our babies have their own room, providing a safe and stable environment for them to play and develop with their own equipment and toys. They participate in messy play which they love, with stories, signing and lots of cuddles.
At Preston Park we are very excited to have a large Imagination Playground room, one of the only nurseries in the country to have one. These building blocks not only stimulate children’s imagination but enhance team work, problem solving and physical play. This room is also the perfect space for our Spanish lessons, Yoga, Music and Movement and Baby Massage. We have a fantastic soft-room where children enjoy climbing the soft steps and sliding into the ball pool and benefit from the opportunity to bounce around and let off steam. It challenges and encourages their physical development and provides opportunities to socialise with their friends. Our sensory room provides a stimulating environment, with colourful and creative activities.
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Our children enjoy a stimulating variety of activities throughout the day in our large playroom with a cosy book area, role play area, ICT and construction areas. There are a variety of floor and table top toys too, plus daily group times which include dancing, singing and story times. Our messy room is lots of fun – we do all sorts of themes and topics in creative play using many types of materials and textures. We have an exciting garden with large physical equipment, outdoor music area, planting area and a large abacus. At Preston Park we use Makaton, which is a unique language programme using signs and symbols to help teach communication and language.
We love organising fundraising events as this means lots of dressing up days and fun activities for the children and staff; we also enjoy celebrating different festivals such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Hanukkah. Our children and parents are involved in fundraising days which raise many thousands of pounds for charities over the years. There are many interesting visitors to our nursery including farm animals and wriggly roadshow, and the emergency services, dentist and doctor who all talk to the children about what they do and how they help us. These visits are always a hit with the children.
On induction to our setting the Key person and parents share information about the strengths and needs of their child. The parents have the opportunity to accompany their child on a visit to help settle them and develop a relationship with the Key Person. The child will always be at the heart of what we do. We work with the parents and support the child together for more effective quality of care.
When additional support is identified for the child’s development, he/she will be given an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is reviewed every six weeks. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning strategies and targets using the IEP and the advice of a specialist support team and other professionals involved in their support. The Key Person will work with the SENDCo to oversee the IEP targets for your child. They will also work with other practitioners to ensure provision is relevant and appropriate, and seek support when needed. For more information please see our Local Offer in full.
Conveniently located near the A23 (main route into Brighton) for easy access to the town centre and London Road/Preston Park railway stations; the local bus routes are 5a and 5b.
My name is Serena Willingham and I am the Nursery Manager. I have worked in childcare since 2003 and at Hopscotch since 2006. I hold the NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and I have certificates in paediatric first aid, health and safety, fire safety, SENDCo, food safety, safeguarding and Makaton training.
My favourite nursery activities are anything messy or creative and I also enjoy planning outings for the children, especially to the farm or theatre.
My name is Jade Caffrey and I joined Hopscotch in 2006. I qualified with my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education and hold First Aid and Food Hygiene certificates. I am SENDCo trained and have attended many other courses including Makaton and Promoting Positive Behaviour.
I had my own little boy in 2013 and love being a mum. My favourite activities are dancing and singing. I also enjoy taking part in messy play with the children—the messier the better!