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Our Nursery

Welcome to Hopscotch Seaford our nursery for babies and children 0-8 years. Our friendly and professional, graduate led staff welcome you to visit our nursery and see for yourself the many fun and educational activities on offer for your child. Our light and airy rooms are decorated with bright murals and wall displays. Hopscotch Seaford is one of our two nurseries in East Sussex.

Learning & Education

Our older children enjoy a stimulating variety of childcare activities throughout the day in our four large and spacious rooms. We offer a variety of interesting themes and topics in creative play using many types of materials and textures in our messy room including art and craft, sand and water, painting, gluing, sticking, junk modelling and lots more.

There are a variety of creative and exploratory activities in our messy room including sand and water play, arts and crafts, play dough and clay, and cooking such as making our own bread. All activities are centred around the Early Years Foundation Stage to help children learn through play.

Our Gruffalo room and classroom provide excellent role play areas in which the children can really explore their imagination. There is also a children’s computer with a variety of learning games. There are plenty of opportunities for the children to write and draw, enabling them to develop their fine motor skills.

Both rooms offer maths, construction and natural treasure basket materials from which the children are encouraged to choose for themselves. Staff encourage and support children for example by taking turns and sharing resources. These early experiences prepare children and support transition to school.

Weekly peripatetic Spanish lessons give children the opportunity to learn a new language in a fun way.

Ofsted Report

See our latest Ofsted Inspection Report.

Our Play Equipment & Facilities

Babies and children under 2 years have their own rooms providing a safe and stable environment for them to play and develop with their own equipment and age-appropriate toys. They have their own nappy changing room and coat/bag storage area. There is a peaceful but stimulating atmosphere for babies to grow and discover new skills. Our babies also have a space discovery room which helps improve their sensory awareness; they participate in messy play which they love, with stories, singing and lots of cuddles.

For older children, the Gruffalo room and classroom provide a fun and stimulating learning environment with areas for imaginary and role play, reading and writing, maths and problem solving and construction, enabling children to develop at their own rate. The children also have access to our space discovery room which helps improve their sensory awareness. All of our rooms are furnished to a high standard with Community Playthings wooden equipment.

At Seaford we are very excited to have a fantastic softroom in our nursery. Our 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.

Hopscotch Seaford has a large, secure, outdoor area for the children to explore the many learning opportunities. Areas include climbing frames, large sand pit, teepee, tunnel, large wooden gazebo, role play and physical play on bikes and scooters with lots of room to run around.

We also offer a Kids Club school holiday scheme for children up to the age of 8 years old.

Activities & Events with the Children

We love organising fundraising events as this means lots of dressing up days and fun activities for the children and staff. There are many interesting visitors to our nursery including farm animals, 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. Our children’s Christmas Concert in our local church is a festive tradition and is always very popular with parents.

We have outings to the park, library and beach and also the local French Market, which introduces the children to different sights, sounds and tastes. The older children also have trips to the Zoo, Farm and the Pantomime, where parents can come along too and join in the fun!

Upcoming Events for Jan - Mar 2016

15th Feb

Valentines Week...

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Mask Week

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29th Feb

Mother's D...

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World Book Week...

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07th Mar

Dinosaur Week

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14th Mar

Hand and Foot W...

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18th Mar

Sports Relief

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21st Mar

Easter Week

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24th Mar

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28th Mar

Spring Week

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The children’s individual needs are met by our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator by planning strategies and targets using IEP’s and advice from professionals involved in the child’s care and a specialist support team. 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.

Where to find us?

Hopscotch Seaford Nursery is situated in the heart of the community in the centre of town , close to the A259, Seaford railway station and bus routes to Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne.

Fees & Funding

Find our fees and read our terms and conditions here. Our Fees and Funding page has helpful information regarding financial support for parents.

Register your Child & Get in Touch

Register your child here or if you have any other queries contact us here.

Meet the Manager

Manager: Gemma Middleton

My name is Gemma Middleton and I am the Nursery Manager. I have worked for Hopscotch since 1997 and have been a manager since 1999. My qualifications include NVQ level 4 in Childcare and Education, the BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing and I hold certificates in Leadership & Management, Advanced Child Protection First Aid, Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Makaton, Food & Nutrition, SENCo, Fire Warden and Epipen. My EYFS training includes Welfare Requirements, Principles and Observation & Planning.

Deputy Manager

Lorna Hatcher

My name is Lorna Hatcher and I am the Deputy Manager. I joined Hopscotch in 2015. I have NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education, and also certificates in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene and Child Development.My favourite activities with the children are messy play, outdoor play and reading stories.

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