About Us

Timeline 1988

Where we began

Established by local teacher Barbara Ford in 1988, Hopscotch remains an independent family run business with over 35 years of childcare experience.

At the time Barbara had noticed there was not enough good childcare available for working parents like herself. As a teacher, she knew and understood the importance of education for children in their early years.

The first Hopscotch opened on Ditchling Road in 1988 with just 12 places and we have grown to six settings with four Ofsted-rated Outstanding nurseries and two Ofsted-rated Good nurseries located across East Sussex.

We provide first-class childcare at family friendly prices. All of our nurseries cater for 0-5-year-olds and include preschools which set an excellent foundation for the transition to school.

Who we are

We are an independent and family run business with over 35 years experience providing childcare to the families of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. Our priority is to help unlock your child’s potential and help them become confident, accomplished and happy individuals. Our holistic approach to childcare nurtures their academic, social and emotional needs to ensure they develop the skills which will set them on the right course, both at school and in later life.

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Hopscotch Time line

Timeline 1988

Sept 1988

Hopscotch founded by local teacher Barbara Watson. Hopscotch Ditchling Road opened with 12 nursery places. 

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Hopscotch Vardean College opened (since closed)

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Hopscotch Peacehaven opened

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Hopscotch Preston Park opened - the largest Hopscotch to date!

Hopscotch Seaford


Hopscotch Seaford opened - our second nursery outside of Brighton & Hove

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Hopscotch Seven Dials opened, conveniently located opposite St Ann's Wells Gardens

Peacehaven sponsored walk 2014


Hopscotch reaches the milestone of employing 100 permanent employees

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Hopscotch celebrates it's 20th birthday as Barbara and her team continue to grow

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Hopscotch changed our logo

Nizells Avenue Outstanding announcement


Hopscotch Seven Dials and Hopscotch Preston Park are both awarded Outstanding by Ofsted

Timeline 2016


Hopscotch Hove Station opened in the centre of Hove and minutes away from Hove Station

Timeline 2015


Hopscotch Preston Park expanded to two floors and 30 extra spaces and Peacehaven expanded to provide an extra 21 spaces

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Hopscotch reaches the milestone of employing 150 permanent members of staff! 

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Phil joins Hopscotch as Managing Director as Barbara retires after 30 years in charge

Timeline 2018


Hopscotch reaches almost 100% occupancy across its six nurseries!

Timeline 2020


COVID-19 strikes and normal nursery routines are disrupted with Hopscotch remaining open only to children of key workers

Preston Park outstanding


Hopscotch Preston Park is awarded its 4th consecutive Outstanding judgement, and this makes 3 Outstandings in 12 months for Hopscotch! 

It has to be Hopscotch!

We value a learning environment which is calm, structured and family-orientated and with the aim of delivering excellence in childcare.

Great Staff

We employ over 180 professional and experienced staff members, including a qualified Early Years Teacher at every nursery.

Fun Environment

We stimulate wonder and awe in unique surroundings such as our imagination playgrounds, soft play, sensory rooms and carefully designed garden spaces.

Imagination Time

We offer structured and rewarding arts and crafts activities in our creative studios, messy areas, imagination playgrounds and sensory rooms.


We encourage physical activities indoors and outdoors, either in our gardens or our soft play areas, for fitness and fun on a daily basis.

Out & About

We organise regular outings for all ages which provide children with valuable life experiences such as the beach, library, museums, parks and shops.

Healthy Food Choices

We serve hot meals made from scratch by a trusted local supplier as well as providing a diverse range of healthy snacks and organic milk.

Join the Hopscotch team!

Have you ever been interested in a career in childcare or do you already have experience in the early years sector? Come and join our passionate, committed and diverse teams - read more about our current opportunities and apply.

Current vacancies
Hopscotch children's nurseries pre school 4

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