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Who We Are

We are Independent & Locally Run

The first Hopscotch children’s nursery was opened in 1988 in Brighton by local teacher, Barbara Ford, whose vision was to create safe, caring and fun childcare which was affordable for all parents.

Since then the group has developed six day nurseries in the Brighton, Hove and East Sussex area with 180 staff members providing childcare for over 900 families each week. Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries have become synonymous with professionalism, innovation and excellence in childcare.

Hopscotch Annual Awards

Hopscotch Staff Team at recent Presentation Ceremony

The management team, still led with passion and inspiration by Barbara and her Operations Manager, Claire Martin, all live locally and are parents themselves; their children have attended Hopscotch and local schools, and they have a sound knowledge of, and a commitment to, the community.

Hopscotch nurseries are part of their neighbourhood; they have strong links with schools, health professionals, churches, charities, LEAs, colleges and other groups in their area. Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries uses local Sussex businesses and suppliers, for example, for nappies, stationery, equipment, technology, maintenance and consumables.

Barbara, Claire and their team have a passion for quality and excellence and a depth of knowledge and experience which underpin the running and management of Hopscotch, offering children the best possible start in life and giving them the support to fulfil their potential.

What we offer – flexibility and value for money


We have full and part time places for children aged from 0 to 5 years and offer a flexible service. Hopscotch Seaford also provides after-school and holiday care for children under 8. Our fees are excellent value for money and are payable calendar monthly by direct debit, cash, credit or debit card, or bank transfer (see How to Pay in the Fees and Funding Section).

Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries are open from Monday to Friday. We close for Bank Holidays and one week at Christmas. Lunch times are included in a full day or can be added on to a morning or afternoon session. We would also be very happy to discuss your individual requirements.

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