Hove - Nizells Avenue Nursery

Nursery Virtual Tour

Welcome to Hopscotch Nizells Avenue in Hove, providing quality full day childcare for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0-5.

Nizells Avenue is one of our three Outstanding Hove nurseries, including our  nursery in West Hove, near Aldrington train station and Hove Station nursery.

We are now open for out of hours nursery visits! Please use the Book a Visit form to arrange your visit to the nursery

A Home From Home Environment

Our nursery is warm, comfortable and inviting, with soft carpets, colourful environments and cosy corners for each age group. We have a glow in the dark sensory rainforest room with massage rollers, cushions for relaxation, and calming activities.

There is also an exciting two-level softroom at the nursery with a ball pool and slides – perfect for energetic children who need to let off steam and bounce around.

A Cosy Garden Near the Centre of Brighton

Our large garden hosts many of our activities such as role play, construction, creative and messy play. It has a large digging area and two zones for planting seeds and growing our own organic vegetables. Our garden has something for every child including calm and shady areas.

Preschool Curriculum

As our children grow and approach preschool age, there is a more structured approach to their learning and development, with a larger emphasis on learning through focused activities.

We include the following activities which encourage communication and literacy:

  • A focus on reading stories and poems
  • Linking sounds and letters
  • The creation of songs and rhymes
  • Recognition of names, numbers and common words.

We also offer opportunities for numerical and problem solving, counting, sorting and mathematical language.

Managing Your Child’s Transition to School

For a smooth transition from preschool to school, we encourage our children to participate in group activities and social events, including eating and playing together, and using imaginative play to enhance your child’s inner creativity and confidence.

If you would like to learn more about our preschool curriculum, please contact us or book a visit to meet the team.

Ofsted Reports

We are very proud to have been awarded Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in 2009, 2013, 2015 and again in 2019. See our latest Outstanding Inspection Report.

Award Winning Catering

Offering vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and no pork meal options, our Nizells Avenue nursery offers Little Tums Hot Lunches and Hot Teas. Little Tums 3 week menu has been awarded a Gold Healthy Choice Award by Brighton and Hove City Council. This helps us ensure all foods provided by the nursery are nutritionally well-balanced, healthy and as low as possible in salt, fat and sugar. It also provides us with a wealth of information to share with our parents, carers and staff ensuring a healthy start for the children in our care.


We also promote healthy eating and exercise in a positive way using vegetables from the nursery garden and art and craft activities and also by participating in the run a mile initiative.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The nursery Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) explains how children’s individual needs can be met by planning strategies and targets using the IEP. She will also take the advice of a specialist support team and other professionals, as necessary. The SENDCo works with the Key Person to monitor IEP targets for your child. In addition, they work with other practitioners to ensure the provision is relevant and appropriate. For more information on our Local Offer, click here.

The Ideal Location Between Brighton & Hove

Located at the edge of Hove, our Nizells Avenue is perfect if you’re looking for a nursery near Seven Dials. It’s also one of the closest nurseries to Brighton Station and just 10 minutes from the town centre.

Bus routes to the nursery are 7 and 50 and we are opposite the popular St Ann’s Well Gardens and Play park.

We have a dedicated parking forecourt for parents to drop off and pick up, and also a buggy and cycle park. Our location enables parents to meet in the park before or after nursery and many have met friends through Hopscotch and their children.

Fees & Funding

We work hard to provide the very best possible care for your children at a competitive and fair price. You can find out the fees for this nursery here or learn about our terms and conditions.

We have various helpful pages about financial support for parents, the early years funding entitlement and how to pay.

Our Latest Newsletter

To see what we have been up to at nursery recently, please find a copy of our Spring 2022 newsletter here.

Register your Child & Get in Touch

If you’re interested in sending your child to our nursery, register your child here or contact us today to find out more information.

Meet the Manager

Manager: Vanessa Laing

I joined Hopscotch in 2002 and have been the Nursery Manager since 2005. I am a qualified Early Years Teacher and also hold degrees in both Business Studies and Professional Studies in Learning and Development. My team and I have achieved four Outstanding Ofsted Awards in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019.

Hopscotch changed my own career pathway entirely when my son started attending and as a parent, I realised that I wanted to work in childcare. I was supported by Hopscotch to work my way up from Junior, to Room Leader, Deputy Manager to Manager and now Manager/Teacher.

As an outdoorsy type of person I really enjoy developing the vegetable area in our large garden and supporting the children in learning about the natural world. I still have lots of plans for the nursery and thrive in the environment as I am given the opportunity to be creative in my own way.


Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager: Sophie Tomlin

My name is Sophie and I joined Hopscotch in 2018. I hold a Level 3 Qualification in Childcare and Education and Health and Social Care.

I love planning and taking part in creative activities at nursery, particularly song and story time with the baby group. I also enjoy getting super messy during creative play time.

Outside of nursery, I love having family picnics and barbeques, having fun with all my nieces and nephews. I also enjoy helping out on my sister’s farm

Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager: Stacey Cornford

My name is Stacey and I joined Hopscotch in 2005. I hold a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development for 0-16 year olds.

I have also hold certificates in Special Educational Needs, Speech and Language Development, Managing Behaviour and Safeguarding. I am also a 1:1 worker for children with additional needs.

I particularly enjoy creating a range of exciting messy creative play opportunities for the children to explore using their senses, including paint, cornflour, jelly and playdough.

Outside of nursery I have my own two children and we spend lots of time together outdoors in our garden.

Book a visit

Book a visit

We will be in touch to arrange a time for your visit, out of nursery hours.

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