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Hove Nursery - Nizells Avenue

Our Nursery

Welcome to Nizells Avenue day nursery in Hove – truly a home from home for your child. Our dedicated, professional staff are waiting to welcome you and your child, so please come and have a look around Hopscotch Nizells Avenue today by booking a visit on the right. Nizells Avenue is one of our three nurseries in Brighton and Hove.  We also have an Outstanding Nursery in West Hove, which too has excellent transport links and is within walking distance of Aldrington train station.

Early Years Learning & Education

Hopscotch follows QuILT (Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching) which was developed for early years settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

It is designed to encourage early years practitioners to improve quality through information gathering, action planning, implementation, evaluation and moderation. Hopscotch Nizells Avenue Hove Nursery has been awarded many Credits over the years in all areas.

Our Early Years Teacher, Alice, focuses on learning through phonics and sounds to develop reading skills.

We also promote healthy eating and exercise in a positive way using vegetables from the nursery garden and art and craft activities.
Alice is keen to build on partnerships with parents and families to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem. Key Persons support children to build their relationships with each other, working together and respecting each other’s ideas and opinions.

Pre-School Curriculum

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

We include activities which encourage communication and literacy, including a focus on reading stories and poems, linking sounds and letters, the creation of songs and rhymes, and recognition of names, numbers and common words. We also offer opportunities for numerical and problem solving, counting, sorting and mathematical language.

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

Weekly peripatetic Spanish lessons improve the children’s language skills in a fun way, and encourage language learning from a young age.

If you would like to learn more, please contact us, or browse through our pre-school curriculum.

Ofsted Reports

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

Healthy Choice Award

Brighton and Hove Council has awarded our Nizells Avenue in Hove the Healthy Choice Award. This has helped them to ensure all foods provided by the nursery are nutritionally well balanced. It has also provided them with a wealth of information to share with our parents and staff ensuring a healthy start for the children in our care. Working together, the joint partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, aims to improve the quality of snacks and meals offered. Specialist nutritionists from the Brighton and Hove City Council Food Partnership provide help and guidance to businesses wishing to achieve a Healthy Choice Award. Only once a full assessment that meals offered are the healthier option and are as low as possible in salt, fat and sugar, is a Healthy Choice Award granted.

Our Play Equipment & Facilities

The nursery is warm, comfortable and inviting, with soft carpets, colourful environments and cosy corners in each group. Smaller babies enjoy their own sensory corners, whilst older children have a dedicated sensory room with moving lights, natural sounds, tented ceilings, sensory toys, warm cushions and the experience of stories, poetry and music from all genres. 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 areas for planting seeds and growing our own organic vegetables. Our garden has something for every child including quiet and shady areas. We also have an annual visit from a mobile farm with pigs, sheep, goats and horses. There is also an exciting two-level softroom at the nursery with a ball pool and slides – this is perfect for energetic kids who need to let off steam and bounce around.

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.

Where to find us?

We are located opposite St Ann’s Well Gardens and Play park, a convenient 10 minute walk to the town centre or Brighton railway station which enables easy transport links to wherever you work. Bus routes to the nursery are 7 and 50.

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 have various helpful pages about financial support for parents and fees and funding. Find out here the fees for this nursery or learn about our terms and conditions 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 two Outstanding Ofsted Awards in 2009 and 2013.

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: Louise Yates

Hello my name is Louise Yates and I am the Deputy Manager. I joined Hopscotch in 2007 and have a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

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