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Hove – Portland Road

Our West Hove Nursery

Welcome to our friendly nursery in West Hove. Conveniently located between Aldrington, Poets’ Corner and Portslade, our Outstanding-rated nursery offers a warm and nurturing setting for babies and children from 0-5 years old.

Our experienced, graduate-led staff are committed to continuous development, ensuring thoughtful and consistent care for your little ones, while our facilities include a huge two-level soft play room that the children just love.

See for yourself and meet the team using our simple Book a visit form

An Exceptional Learning Environment

We have a passionate and long-standing team of practitioners, who work in partnership with parents to create an exciting, fun and educational learning environment. Working together, our learning environment is created by our children, for our children.

Using the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, children at our West Hove nursery learn through play at their own pace. This allows us to enhance upon the foundation for learning and future development.

Committed to Excellence

As a team, we value learning and believe in nurturing our children’s potential and achievements. In a safe, clean, healthy environment, we are able to build on children’s self-esteem, confidence and sense of self.

Our staff engage in continuous training to ensure that our knowledge is always current. We follow Brighton’s QuILT (Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching) programme, which encourages early years practitioners to improve quality through information gathering, action planning, implementation, evaluation and moderation.

Hopscotch has been awarded many QuiLT Credits over the years in all areas, including 3 Gold QuiLT awards providing further recognition of our exceptional learning environment.

Learning & Education

Our staff engage in continuous training to ensure that are knowledge is always current.  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 has been awarded many Credits over the years in all areas. We are now working towards QuILT Gold which allows us to show how we are providing an exceptional learning environment.

We have a passionate and long standing team of practitioners, who work in partnership with parents, to create an exciting, fun and educational learning environment. Clare, our Early Years Teacher, and her team offer a variety of challenging, interesting activities, which are led by the children and their unique individual needs. Our learning environment is created by our children, for our children. Children learn through play at their own pace, using the framework of the EYFS curriculum. This allows us to enhance upon the foundation for learning and future development. Our baby room creates a calm, nurturing atmosphere with soft lighting, music, aromas and cosy area. The environment is specially designed to promote babies physical and emotional well being. Encouraging babies to express themselves through messy, sensory and exploratory play, where they are valued and respected. We pride ourselves on our quality of care, using effective communication to work in partnership with parents.

As a team we value learning and believe in nurturing our children’s potential, and achievements. In a safe, clean, healthy environment, we are able to build on children’s self esteem, confidence and sense of self.  At the nursery we provide breakfast, organic milk and snacks for the children and we recycle as much as we can. We think it’s important to involve the children in environmental topics and encourage them with activities and discussion.

Ofsted Rated Outstanding

We have been awarded Outstanding in all areas in 2015. See our latest  – Outstanding Ofsted Inspection Report

Healthy Choice Award

We are dedicated to providing healthy food and drink for children – and all of our nurseries have been awarded the Brighton & Hove Healthy Choice Award or a national Outstanding Food Award.

Our Portland Road nursery has successfully achieved the Healthy Choice Award, so you can have peace of mind when choosing a nursery in Portslade or Hove that all the food we provide is nutritionally well-balanced. The award is provided by specialist nutritionists who carry out a full assessment to ensure that all meals offered are the healthier option and are as low as possible in salt, fat and sugar.

Healthy Meals for Every Child

We cater for a range of diets and intolerances, while also offering parents who decide to provide their own snacks or food with free healthy eating guidance.

Our Play Equipment & Facilities

Our West Hove nursery has an outside play area, five large, bright and spacious nursery rooms including a large indoor two-level softplay room. Our children love to burn off energy each session climbing the steps, whizzing down the slide into the ballpool, rocking on our giant see-saw or building with our large softblocks. All of our rooms are furnished to a high standard with Community Playthings wooden equipment.

The baby room has a calm, nurturing atmosphere with soft lighting, music, aromas and a cosy area. It also has its own specialist equipment for babies to develop their physical skills when starting to crawl and walk, creating a stimulating environment for our youngest children.

Our older children enjoy our sensory room which is equipped with soft flooring, lights and music and have the opportunities to explore different smells, sounds and textures.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) will explain how the individual needs of the children can be met using the IEP planning strategies and targets. Advice will always be taken from professionals and specialist support teams as necessary. The SENDCo works closely with the Key Person, monitoring the IEP targets for your child. They also work with other practitioners to ensure the provision is appropriate and relevant. See our Local Offer for further information.

Finding Our West Hove Nursery

We are located on Portland Road in West Hove within a convenient 10-minute walk to Hove, Aldrington or Portslade railway stations which enables easy transport links to wherever you work. Bus routes to the nursery are 2, 2a, 25, 46, 49, 49a, 93 and 95a.

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.

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

Rachel Forman

Manager: Rachel Forman

My name is Rachel Forman.  I joined Hopscotch in 2009 and have achieved my NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development qualification and many courses including Paediatric First Aid. I am passionate about childcare and committed to providing a stimulating and creative environment that is tailored to the individual child. I work in close partnership with my team, outside agencies, parents and carers, allowing me to offer exceptional childcare that creates a positive environment, promoting development and learning. I am currently studying towards my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Deputy Manager

Claudia Langchild

Deputy Manager: Claudia Langchild

Hello, my name is Claudia Laingchild and I joined Hopscotch in 2009. My qualification is NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education and I hold certificates in Supporting Positive Behaviour, First Aid and Child Protection.
I enjoy interacting with the babies and children, and exploring messy play activities with them.

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