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Brighton Nursery - Preston Park

Our Nursery

Our friendly and professional staff welcome you to visit our Outstanding Brighton nursery and see for yourself the many fun and educational activities on offer for your child. Preston Park is one of our four nurseries in Brighton & Hove and is ideal for those who live in the local area and commute from Preston Park train station. We are open Monday-Friday, 51 weeks of the year from 7.30am to 6.00pm.

If you are interested in sending your child to our Brighton nursery, please fill out the form to the right to book a visit.

Early Years Learning and 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 Preston Park has been awarded many Credits for childcare over the years in all areas.

Our babies and toddlers enjoy a range of songs, rhymes, sensory play, exploration, music and physical play to develop their co-ordination and cognitive growth.

Pre-School Curriculum

Clare, our dedicated QTS Early Years Teacher, enhances older children’s learning and communication, language and mathematical skills. For example, using Jolly Phonics to develop reading skills and recognition of common words, art and craft activities to support creativity, and identifying and sorting colours and shape to understand early mathematical concepts. These early experiences support transition from pre-school to school.

We encourage our pre-school children to participate in group activities and social events, including eating and playing together, to ensure a smooth transition from nursery to school. Offering opportunities for imaginative play to bring your child’s inner-creativity to life.

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

Welcome to Hopscotch Preston Park – a long established Brighton nursery serving the Preston Park community and awarded Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in 2013 and 2015. See our latest Outstanding Ofsted report

Healthy Choice Awards

We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold Healthy Choice Award by Brighton and Hove City Council. This helps us to ensure all foods provided by the nursery are nutritionally well balanced. It also provides us with a wealth of information to share with our parents and staff ensuring a healthy start for the children in our care.

Our Play Equipment & Facilities

We have four main rooms; all are large and spacious with a light and airy atmosphere. Our babies have their own room, providing a safe and stable environment for them to play and develop with their own equipment and toys. They participate in messy play which they love, with stories, signing and lots of cuddles.

At Preston Park we are very excited to have a large Imagination Playground room, one of the only nurseries in the country to have one. These building blocks not only stimulate children’s imagination but enhance team work, problem solving and physical play. This room is also the perfect space for our Spanish lessons, Yoga, Music and Movement and Baby Massage. We have a fantastic soft-room where children enjoy climbing the soft steps and sliding into the ball pool and benefit from the opportunity to bounce around and let off steam. It challenges and encourages their physical development and provides opportunities to socialise with their friends.  Our sensory room provides a stimulating environment, with colourful and creative activities.

Our Induction Process

On induction to our setting the Key person and parents share information about the strengths and needs of their child. The parents have the opportunity to accompany their child on a visit to help settle them and develop a relationship with the Key Person. The child will always be at the heart of what we do. We work with the parents and support the child together for more effective quality of care.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

When additional support is identified for the child’s development, he/she will be given an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is reviewed every six weeks. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning strategies and targets using the IEP and the advice of a specialist support team and other professionals involved in their support. The Key Person will work with the SENDCo to oversee the IEP targets for your child. They will also work with other practitioners to ensure provision is relevant and appropriate, and seek support when needed. For more information please see our Local Offer in full.

Where to find us?

Conveniently located near the A23 (main route into Brighton) for easy access to the town centre and London Road/Preston Park railway stations; the local bus routes are 5a and 5b.

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.

The 3/4 year old funding is applied for a maximum of 12 hours per week over 47.5 weeks of the year, totalling the 570 hours per year maximum. There will be 3.5 weeks of the year when no funding is applied and full fees will be charged.
2 year old funding is applied over the whole year – if eligible, please book a visit – places now available.

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: Serena Willingham

My name is Serena Willingham and I am the Nursery Manager. I have worked in childcare since 2003 and at Hopscotch since 2006. I hold the NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and I have certificates in paediatric first aid, health and safety, fire safety, SENDCo, food safety, safeguarding and Makaton training.

My favourite nursery activities are anything messy or creative and I also enjoy planning outings for the children, especially to the farm or theatre.

Deputy Manager

Jade Caffrey

Deputy Manager: Jade Mallet

My name is Jade Mallet and I joined Hopscotch in 2006. I qualified with my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education and hold First Aid and Food Hygiene certificates. I am SENDCo trained and have attended many other courses including Makaton and Promoting Positive Behaviour.

I had my own little boy in 2013 and loved being a mum so much that I had another little boy in 2018.  My favourite activities are dancing and singing.   I also enjoy taking part in messy play with the children—the messier the better!

Deputy Manager

Deputy Manager: Kara Wood

My name is Kara Wood and I joined Hopscotch in 2014. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and an Honours Degree in Primary Education. I also hold certificates in Paediatric First Aid, SENDCo and Safeguarding.

My favourite nursery activities are group time, including singing, reading stories and fun group games! I also enjoy creating new ideas for our creative play areas.

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