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Brighton Nursery - Preston Park

Welcome to our Outstanding Brighton nursery, located conveniently near Preston Park in Brighton. Providing highly-rated education and care for newborns, babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, you can rest assured that your children are in safe hands with our expert staff.

Ofsted Outstanding

We are delighted that our Brighton nursery was awarded its third consecutive Outstanding rating from Ofsted. Find out why by reading our Ofsted report

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

Convenience For Busy Parents

Our Brighton Pre-School is located a short walk away from both London Road and Preston Park train stations and within minutes of bus routes 5A and 5B so is an especially convenient option for busy commuters.

A Stimulating Environment For Babies and Toddlers

Through songs, rhymes, sensory play, exploration, music and physical play, our younger children are encouraged to develop their co-ordination and cognitive skills, all within a safe, nurturing environment.

Our Pre-School Curriculum

Ana, our dedicated QTS Early Years Teacher, enhances older children’s learning and communication, language and mathematical skills using a variety of techniques to encourage word recognition, creativity and logical thinking that sets the foundation for successful transition to reception school.

Participation in group and social events is also encouraged, including eating and playing together, to further facilitate the transition to school.

Our Award-Winning Catering

Offering vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and no pork meal options, our Brighton 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. 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.

Our Facilities

With seven large, airy rooms for learning and play, we have a number of unique, stimulating facilities for children and dedicated rooms for different age groups including:

  • Imagination Playground: Our nursery in Preston Park, Brighton is one of the only nurseries in the country to have an Imagination Playground, comprising of building blocks that not only stimulate children’s imagination but enhance teamwork, problem solving and physical play.
  • Soft Play Room: 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.
  • Sensory Room: This provides a stimulating environment, with colourful and creative activities, which is especially stimulating for newborns and babies and exciting for the older children.

Additional Classes

Included in our nursery package for all ages are a range of regular fun and educational activities including:

  • Harmonica Lessons
  • Little Kickers
  • Spanish

Our Induction Process

On induction to our setting, the Key person and parents share information about the strengths and needs of their child. 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 to support the child together for more effective 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.

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 with 12 or 24 hours per week over 47 weeks of the year.  There will be 4 weeks of the year when no funding is applied and full fees will be charged.

2 year old funding is applied over 47 weeks – if eligible, please book a visit – places now available.

Our Latest Newsletter

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

Register your Child & Get in Touch

If you’re interested in your child attending any of our Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries, register your child here or contact us today to find out more information.



Meet the Manager

Manager: Serena Willingham

14 Bavant Road, Brighton, BN1 6RD

01273 566673


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, Level 5 in Leadership and Management, and Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness. I also 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.

I have two daughters who keep me very busy in my spare time with their swimming, gymnastics, trampolining and football clubs!


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.

Deputy Manager

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 two more boys in 2018 and 2021!

My favourite activities are dancing and singing.   I also enjoy taking part in messy play with the children—the messier the better!

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