Celebrating 25 years of Hopscotch Children’s Nurseries in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:02 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 August 2013
The first Hopscotch Nursery was opened in September 1988, by local teacher, Barbara Ford. It had places for twelve children on the ground floor of a house in Ditchling Road, Brighton.
It is difficult to believe now that from the small beginnings of four staff, Hopscotch has become a very strong team of 140 highly professional people who are all passionate about their role.
Barbara’s vision has always been to provide safe, caring and fun childcare which is affordable for all parents. Hopscotch Nurseries now cares for children for around 600 families each week and has become synonymous with professionalism, innovation and excellence in childcare.
The Hopscotch team have a passion for quality and excellence and a depth of knowledge and experience which underpin the running and management of Hopscotch, offering children the best possible start in life and giving them the support to fulfil their potential.
In 1990, Barbara was approached by Varndean VI Form College and later by Brighton College of Technology, to set up workplace nurseries for their staff and students. However, later in the 90s, Hopscotch became independent by opening Peacehaven in 1993, transferring BCT to Preston Park in 1996 and opening Portland Road in 1997. Seaford followed in 2001 and Nizells Avenue in 2002.
Hopscotch has always been at the forefront of innovation and initiative. For example, Hopscotch was one of the first nurseries to offer peripatetic lessons in French,Yoga, Dance and Spanish, to have computers,soft-play and sensory rooms for children in the nursery, to create a website and show a fly-on-the-wall DVD film for parents.
Hopscotch is now a group of premier nurseries with highly qualified practitioners, Early Years Teachers, Early Years Professionals and graduates in every nursery. Young babies are cared for by specialist baby professionals in high quality baby rooms furnished with the very latest equipment. The curriculum for older children includes learning areas such as drama, ballet, sports and music with regular performances for parents. Environmental campaigns such as “Bring back the Bees” help children learn about the world around them. Peripatetic language lessons are an enjoyable addition to the weekly syllabus and children’s holistic well-being and inclusion is fostered by a multicultural and bi-lingual staff team and plentiful resources.
Although, on the outside, nursery care has changed so much in the past twenty five years, on the inside, at the heart of Hopscotch, there has always been a love and passion to educate and care for young children.
• For more information about Hopscotch, visit www.hopscotch.uk.com