Bright Start Nursery

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Choose Bright Start Nursery for your child

About us

At Bright Start, our aim is to provide a high quality, inclusive, and safe learning environment.  We believe that children learn best through playing and doing. The wellbeing and happiness of each child is of utmost importance to us.  We work in partnership with parents to ensure there is a holistic approach to their children’s learning. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly welcome and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We work with a diverse cohort of families and children, and our staff team is committed to providing high quality play and learning experiences to all.

We are a full day care nursery for children aged from 3 months to 5 years.

Our environment 

Our nursery is is separated into two environments; the Explorers and Adventurers. Both learning environments are designed to help children feel secure and stimulated and to support their learning. With a range of quality educational toys and resources, children can make choices independently and initiate their own learning or take part in stimulating activities, with support and guidance of our staff. We are a busy nursery and pride ourselves on offering a personal family feel.

Explorers is for children aged 3 months to 2.5 years. Children of this age share a room, with an adult child ratio of 1:3 for under 2s and 1:4 for over 2’s. Children are encouraged to access all areas of the room, including messy and creative play, physical activities, story areas, and a safe cosy space for younger babies play. The room benefits from a separate sleep space.

Adventurers is for children aged 2.5 years to 5 years. This environment consists of 4 separate rooms. The main play space gives children opportunities for table-top play, access to a role play area and a cosy book corner. We have a dedicated art room in which children enjoy sand and water play, as well as letting their imaginations run wild. Then there is our Tigers room, with loose parts and construction play, designed to appeal to our two year olds. Our final room is called the Elephants room, it is our sleeping space and we also use it for small group work.

Our outside area is surprisingly spacious for a city centre location. Children from both the Explorers and Adventurers have time each day to go outside and be active, come rain or shine. The space includes a bike track, sandpit, mud kitchen and a tunnel. Trees and abundantly planted borders mean that the space has a lush and natural feel. An awning provides sufficient shade on sunny days. 

Our staff 

All staff are either qualified or are working toward their level 3 qualification via the council’s apprenticeship scheme. We operate a ‘key-person’ approach where each child and family has a dedicated worker supporting them with all aspects of their settling, their development and their transitions. All children also have a 2nd key person, who can support them if their key person is absent. We have an Early Years teacher who supports all of the learning across the whole setting. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

We cater for children with a wide variety of additional needs and differing abilities. We are inclusive and passionate about all children that we care for. We have a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) and many staff are experienced in caring for children with additional needs. 


At Bright Start Nursery, all families are welcome. Half of our children speak one or more languages and we celebrate this by encouraging and welcoming families to share stories and songs in their home languages. We access services such as EMAS (ethnic minority achievement service) to support us with some children if needed. 


Bright Start nursery provides healthy snacks and a breakfast that consists of healthy cereal and toast. Cow’s milk and water are provided at snack and breakfast times. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. Parents are asked to supply either a pack lunch, or a meal to be reheated at midday. At 4pm children have the option of bringing in a cold packed meal, or paying for a nursery tea, which is cooked with fresh produce on site daily. 

Flexible, emergency and occasional care 

Ad-hoc sessions may be booked subject to availability for children already attending the nursery. We will consider each request for occasional or emergency childcare on an individual basis, subject to availability.

Transport options 

Bright Start Nursery can be accessed on all major bus routes, with the closest stops being the Old Steine, North Street and Gloucester Place. Parking is limited, but families can use the car park of the Prince Regent Swimming Pool to pick-up and drop-off. Brighton Train station is a 5-10 minute walk away.

Opening Times

We are open 51 weeks of the year

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00

Funded places, session times and fees 

There are now more ways than ever to reduce your childcare costs.  You can benefit from a wide range of funding options depending on your circumstances and the age of your children.  To find out more visit: Childcare Choices website

We welcome children with funded places including all 3 and 4 year olds.  Two year olds with parents in receipt of eligible benefits or tax credits are entitled to funded places - find out if you are eligible and apply online here 

Three and four year olds whose parents are working can get 30 hours free childcare - check your eligibility.  

£55.70 - for a standard full day. 8am - 6pm (includes breakfast, drinks and snacks) Parents provide lunch. For teatime, parents can provide a cold tea or pay £2.30 per day for a cooked meal.

£27.85 - for a morning session. 8am - 1pm (includes breakfast, drinks and snacks) Parents provide lunch.

£27.85 - for an afternoon session. 1pm - 6pm (includes drinks and snacks) Parents can provide a cold tea or pay £2.30 per day for a cooked tea.  

* If parents opt-in for a cooked tea from our “Healthy Choice Gold" award winning menu - this must be paid for a week in advance.


Ofsted URN: 130677

Latest Inspection: 20/03/2019 Inspection (Early Years Register) Inspection Judgement Requires Improvement

Registration Date: 12/01/1993

More information about session times and fees 

There is a minimum requirement of two sessions a week.

There are no registration fees. A deposit of £200 in advance is required and will be taken off the first months fees.

We ask parents to provide wipes and nappies and lunch where applicable  

Contact Bright Start Nursery

Bright Start Nursery
1 Barrack Yard
North Road

To organise a visit to the nursery or find out more, please call us on 01273 291570 or email


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