Bright Start Nursery

Our nursery in central Brighton is for children under 5 years old. We welcome children from any part of the city and parents who want to use their free childcare hours.

Places are available on our waiting list . Contact us to arrange a visit.

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 most recent Ofsted report said, "Children are very happy and safe in this vibrant, busy and stimulating nursery. Every child's unique qualities are understood and catered for. Parents say how staff go 'above and beyond' what they expect and they confirm how happy they are with the level of care provided."

Our environment 

Our nursery is separated into 2 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.

The 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 3 separate rooms. The main play space gives children opportunities for table-top play and a cosy book corner. We have a dedicated art area 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 role play, designed to appeal to our two year olds. Our final room is called the Elephants room, it is our sleeping space and an area we also use 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 most recent Ofsted report said "A broad and balanced curriculum means that children benefit from a wide range of activities, both inside and outside. Good use is made of the local community to support and enrich learning. For example, children in the 'Adventurers' group recently visited the local market and bought produce to make their own soup and puddings"

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. 

Our most recent Ofsted report said, "The staff team is extremely well qualified and very experienced. Staff are very dedicated to the children in their care and ensure every precaution is taken to keep children safe."

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. 

Our most recent Ofsted report said, "Particularly good provision is in place to support children who need extra help with their learning."


At Bright Start Nursery, all families are welcome. Around 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. 

Our most recent Ofsted report said, "Staff work hard to make sure every child feels valued. This is illustrated well by a child aged three years who recently said as he left to go home from nursery, 'I belong here.'"


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. For lunch and tea parents have the option of supplying a pack lunch or purchasing a meal. Breakfasts are included in the below fees. Lunches and teas are optional and charged separately. 

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 to Friday 8am to 6pm.

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 work can get 30 hours free childcare - check your eligibility.  

Nursery fees from from 1 April 2022

Half day - £29.15 per session

Full day - £58.30 


Morning sessions from 8am to 1pm (includes breakfast)
Afternoon sessions from 1pm to 6 pm
Full day sessions from 8am to 6pm (includes breakfast)
Funded only sessions – 48 weeks per year
Hourly extended session 8am to 9am - £5.83
Hourly extended session 5pm to 6pm - £5.83

Meals (provided by Little Tums)

Hot lunch - £2.57
Cold tea - £2.57

Fees are calculated monthly according to the number of sessions in the month. You will be invoiced in advance payable on the 1st of the month.

The fees will vary each month. You will not be charged for the Christmas closure.

Bank Holidays and other non-attendance

We do not charge for bank holidays. There is no reduction in charges for absence due to holiday, sickness or any other reason.


Ofsted URN: 130677

Latest Inspection: 07/11/2019 Inspection (Early Years Register) Inspection Judgement Good

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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