Cherry Tree Nursery

Our nursery in Hollingdean 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.

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Our Aim 

At Cherry Tree, we believe that children learn best through playing and doing. We aim to provide a rich, stimulating environment with caring, nurturing and supportive staff, where children’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our aim at Cherry Tree Nursery is to value all children and empower them to reach their full potential. We believe that the family are the child’s first and most important carers and educators. We have an open door policy involving parents and carers at every opportunity. We believe that your child’s happiness and success will benefit greatly from a good partnership between home, nursery and other childcare professionals. 

We provide high quality early education and care for children aged from 3 months to 5 years.

Our environment

The nursery consists mainly of two main rooms.

The Turtle Room is for children aged from 3 months to 2 years. It is a large open plan room where we operate an adult:child ration of 1:3. Children are encouraged to access all areas of the room, including messy and creative play, physical activities and story areas. We have a safe cosy space for younger babies to play and a sleep area.

The Dolphin Room is for children aged 2 years to 5 years. It is a large open plan room with many areas for play of all kinds such as construction, creative and design, soft play and stories. We have a cosy/sleep corner for rest and a sensory room. The learning environment is designed to help children feel secure and curious about the environment and play opportunities. Our wonderful staff encourage children to make choices independently and initiate their own learning with close support and guidance.

We are extremely proud of our outside spaces and the opportunities that the children have to explore our natural outdoor environment. We encourage the children to climb trees, run through the willow tunnels, tend to our vegetable patches and play in the ‘mud kitchen’. We also have a sandpit house, bikes and ride on/push along toys, balls and water play as well as other experiences that we plan weekly. The outside spaces are accessed straight from the play rooms. We have under cover areas straight from the building which allows play outside in rainy weather with waterproof clothing.

We benefit from being in the children's centre by having access to the groups and resources as well as the café and park.

Our staff 

Well qualified and experienced staff are skilled in meeting children's individual needs in secure and stimulating environments designed to be bright, warm and nurturing.Our success is due to the outstanding practice of our well qualified and experienced staff. 

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our staff, are very experienced in SEND and have supported children with needs ranging from communication, global delay to physical disabilities. We have a sensory room within our nursery which is a quiet, cosy and relaxing space where all children especially those with special educational needs and disabilities can explore their senses through the toys and equipment. We have a SENCO who works very closely with key workers and parents to support children with SEND. We also work very closely with speech and language therapists and BHISS (Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service) .


We celebrate all of the languages spoken at the nursery by the children, staff and parents. We access services such as EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) to support us with some children if needed. We also welcome families in to share stories and songs in their home languages.


We provide healthy snacks and a breakfast that consists of healthy cereal and toast. Milk and water are provided at snack and breakfast times. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. Breakfasts are included in the fees. Lunches and teas are provided by an award winning local supplier, get delivered twice daily to ensure freshness and are puchased in addition to the below fees. 

Flexible, emergency and occasional childcare

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

We are on the number 50 bus route and busses stops right outside the nursery. There is also free on street parking outside the nursery on Brentwood Road. We are located in Hollingdean Children's Centre, right by Hollingdean Park. 

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.  

Nursery Fees 

  • £62.46- per standard full day. 8am to 5:45pm. (includes breakfast, lunch and tea)
  • £31.23 - for a morning session. 8am to 12:45pm. (includes breakfast and lunch)  
  • £31.23 - for an afternoon session. 1pm to 5:45pm. (includes tea) 
  • £5.74- hourly rate
  • Nappies, wipes and nappy cream are not included in the cost. * Lunch/Tea (optional for 47.5 week funded only sessions) can be purchased for £2.53 per meal 


Ofsted URN: EY284309

Latest Inspection:01/04/2016 (Early Years Register) Inspection Judgement: Outstanding

Registration Date: 07/09/2004

Contact Cherry Tree Nursery 

Cherry Tree Nursery
Hollingdean Children Centre
Brentwood Road

Telephone: 01273 296052

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