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Elm Grove Nurseries

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brightonbug Tue 19-Mar-13 17:16:11

Hi, I am looking at nurseries in the Elm Grove / Lewes Road area. We will need to put DD in nursery for three days a week from January 2014 when she will be one year old.

I'm looking for both recommendations and places to avoid.

I'm a novice at this, don't know if I need to secure a place now, or wait until closer to the time (when we will have a better idea of DD's personality, & whether she would enjoy a smaller or larger nursery).

We looked at Hilltop nursery at the Brighton General (DP works for the NHS so qualifies for a discounted place). It seemed nice, but does anyone have any views on it?

I also enquired at Tarnerland as I saw this recommended on an older thread, but they said we are out of their catchment area and would be unlikely to get a place.


randomimposter Thu 28-Mar-13 06:15:28

Happy Days in Coleman St is long established and popular - I know of lots of happy children and parents who have used this nursery.

randomimposter Thu 28-Mar-13 06:16:54

oh and ditto the Phoenix at bottom of Southover - again I know 3 children who have been there and loved it.

brightonbug Thu 04-Apr-13 16:41:15

Thanks Jollster. I think the Phoenix only takes children over two?

I will contact Happy Days and see if I can visit.

Mcnorton Mon 15-Apr-13 13:17:01

Just to add, my son (now 4.5) went to Pepperpot, both the Baby Unit and the 'older kids' bit, and they were great, with lovely staff.

brightonbug Fri 19-Apr-13 15:37:49

thanks mcnorton I am visiting pepperpot next week, it is our closest nursery so would be v convenient

Lavage Wed 24-Apr-13 10:57:58

Happy Days is wonderful - lovely lovely staff and a very relaxed and happy feel. There is also the Orchard Day nursery at the top of Islingword Road.

sajaruss Fri 26-Apr-13 10:33:31

I agree about pepper pot. Both my DD and DS are there at the moment and they always have a great day, and I've always had confidence that the staff will genuinely care for and be interested in them

brightonbug Thu 09-May-13 11:56:28

thanks all. we've visited hilltop, happy days, and pepperpot. really liked hilltop and happy days but weren't so impressed by pepperpot - maybe we caught them on an off day but it seemed a bit disorganised.

Julztiahannah Thu 09-May-13 13:08:03

I think if you put your name In tarnerland and keep asking them all the time you will get a place.thay said the same to me there are full and my dd won't have a place for April this year and they call me just 1 week before she had to start and had a place for her.tarnerland is a lovely beautiful nursery and the staff are great.good luck

brightonbug Thu 09-May-13 20:25:42

thanks julz, I did put her on the waiting list for tarnerland but they said there was not much chance so I definitely need a plan b. t
do you live in their catchment area?

Julztiahannah Sat 11-May-13 09:56:19

Yes I do,but I know someone that live far away and she has a place for September,and I gils in my daughters nursery lives near elm grove and she come to tarnerland .

Lavage Sun 12-May-13 16:51:50

Tarnerland told me that - I did get a call in the end though (turned down the place but put myself back on the list for six months later - and got another call). The same thing happened with Royal Spa.

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