Young Friends Nursery, Hove, East Sussex
Young Friends Nursery, Hove, East Sussex
Young Friends Nursery, Hove, East Sussex

Young Friends Nursery is an innovative, family-oriented setting run by passionate professionals. Built on domestic premises, the nursery boasts homely, yet developmentally aware spaces to provide children enriching educational experiences from Reggio Emilia provocation tables to cosy book areas with sofas and lamps. The nursery has two main floors and consists of two conservatories, a dance studio, a baby sleep room and an outdoor classroom.

Outdoors, children enjoy an uncharacteristically large garden which includes a sand pit with kitchen, water wall, story shack and a maths patch. There are also ample opportunities for climbing, running and other natural physical challenges. The garden is also the home of their rabbits, Sizzles and Bagheera.

Nursery fees cover extras including: trips out of the nursery to local areas and/or visits in, structured yoga sessions with Tatty Bumpkin and regular sessions in the 125-foot allotment for growing and eco activities.

Owner: Louise Lloyd-Evans

Person in charge: Louise Lloyd-Evans (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Brighton & Hove City Council

Number of Staff: 19

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 65

Age Range: from 0 years 6 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve to New Year's & 2 inset days

Fees Guide: £50.00 for 9-4 day, £60.00 for 8-6 day, £55.00 8-4/9-6

Admission Information: None

Languages Spoken (other than English): Bengali; Bangla, German, Italian, Romanian, Turkish

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.9 Young Friends Nursery has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.873)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Young Friends Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 25 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Young Friends Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 13 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.873 for Young Friends Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (263 Excellents x 5) + (36 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 300 Ratings = 4.873

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Young Friends Nursery is based on 13 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 13 positive Reviews (65 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 13 Target = 1.000

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    23
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Young Friends Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    24
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Young Friends Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Father of Child
    5
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Our son is always excited and pleased to attend this nursery. That says it all! The staff are always very friendly, welcoming and attentive to us and our child: one member of staff seems to have a genuine bond with our son. We are also always surprised by the wonderful activities he enjoys there, things we would never think of like painting with edible paints and enjoy the videos and photos on Tapestry so we feel we haven't missed out. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter only joined Young Friends from April 2017 but the second she arrived she was completely at home! The improvements we have seen during this time have been absolutely unbelievable. From eating so much more variety (previously a big issue for us at home and at her previous nursery where only packed lunches allowed) through to being able to write her own name. Young Friends have prepared her to go on to primary school confidently both from a social and learning perspective. The environment is wonderful, and our daughter absolutely loves the visits to the allotment, her weekly 'show and tell' slot, the garden and the rabbit. Most of all her key worker and all staff - she knows everyone's name and they all know her name. It's the most friendly and nurturing environment you could wish for. I find it hard to leave myself some times in the morning, as I would like to stay and hang out too! You can tell each staff team member enjoys and is passionate about their job - it shows.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending Young Friends since she was 11 months and now she is 4 and heading off to school. I can't thank them enough for the care and attention she has been shown over the years. The facilities at the nursery are fantastic and the addition of the allotment and all its activities have been amazing. The staff are very caring, fun and creative. There are regular parents evenings and feedback on development through Tapestry. My daughter is completely prepared for school, knowing phonics and numbers.

I also started my littlest there in May 2017 and she is getting on so well. Her key worker knows her very well and they have an excellent relationship. The activities provided for little ones are great including a lovely garden and soft play section.

In summary, this is an excellent nursery with amazing facilities and staff for all age children. They are constantly making improvements and I've been very happy sending my children there for the last 3.5 years!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been at Young Friends since she was 1 and she is now 4 years and preparing for Reception. She absolutely loves it. The staff are friendly, creative and full of energy. They have lots of fun activities planned daily and my daughter has learnt so much and has flourished physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally. We are so grateful for the frequent trips to the allotment, the fun sports sessions and yoga, the Imaginative small world area, the phonics super stars, the cultural week of activities, all the dressing up and role playing opportunities, fun songs and the countless other opportunities and activities she has been given over the last three years. Because of Young Friends, my daughter is confident, loves exploring, imaginative, full of giggles, sociable, loves and respects nature and so ready for Big School.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl started here in January when she was 11 months old. The settle sessions went brilliantly and she was reaching out for her key worker on the second day! We haven't looked back since then; she is very happy there.

Things I am impressed with are the healthy menus, daily planned activities, regular developmental assessments and time spent outdoors. There are two rooms for under 2s plus a small soft play area and a good size garden with lots of different areas and even nursery rabbits!

Also, love the weekly blog which the grandparents regularly look at too.

The staff put in a lot of effort to make the day interesting and fun for the children and there always seems to be new 'activity areas'. I really like how much painting /messy play they do, they are certainly not afraid of making a mess and the children love it. My daughter also enjoys the singing and dancing.

Overall we are extremely happy with Young Friends nursery and would highly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 3 grandchildren all attend young friends nursery, the eldest is now at school and the two younger are still at the nursery. I cannot rate this nursery enough. They have been excellent in all areas with the kids from the youngest at 17 months to starting school and I have never had a day when they haven't wanted to go, I only wish it had been there when I was a kid!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended Young Friends for 3 years and we could not be happier. I was so impressed when I first visited the nursery and continue to be so.
The care and attention to detail is fantastic, the staff are just lovely and build such great bonds with the children. I am so happy to know that on the 3 days when I am at work, my daughter is having so much fun and great experiences.
The outside space is fantastic and my favourite part of the nursery, they now they have regular visits to the allotment too, which my daughter loves. I love that they do yoga and regular sports in the park, along with the movement and dance room.
Now that my daughter is 3, they have walks down to the beach, nearby parks and even along to Hove library too.
I would recommend this nursery to anyone who is looking for a great environment for their child to play, learn and grow in confidence.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We love this nursery so much. There is a real home from home theme for the little ones with an emphasis on learning through play and experience. We feel so lucky to have found it for our little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Louise Lloyd-Evans, Director at Young Friends Nursery responded to this review on 31 Jul 2017:

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this, we really appreciate it Tara. The team will be really pleased you are happy x

My eldest son has been with Young Friends since he was 15 months old and it has been a wonderful experience. The team are simply incredible and he is very fond of them. He still tells one of the girls who looked after him as a baby that he loves her when he sees her! Young Friends has helped nurture him into a well-rounded, happy and kind little man who is ready to start school in September. I really believe they have given him all the tools he needs to start this new chapter with confidence.

The activities provided are outstanding from yoga to phonics to the fantastic allotment on which he has spent many happy days!

Thank you to the owner and the team for a wonderful nursery experience.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

A very well run nursery, which has the child's best interests at heart. Constantly evolving to improve its service, but maintaining its focus on the priority, the children.
Both our children have grown up at this nursery and have loved it.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Young Friends is an amazing nursery, my son has settled in so well there - home from home. Very friendly staff who are very helpful with parents and child's needs.
A five star - recommend highly.
If you want a nursery that is unique, Young Friends offers that.
The children do so many activities and trips out in the sunshine.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Would highly recommend this nursery.
Staff & management polite; helpful and most of all; provide great care for the little ones.
They have provided my son with a caring & nurturing environment whilst keeping focused on his personal development.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We feel so lucky to have chosen Young Friends to care for our son! Our son now reaches out to the teachers in the morning, sits at the table and waves us goodbye with a smile. Picking him up at the end of the day and finding him smiling and playing away and proud to show us his newly found tricks, words and skills, is priceless. The garden is beautiful and it's great they go out as much as possible. It feels like a little family and we've been made to feel safe and welcome. Thanks, Young Friends!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The nursery have been amazing with my son's hearing issues, going way beyond what I would expect to ensure he has what he needs. My son is so happy and confident at nursery and this is entirely down to the fab staff. He loves it so much there he doesn't like to come home! I'm also very pleased with the variety of food he eats at nursery, as he can be quite fussy at home but eats everything there!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Carly Lurring, Deputy Manager at Young Friends Nursery responded to this review on 06 Dec 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to review us, and we are happy that you appreciate what we do.

My daughter has progressed very well since attending nursery. Her confidence has improved and she has learnt many new skills including maketon. The nursery staff are all very friendly and really care for the children. The biggest compliment is that when leaving her in the morning I do not worry about her or that she is not being looked after to a very high standard.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended 'Young Friends' for three and a half years. But she is now about to embark on her transition into school - and I could not be happier or more grateful to everyone at the nursery for providing her with such a supportive, caring and stimulating preschool environment. The team are incredibly attentive and she has thrived both socially and developmentally. She has made long lasting friends and has never felt alone, upset or troubled by anything whilst in their care. As a parent, it is very comforting and important to see your child excited about going to nursery, and the confidence this has equipped her with is so valuable for her ongoing journey. We are very sad to say goodbye to this chapter of her childhood, and have no qualms whatsoever in giving young friends nursery a glowing and much-deserved review!! Thank you to the entire team for nurturing and bolstering our little girls character, personality and brightness.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Louise Lloyd-Evans, Director at Young Friends Nursery responded to this review on 05 Sep 2016:

Liz we will miss you all so much - Your daughter will leave a void in the preschool. Why do they have to grow up? Lucky school!

My daughter attended Young Friends since she was about 18 months and now she is nearly 5yrs! We feel as part of YF family. The nursery, management and all staff were amazing throughout all this time. We would not change it for any other nursery. Our second child will attend it too! My daughter is no doubt well prepared for school and learned amazing values, foreign cultures, counting in foreign languages, great sports activities and made lots of friends. Big thank you to all staff for your amazing work, devotion and patience. We will miss you. We are very happy to be part of this amazing and vibrant nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Carly, Deputy Manager at Young Friends Nursery responded to this review on 31 Aug 2016:

Thank you for your review Julia, we can't wait to see you return again next year!

We love Young Friends! Our daughter loves it there, and my wife and I love it too!
We've seen her develop, move through the age groups and make friends.
We initially chose Young Friends because it was close to our house and our friend's daughter went there too, but now I can't imagine her being anywhere else.
The staff are lovely, the garden is full of stuff to do and she gets lovely meals and snacks!
I would recommend to anyone considering a nursery for their children.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Louise Lloyd-Evans, Director at Young Friends Nursery responded to this review on 30 Aug 2016:

Thanks Sebastian - we really appreciate you taking the time to write this and we are so glad you are happy with Young Friends.

Young Friends is just fantastic. My 3-year-old has been at Young Friends since he was 9 months old, and we all love it. The nursery is fab and the Manager and her team are always looking to improve it and find new things for the kids to do. One of the high points in the last few months has been the allotment: the children go on little visits there, help with looking after the veggies and get to eat fresh from the plants! Fantastic! My son also enjoys the Reggio Emilia table and all the natural toys on offer.
But to me, the best thing about the place is the staff. My son's key person has developed such a special relationship with him, but they are all amazing. Caring, dedicated, creative, warm, enthusiastic.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My husband and I have been extremely lucky to find Young Friends as the nursery for our daughter. She started there at 7 months and now she is 2 years old and has lived every minute of being there. The staff are lovely, have a very caring nature and you can see they really adore all the children that they work with. The facilities are excellent, the garden, the rabbits, our daughter regularly comes home and talks about her day to us and all of the great activities that she has been doing. She has gone from strength to strength with her learning and also her people skills from being at this nursery. The staff teach them good manners and sharing skills. The weekly blog and the updates are a great way of finding out what has been going on at the nursery and to receive photos of your little one having so much fun doing a variety of activities is so rewarding to see! Thank you, Young Friends!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have two children at Young Friends Nursery and I absolutely love the care they receive while attending here. My oldest is just about to leave for school and I have no doubt that the attention, education, fun and friends she has made at Young Friends will pave the way for enjoyable school years ahead.

I love that Young Friends is a family run nursery. One of the factors that has impressed me the most about the nursery is the constant investment from the owners into making the building a stimulating and fun place for the children to learn and explore. From allotments to outdoor classrooms and yoga it really is a magical place that my children love to go to.

Thank you for a great 3 years for my daughter and son.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Since starting in November last year, my daughter has thrived at Young Friends. She was nervous to begin with but all the staff were so loving and comforting towards her, that I felt more than happy that she would be safe and well looked after. She is always as happy as she can be when I pick her up and completely shattered after a day of fun activities. Young Friends is a happy, fun and loving environment that would make any nervous parent feel at ease when leaving their little one for the first time. I was recommended Young Friends by a friend and will continue to pass the recommendation on to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I love Young Friends my daughter has been going there since October 2011 to present, this week is her last week before she starts primary school. I believe that Young Friends has played an integral part in my daughters upbringing. They provide care, education, fun/loving, safe environment. Sad very sad that they journey has come to an end.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Said short: They are a really great nursery and take excellent care of the children. For any one wanting more detail: They consider every detail that you would want to have been thought about, and run a really tight ship. In fact, you can see from the staff how happy they are and it speaks miles to how good they in fact are. To any parent looking a nursery, I can only that I looked intensively for flaws in them when we were considering a nursery, and I honestly could not find one, we are very glad that our child goes there, and when we first moved to the UK from Germany, we were fairly concerned about finding a nursery; moreover, we were unfamiliar with English nursery standards or - in general - what to expect, and we did a good deal of research and visiting other nurseries in the area, they were hands down the best one. We consider ourselves really lucky to have our child at Young Friends. I know how hard this process can be, so I would suggest anyone in the Brighton or Hove area looking for a top-notch nursery to check them out, you won't be disappointed.

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Amazing nursery with a real family atmosphere and dedicated staff. Always buzzing with activity and new ideas too enrich the children's lives. We couldn't have found a better place for our daughter to attend for three fabulous years!

How likely would you be to recommend Young Friends Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

April 2013

Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Louise

Louise Lloyd-Evans

Job Title: Director

Joined: 2008

Description:

Louise is the Director and hands on manager with 12 years’ experience. She holds many qualifications – the highest being Early Years Professional Status. Louise is incredibly passionate about creating an innovative, creative, educating and highly nurturing environment and filling it with the best team that she can find. She loves what she does and it shows. She is very proud of her team and their Outstanding nursery and works tirelessly to constantly improve it. She has three fabulous children herself - two of which are at Young Friends. Louise is our Healthy Eating Champion and also our Safeguarding, Fire Safety, and Training representative.

Ebone

Ebone Mouton

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2012

Description:

Ebone Mouton is our effervescent and fun (American) Deputy Manager. She holds an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education and has nearly 6 years childcare experience. She loves Young Friends because it is full of enthusiastic staff with a genuine love of working with children.

Carly

Carly Lurring

Job Title: Senior Supervisor

Joined: 2011

Description:

Carly is our Senior Supervisor and has been with us for nearly 4 years. During that time, she has completed her NVQs 2 and 3 as well as a Leadership and Management qualification. She is adored by our children and families and quite a rare find. Her passion for childcare and our nursery is immeasurable.

Muge

Muge Ileri

Job Title: Gibbons Supervisor

Joined: 2013

Description:

Muge (affectionately known as Mimi) is our Gibbons (babies and toddlers) Supervisor and leads her team in managing not one but two amazing rooms for her group. She has been at Young Friends for 3 years, and is one of the few staff who can boast that they've been a key member in all three (formerly four) of our age groups. Her native language is Turkish.

Amy

Amy Dumbrell

Job Title: Baboons Supervisor

Joined: 2014

Description:

Amy is our Baboon (2-3yr) Supervisor and leads a team of four in providing an amazing environment for our 2 year olds. Along with Neel, Amy is our main floor SEND Coordinator and ensures that all of our SEN children have everything they need to thrive in the Young Friends environment.

Neel

Neel Patel

Job Title: Preschool Supervisor

Joined: 2016

Description:

While Neel is one of our newest staff members, he is no stranger to childcare as he has 9 years of experience behind him along with his Level 3 qualification.

Jodie

Jodie Sumner

Job Title: Deputy Supervisor

Joined: 2012

Description:

Jodie Sumner is our Gibbons Deputy Supervisor. She started with us as an apprentice and has moved from strength to strength over the past four years she's been with us. She received her Level 3 qualification and has demonstrated both a personable manner with families and incredibly natural ability with children.

Carla

Carla Schooley

Job Title: Senior Practitioner

Joined: 2014

Description:

Carla is our effusive (some might say enthusiastically loud) preschool Senior Practitioner.

Hannah

Hannah Vibert

Job Title: Practitioner

Joined: 2015

Description:

Hannah is our Level 2 Baboons practitioner.

Sarah

Sarah Blanden

Job Title: Practitioner

Joined: 2013

Description:

Sarah is one of our three Level 3 practitioners in the preschool room. She came to us from the University of Chichester as part of her childcare course and we kept her...with her permission of course.

Nishat

Nishat Rahman

Job Title: Practitioner

Joined: 2014

Description:

Nishat is the Level 2 practitioner for the Baboons (2-3's). Though young, her ambitions are lofty and she is not only our Persona doll representative but takes a keen interest in the work of EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) which supports EAL (English as an additional language) children and families. Nishat is fluent in Bengali.

Alexandra

Alexandra Mihalache

Job Title: Practitioner

Joined: 2015

Description:

Alex is one of our 5 Baboon (2-3yrs) practitioners. Alex came to us straight from Romania and Young Friends is her first full time position in a UK nursery. She has a bachelor's degree in Pedagogy which includes child development and psychology. Her native language is Romanian and she is our EAL representative.

Holly

Holly Ackland

Job Title: Practitioner

Joined: 2015

Description:

Holly is our newly qualified Level 2 practitioner. She obtained her qualification with us and has blossomed into a key member of the team. She is our healthy eating representative and ensures that best practice is always carried out with regards to mealtimes and children's cooking activities.

Libby

Libby Payne

Job Title: Apprentice

Joined: 2015

Description:

Libby is our lovely Baboon (2-3yrs) apprentice and currently studying for her Level 3 qualification. Young Friends is her first full time nursery position.

Gillian

Gillian Lloyd-Evans

Job Title: Chef

Joined: 2008

Description:

Gillian Lloyd-Evans is our fabulous chef. She holds level 2 in Food Safety and quite a number of years (she won’t let us say how many!) high quality family cooking. She has lived in many countries and brings her knowledge of different cultures to our diverse menu. ‘I have been lucky enough to be at Louise’s side since the birth of Young Friends and am proud to have been a major part of its growth into a thriving but still nurturing and family home from home’ (Gillian, May 2013)

Kelly

Kelly Mcquaid

Job Title: Chef Assistant

Joined: 2014

Description:

Kelly is one of two chef assistants. She works alongside Gillian in the kitchen preparing all of the children's meals. She is Level 2 qualified in Food Safety.