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We are work place nurseries primarily for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust but also other trusts and emergency services. We also provide a small number of places to the local community.

The nurseries provide care and education for children aged 0-5 years, in a fun and stimulating environment and catering for:

  • Butterfly Nursery (Hove) – 43 children per day
  • Hilltop Nursery (Brighton) – 22 children per day
  • Rainbow Nursery (Crawley) – 22 children per day

Free places available for eligible 2, 3 and 4 years old. Please contact us to find out any more information

Flexible ‘Drop ‘n’ go’ sessions available at an hourly rate. Calling all working parents! Do you need to attend training, team meetings, a Doctor’s, Dentists hospital or clinic appointment, or just want to have some ‘me’ time and get your hair done because you’ve been working so hard. We have some hourly slots available charged at a hourly rate, just email us or phone.

We also offer school holiday cover for children up to 7 years of age

The nurseries follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) and age appropriate activities are available throughout the day for the children to participate, if they wish.

All the nurseries have large gardens with play equipment, soft surface flooring and sensory flower gardens, digging areas, mud kitchens.

All our staff are qualified to at least a level 3 in childcare.

All staff have regular training update courses, including first aid, Safeguarding Children, food hygiene and child development courses.

We can help you with transition to back to work, breast feeding supporting while returning to work, and tax benefits by paying your nursery fees through Child Care Vouchers.


Brighton, Crawley, Hove

How To Access

If you would like information about any of the nurseries please email

Contact Details

Cara Mitchell– Nurseries Business Manager

Butterfly Nursery
Hove Polyclinic site
Neville Avenue
Hove, BN3 7HY
Tel: 01273 267558

Hilltop Nursery
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton, BN2 3EW
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.3302

Rainbow Nursery
Crawley hospital
West Green Drive
Crawley, RH11 7DH
Tel: 01293 600300 ext.3790


All three nurseries are recommended by Day Nurseries UK with details below for each one

For further information about Hilltop Nursery.

For further information about Butterfly Nursery.

For further information about Rainbow Nursery.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7.00am – 6.45pm

How to find us

Butterfly Nursery, Hove Polyclinic site, Neville Avenue, Hove, BN3 7HY
We are located in the Hove Polyclinic site grounds.
Buses: No.5A stops next to the nursery
Nursery parking available
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Hilltop Nursery, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, BN2 3EW
We are located in the grounds of Brighton General Hospital
Buses: No.22 stops on Elm Grove, 2 stops at Pankhurst Avenue.
The Nursery has a drop off space.
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Rainbow Nursery, Crawley hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7DH
Train: Station is 0.7 miles from the hospital and is a 5 – 10 minute walk
No 1 – Tollgate Hill, Broadfield, Southgate, Crawley Town, CRAWLEY HOSPITAL, Gossops Green, Bewbush
No 2 – K2 Leisure centre, Tilgate, Furnace Green, Crawley town, CRAWLEY HOSPITAL, Ifield, Ifield West
Nursery parking drop off space available
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