The Sustainable Approach

Our Sustainable Approach is something that we believe has long since been needed in nursery education. This unique curriculum intelligently threads the EYFS principles and children’s interests through themes that span environmental sustainability. By focusing our attention on solutions regarding energy, climate, water, and biodiversity, we teach children that they can have a huge positive impact on the health and well-being of our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.

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Our Nature Plot

Our Nature Plot is truly special. Our children visit the plot regularly and spend precious time outdoors in a safe but exciting environment. They learn real gardening skills, see wildlife, grow their own food, study bugs, frogs, birds and much more. They go on adventures and do natural activities in and out of our outdoor classroom. The plot is inspiring in all seasons and provides wonderfully calm and uniquely rich learning experiences for everyone.

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Nursery Sustainability

As a setting we are as sustainable as possible and include the children in this as much as possible. We have eradicated plastic almost entirely and our carbon footprint greatly reduced and we are improving all the time. Just some aspects of our sustainability include a family recycling area, glass returnable milk bottles, washable nappies, making or buying used furniture, using mineral sun cream, energy efficient lighting and renewable power.

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SNAP is Louise’s initiative who’s mission it is to persuade, support and encourage other nursery settings to operate in a more sustainable way and teach their children to live sustainable lives. All of us need to act and fast. We provide information for other settings to show them how to put simple changes in place to look after our children’s futures and help them pick up the baton.

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Our Nature Plot

Our Team


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Welcome to Young Friends Nature Nursery. Brighton and Hove’s only true Eco-Nature Nursery. We are completely different to the rest. Many settings dabble in sustainability, outside play, forest school and nature – but we really do go for it!

We are the originators of The Sustainable Approach (SEA). Sustainability intertwines absolutely everything we do. We have created our own environmentally aware curriculum that is one of its kind and the intense benefits to our children are crystal clear. Talk to any of our preschoolers about biodiversity, gardening, seasons and looking after the planet and its creatures and you’ll be amazed at the depth of their knowledge and desire to help save the earth. We are pretty sure one day they will.

Our work for the environment also makes us stand out from the others and we have been globally and locally recognised through articles and interviews in local and international press. We are plastic free and take great care to minimize our carbon footprint and what we add to landfill. Young Friends is very proud to be spearheading a campaign called SNAP (Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic) which aims to persuade other nurseries to become more sustainable plus educate their children to look after our planet. Please ask us for more information on this important subject.

We are a warm family run nursery. In fact we consider ourselves a family away from home and our families say the same. Interactions and communications with our children and families is warm, welcoming and intelligent. Please read our Facebook reviews and FB and Instagram posts if you need any more persuading. And of course come and visit.

Our Nature Nursery is a happy settled place full of self-assured adventurous and caring children. This, balanced with a fanatical ‘behind the scenes’ attention to infinite improvement and a considerable helping of an always smiling, brilliant and harmonious staff team, is a (n award) winning recipe.

You will not find a bunch of people so dedicated to children and the planet in one place, we are sure of that. We are incredibly proud of our natural Eco-Friendly nursery. Please come and check us out.