Creating a good rapport with our families is one of the most crucial things we do as parent partnerships contribute to positive outcomes for Young Friends children. Because old ones aren’t all that useful here are some recent testimonials of families’ experiences at Young Friends Nursery and Nature School..

Young Friends is a wonderful nursery. Amazing staff and management. Great interior and garden. My son is there at the moment and is really happy, we joined in February of this year and instantly felt like part of the family. I can’t recommend this Nursery enough. They really do care about the children’s welfare and progression and my son (who is 3) has blossomed since he’s been there. Many thanks to all of you in the Young Friends Team. April 2018. Nikki Cashin, mother of Billy.

Having had experience with other nurseries, I can categorically say Young Friends in Hove is a cut above the rest. Nowhere else have I seen the dedication from staff to nurture each child’s individual development. From the varied trips to the unique activities, my daughter is always excited to go to nursery and wants to be involved in everything. The children are outside every day and are conscious of nature and the environment. My daughter’s speech and social skills have quickly developed whilst at Young Friends and she is very caring towards others. I know this is due to how the nursery staff encourage the children to positively express their feelings and interact with each other. This is the one nursery I have been to where all the staff from the office to the key workers absolutely delight in the children and their wellbeing. Being a single mum it’s of the upmost importance to me that the nursery plays a vital role in my daughter’s upbringing as I need their support, and Young Friends has more than exceeded my expectations. I mean every word of this  – Young Friends has been a godsend to us and Anaïs is so happy there.Thank you!

“We are new to Young Friends Nursery but instantly knew they were right for us! Fantastic staff, great Nursery environment and a wonderful large Garden..a place of love and caring. So glad we found you.” From a very happy Mummy Niki and Billy aged 2.

Happy Christmas and Happy 2018! Just to say you guys have done a wonderful job of making Christmas very special for the children … with parties, Christmas market and films… its lovely for the children many thanks 🙂 x jack has loved it. Christmas 2017

Hi there lovely lot. I’d like to reduce summers nursery days to two school short days please. I no longer need the extra childcare but she loves it with you guys and is clearly barmy about you all so I would love to keep her in for two short days a week if you still can…Lucy Yallop. Jan 2018

We can’t thank the staff enough for the excellent care they give our son. They truly do know him as an individual. The care he receives is outstanding and he really loves his days at Young Friends. I would highly recommend the nursery to anyone with young children. Nicole. Mother of Toby. Feb 2018.


It feels surreal that after 5 years and two boys later, that we will finally be saying farewell to Young Friends. You have helped so much and played a significant part in their young lives and we are very grateful for everything you have all done for them and us as a family. Thank you! Mark Edmondson, father of Finn and Wilf 2017

I cannot recommend Young Friends Nursery highly enough. Both my children have attended and I’ve never needed to consider anywhere else. As soon as you walk into the building it just feels right – homely, friendly, safe and secure. Louise is so passionate and knowledgeable about childcare and this starts at the top and filters down. Young Friends has a high retention rate of staff which speaks volumes, everyone who works there enjoys and cares about what they do, this is reflected in how brilliant they are with the kids. I feel Young Friends tackle the important things in life like good food, the environment, nature, outdoor play, instilling creative play, music, dance etc. Most importantly my kids have fun there, I am able to feel happy leaving them there knowing they are happy too. Emma – mother of Daisy and Lottie. Feb 2018

My 1yr old and 2(almost 3)yr old boys love going to Young Friends! The staff never stop smiling and are very caring, which made it easy for my boys to like them. Whenever you have any concerns, the staff take it seriously and try to assist in any way possible. My eldest just started going on trips to the allotment and to parks, and he absolutely loves it! If you have a kid who loves to be outside, then this is the place to go. Linda, mother of Felix and Max. Feb 2018.

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.

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. Andrea C. August 2017.

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!