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After leaving school, I studied Health & Social Care, knowing that I wanted a career helping people. This included a placement in a nursery, which I loved, and I’ve not looked back since!

For ten years, I worked my way up in a local nursery to be their Deputy Manager. I was also working with children aged 3-16 in a Women’s Refuge Project (now RISE). In 2007, I joined Young Sussex as Deputy Manager and was promoted to Nursery Manager in early 2012.

As a manager, I enjoy being on the frontline and having that initial and lasting contact with parents. As a parent of two children who also attended Young Sussex, I feel I can relate to parents starting at the nursery, empathise with their situation and help them throughout their child’s time at nursery.

My parents’ careers have meant that I grew up surrounded by antiques. As a result, in my spare time, I can often be found looking for disregarded treasures at car boot sales! A true Brightonian; I love living by the sea and spending time with my family and friends.

“Children flourish in this well-organised, high quality nursery, inspired by the stimulating range of resources, in cosy and comfortable spaces. [They] show excellent self-esteem, confidence and well-being.”

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Young Sussex Nursery Brighton

In 1995, the maternity charity Mothercraft approached Young Sussex to take over their nursery near Seven Dials. A decade later the adjoining building became available and the nursery as it is today was established.

Despite being one of the larger nurseries in Brighton and Hove, the home from home environment ensures that the children feel safe and secure in their surroundings, with each age group enjoying a dedicated, age-specific environment. The nursery has its own secure, multi-level outdoor play area for the children to explore.


The Bear Cubs have their own entrance to their ground floor rooms, and as well as direct access to the main garden, they also have a private decked play area, furnished with sensory materials and equipment. Back inside, along with their dedicated sleep room and adjacent kitchen, it’s a short crawl between their garden room, quiet room and messy play room, depending on their mood!


The Tiger Cubs occupy the six play spaces on the middle floor. There are areas equipped for children to explore and create; to play and pretend, and areas to share with friends.

The children share use of the large garden, which is securely zoned to allow the different age-groups to enjoy outdoor play together, but safely.


The Lion Cubs have free reign of the top floor, having the opportunity to investigate the Areas of Learning in a clearly defined environment. Their rooms are equipped to support their understanding of these, and to prepare them for their transition to school.

Children are encouraged to be independent and are given the opportunity to make choices in their learning, with support and guidance from experienced Early Years Practitioners.  

Mothercraft Training Society was set up during the First World War and defined infant welfare practices for decades. Their Brighton post natal clinic and nursery at 193 Dyke Road was opened in the 1940s.

Nursery Manager
Daniela Rae