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Little Gulls and Buoys in Hove

  1. An exciting new pre-school with a difference

    Little Gulls & Buoys is an exciting new pre-school on Hangleton Road in Hove providing all year-round care for children aged 2.5 to 5. We are high on quality and big on fun!

    We provide:


    • Space for 30 children and generous adult to child ratios at our bright and airy setting at St Peter's Church Community Centre near West Blatchington windmill
    • Carefully selected resources and themes designed to delight and stimulate little imaginations
    • A collaborative and highly flexible approach for parents, listening and catering to the needs of parents who increasingly need childcare tailored to suit their individual requirements
    • Experienced, warm and empathetic staff who build strong relationships with the children and their parents
    • Three fantastic outdoor areas and we make the most of the locality for trips out


    Little Gulls & Buoys is owned by three mums with experience in childcare, business and most importantly, with six children between them, in knowing how to create a stimulating and inspiring environment that will help children be happy, secure, confident and ready to learn.

    Highly qualified staff

    Our staff include a degree qualified Early Years' teacher and level 3 qualified practitioners. Your child will be cared for by staff with extensive experience in childcare, and most are parents themselves.

    We are extensively qualified and hold certificates in many childcare related areas including:


    • Early Years Teaching (Early Years Professional Status)
    • NVQ Level 3
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Safeguarding children
    • Special educational needs



    We are open from 8am to 4pm every day just closing for two weeks at Christmas. Sessions include morning only (8am-12), afternoon only (1pm-4pm) or full day (8am-4pm). Funded places are available within our morning sessions and freshly prepared meals are included in our fees. 

    Contact us

    Whether you’re looking for just a couple of half day sessions a week, full time care or anything in between then let us know what matters to you and we’d love to tell you more about how we do things. 


    01273 773464

    Areas covered

    We are based near West Blatchington Windmill in Hove and we serve families in Hangleton, Nevill and Goldstone areas in Hove. Our setting is conveniently situated near major bus routes and the A27. Parking is free and easy nearby.


    • Hove St Peter's Community Centre Hangleton Road Hove BN3 7LQ



    Pricing & Other Information

    We are open Mon - Fri, 8am-4pm, 50 weeks of the year. If you require care until 6pm then please contact us to discuss options.

    All day, morning or afternoon only sessions and funded places are available. Fees start from as little as £6.50 for a funded morning session, all day funded sessions are just over £30. We include freshly prepared meals and snacks in our fees.

  2. Little Gulls and Buoys has 3 reviews with an average of 4.9
    • Quality of Service 5.0
    • Value for Money 5.0
    • What the Kids Think 5.0
    • What the Adults Think 4.7


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    • Dani, Mum to Ellie (7) and Mia (3). Hove

      One of the best things for me as a parent about Little Gulls and Buoys is that the staff are really informative. Also, they do lots of relevant activities themed to the calendar such as Chinese new year and trips out like visits to the library. The staff are really good at settling the children in at Little Gulls and Buoys which has been great for my daughter. The nursery has lots of outside space and a separate room for circle time and sleeping. My daughter loves it at Little Gulls and Buoys she is very happy there. I have nothing to fault it on!

      Dani 16 Feb 2015

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    • Katie, Mum to Anelia (3). Peacehaven

      What attracted me to Little Gulls and Buoys Nursery was the big open space which suits my daughter down to the ground. I also really liked the separate cosy area used for sleeping. The big room has lots of different stations including, wigwams, a home corner, messy corner and a maths area. My daughter enjoys singing, reading and playing on the bikes which she can do inside if the weather is really bad as it's such a big space. The staff are great, Rita gets everyone involved with singing and the children learn how to count with songs. Jodie is great at giving reassurance and TLC which is lovely for me to know.

      Katie 11 Feb 2015

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    • Sian. Mum to Freddie (2) and Max (8 months). Hove

      When I went along to the opening evening at Little Gulls and Buoys I was very impressed when I walked in. Everything was set out so beautifully in such a big space with a variety of activities. There is also a lovely quite room. The pre=school provide wonderful nutritious food and the staff are excellent. Freddie loves the food! He is always happy to go to pre-school, gets on well with the other children and and enjoys bringing home his lovely art work to show me. Louise, Sophie and Julia who run the pre-school do an outstanding job!

      Sian 11 Feb 2015

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    Little Gulls and Buoys has 3 reviews with an average of 4.9
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  3. Lou Adams

    Lou is one of the founders and owners of Little Gulls & Buoys. She is a highly experienced childcare professional with Ofsted outstanding status in her capacity as a childminder. Previously a commercial litigation solicitor Lou knew how hard it was to work and get good quality,flexible childcare. In 2010 Lou opened her own childcare setting at home with a real passion for providing high quality childcare. This expanded over 5 years to become a Childcare on Domestic Premises setting and specialising in care for 0-3 year olds. . Lou used her extensive knowledge of the EYFS to launch a pre-school in January 2015 with fellow mums and business partners Sophie Witney and Julia Knight.The pre-school provides a parent-centred approach with strong communication and a high degree of flexibility as well as a quality approach seen through the experience of the staff and the resources and activities the children enjoy. Along with Sophie and Julia, Lou is proud to have opened Little Gulls & Buoys pre-school.

Suitable for ages

  • Pre-natal
  • 0-12 months
  • 12-24 months
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12+
  • 14+

Customer Reviews (3)

  • Quality of Service
  • What the Kids Think
  • What the Adults Think
  • Value for Money

Information for Parents

  • Gender: Mixed
  • Operates during: Daily , Weekdays , After school , During school , Term time , School holidays
  • Grouping: With others (group, class or team)
  • Number of visits: Continuous course
  • Disabilities catered for: Physical disabilities Intellectual disabilities

Useful Documents


  • NVQ Level 3 in Homebased Childcare
Find out more about the team

Contact Details

  • Name Sophie
  • Location St Peter's Community Centre Hangleton Road Hove East Sussex BN3 7LQ
  • Telephone 01273 773464
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