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Our learning environment

We believe children learn best through active, fun, hands-on play and aim to provide a place for children to explore, observe, try out ideas, make choices and follow their own interests. 


Our nursery is homely and inviting, vibrant and embraces messy play creating a ‘doing’ space for the children. We aim to meet children’s developmental needs in an environment that is inclusive of all children and their families.


Our main garden has a mud kitchen, sensory and kitchen garden and offers opportunities for forest school activities. In our outdoor environments we support children to connect with nature in a space where challenge and risk taking is part of every day play.


Our staff team work to make every child feel welcome, secure and loved providing a nurturing and inspiring atmosphere thus enabling every child to become a confident and capable learner.

Sensory Room

The sensory room at Denton Island Nursery provides a calm space for all our babies and children which we use every day. It helps us to enhance learning and development opportunities and is a fabulous space to help enrich storytelling. We are able to provide multi-sensory play opportunities tailored to the individual needs of each child especially those who have specific or additional needs. The room is also available for hire.

Teaching & Learning

Our insights into the curriculum we use at Denton Island Nursery:

Understanding the World

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Preparation for School

Physical Development



Expressive Arts & Design

Communication & Language Development

Core Skills

SEND Local Offer

The local offer is the new term to describe the services available to children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). Our offer will give parents information about the services and support we can offer to children with SEND at our nursery and further information is available to download here Denton Island Nursery SEN and disability local offer.

For more specific information about other services please refer to the East Sussex County Council website.

A useful link to Children’s Centres is here. They provide a range of services and activities to support the needs of families.

Contact us

Contact Denton Island Nursery

Denton Island Community Centre,
Denton Island, Newhaven,

Phone: 01273 515125

Email:[email protected]