Boomerang Kids


01273 390900

About us

Childcare Professionals and experts in our field, we provide outstanding care for your children from 3 months up to the end of Key Stage 1 (Reception, Years 1 & 2). Boomerang Kids offers Nursery, Pre-School, Breakfast & After School Club solutions. Located in a spectacularly converted barn in the heart of Saltdean, Brighton, East Sussex.

About Us

As a registered charity (we are not a private company), we obtained lottery funding in 2005 to provide a new childcare centre in Saltdean. Raising over £1 million to renovate the old derelict barn in the park, we were delighted to be fully booked before we opened.

The setting has transformed over the last 17 years.

The Annexe building was added in 2010. Giving additional space we were able to take babies as well as higher numbers of pre-school aged children.

The design of the front garden is based on Michael Rosen’s classic children’s story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Whilst our large back garden renovated in 2018, offers zoned areas for different activities. As well as space to ride bikes, run, climb, play in the ‘mud kitchen’ and explore the ‘loose parts’ area.

In 2021 we introduced our ‘Little Explorers programme bringing forest school principles and outdoor learning to our curriculum. Many children had missed out on opportunities for outdoor physical play as a result of covid and this was a good opportunity to make the most the natural environment of the Bear Garden as well as the immediate local area.

We have many long serving staff in our team and promote an ethos of personal development. Some staff have been with us for over 15 years, giving us breadth and depth of experience in working with children. We have also had staff who joined us on student placements, and then returned to work with us full time following the completion of their qualifications.

We provide a flexible approach to childcare, working in partnership with parents, to provide high quality childcare for their children. This has been highlighted in all of our OFSTED reports.

We have around 50 children transferring to schools each year. The large percentage transfer to Saltdean Primary, whilst the rest will choose local schools in Rottingdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven.

We are proud of our photo wall of ex-pupils which is 750+.

Children may leave but often return, hence the name “Boomerang Kids.

They come back for Breakfast and After School Club, work experience volunteers and even staff members!

We are proud of all we have achieved here and hope to continue to serve the families in our community for many years to come.

Our Founder

Helen Hicks


“I founded Saltdean barn and renovated it into the charity nursery you see today. Boomerang Kids is my life achievement and I am supported by an amazing team of people, some of whom have worked with me since opening in 2005! 

The staff work tirelessly to maintain such high standards and create the outstanding nursery you see today, we are always looking at ways to improve. Most importantly we aim to give the parents and families of Saltdean the support they need and their children the very best possible start on their educational journey. 
To be nominated as a community hero was a pinnacle point for me as it showed the local community appreciated all the hard work involved. The visit to 10 Downing Street to have drinks with the Prime Minister was a fantastic experience!”