History

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Honeycroft has put families at the centre of all that we do for over 35 years.

Honeycroft is a registered charity established in the late 1970s. The founder, Marion Silsby, identified a need for low cost learning through play for children in Brighton & Hove. Over a period of 35 years Marion built Honeycroft’s excellent reputation; making it known in the community for integrating children with special needs, creating projects inspired by parent’s stories and responding to families’ needs.

Marion developed Honeycroft into the city’s leading not-for-profit centre of play offering resources, guidance and support for children, their families and the wider community.

I originally started as a mum helping out a couple of sessions a week. Those were the days when playgroups were run by parent volunteers. We’ve come a long way since then, but some things stay the same, no matter how many changes to government legislation or additions to the early years’ curriculum, all children need the space and freedom to learn and discover through play.

Honeycroft has always been about the families and their individual needs. Each development, project and expansion has grown because of this. It’s also been important to ensure all families have access to quality childcare. This has been a main player in our inclusion drive, affordability is an essential part of Honeycroft’s charitable aims.” Marion Silsby

Children playing in nursery

In 2016 Marion retired and her youngest daughter, Natasha, stepped up to continue her work. Today, Honeycroft’s activities have grown to offer a range of services based at St. Barnabas Church Hall on Sackville Road in Hove.

These include:

In addition to the range of services on offer, Honeycroft continues to uphold the original ethos of learning through play and access for all.