Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington
Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington
Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington

Kids 1st Darlington is a modern and flexible nursery that looks to treat every child as an individual throughout the early years learning progress, while supporting parents in a friendly and welcoming manner.

The service holds an Outstanding Ofsted report and has also been presented with significant food hygiene awards. Staff are well-qualified and respect the need for professionalism in all areas of childcare, with parents' confidence and peace of mind a core element of the service.

Group: Kids 1st Nurseries

Person in charge: Gerry Chapman (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Darlington Borough Council

Number of Staff: 25

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 108

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

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Current Recommendations

Recommendation Score: 9.5 (9.543)

The user 'Recommendation Score' (9.5 for Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington) is calculated using a combination of the average of all ratings on user Recommendations submitted in the last 2 years, and the total number of user recommendations submitted in relation to the number of child places at the nursery. The maximum Recommendation Score is 10. To see more about the daynurseries.co.uk user recommendations please click here.

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 17 July 2014 by Suzanne D (Mother of 4 year old child)

My son has attended Kids 1st since he was 10 months old. He has visual problems (blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other), from birth. The staff and facilities at Kids 1st are amazing, my son loves it there, I love it there (I'm jealous I'm too old to attend!) It's lovely to see all the children happy, content and well cared for, as well as to see how much they learn and enjoy. Ten out of ten every time.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 16 July 2014 by Joanne Cass (Mother of 4 year old son)

Brilliant, supportive environment. So sad to be leaving.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Tuesday 15 July 2014 by Nicola Carbert (Mother of 2 children at nursery)

3 of my children have used this nursery. Staff are fantastic as are the nursery facilities.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Tuesday 15 July 2014 by Susan Trotter (Foster carer for 4 year old)

Kids 1st nursery have done an excellent job in looking after my child. They have helped him in every area they possibly could.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Tuesday 15 July 2014 by Carly Grainge (Mother of 3 yr old girl)

Brilliant nursery, always clean, friendly caring staff. Good meals always given throughout the day, tasty, healthy and home cooked. Any problems big or little the nursery will ring and inform you.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Friday 4 July 2014 by Paul L (father of 4 year old girl)

Kids 1st and the staff are truly wonderful. My little girl has loved every second. It really is such a fantastic place. Graduation day was amazing and very emotional. Thanks for such wonderful memories of her time at nursery!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 3 July 2014 by Lakhbinnder P (Mother of child)

Excellent. Good secure building, freshly cooked food, good communication with parents.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 2 July 2014 by Jason Warne (Father of 3 year old son)

Our son has been at this nursery since he was 8 months old and has graduated today! My son's time at Kids 1st Darlington has been a delightful and proud period and he has turned out a lovely well rounded boy.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 2 July 2014 by Dawn Smith (Mother of child aged 4)

I can only give this nursery nothing but praise. My child has loved every minute of attending and if you have a happy child you are happy. The facilities are excellent. Food is brilliant. But most of all the girls are amazing and so friendly. Management have been so brilliant and helpful. I couldn't ask for any better. We certainly made the right choice when we picked Kids 1st. Thank you so much.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Monday 23 June 2014 by Lauren B (Mother of 4 year old girl)

Excellent care and concern for my daughter. Great facilities. Nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Debbie Mair (Mother of 4 1/2 year old daughter)

My daughter has attended this nursery since she was 21 months old and she is an extremely happy little girl. Her development and confidence is amazing and they take parents feedback on board. We are always kept very informed and the care all the staff give is second to none. I am expecting my 2nd child and he/she will certainly be attending this nursery.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Good

Activities: Excellent

Management: Good

Food/Nutrition: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 18 June 2014 by Kalia Kourou-Paradeli (Mother of child)

Service provided from Kids 1st is exceptional in all areas of child care. My son loves going to nursery and is always happy.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Tuesday 17 June 2014 by Natasha Dixon (Mother of Daughter)

I have a five, three and 11 month old daughters and each of them have gone to this nursery, even when we moved to the other side of town because I missed this nursery and only want the best for my children.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by kathryn warne (parent)

My son has been attending Kids 1st since he was 8 months old. He has gained so many good life skills, mixing and learning, how to share with other children, eating independently, lots of playing with different toys in a social and educational way. Most of all he has enjoyed his time at nursery and I have felt happy and confident that he is well looked after. Thank you

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 29 May 2014 by Kirsty Dunn (Mother of 1 year old boy)

We cannot speak highly enough of Kids First, especially his room starfish 1. The staff who work here are so friendly, professional and our son has formed a bond really quickly with them. The variety of activities they do is endless and really creative. What we have been especially impressed with is how closely they monitor our child's progress and keep records of this, sharing his development file with us at regular points.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 28 May 2014 by Kirstin E (Mother of 15 month old son)

I was really worried about sending my son to nursery school as a first time mum, but I can say I made the right choice with Kids 1st Darlington. They are superb with him, he loves them all to bits and loves going every morning. He has learnt a lot and all the facilities are fantastic. The food is freshly made every day and I can honestly say I have never had a days problem. Highly recommended!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Saturday 24 May 2014 by LD (Parent)

My 1 year old attends this nursery, the staff from the start were fantastic from first visit right through to child's first day, very welcoming no hard sell and the atmosphere is comforting for both child and parent. My child loves going to nursery an getting involved in the excellent range of activities. The communication between staff and parent can not be faulted and the daily diary is a great tool. Would strongly recommend this nursery.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Tuesday 3 September 2013 by Corna Corcoran (Mother of 2 year old boy)

Excellent care and support given to my son. Friendly, approachable staff. I would recommend this nursery to anyone.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 29 August 2013 by Chaklotte Haylock (Mother of child)

My 8.5 month old settled into nursery fabulously due to the caring nature of all the staff and how they welcomed him and fit into routines of home adapting them through dialogue with us on a daily basis. Through individualized learning my little boy has come on leaps and bounds developing his own personality.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 29 August 2013 by Helen L (Mother of 2 children in nursery)

I have 2 children that attend this nursery (4 years and 18 months) in the whole time they have attended the nursery has provided excellent care. I am aware what my child has done on their attendance (sleep, nappies, food, activities) my husband and myself are both police officers and the nursery has been extremely flexible with accommodating the girls for a short notice shift changes on many occasions. I couldn't praise Kids 1st enough for the care they give my girls.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 22 August 2013 by john (dad of 4 yr old girl)

i would highly recommend Kids 1st nursery , their care is 2nd to none. Our daughter has been there 2 years and has thrived with all their care and attention . Staff have taken great care and attention in well being of our child. i would not hesitate is recommending Kids 1st as an excellent place for any child.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 21 August 2013 by Christine (Mummy of 4 year old)

Kids 1st is an amazing nursery helped greatly in having Gerry an outstanding manager. Kids 1st has been outstanding in the care and attention they have given to my now 4 year child, who has had ongoing additional needs and at every stage the staff have encouraged and helped both my daughter and me always going that extra mile. A truly lovely environment to bring your child into.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 21 August 2013 by Lauren C (Mummy of 1 year old son)

Lovely nursery with caring staff. We have been really pleased with all aspects of the nursery. Our son settled in very quickly thanks to the attentive and approachable staff. He loves going to nursery and all of the children seem very happy. We couldn't fault this nursery at all.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Friday 16 August 2013 by Tamara Kirk (Mother of 2 year old boy)

Kids 1st is amazing! My little boy loves his time spent there. He even gets his bag ready before he's due to go! The staff are excellent, they communicate well, and I feel confident knowing he is looked after so well. I trust them implicitly with my son. The food is nutritious and varied. The building itself is light, spacious, and very clean. The security is excellent and the activities my son takes part in are educational and fun. The outdoor play areas are perfect for any little one, and as a mother I feel so happy I've found a nursery as good as this! I'd send all my children here... If we have more!

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 15 August 2013 by Deborah (Parent)

Kids 1st Darlington is an amazing nursery. It is headed up by Gerry who is outstanding. The staff are so friendly, happy, and go out of their way to give parents feedback, reassurance and confidence. My little girl has been at the nursery for 3 years and I can honestly say that she has thrived as a result of Kids 1st. She is a sensitive little soul and the staff in the nursery have gone out of their way to help her when she has moved rooms making her feel secure and safe. I would recommend any parent, looking for the best childcare, to visit Kids 1st.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Mrs S (Parent)

Kids 1st is a great environment for children to grow & develop. It is well organised, very clean & welcoming, has great indoor & outdoor space. Staff are very friendly, caring & helpful. There's a good level of communication with parents on drop off and collection & through children's diaries, parent evenings', newsletters & email.

Learning: Good

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Hayley S (Mother of 1-year-old girl)

My daughter loves the nursery, the care and attention she gets is fantastic. She gets individual and group attention and activities. Heidi is getting so much developmental progress from being here. All the staff are lovely and professional, and know each and every child and their little personalities.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Michael Scotchbrook (Father of 1 year old girl)

My daughter gets excellent care from this nursery, facilities, staff, and food, are all excellent. They know my daughter so well and help her progress through play. I am very happy with all aspects.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Wednesday 14 August 2013 by Amanda A (Parent)

What can I say about Kids 1st that has not been said by other parents, the staff are magnificent and my son is given exceptional care. As a parent, you feel comfortable knowing your child is in a safe and happy place. The building is brilliant and I like the fact that they encourage learning, playing outdoors and fresh home cooked food and fruits. They follow your child's routine which is a great bonus and give parents all the assistance they need. All of the staff deserve awards.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Friday 9 August 2013 by Jane (Parent)

1st class nursery! I am happy to leave my child with them, knowing that she will be cared for. The staff have always been exceptional. The purpose-built building ensures everything runs efficiently (e.g. nappy rooms), while the fish tank in the reception area and the displays around nursery make it a very welcoming environment. My daughter gets fresh-cooked meals, has plenty of fun outdoors in the different playgrounds and, all the time, the staff are helping her learn life skills. I can definitely recommend this nursery.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 8 August 2013 by Nickers (Mammy)

I think this is an excellent nursery. I like the fact that there is the garden all the way around - my little boy loves being outside. The food is very healthy and different to things I would make him at home. My little boy gets upset going in but then has a great time. The staff are great. You get a little report slip at the end of everyday so you know what they've eaten etc. It feels like a very safe place and the fact it is purpose built means it is just so perfect for little ones. Highly recommended from one picky mammy!

Learning: Good

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 8 August 2013 by Kay Murray (Happy Parent)

Our daughter has attended Kids First since I returned to work. The facilities are excellent and the outdoor play areas are well resourced and available throughout the day. She is happy, content and stimulated in all areas of development. She enjoys her time at nursery and talks happily about the staff. Kids First are supportive of the families needs and excellent with children's illness, they do not phone you to collect your child for a temperature but will deal with it! Since our daughter started at Kids First I have recommended it to colleagues who now use it for their daughters and my two god-children also attend! I would not hesitate in recommending Kids First as a childcare provider - it becomes part of life!

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Kids 1st Nurseries - Darlington on Thursday 8 August 2013 by Charmaine Franklin (Parent)

Absolutely fantastic nursery! Visited lots of nurseries before going back to work following maternity. Actually visited this one last but had it been the first I wouldn't have bothered looking at any others! Lovely staff, great varied meals, extremely clean and my son LOVES going. Smiling when I drop him off and pick him up. Fab activities for the kids to do. Very happy parent, thank you! :)

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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