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.

Owner: 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: 9.2 (9.218)

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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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