Kids 1st Darlington, Darlington, Durham
Kids 1st Darlington, Darlington, Durham
Kids 1st Darlington, Darlington, Durham

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: 40

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

Vacancies

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Current Recommendations

Recommendation Score: 10 (9.961)

The user 'Recommendation Score' ( 10 for Kids 1st 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.

Kids 1st Darlington

Both my children attend Kids 1st Darlington and the eldest has now been there nearly four years. The level of care and attention is excellent. The Manager has our complete faith and makes it so much easier to trust that your children are in good hands with her staff. There have been a few invoicing issues from head office which we eventually resolved but this is very much secondary and would not affect my recommending the Darlington facility and staff.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

What's important to me is that our nursery gives love and affection to our little boy when we aren't looking after him. Kids 1st Darlington have shown lots of love to my child and for this I have become fond of them.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Our son George looks forward to coming to nursery - says a lot doesn't it?

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Kids 1st is and always has been an amazing nursery. My child is happy here and loves coming. They have nurtured my child and helped with his confidence and learning!

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My son aged 18 months started nursery in Sept 2014. The staff in the starfish room were lovely and encouraged my son to come and join in, he's quite shy but they put him at such ease and now I can't get him to leave! He greets his staff members each morning with am massive cuddle and thoroughly enjoys his time with them. I have no hesitation in recommending this nursery to anyone, its such a lovely place to attend and my two older girls were so sad to leave when the time came. Lovely staff, atmosphere, surroundings and such a deep passion for the kids.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

This is such a fabulous, amazing place for your child. Having never needed to use childcare with our other children, we were dreading the prospect of daycare for our third child. All I can say is that we need never have worried. Our experience with Kids 1st has been so positive that we wish that our other children had needed to attend! The staff here are incredibly professional but at the same time so nurturing . Our daughter loves every minute here and I know we will find it difficult to leave next year for school, but Kids 1st has given her the confidence to achieve her full potential, that we know there will be no challenge too great. The staff and management really do care and are passionate about providing outstanding care and education.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Great nursery. Brill staff, very professional and friendly.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Fantastic nursery! Lovely, safe environment with wonderful, supportive staff and management. Great range of activities and great preparation for school. A great place and most importantly, my son loves it!

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

A fabulous nursery. A clean, safe and very welcoming environment. All staff are professional and polite and take great interest in my son's development (& also my daughter who has now moved onto school). Thorough daily feedback. Our children love it! Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

When you first walk into the nursery it is so welcoming from walking in to leaving. All staff are dedicated, professional and hardworking and always put the kids 1st! All rooms are clean, tidy and the nursery has an excellent garden area. Overall the nursery is excellent.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

My little boy has only been attending since Nov 2014 but already I have total confidence and faith in the girls who look after him. It feels like I am leaving him with a trusted friend. After recently suffering a family bereavement they went out of their way tom offer as much support as they could by offering extra days and being totally flexible, it made a huge difference at such a difficult time to not have to worry.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Happy to leave my beautiful with fun and caring. Bubbles, plays, back rubs no wonder he loves it here.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

We don't feel that there is a recommendation needed. This is the best place for my child and I am going to send my second child soon there too. The nursery is managed great and we trust all the girls very much.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

First time my son has properly experienced Christmas and the festive season - he is 20 months and has been with kids 1st since 13 months. He thoroughly enjoys every aspect of nursery and loves going. Kids 1st decorated the nursery and did all activities around Christmas, baby Jesus, nativity etc, and made it so festive for the children and adults (parents) All part of teaching the kids and making it fun every day relevant to what is happening. It was lovely they made Christmas cards and a calendar. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

I would highly recommend this nursery, my son has been going for a year now and is thriving. He loves going, he loves all the staff. The facilities and food is excellent, all staff know your childs needs and they cater for each child differently. I feel completely at ease every day leaving him in their care, knowing that he is cared for and loved and learning every day.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

My family would highly recommend Kids 1st, Darlington. The staff are friendly, professional and caring. Both my children who attend could not be looked after better. Emily started Kids 1st at 9 months and has loved taking part in all of the exciting and varied activities. Playing in the outdoor play area is a particular favourite, as are the dancing lessons she attends. I have no doubt William will have the same wonderful experiences. He has settled in so well with the help of Lisa and Laura. A big thank you to all the great staff at Kids 1stm you are fab!

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Best nursery ever!
My little one has been attending the nursery since he was 13 months old. They have been supportive, accommodating and professional. My little one loves the staff, especially his key worker, telling her he loves her. It can be very difficult finding a nursery with people whom you trust but I have found that here at Kids 1st. My little one is learning so much, even French lessons. The outdoor space is excellent and it is extremely clean. Fab food. I will definitely send my next child here without doubt and recommend to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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!

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

My child started the nursery in October and from day 1 till now I have received the very up-most treatment from all members of staff. My daughter settled straight away and gets very excited when we arrive in a morning. I am constantly updated of my child's development and how she is progressing in key stages.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My daughter started attending Kids 1st only 5 months ago but I can't thank the staff enough at how far she has developed in those few months. The facilities are great and the development programme has accelerated her learning. At every stage in her development the staff encourage and praise her and continuously give us feedback. I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

The staff at Kids first know my child extremely well and are flexible in their approach with him. Resources, staff and the inside/outdoor areas are outstanding. Staff go the extra mile to ensure smooth transitions e.g when my little boy had a new baby sister they did activities such as bathing/feeding the dolly

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

I can't thank all the excellent staff on the care they provide for my 1 year old son. My son initially struggled when moving on to the next development stage/room. The staff ensured there was a familiar face to greet him which made the transition so much easier. My son loves going to Kids 1st nursery. He is happy when he goes in and when we collect him. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

We love this nursery. Our daughter now aged 25 months is so happy and settled. She has attended since she was 9 months old. She is now in the 3rd class and each time we worry if she will like it as much as her previous class and every time she moves she seems so happy. The staff are fantastic . They are so caring and helpful to both my daughter and us as parents. Although the facilities and everything are fantastic the reason holly is developing so well is due to the staff they are a great team. We have and would recommend this nursery to anyone. I have personally and on facebook mummy's pages recommended too.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

I am really happy with the all round care from all the staff. A very happy friendly environment. Excellent facilities, building and outdoor play facilities. I feel that my child is safe as the security system is excellent. The nursery is very well organised. The management team are professional. My child has learnt a lot at nursery with fun stimulating activities which are planned and age appropriate and the resources equipment and ict which are used are fantastic. The nursery is clean, tidy and toys and equipment are well kept

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My daughter had been attending this nursery for the past 3 years. I have always been confident that she is getting the best care possible whilst they encourage learning. I couldn't be happier with the care she receives and she loves it!

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

This nursery is fantastic. The facilities are fantastic, and more importantly, the staff are fantastic. My children (I have twins) have come on so much and are extremely sociable with other children. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My 3 year old niece has been attending this nursery for the past month and I can't recommend it highly enough. Her social skills and speach have come on leaps and bounds since she began there. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable and clearly care about each and every child. The facilities are excellent. This truly is a fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Fantastic facilities
Caring staff who really know both our children. Excellent resources to support learning and development. First rate communication between nursery and home, access to plenty of educational trips and visitors, but best of all smiling happy children.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Kids 1st have really helped with the transition of going back to work, enabling me to feel comfortable knowing he is well looked after and cared for. They really care for the children as little individuals and that really shines through. They took amazing care of Reuben when he wasn't himself at nursery until I got there. Knowing they really care helps.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

An Amazing Nursery
Kids 1st are a friendly, welcoming and highly professional nursery. My daughter started at nine months old and all the staff made this transition easy. All of the staff are very helpful and my daughter loves her key worker. The rooms are all modern, bright and inviting and they are also changed regularly to keep the children entertained. I cannot recommend this nursery more highly.

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

An amazing nursery!
I would highly recommend Kids 1st Darlington. From the minute I made an enquiry (through a recommendation) to my little boy starting the nursery and to now I have only praise. Gerry was very re-assuring that Lewis would be safe and settled in well to his new environment. Then Lisa Lewis's first development worker was such a big hit to Lewis and us. She was amazing, Lewis loved his time with Lisa and still loves to pass her and blow kisses at her when he sees her. Lewis is now in his 2nd class and his development and learning experience through the girls in the class is 1st class. He loves his time at nursery and Claire has done wonders teaching him sign language! Helen and Kelsey are firm favourites of his too and I know when he moves in to his new class shortly he will miss them deeply. I know when I drop Lewis on a morning he will be well cared for and looked after and will enjoy his time until I finish work and pick him up on an evening. Working full time again was a real guilt initially but I know Lewis is happy and content the 3 days he visits nursery (full days) and the 2 remaining days with grand parents. I would only ever recommend Kids 1st Darlington to anyone - its amazing!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Kids 1st Darlington? Extremely likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My son has been at the nursery since 14 months old. The staff are excellent, very friendly and informative. The rooms are lovely. My son loves nursery and all the fun activities he participates in. I would and have recommended this nursery to lots of people.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Kids 1st has been and continues to be fantastic for our children. Their high standards in all areas gives us real confidence. However its the individual staff that we interact with that really makes us proud to send our children there.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

My daughter and I conducted an in-depth review of nursery provision in Darlington and Kids 1st stood out a mile, being purpose built and focussing on all aspects of nursery and pre-school care. The attention to parent-specific requirements, for their child, is paramount to staff as is the progress, welfare and well-being of their charges. Maisy started Kids 1st at 6 months and has developed into a bright and happy little girl; she has loved outside and inside play, field trips, dance and pre-school French. As a family we would happily recommend Kids 1st as exemplar nursery/pre-school provision.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

Brilliant, supportive environment. So sad to be leaving.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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.

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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!

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Kids 1st Darlington

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!

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Kids 1st Darlington

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! :)

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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