Kids 1st Darlington

Alderman Leach Drive, Darlington DL2 2GF

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 their early years, while supporting parents in a friendly and welcoming manner.

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

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Current Reviews

Review Score: 9.9 (9.881)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Kids 1st Darlington is based on 49 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 9.881 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.974 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.907 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.

  • The maximum Review Score for a nursery is 10 and it is based on the published (including Restricted Publication) Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

    The Review Score of 9.881 for Kids 1st Darlington is based on 49 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

  • The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):

    • Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the nursery is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)

      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.974 for Kids 1st Darlington is calculated as follows: ( (556 Excellents x 5) + (15 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 571 Ratings = 4.974

    • Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a nursery. A Positive Review is defined as:

      • Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

      • Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)

      The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a nursery requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)

      3. (Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of children) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a nursery has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of children to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a nursery with 40 children has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.

      The Quantity Score of 4.907 for Kids 1st Darlington is calculated as follows:

      1. 49 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 49 Positive Reviews = 4.900 (maximum score = 1)

      3. (49 Positive Reviews ÷ 108 Children) x 2 = 0.907

  • The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of child places at the Day Nursery.

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Our son joined Kids 1st Darlington in September and he seems to be loving every second. He goes in happy and comes home happy...what more could a parent want! The staff are very warming and welcoming which put our minds at ease in our busy jobs. Our son loves his key worker and has a special bond after such a short space of time which speaks volumes. The communication is great and it is clear all staff care about and love their jobs. We couldn't be happier with Kids 1st Darlington they're great!

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 is amazing! Whenever asked, I'm always proud to say my children attend Kids 1st as it truly is outstanding. From the management, staff, food, facilities and even the 'coffee to go' service. No stone is left unturned to ensure that all children not only receive the best education, but in my opinion, the most outstanding care around. Kids 1st is the next best care to home and we couldn't be happier.

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

Our experience so far at Kid's 1st, Darlington has been wonderful. The staff have been incredibly supportive and welcoming. They have prioritised getting to know us as a family as well as individually. I feel so secure leaving my son in their care, he seems happy to be there, safe, nurtured and well fed! Nothing is ever too much trouble and they create a fantastic, fun environment for the children. The staff communicate really well with both parents and children. The learning goals are clear but do not dominate which I am very happy with. I am so pleased with our choice of nursery and am excited to continue my son's journey there.

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cleanliness: Excellent

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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

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

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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

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Cleanliness: Excellent

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

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Cleanliness: Excellent

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Cleanliness: Excellent

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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

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Management: Excellent

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Activities: Excellent

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Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Value for Money: Excellent

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

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Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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