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This week staff and children at a Hexham nursery are celebrating after achieving an outstanding Ofsted report but it’s a double celebration for childcare group Kids 1st, as this latest inspection means that all 10 of their nurseries are outstanding!
Kids 1st Hexham is a 110 place purpose-built nursery located on Maidens Walk, behind Hexham General Hospital. The nursery was judged as outstanding in every category and has been given a huge amount of positive feedback from Ofsted inspector, Eileen Grimes. She was particularly impressed with the rich, stimulating and exciting learning environment, the nursery’s partnerships with parents, the innovative and inspirations leadership of the manager and the development of children’s self-esteem and positive attitudes towards learning.
Sarah Scandle, Nursery Manager at Kids 1st Hexham is thrilled with the nursery’s achievement, she said: “All of my team work so hard to ensure that we provide the very best care and education for the children in the nursery and we are all delighted that this has been recognised as outstanding!”
Since their first nursery was built in 2004 on Rake Lane in North Tyneside, Kids 1st have established themselves as one of the leading childcare providers in the North East and the whole of the UK. This recent accolade is the latest in a long line of awards for Kids 1st, most notably, that for the last four consecutive years, they have been named the ‘Highest Quality Childcare Provider in the UK’ by Nursery World.
Mark McArdle, Managing Director, said: “I am so proud of everything that we have accomplished over the last eleven years but to be able to say that all 10 of our nurseries are outstanding is very special and is quite unique within the industry.
It is extremely difficult to achieve an outstanding Ofsted report and we know we couldn’t achieve them without the hard work and dedication of every single member of staff. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them for being part of the Kids 1st family.”
Kids 1st is a family run business, with ten purpose-built nurseries in the North East of England. Outstanding features of the nurseries include nutritious homemade meals, challenging gardens which have been designed to suit the age groups that use them, CCTV and fingerprint security, interactive whiteboards, extra-curricular activities and a coffee-to-go breakfast service for parents. In November Kids 1st are opening their eleventh nursery in the grounds of the QE Hospital in Gateshead and plans for a twelfth nursery in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, have just been announced this summer.