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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

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Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Looking for an amazing nursery in Ashbrooke that will provide support, love, and encouragement for your child? 

Our impressive Kids 1st Ashbrooke nursery features several rooms, each tailored to specific age groups and stages of development, with free-flow access to spacious, exciting outdoor areas which encourage children to explore and take safe risks in a supervised environment. 

From ball ponds, sensory equipment, and cosy corners to toy animals, sand tables, and role-play stations – there’s something for all ages to engage with.  

Located near Sunderland city centre, the nursery is split into rooms depending on age group and stage of development. Each room will have direct access to large, well-equipped and challenging gardens which have been designed to suit the age groups that use them. 

As an extra addition to the curriculum, children at Kids 1st Sunderland are able to participate in lots of extra-curricular activities and will be taken out on visits throughout the year. 

Want to learn more about the facilities, meet the team, and discuss fees or session options? Get in touch today to book a visit! We can’t wait to welcome you. 

Not sure if Kids 1st Ashbrooke is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Sunderland to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

Pebble flexible childcare at Kids 1st - Ashbrooke Sunderland

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Kids 1st - Ashbrooke Sunderland offers the flexibility of booking additional sessions for when you need them.​ Find out more about our nursery session booking app, Pebble.

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Bekki Grimes

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Nursery Facilities at Kids 1st - Ashbrooke Sunderland

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Ashbrooke. Click on each facility to find out more.

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Car Parking
We offer ample parking on-site for your safety and convenience.

Buggy store
A safe place to store your pram while visiting the nursery.

Our nursery is fitted with CCTV for the safety and security of our team and the children in our care.

Secure Access
Our entrance ways are fitted with an intercom system and all access points are safe and secure.

Nappies and Wipes inclusive
Fees are all-inclusive to include nappies and wipes.

Formula Milk provided
Fees are inclusive to include formula milk if required.

Meals and Snacks Provided
All meals, drinks and snacks are prepared on-site by our chef and are NHS accredited.

Outdoor Facilities
Our outdoor environment offers space to explore and take safe risks with the support of our team, aiding child development.

Sensory Room
Our Sensory Room is a relaxing space providing a unique sensory experience with activities and equipment to explore, engaging and stimulating children’s senses.

Parent Room
Our parent room is a dedicated safe space for us to get to know your family and you to speak in confidence with our nursery team about your child's nursery life.

Smart Board
Our Interactive Smart Board is used daily to bring learning to life and provides children with a hands-on approach with technology.

Funded Childcare
We offer government funded places for children aged 2 to 4 years, please speak to the Centre Director for more information.

We have a fully qualified Teacher in our pre-school room who delivers exciting learning opportunities, whilst ensuring statutory and legal welfare requirements are met for every child.

Foundation Class
The foundation class nurtures each child's natural curiosity within a structured framework providing pre-school children with an early introduction to school life.

We keep families informed through ParentZone, an online learning journal platform, which can be accessed via a smartphone app.

Exclusive to Busy Bees, UP is a learning and development app used by educators in our nursery and parents at home. Search ‘UP by Busy Bees’ on the app store to find out more.

Book Extra Sessions Online
We offer online booking for extra ad-hoc sessions at this nursery with Pebble.

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Food at Kids 1st - Ashbrooke Sunderland

All Fees include all meals, drinks, and snacks are included in the fees you pay and are prepared on-site by our nursery chef each day. How often do you hear ‘I don’t like that!’ when giving your little one healthy meals packed full of fruit or vegetables? We completely understand this!. 

We change our menus seasonally, and we’re always thinking of new and interesting ways to get all the good stuff into little tummies! 

Get an idea of what you can expect your child to eat while at our Ashbrooke day nursery: 


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge.  

Morning Snack

Fresh fruit with wholemeal toast or baked goods, with a drink of milk or water. 


Cream cheese pinwheel followed by beef/turkey or lentils in gravy with new potatoes and broccoli, with a drink of water.  

Afternoon Snack

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks with a drink of milk or water.  

Early Evening Snack 

Chef’s daily special, with a drink of water. 

Interested in learning more about how we encourage positive eating habits at Kids 1st Ashbrooke? Follow the link below to our ‘Eating Well’ page to explore the NHS-accredited menu in full. 

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Click the button below for weekly, daily, and session rates for our exceptional childcare.

Did you know Busy Bees also offers government-funded childcare? If eligible, you could be entitled to up to 570 or 1140 hours of funded childcare, depending on your eligibility and your child's age, each year for your child. Find out more on our 'Funding Options' page. Or alternatively, speak to your Centre Director to learn more.

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Preparing for School

In order to best prepare the children for the next big chapter of their lives, Busy Bees do all that they can to support and celebrate the transition. All of the planned activities and experiences which take place within our Kids 1st Nursery in Ashbrooke are designed to provide a foundation of skills that will help them grow in becoming confident and capable learners.

Learn more about how we support the journey from nursery to school by taking a look at our "My Journey to School Tracker". To read more and learn about the other ways our expert team supports the transition to school level, take a look at our Starting School page.

Kids 1st Nursery Ashbrooke Location

You’ll find our Ashbrooke nursery just a short seven-minute drive from Sunderland city centre - on Gorse Road. We are easily accessible by car and public transport.  

Travelling by bus? There are several stops nearby, including one on Esplanade West, serviced by bus numbers 22A, 22 & 23 Sapphire, 61 and 451. Or, alternatively, if you’re reaching us via train, the Sunderland Interchange is just a 10-minute walk.  

We offer on-site car parking for parents, as well as a buggy store for bulky pushchairs and strollers - which you can then collect at the end of the day.  

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Book a Tour

Our friendly, expert team of staff are always happy to welcome you and your child for a tour of the facilities on offer at our nursery in Ashbrooke. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Kids 1st Nursery Ashbrooke for yourself.


Navpreet H.


"Great staff and management and easy to communicate with. My little boy loves his time there and is developing so much"

Holly B.


"We have had a fantastic experience with Kids 1st - Ashbrooke. The staff are friendly and caring. They give full feedback and updates after every session, which is extremely reassuring. They work with us through our child's transitional/developmental periods, so that they can feel supported both at home and in nursery. We love that there is so much for our child to experience and explore through play both inside and outdoors. We recommended a friend to Ashbrooke Sunderland, following our positive experiences."

Kirsty T.


"I have seen huge improvements, very calm and friendly atmosphere. Very much appreciate every member of staff"

Sophie W.


"Great staff at the nursery, very friendly and just excellent all round, provide support where it’s needed and they always put the children first "