40 Years of Busy Bees

WELCOME TO KIDS 1ST

Nursery in
Durham

Rated Good by Ofsted

4 Reviews

Busy Bees

READY TO TAKE YOUR FIRST STEPS?

Book your visit today Use our funding calculator

New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 0191 3740 802

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Kids 1st Durham is situated in the city centre in the grounds of Durham University Hospital.

The nursery is split into rooms depending on the age group and the level of development and each room has access to well-equipped and challenging outdoor areas which have been designed to suit the age groups that use them.

In the academic year before the children are eligible for mainstream school they will enter the Kids 1st Pre-School. At Kids 1st Durham we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which influences children’s development and learning from birth to 5 years. The EYFS is designed to deliver improved outcomes for all children, across every area of learning and development. 

We even offer a complimentary ‘Coffee to Go’ breakfast service for parents every morning!

Pebble flexible childcare at Kids 1st - Durham

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Kids 1st - Durham 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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Busy Bees

Kids 1st - Durham

Old Dryburn Way

Durham

DH1 5SE

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Jodie Platt - Centre Director

Jodie Platt

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Kids 1st - Durham

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Durham. 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.

CCTV
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.

Teacher
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.

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

UP
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 - Durham

Fees include all meals, drinks and snacks prepared on site by our nursery chef.

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Food Menu

Take a peek at our NHS accredited menus below.

If you'd like to speak to someone about your child's diet, talk to your centre director.

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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 Durham 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.

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 Durham. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Kids 1st Nursery Durham for yourself.

Reviews

Joanna H.

22/01/2024

"Very personal service, always feel looked after and staff are extremely friendly and professional"


Rohan D.

15/08/2023

"Wonderful service, great nursery with friendly staff"


Silvia-iuliana S.

08/02/2023

"They are a fab team, i have 2 kids and both ofthem were within theyre care. I felt that my oldest one was very well looked after(comparing to what she is atm in school)."


Pamela F.

14/09/2022

"Great staff, very supportive of parents leaving toddler in nursery for the first time. "