40 Years of Busy Bees


Nursery in
North Shields

Rated Good by Ofsted

3 Reviews

Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 0191 2587 785

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Positioned just a stone's throw from North Tyneside General Hospital, Kids 1st Rake Lane provides a wonderful environment for your little one to grow, learn and ultimately thrive in. 

Our purpose-built centre looks to set children up for the move into primary school education by following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Through this, we've built up close connections with a number of local schools over the years. 

The nursery itself features fantastic facilities. There are eight individual playrooms, which are divided up between the age groups: babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Each room is equipped with a range of learning toys, games and activities designed to inspire curiosity and a desire to learn. 

We know how important it is for the kids to be able to take their exploration outdoors. Our outdoor facilities provide a secure space for them to have fun in the fresh air. Whether they're riding around on trikes or testing their skill on the climbing frames - it's never boring at our day nursery in North Shields! 

From the moment they join us, your child will have a dedicated staff member. With them, you’ll be able to discuss your child’s progress and what they’ve been up to with us. You’ll have access to this information via our free ParentZone app too. So, you’ll never miss out on those important moments. 

Ready to find out more about our childcare in North Shields? Book a visit to see us today – we can’t wait to meet you! 

Pebble flexible childcare at Kids 1st - Rake Lane North Shields

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Kids 1st - Rake Lane North Shields 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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Kids 1st - Rake Lane North Shields

Rake Lane

North Shields

Tyne and Wear

NE29 8NH

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Maria McCluskey - Centre Director

Maria McCluskey

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Kids 1st - Rake Lane North Shields

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in North Shields. 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 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 3 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 - Rake Lane North Shields

Here, at Kids 1st Rake Lane, all the meals, snacks, and drinks we provide are packed with natural goodness. They form part of our NHS Startwell-accredited menus, which have been carefully created to help children enjoy a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. It’s all included in your nursery fees too – so, there’s no extra to pay. 

Our talented nursery chef prepares all food and drinks, on-site, using fresh, local produce where possible. Need us to adjust the food your child is served, because of an allergy or dietary need? We can do that - simply let your Centre Director know. 

Wonder what tasty meals your little one could enjoy while they’re with us? Here’s just a sample. 


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge. 

Morning Snack

Fresh fruit with wholemeal toast or baked goods. Served with a cup of milk or water. 


Vegetarian sausage with mashed potato and homemade baked beans. Fruit yoghurt for dessert. 

Afternoon Snack

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks. Served with a cup of milk or water. 

Early Evening Snack

Satsuma smiles, followed by a main of a toasted bagel topped with cream cheese, served with summer slaw. Also served with a cup of water. 

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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 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 North Shields 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 North Shields Location

You’ll find our nursery just a couple of minutes away from North Tyneside General Hospital – making it a convenient childcare choice for parents who work there. 

Our location also means we’re just under a 10-minute drive away not only from North Shields town centre but also the neighbouring towns of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. We have a large on-site car park with ample space – making drop-offs and pick-ups safe for the children and easy for parents.  

Coming to us by public transport? The Rake Lane – Cedar Court bus stop is just outside the nursery. It’s served by 54, 57A, 308, 309 Cobalt & Coast, 317 and 675 buses. With our buggy store, you’ll be able to leave your pushchair in a secure spot until you come to collect your little one too. 

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


Sarah C.


"The staff are fantastic with my son, on nursery days he wakes up asking for them! Would certainly recommend it. Maria is a great manager and everything runs so smoothly with her in charge."

Rebecca B.


"The staff and caring, kind and supportive. We’ve loved every key worker that our child has had. Absolutely the best nursery for a supportive start. "

Kathryn M.


"Amazing staff, supportive and there to talk to when you need."