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Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Based within the grounds of Wansbeck General Hospital. Kids 1st in Ashington provides a safe environment for your little ones to grow, develop and thrive. When you walk through the doors of this Northumberland day nursery, you're warmly greeted by welcoming classrooms and playrooms.

We have multiple rooms, split out by age group, so there's plenty of space for toddlers and pre-schoolers to learn and play comfortably at their own pace. We have a dedicated baby unit too, so if you’re looking for infant childcare in Ashington, you can rest assured they’re getting the close attention they deserve.

Throughout your child's day at our Northumberland nursery, our staff organise activities aimed at making these early years lots of fun while still also encouraging development. This could involve anything from reading their favourite stories to role playing in the toy kitchen or running wild in our large outdoor space.

Kids 1st Ashington follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which has been designed to help set your children up for the next step in their education. The ParentZone app provides an easy way for you to track your child's progress and get in touch with your child’s key worker at our children's nursery in Ashington.

Want to see the fantastic facilities for yourself and meet our friendly team? Book a visit today!

Pebble flexible childcare at Kids 1st - Wansbeck

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

Woodhorn Lane Ashington


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Lindsay Fairclough

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Kids 1st - Wansbeck

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

At Kids 1st your child will be able to enjoy a variety of delicious and nutritious meals, snacks, and drinks – all prepared on-site by our nursery chef. They’re included within the fees you pay. 

Here’s an example of the food featured on one of our NHS-accredited seasonal menus: 


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 


Salmon fish fingers or veggie fingers served with potato wedges and mushy peas, with banana and sultanas for dessert 

Afternoon Snack

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks served with a cup of milk or water 

Early Evening Snack

Wraps with a choice of fillings and tomato wedges, with yoghurt and berries for dessert 

Our chef can take an allergies or dietary requirements into account too – ensuring that the food remains healthy and delicious, while meeting the requirements of your child. 

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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 Ashington 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 Ashington Location

Our Ashington children’s nursery is situated on the grounds of Wansbeck General Hospital, on the outskirts of the town. 

We have an on-site car parking for parents to pick up and drop off their children. 

There’s also a convenient bus stop right outside the main entrance to the hospital – it’s served by buses on the 1, X20 MAX and X21 Sapphire routes. When you arrive, you’ll find our nursery in Northumberland just a two-minute walk away. 

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


Emily L.


"Jen is great with the children, very positive and caring. "

Holly M.


"Kids 1st is fabulous. We first sent our little girl when she was 15 months and she just adores it. She goes 2 days a week. The staff are fantastic, so caring and consistent and they really get to know your kids and that means a lot for parents. The manager Rachel is brilliant, she’s very hands on and she handles any queries or worries quickly and efficiently. Communication is brilliant with the app for updates and photos of your children aswell as updates for parents to know about being well publicised both online and in the centre. Recommend, thoroughly."

Carly P.


"Our son absolutely loves coming to this nursery, his communication has improved leaps and bounds. His key workers genuinely care, his food is always excellent and varied and the activities are both educational and fun. "

Shannon K.


"My daughter has settled in very well into the penguin room. We feel the staff in here are very enthusiastic , welcoming and great at what they do. My daughter looks forward to coming to nursery especially to see Amanda and Jen. "

Laura T.


"So friendly and caring, my child is thriving at Kids 1st."