Castle Kindergarten - Staindrop

We aim to provide each child with a caring environment which is safe, stimulating and a very happy day-time alternative to home. Our carefully designed indoor and outdoor space allows children to play, explore, discover and create in safe, secure and inviting surroundings.

We promote all areas of learning and development as outlined in England's statutory Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We do this through a planned and purposeful play based curriculum. At the heart of our approach we have created an environment where children can express themselves, explore and investigate.

We offer a curriculum that is not only broad based, but considers the individual needs of each child, allowing each child to develop at their own pace and to follow their own interests. In each room the experiences offered are appropriate to children's age and include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Our learning environments are pivotal to our whole approach to learning and teaching; they are flexible so that spaces can be adapted in response to children's interests or lines of enquiry. Resources are easily accessible to children and are open-ended using largely natural or recycled materials so that children can create many different things in many ways.

We strongly believe that the environment for children must be safe, warm, welcoming and calm; that the activity spaces and meeting spaces in the kindergarten are homely and nurturing; some areas have furniture that would be found in our homes and there are plenty of cosy spaces where children can come together to be with others or on their own. Objects, artwork and photographs from the natural world are displayed around the setting.

Lighting and colour are also used to best effect to create a sense of well-being. These features will surround children within an environment that helps them feel safe and secure and encourages and supports positive behaviour for learning.

We have a large outdoor space where children spend a lot of time investigating the natural world around them. We have access to a wooded area close to our building that we can visit to further extend the children's experiences nature.

We provide day care for children from 3 months to 4 years 11 months. We offer funded places for 2 year olds who are eligible for the government's 15 hours free education and funded places for 3 and 4 year olds who are eligible for 15 and 30 hours of free education.


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When is it on?

Session information
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6.00pm
We offer various sessions within opening hours.

Who to contact

Contact name
Yvonne Arkley-Bond or Jasmine Smith
Contact position
Manager and Deputy Manager
01833 660004

Where to go

North Green
County Durham

Other details

Cost description
Smallworld offer a variety of session times to work around busy family lifestyles. Sessions vary from 3 hours to full days. Contact the nursery for more details and current fees.
Age range
6 weeks old to 14 years old


Childcare availability
Closed bank holidays
Before school
Term time
School holidays
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
Please contact us to discuss vacancies

Other details

School drop off/collection
Staindrop Church of England (Controlled) Primary School
Further drop off/collection details
We drop off at and collect children from the village primary school. This is done on foot using a safe route and we cross the road with the lovely village 'lollipop lady'. Children and staff are provided with hi-viz jackets to wear for extra safety and visibility to traffic.
Last Ofsted inspection grade
Ofsted report
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Local Offer

Local Offer description

Castle Kindergarten recognises that all children have different needs and will endeavour to make sure that every individuals child's needs are met. Where necessary, practitioners will undertake training and seek advice from other professionals in order to provide quality care.

The setting has a very dedicated designated SENDCo who attends Local Authority training and meetings. Practitioners have received Makaton training

Children will be provided with relevant activities and play opportunities that promote their wellbeing and development and offer age appropriate challenge.

Castle Kindergarten is wheelchair friendly. The centre has adjustable changing facilities to support all children's needs.

Some additional funding may be claimed from the Local Authority to support children with special educational needs.

Contact name
Jasmine Smith
Contact telephone
01833 660004
Contact email

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Address: 2  North Green  Staindrop  Darlington  County Durham

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