We offer ‘30 hours childcare for working parents’ in partnership with other childcare in our area.

We are a private day nursery based within Bishop Auckland Children's Centre.

We welcome all children from birth to 5 years old and are open all year round from 8.00am to 6.00pm. We also offer term-time only places and half or full days.

Our small team is highly qualified, with three early years teachers and the rest of the team being qualified to Level 3 or higher.

Judged as outstanding by Ofsted, we pride ourselves on ensuring that every child in our care is understood and supported well. We work hard to get to know them, their preferences, their abilities and what they love. We use this information to provide a safe, enaging and challenging environment that keeps them interested and motivated to learn and enjoy their time with us.

We are very strong at preparing children for school, supporting their positive attitude to having a go and helping them to develop the skills they need.

We enjoy spending time with the children and giving them what they need, be it a cuddle of reassurance or encouraging words as they explore something new. We support and nurture relationships between the children, helping them to make friendships, become part of our family and to learn about others.

Our light and airy building was purpose-built and gives us lots of space to explore both indoors and outdoors. Our large garden provides children with lots of wonderful experiences outdoors, lots of space to run and natural curiosities to learn about.

Kate, our Nursery Director has a Masters degree in Education and is currently studying towards a Doctorate in Early Childhood Studies. Her research is focused on how children communicate with each other in social situations and how this changes as they develop new skills.

We are happy to offer all of the funding options as follows; two year-old funding (for low income and non-working families), 15 hours of early education (for all 3 and 4 year-olds); and 30 hours funding for 3 and 4 year-olds (for working parents, starting in Sept 17).

Healthy, freshly cooked meals are provided by our nursery cook and include all of the nutroents and food-types that our children need (and excluding all those they don't need). We are able to meet individual diets - whether they are health, cultural or personal preferences.

We also offer limited places to older children (up to 8 years old) for before and after school care and holiday care (with fun activities to keep them all busy).

Please feel free to visit the setting to take a look around and see whether we are the nursery for you and your child.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When is it on?

Session information
Day nursery: 8.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday

Who to contact

Contact name
Jennifer Morfoot
Contact position
Nursery Manager
01388 603 862

Where to go

Wellington House
Cockton Hill Road
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6HX

Other details

Cost description
Prices available on request


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
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
We can offer wrap-around and/or holiday care to children who attend the local schools and The Aclet Nursery. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

Other details

School drop off/collection
Aclet Close Nursery School
Woodhouse Community Primary School
Etherley Lane Primary School
St Wilfrid's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School
Etherley Lane Nursery
Ofsted report
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Local Offer

Local Offer description

Our highly qualified and experienced team love to support children with special needs. We recognise that every child is diffierent and they work closely with parents to identify the best place, the best care, gentle routines to your child's preferences.

We are trained on a range of needs but are always happy to attend additional training.  

Other professionals are regularly invited into the nursery to enable them to see how a child progresses and is able to access resources at nursery - this can also help reduce the burden for parents in having so many visitors!

Contact name
Jen Morfoot
Contact telephone
01388 603 862
Contact email


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  • Ofsted Outstanding Provider

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Address: 9  Kensington  Cockton Hill Road  Bishop Auckland 

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