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Our Practitioners – Sophie

Sophie Arthur took the apprenticeship route into childcare and says this work-based learning approach was perfect for her.

She says: “I did voluntary work for children in Africa, so this gave me the incentive to go into childcare as a profession and after my apprenticeship at a school nursery I came to High Bank five years ago and haven’t looked back since.”

Sophie has worked in three of our four rooms and now is an Early Years Practitioners in babies.

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Top 20 nurseries

High Bank been named as one of the top 20 nurseries in the North-East of England for the fourth consecutive year – with parents highlighting the manner in which it handled the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based solely on reviews submitted by parents, we have been listed as a top 20 recommended nursey in the region by the UK’s leading day nurseries reviews website, Day Nurseries.

We topped the list in 2021 with a review score of 10 out of 10.

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New classroom

High Bank Day Nursery has further increased the learning opportunities for children after investing £80,000 in a new classroom.

Known as the ‘Curiosity Cabin’, the timber framed building was opened recently at our farm-based nursery in Stapleton, near Darlington.

It sits next to, and complements, a large poly-tunnel which was converted into an ‘outdoor’ classroom in 2020 to provide pre-school children with their own separate ‘bubble’ after the nursery re-opened following a closure enforced by Government Covid-19 restrictions.

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