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.

This was primarily down to reviews left by people whose children were able to continue attending High Bank – apart from an initial two-month period when Covid-19 restrictions were first imposed – with the nursery’s staff having been designated as key workers.

One mum said: “Being a lockdown baby my daughter hardly had any socialisation prior starting at High Bank but the staff were brilliant and so accommodating. She now happily goes to the staff and always looks pleased to see them. She is always so smiley when I collect her, which is such a relief for me!”

Another mum said: “My child had attended three nurseries before going to High Bank and this nursery is in a completely different league. The children benefit from provisions that other settings simply cannot offer – lots of outdoor activities on the farm as well as external sources including tuition from a French teacher, a musician and a football coach at no extra cost.”

And another mum said: “The nursery’s handling of the current pandemic should be applauded. I had every confidence they were, and still are, doing everything possible to ensure the safety of staff and children.”

High Bank Day Nursery Manager, Zara Watkinson, said “We are delighted to have been named as one of the top 20 nurseries in region for the fourth consecutive year and to have scored a perfect 10 out of 10 for the third time in a row.

“It feels even more special this year due to all the challenges we faced in the nursery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have fantastically supportive parents and a highly dedicated staff team who go above and beyond to provide a fun and stimulating learning environment for the children.”

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