*Under New Management*

*Under New Management*

Following the acquisition of the company at the end of 2018, we are pleased to introduce Kevin Howes as our new owner. Kevin has been working with the team for the past seven months to understand the business & assist in making improvements across the board.

Commenting on the acquisition, “Danesmoor’s strength clearly lies in its excellent team of staff & I was keen to compliment them by bringing my expertise on the business side. The nursery is an excellent facility but has been in need of some TLC & investment. With the commencement of a new outdoor space & a refresh of the building itself, we hope to enhance further the positive environment for the children. If you are or have been a client of Danesmoor, please help to support our growth by spreading the word in person & through recommendations & sharing on social media. If you have any recommendations for improvements, please feel free to drop us a line.”

To discuss your childcare needs, please contact us on 01325355010, info@danesmoorhousedaynursery.co.uk or via Facebook Message.

30 Hours Government Funded Childcare

Toddler girls playing with puzzle pieces in a preschool classroom

As you will be aware, Danesmoor House Day Nursery are offering places for the Government funded 30 hours free childcare to children from the term after their third birthday.

To book your 30 hours free with us you will need to register online at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/. You will then receive a code, which we will need along with your National Insurance number and the child’s birth certificate for us to gain the funding. If we do not receive this information unfortunately you will not be able to access the free 30 hours.

There are a number of ways in which this free offer can be structured and our intention as always is to ensure that we are as flexible as we can possibly be to ensure that all eligible parents are able to access childcare when they need it. The 30 free hours are for 38 weeks of the year only, This is the equivalent of 3 full days at the setting for 38 weeks of the year but can be stretched over 52 weeks of the year. This equates to 1140 hours a year, which is 21.92 hours a week for 52 weeks.

We understand that each family has difference childcare needs, so please contact us to discuss your requirements and then we can work out your individual plan for you.

If you wish to make an appointment to come and meet the team, or if you have any questions regarding provision, please call 01325 355010, or email info@danesmoorhousedaynursery.co.uk

Pre-school Football Sessions!


At Danesmoor House Day Nursery we are very lucky to have visits from Coach Shane every Wednesday afternoon.

Research has shown that football develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches children the importance of teamwork, so it can play an important part in your child’s physical and social development. It requires children to sprint after the ball and jog up and down the field, which are activities that build endurance and speed. Dribbling and shooting the ball develops agility and coordination. The health benefits of active sports such as football include stronger bones and muscles, decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and decreased chance of becoming overweight.

Furthermore aerobic exercise causes the heart to beat faster. When aerobic exercise occurs regularly, it “strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells.”

All our pre-school children have the option of taking part in football sessions. The cost is £3.50 per session and starts at 1pm until 1.30pm on Wednesdays.

Your Children and E-Safety.

Many children who attend the setting will already have access to the internet, whether that be through a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Access to computer programmes and apps at the setting are restricted to pre loaded software selected by the practitioners. None of the children will have access to the internet in any shape or form. Children only have access to designated tablets with access to the Wi Fi network password protected.

Practitioners in the setting have access to Nursery tablets to enable them to use the 2 simple app, which is used to track pupil progress. These are connected securely to a central data base that is password protected and allows photos of your child to be securely updated. They are used for this purpose only.

Staff do not have access to the internet other than through the office computers and these are used for work related activities.

Click here to watch a short E Safety video with your child.



What do we plan for?

Planning in the nursery is very important. When you have a group of children to look after for a few hours you need to plan exactly what you want them to do. At Danesmoor House Day Nursery we don’t plan the activity, our practitioners start with the stage of development that your child is at and then plans how they are going to move them on to that all important next step or revisiting a skill until they really have mastered it. This means that the team are focused on what they can do to make a difference to your child, not the production of 5 flower paintings in one morning.

It is easy to focus on the activity and let the nursery environment become like a small factory in which artwork can be produced. At Danesmoor House Day Nursery our staff are focused on how they can make a difference to your child’s day by observing, supporting, and nurturing in an environment that allows your child to develop naturally, developing and deepening skills and understanding rather than rushing to the next activity on the tick list.


The Indoor Garden

The Indoor Garden becomes a role play area, a counting area, a teaching tool for recognising shapes and names of vegetables or a starting point for the story of “Stone Soup” or “The Incredibly Large Turnip”. Your child has the opportunity to have a variety of learning opportunities explored and supported by our team, and has not simply been given a single activity to complete.

Observing your child and their next steps.


Meet the newest member of the team.
As promised we have made a major investment in technology this year. The new tablet computers are being used to complete observations on the children using an app that enables you to have observations completed by the team and emailed direct to you. It will also give you the opportunity to add your own observations to your child’s portfolio.
The tablets are making this process a lot quicker which means being able to spend more quality time with their key carer groups.
Tablets have also been purchased for the preschool and loaded up with literacy and numeracy apps. The children now able to take their own pictures and videos. The children’s tablets are not connected to the internet and are proving a popular addition to the preschool. It would help us share information
If you let your child’s key carer have your email address so that we can send you regular updates on your child’s progress.

National Day Nurseries Association


Danesmoor House Day Nursery has joined the National Day Nurseries Association. This organisation is committed to supporting settings like ours develop and continually improve. Membership gives us access to to continual development and support in our efforts to be an outstanding setting for all the children in Darlington.
It will enable us to network with other settings, take part in excellent training courses and keep up to date with all the changes that we can expect over the next few years.