Current Vacancies

We currently have a vacancy available for a Before and After School team member to take children to and from school. The working hours for this role are 7.30am – 9.30am and 3.00pm – 6.00pm term time only. We are happy to consider a job share for this position.

If you are interested please contact Lisa on 01325 355010 or alternatively drop us an email on

All applicants must be 18 or over and hold a relevant Level 3 Childcare.

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 from September 2017 (subject to status).

To book your 30 hours free with us you will need to register online at 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.

The 30 free hours are for 38 weeks of the year only 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.

30 Hours free childcare for the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

From September 2017, Danesmoor House Day Nursery will offer up to 30 hours of childcare to children from the term after their third birthday. This is the equivalent of 3 full days at the setting for 38 weeks of the year. 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. Priority is being given to children already attending the setting however if you wish to take advantage of the 30 hours of free funding from September 2017, we would advise to enquire as early as possible as demand is expected to be high.

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

Local Businesses join forces to go “Spotty for Pudsey’

As parents ourselves, it is is always lovely when we are in a position to support past and present customers when they make changes.

Louise is a very valued customer who has now trained as a driving instructor in order to be more flexible in her working arrangements and work around her family’s needs. We are delighted to continue to be as flexible as possible with regards to childcare to support her to do this.

“Two Darlington businesses have joined forces to help raise money for Children in Need.

Louise Peirson-McCourt of Learn with Louise Driver Training is taking part in The Big Learner Relay which helps raise money for Children in Need.

Louise explained that “The Big Learner Relay raises money by asking people to sponsor a spot for Pudsey on my Driving School car. During the first 2 weeks in November the relay starts in Northern Ireland with each lead car carrying the top box from one lesson to another around the rest of the U.K. In total the relay covers 3000 miles over the 14 days with around 190 Driving Instructors taking a turn. When people sponsor a spot they can have their name or a message written on it!”

When Louise collected her son from Danesmoor House Day Nursery on Carmel Road North in Darlington, nursery owner Adrian Crumpton commented on the ‘spotty’ car and said it would be great if they could get involved with the fundraising as they always support Children in Need.

Adrian and his wife Claire, both qualified teachers run the Nursery in Darlington which provides childcare from birth to 11 years. The nursery has recently started the process to become one of the first accredited Forest Schools in the region.

Louise first met Adrian and Claire when she was looking for a pre-school for her son Harry “I wanted to find a childcare provider that I felt comfortable with and where Harry could prepare for starting school. Within minutes of visiting Danesmoor House I knew it was just what I was looking for”.

Both said “As parents we know how lucky we are that our children are healthy at the moment but no one knows what is around the corner. By raising money for Children in Need we can feel that we are doing something to make a real difference to people’s lives”.

So watch out for the Learn with Louise car, ‘Spotty Dotty’ as she drives round Darlington proudly showing off her spots and Pudsey Bears!

If you would like to ‘sponsor a spot’ you can donate by texting LWLD99 plus your donation to 70070 or visit Just Giving – Louise’s Big Learner Relay 2016.”5274-6fcf89

Forest School Training Day five.

This week I have seen Forest schools in action with children from as young as three, to home schooled children to the oldest group of big kids I have ever met. 

Forest schools has a very high profile at the moment. It is all over social media and a great many settings are trying to implement it. What I have learned this week, is that it is not simply about being in the woods, it is about the process of learning and shared experience. 

The wood is the classroom. Boundaries are easily set. Everything can be planned safely and implemented with risk assessments that allow you to do activities rather than not do them at all. 

My first job is to track down some ropes. This course has given me some great ideas.

Forest School Training Day Four.

Another early start to the day meeting at Hicks Lodge. Today we have looked at the safe use of tools. And more importantly cooking a meal for the group. 

It is really amazing to see how a group of people with very different backgrounds and levels of experience when it comes to the outdoors have come together in such a short space of time. 

The Forest is a great leveller. It allows everybody the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way. It gives people the opportunity to demonstrate Their own strengths but at the same time takes others out of their comfort zone and allows them to learn new skills in a way in which a classroom can’t. 

Today people have made stools and wooden pigs, rope ways and swings, all safely for children to use and play with. From scratch using resources found in the woods and the skills they have learned. 

We have been shown how to make bread and have cooked our own three course meal. We have all experienced the successes and confidence boost that this approach to learning can bring to every one.