Testimonials

Kirkgate Childcare is a very special place; and we are so privileged that our daughter has had the opportunity to benefit from the Early Years provision, in this outstanding nursery.The staff are so kind and gentle, with the children. They have such knowledge of the children, and show genuine curiosity in each child's interests, giving them each the opportunity to develop in their own way. They give children a voice, to share their thoughts and feelings. They appreciate that each child is unique, and celebrate that.When our daughter started at Kirkgate, she had spent important months of her development in lockdown; and there were some initial tears at starting nursery (from us both!) But I will never forget the compassion of the staff there, and especially my daughter's keyworker at the time. Even in these difficult times, they took so much time to settle her in, gently and with such care. Soon enough she was running in with a huge grin on her face; and I cannot believe how her confidence has grown.My daughter has made so many special memories, and I know there are many more to come. It is such an exciting place, with inspiring role models for children. I can't believe it sometimes when I hear the stories of what they've been doing today (baking bread, trips to the allotment, first aid courses, their own special 'cinema', playing on the 'bus' outside, putting on shows.....)As a parent, all you want is for your child to be happy and well looked after; and nowhere could do that better than Kirkgate.
Emma and Rowan
I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough. Having had experience of 4 other nursery settings before we found them, the Kirkgate team blew me away with their outstanding and refreshing approach to childcare. Not only do the staff nurture and develop each individual child with great professionalism, offering them meaningful learning experiences, but they support them through their emotional and personal growth with care, patience and enthusiasm. The teams early years knowledge and practice is exceptional and the environment stimulating and engaging. The creativity of the activities and enriching visits fill the children with excitement and curiosity. With summer born twins, I was hesitant about their readiness to start school but the Kirkgate team prepared them so well that their transition was a breeze. They skipped trough the school gates knowing exactly what to expect and with a fantastic foundation of learning to springboard them into reception. I sobbed the day they left the setting because I couldn’t articulate to the staff just how grateful I was to them. All any parent wants is to feel that their child is being looked after with the same care and attention as they would get at home and the staff here go above and beyond at every level to see the children smile and grow – it is their passion not just their profession. Thank you
Mrs and Mrs EJ
I would highly recommend Kirkgate Childcare. My little boy loves it at nursery, straight away from day one he settled and felt comfortable. All of the staff are in tune to the children’s individual needs, his key worker knows him so well and he loves the relationship he has with her. He is thriving, he is happy and he is encouraged to learn at his own pace. Will definitely be sending my youngest when he is old enough. Privileged to have such a wonderful nursery in the village
Emma L
My daughter has just finished at Kirkgate Childcare to start big school in September and we honestly cannot recommend this little special nursery enough. The care, enrichment and education is outstanding. The staff are so friendly and loved by all the children. She went into nursery with a big smile on her face and came out with an even bigger one! Without a doubt choosing this nursery was one of the best decisions we have made for our daughter. We cannot thank you enough, especially Milly, her Key Person you have given my little girl some very happy memories which I know she will treasure forever!!
Georgie Rose
My daughter had just left Kirkgate childcare ready to start big school in September! I could not recommend this nursery anymore if I tried. The staff go above and beyond and truly care about every child! Nothing is ever too much trouble. They blend play, adventure and education perfectly! My daughter always came home with a biggest smile on her face and full of stories about what she had been up to that day! A special mention to Lucy who was my daughters key person, you’ve helped her make memories, learn new things and grow into the person she is today! Kirkgate is more than a nursery, it’s a family that I’m so glad we were part of
Nicole Victoria
Our son is leaving in 2 weeks and we couldn't leave without sharing our experience. We moved to Sherburn from Halifax and didn't know the area well. We visited a few nurseries but Kirkgate was hands down our favourite and it hasn't disappointed. He settled in immediately and has really enjoyed going. The nursery offers so much including trips to the allotment, baking classes and loads more. He loves being outside and I think one of the best parts has been the ability to spend loads of time outdoors. The staff are amazing, really child focused and always encouraging. I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone thinking of going, thank you to all staff. We will miss you all xx
Angie and Andy
Staff create a welcoming and nurturing environment where children flourish
Taken from Ofsted report
Lovely nursery with friendly attentive staff. My daughter, with additional medical needs, made firm bonds with staff and was given the highest level of care. would definitely recommend.
Kirsty F
An absolutely outstanding nursery. My daughter has been going since she turned two, and she has learnt so much from communication, numbers to making friends and lovely manners! The staff are very kind to the children and teach them to be kind to others. It’s not like any other nursery, they go out on trips to the library, to their allotment, the old people’s home and also to the old girls school and have some fun and frolics with the oldies dancing and singing! My daughter loves it that much I’ve started my little boy there now and can’t wait for him to develop. He has a few allergies too and they have been SO accommodating towards him with these, following all protocol with health and safety so he will be in a very safe environment. Let’s just say if your looking for an excellent nursery this is the one to go for! Dawn and the rest of the staff go above and beyond for your child! X
Collette
Both my children have attended kirkgate childcare and I couldn't be happier with our experience. They did a wonderful job preparing my daughter to go off to school, encouraging her to speak out when she's not happy. I was very anxious with my son starting due to him having a life threatening condition, however the staff have gone over and above to ensure his safety and inclusion. I couldn't give this nursery a higher reccomendation.
Lucy
We cannot recommend Kirkgate Childcare enough, from the staff’s efforts to help settle our daughter when she first started, to the diversity of all the activities and outings offered, and the lovely and kind staff who cannot do enough to ensure the children are happy and learning. Dawn and her team are amazing!
Charlotte
Kirkgate childcare is an amazing nursery. My daughter loves going there. The setting is completely child centred and staff are highly skilled. They genuinely care about each child’s individuality and follow and celebrate their interests. All staff have worked to develop a lovely relationship with my daughter, particularly, her key worker, who she loves! My daughter feels happy and secure at nursery and has lots of fun. As the setting is fairly small, it feels very nurturing, the children get to know each other really well and my daughter has developed some firm friendships. As a parent I am made to feel very welcome and am kept well informed through daily feedback and regularly parent consultations. The early years curriculum is implemented wonderfully through play. My daughter is developing well, her strengths have been identified and encouraged. I am so happy with my choice of childcare.
Fiona