Child Care Harrogate

Day Nurseries

Please be aware; this is purely a listing service. None of the child carers or their qualifications have been checked out or verified by Harrogate Mumbler. Harrogate Mumbler does not endorse or recommend any of these child carers and parents are required to make their own enquiries and check references. Please see our full terms and conditionsContact us here if you are a nursery, preschool, childminder, nanny or babysitter and would like to be included in this listing.

Childcare Options: 

Private Day Nurseries. These are OFSTED registered privately run nurseries which usually offer a variety of different sessions. Usually they are open from 8am to 6pm although some may do extended hours, and are open throughout the year other than public holidays.

Pre-Schools usually offer sessional care for children from the age of 2 to 5. They often work only in term-time, and in most cases offer funded provision for 3 and 4 year olds. They will be OFSTED registered and you can usual pay for top up sessions if you need more than the funded sessions. These are often but not always attached to a pre-school although attendance does not guarantee a place at the primary school.

Registered Childminders These are OFSTED regulated childcare professionals who look after children in their own home. They are usually flexible and may be able to offer school drop offs and pick ups. Hours will vary however most will do at least 8.30am-5.30pm.

Nannies & Baby Sitters. These carers are not necessarily OFSTED registered and would look after your children in your own home. Prices and experience varies greatly so do your research and get recommendations from people that you know well.

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Belmont Grosvenor, Magic Tree Nursery

The ‘outstanding’ Magic Tree Nursery – just three miles from the centre of Harrogate – offers full day care for children from the age of three months.

Based in the extensive grounds of independent co-educational prep school Belmont Grosvenor, the nursery provides a safe and secure environment where the early stages of each child’s education is nurtured, providing an excellent start for all children.

The team of highly-qualified and experienced staff aim to provide the highest quality care and early education, sharing the aims and objectives of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’, ensuring all babies and children are happy, healthy and confident, and able to achieve their full potential.

Session Times (Monday to Friday)

Morning: 8am to 12/1pm
Afternoon: 12pm – 5/6pm
Short day session: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Full day session: 8am – 6pm

Nursery Manager: Julie Dent
Magic Tree Nursery
Swarcliffe Hall
Tel: 01423 771029
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Footprints Day Nursery

Footprints Day Nursery was established in 1990
We are a small, friendly, family run nursery
Registered for 38 children 3 mths – 11  yrs
Open 7.30 am – 6 pm 52 weeks a year providing a warm, loving, stimulating environment
Very low staff turnover, wide age range of staff, all fully qualified
Free trial sessions
Arthurs Avenue
Tel 01423 527843
Managers: Sue and Rachel
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Highfield Pre-School

Highfield Pre-School is a leading independent nursery school in Harrogate for boys and girls aged 2-4 years.  In our recent Independent Schools Inspection (ISI) we were awarded the highest possible rating of Excellent in All Areas.

Our Pre-School establishes the foundation for a child’s future learning and it’s where a passion for learning and a love of life begins.  We build on the important role of parents in developing children’s understanding of themselves and their world.

Emphasis is placed on creative, interesting and structured play.  In academic terms, children take their first steps in decision making, problem solving and communicating.  Socially, they make friends and learn to show respect and consideration for others.  Weekly PE, French, Music lessons and Outdoor Learning lessons are included in the fees.

We are located in the Duchy are of Harrogate in a beautiful Victorian house with large airy plays, extensive private gardens and off-street parking.  We also have access to a whole range of facilities at Harrogate Ladies’ College and Highfield Prep School.


To find out more visit our website ( or call 01423 437045 to arrange a visit at any time.


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Little Dragons Day Nursery

Little Dragons Day Nursery is the newest nursery in the Funcare family which opened in early 2013

Conveniently located in Harrogate town centre, near both the bus and train stations, the nursery is based in a converted Salvation Army Hall and has been designed by Josy and Ian Thompson to the highest standards with top quality equipment and under floor heating for our tiniest children.


Manager: Emma Metcalfe Telephone: 01423 313932 Email:

Dragon Hall, East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LB


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Nidderdale Children’s Day Nursery (Kids at Heart)

Nidderdale Children’s Day Nursery (Kids at Heart) established in 1994 is based in idyllic Knaresborough countryside.

  • Our light and airy purpose built nursery has well-resourced rooms to provide developmental and age-appropriate activities and care for children from 3 months to 8 years.
  • We have superb facilities including a large, secure, well equipped garden to ensure fresh air, health and exercise all year round
  • Our highly qualified, motivated and dedicated staff team will help your child to settle in and learn and develop through fun, stimulating play
  • Our in-house chef prepares all our delicious meals using high quality produce, sourced locally where possible
  • We’re open from 7.00 am – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday – 51 weeks (except Public hols)

“I can’t rate this nursery highly enough, the care that the children receive is outstanding. The interactive activities, outside play and creative crafts are really good for my 3 year old’s development.”

“Kids at Heart offer a wonderful environment for the children to thrive.  The staff are warm and welcoming and have offered support to both child and parent at difficult times or stages through the child’s development.  I truly believe this nursery should be recognised as a wonderful place to send your children.”

Give us a call and come and visit without obligation –

Nursery Manager:  Caroline Thompson

Tel:    01423 862192

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Playaway Day Nursery

PlayAway Day Nursery has been owned and managed by Funcare since 2006.

Conveniently located on the Christchurch Stray, on the corner of Claro Road and Devonshire Place, we have a happy atmosphere and varied and challenging outdoor play areas.

34 Devonshire Place Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 4AD

Manager: Kirstie Thompson Telephone: 01423 566696 Email:


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Woodlands Day Nursery

Woodlands Day Nursery has been owned and managed by Funcare since 2000. Conveniently located on the Wetherby Road, on the corner of Wedderburn Road we have a homely atmosphere and varied and challenging outdoor play areas. We pride ourselves on our warm and happy nursery, which is staffed by the nicest people who love children and are highly motivated and qualified

“My boys go to woodlands and I can’t rate it highly enough. So friendly, really caring and always happy to go the extra mile. I get sad already thinking my eldest only has a year left!”

111 Wetherby Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 7SH


Manager: Kelly Bartle Telephone: 01423 886470 Email:


First Class Childcare Centre Harrogate

1 Hartwith Way, Harrogate, HG3 2XA

“I’ve just moved my daughter to First Class child care, she hasn’t even started properly yet but is loving it and can’t wait to go. Staff all really friendly and lovely with the children” “First class childcare in jennyfields. My little girl has been going for nearly year now and she loves it… The staff are lovely and friendly with the children and the parents and they answer all your questions and worries” “My youngest has just left first class on jennyfields & I’m really sad. They have been fantastic with both my boys (one has extra needs). The manager is brilliant & goes over & above what you’d expect. Also lots of the staff are the same as 6 years ago, when I first used the nursery!”

Contact – 01423 569400

New Park Nursery

We are a thriving, teacher-led Nursery in the heart of Harrogate. We benefit from a well-resourced classroom with a range of provision areas as well as an extensive outdoor area. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors giving the children many opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge across all areas.
Our contact number is 01423 503011 and email is

Nidderdale Children’s Day Nursery (Kids at Heart)

Nidderdale Children’s Day Nursery (Kids at Heart)

Low Moor Lane




Tel 01423 862182

Open 51 weeks 7.30 am – 6.30 pm Monday – Friday (exc public hols)

Oatlands Funclub

Oatlands Infant School, Hookstone Road,Harrogate HG2 8BT,

Contact – 07952 871083,

Rossett Acre Funclub

Rossett Acre Primary School, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate HG2 9PH

Contact – 07882 297737

Safe Hands

15 Kent Road,Harrogate, HG1 2LH

“My daughter goes to Safehands and I can’t speak high enough for them. The staff are excellent and it’s a really nice homely feel. If you call them they are quite flexible and will arrange a time that suits to take you round”

Contact – 01423 525 544

Setting Sail Day Nursery

Overdale, Grainbeck Lane, Killinghall, Harrogate, HG3 2AA

“couldn’t be happier with the place.” “My lo is just so happy there” “I can vouch for Setting sail as well. The children are always very happy. I visit regularly, they also have music sessions, and forest schools every week too. The staff are all lovely and it received outstanding in all 17 areas of the OFSTED inspection not long ago”

Contact – 01423 506361

Smarties Smarties Day Nursery & Pre-School

Main St, Ripley, HG3 3AX

“Smarties is ace! I have been using it since my eldest was 5 months old in 2006. They are really good with the children and help them to make so much progress. I have never had any doubts or complaints. They are reasonably priced and provide all nappies and creams etc as well as all food”

Contact – 01423 771892

St Peters Funclub

St Peters CE School, Belford Road,Harrogate HG1 1JA

Contact – 07771 867641

The School House Nursery, Kids at Heart

The School House Nursery (Kids at Heart)
The Green       Pannal       Harrogate
Tel:  01423 873619
Open 51 weeks 8.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday – Friday (exc public hols)

Red Kite Children’s Day Nursery

Red Kite Children’s Day Nursery
Thistle Hill
01423 867345

We are a private day nursery open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm 52 weeks a year excluding Bank Holidays

We are a small rural 36 place nursery with extensive outside play areas. We take children aged 6 months – 5 years. We provide government funded places and feed into all the local schools.

Twinkles Knaresborough nursery

Newly opened in September 2012 on Manse Lane Knaresborough. Flexible competitively priced nursery, homemade organic meals and all nappies included. We also run a before and after school club for Aspin park children.

Contact – 01423 866169

Western Kids’ Club (Kids at Heart)

Western Kids’ Club (Kids at Heart)
Western County Primary School       Cold Bath Road       Harrogate
Tel:  01423 530757
Open 51 weeks before and after school term time, and full days in school holidays

Woodlands Kids Club (Kids at Heart)

Woodlands Kids’ Club (Kids at Heart)

Willow Tree Primary School       Wetherby Road       Harrogate

Tel:  01423 888817

Open 51 weeks before and after school term time, and full days in      school holidays