Child Care Harrogate


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Pre-Schools in Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding areas. 

Pre-school playgroups 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.

Find a recent OFSTED report here

Applications are now open for September 2021 entry and we would be delighted to talk to any parents who are interested in places in our Acorns Nursery Class or Reception Class.

Ashville College provides a supportive environment for your child as they start their learning journey. Our small class sizes allow our dedicated staff to closely support your child as they develop learning, self-esteem and confidence at their own pace. Our varied curriculum and exciting enrichment activities help to ensure that every pupil has the chance to shine.

If you would like to find out more please contact our friendly Admissions team via , who can tell you more about Ashville and advise you about the application process.

Looking for a Reception place for your child for September 2022? Have you considered Belmont Grosvenor School?

We’re a down-to-earth and nurturing independent school for boys and girls from three months to 11 years based in the village of Birstwith, on the outskirts of Harrogate.

Set in 20-acres of magical grounds, we’re far closer to your home than you might think.

Just 10-minutes from the centre of Harrogate, and about 20 minutes from Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough, our family school and nursery is a great option for families living in this corner of North Yorkshire.

We’re a school that puts our children’s happiness, academic development and wellbeing at the heart of all we do. We’re a place where firm friendships are forged and everybody’s contribution to school life is valued.

Our countryside location brings so many benefits to our pupils, not just to their educational attainment but their long-term well-being too. Our Gothic school building with Bronte connections and beautiful grounds provide endless outdoor learning opportunities for our happy children to make happy progress every day of the week.

Pupils leave school at the end of each day muddy, fulfilled and buzzing with ideas.

Every day at Belmont Grosvenor and Magic Tree Nursery is an Open Day, so please get in touch to see what makes us so special by calling 01423 771029 or emailing

Acting Headteacher: Mrs Emma Shea

Nursery Manager: Mrs Joanne Henderson

Belmont Grosvenor School

Swarcliffe Hall





01423 771029
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Green Lane is a small and friendly home childcare setting. We offer 2 hour sessions from 9:45 – 11:45am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for children of 18 months to school age. We will happily book children in on a regular basis, but can also offer a more flexible service.  Term time only.

Green lane is run by Lucinda and Torie, we are two local Mummies who both have Montessori and Early Years qualifications. Having had 6 children between us, we understand how all consuming young children can be. We wanted to offer a service that would allow parents a bit of breathing space, whilst also developing their social skills, independence and creativity in a home from home environment.

At typical morning for us would be allowing children time to explore the activities on offer; these are changed on a regular basis to follow the interests of the children. We then enjoy a healthy snack together before heading outside to feed the guinea pigs, enjoy messy play, digging or whatever the children would like to explore!

If you feel like this is something that may work for you and your children then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

72 Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9LN


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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.


Outstanding Day Nursery Little Explorers in HarrogateLet your child’s adventure begin with Little Explorers Day Nursery. Recently awarded Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, we are small and homely nursery and we recognise that every child is special, making sure that unique learning needs are met and nurtured.

If we’re not going on adventures in our local area – like visiting Ripley castle, chattering to older people in their residential home or supporting local sporting events – we want to bring the outside in. We prioritise our environmental responsibilities by encouraging children to play and interact with natural materials in play and craft activities both indoors and outdoors.

With parent support we will ensure that your child has the very best start during their early years and create a learner for life.  We have funded places available from September: 30 hours or 15 Hours.

If you wish to come and have a look around please contact our team 01423 556764 or email, visit  or see our adventures on our Facebook page

Find us at Little Explorers Day Nursery, next to the The Hydro, Jennyfield Drive, Harrogate.

Our school-based nursery, Little Oaks, offers an excellent environment for children to begin their educational journey. We believe that teacher led provision gives the best possible start and gradually introduces children to the world of primary education.

The children enjoy a wide range of activities from creating masterpieces in our arts and crafts area; making music; dressing up and pretending to be someone else for the day; starting to learn phonics and developing their writing skills; having messy play in our outside space or enjoying story time together – the opportunities are endless!

Children also spend time in a shared outside area also used by our younger infant school pupils giving them a little taste of what being part of the school is all about and introducing them to the wider Willow Tree family.

We offer a range of term- time options for those who are looking to take up their 15 and 30 hour entitlement. Full days run from 8.40am to 3.15pm. We also offer half days either in the morning or afternoon.

If you need wrap around care for your child, Kids at Heart run our before and after school provision ‘Woodlands Kids Club’ which is situated on our main school grounds.

The best way to find out more about Little Oaks is to pay us a visit. Just contact the school office on 01423 883551 to make an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you and your children soon!


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If you are looking for high quality care with teacher led provision and a child centered learning environment Western Primary School Nursery and Pre-school on Cold Bath Road offers a variety of term time sessions for children aged 2 to 4. Your child does not have to be in Western School’s catchment area to attend.


We offer a range of term- time options which include places for parents looking to take up their 15 and 30 hour entitlement. Breakfast club available from 7.30 a.m. and after school sessions available from 3.20 p.m.- 6.30p.m. Free taster sessions available, please contact the school for details and charges. A specialist two year old room offers nursery care for our youngest children and our vibrant pre-school room is an exciting place to play and learn for our 3 to 4 year olds. If you would like to come for a visit and find out more please do not hesitate to contact us.

T 01423 502737


Burn Bridge pre-school

Burn Bridge Pre-School has a caring, individual approach to your child’s care, learning and development. Recently rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, the setting is well loved by children, parents and staff alike.

Burn Bridge is registered for children aged 2 years and above (funding for 3 year olds) Please enquire for current fees.

You are warmly welcome to come and look around, chat to the staff and find out more about us. Please call Jo to make an appointment.

Spring Lane, Burn Bridge, HG3 1NP

Tel: 07804068631

Busy Bees Pannal

Busy Bees Pre-school offers childcare and play-based learning for children aged 2-5 years of age. We are located in a purpose-built modern building in the grounds of Pannal Primary School in Harrogate in a lovely rural setting. We are open daily during term time and offer morning, afternoon and full day sessions. Free funded places are available for over 3s. Please contact us to arrange a visit or a free taster session. Tel 01423 870351


Chapter One Treetops Outdoor Education

Chapter One Treetops outdoor nursery allows for learning through nature and gives children the opportunity to build fond memories and a warm and trusting connection to the earth and understanding the care needed for our wildlife.

Farnley, Nr Otley, North Yorkshire, LS21 2QJ

01943 461161

Children’s Corner

Our BRAND-NEW Harrogate Nursery is now open, providing top quality childcare.

  • Open all year round 7.30am – 6.00pm for children from six weeks to five years
  • 15 hour and 30 hour funded places available

Set in a fantastic location opposite Harlow Carr, this exceptional Nursery and Pre-school is perfectly situated for parents commuting to and from Harrogate or living in the surrounding area.

Give us a call on 0113 257 5625

Clifford Pre-school, c/o St Johns School for the Deaf, Boston Spa

Community-run pre-school with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to stimulate early-years learning.

From 18m to school, funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
Open 8.30- 3.15 – flexibility for you to chose morning, afternoon or full day sessions on the days which suit you.

Tel. Jo on 0777 6078346 / 01937 844239

Huby and Weeton Preschool

Looking for a preschool for your little loved ones? Then look no further than Huby and Weeton Preschool, based at Almscliffe Hall, Huby. We have been providing Early Years Education, for over 35 years. We care for children from 18 months until they start school.


Contact us for more information.

Tel: 07815 678338

Little Crickets Pre-school

Established for over 45 years, we are Ofsted registered with experienced, caring staff and comply with requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  We have a great outdoor space and forest schooling area within the spacious cricket club grounds.

We offer funded and non-funded places for 2 to 4 years old.  We offer 30 hours free childcare for eligible children.

We welcome you to visit our pre-school to have a look around and meet the staff.  Please call 01423 561352 to arrange a visit

Harrogate Cricket Club Grounds, St George’s Road, Harrogate, HG2 9BP

Little Dragons Day Nursery

Little Dragons Nursery provides high quality childcare in Harrogate town centre. Close to excellent transport links and only a short walk away from Harrogate Station, our nursery’s unique location and safe, caring and stimulating environment have subsequently made us the natural choice for parents who live or work in the centre of Harrogate.

Telephone: 01423 313932


Nature’s Little Learners

Our vision is to make Natures Little Learners a unique, homely environment filled with opportunities for every child to feel valued and learn through play. Our focus is to provide parents with the peace of mind that their children are happy whilst in our care.

07957 156 981

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.

Give us a call and come and visit without obligation –

Tel:    01423 862192


Oatlands Pre-School.

Oatlands Pre-school is situated in the former Methodist Church (now Oatlands Community Centre) premises on Mount Street, Harrogate. Our pre-school has been established for over 40 years and we are regularly inspected by Ofsted. We provide a fun and stimulating environment which will positively enrich your child’s learning and development.
For more information, please contact (01423) 871846

Penny Pot Pre-School & Creche

Penny Pot Pre-School & Creche is open for all the community, we are based on Penny Pot Lane in Harrogate,open 8.30 – 5.30 monday to friday, extremeley competitive rates, we have recently received an Outstanding in all areas report from Ofsted, large carpark available, very friendly staff, please call on 01423 501460 to come and visit

Playaway Day Nursery

Playaway Day Nursery

Conveniently located on the Christchurch Stray, on the corner of Claro Road and Devonshire Place,  Playaway Nursery provides a cosy, comfortable home-from-home environment with bright sun and fun-filled playrooms staffed by caring, friendly staff.

Telephone: 01423 566696

34 Devonshire Place Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 4AD


Rose Court Nursery at The Grammar School at Leeds

We offer a challenging and stimulating educational programme which forms an essential part of the foundation stage and prepares children for reception. It has its own dedicated area in the main primary building, including a newly built outdoor playground with climbing frames and areas specially designed for three-year-olds.


0113 228 5121

St Josephs Playgroup and Preschool

St Josephs Playgroup and Preschool – 281 Skipton road, Harrogate, HG1 3HD

Monday 9 – 12
Tuesday  (Preschool day children attending reception the following year) 9 – 1pm
Wednesday 9-12
Thursday (Preschool day children attending reception the following year) 9 – 1pm
Friday 9-12

number:07792 657808

Woodlands Day Nursery

Since the year 2000, Woodlands Nursery in Harrogate has been providing exceptional daycare and education for children aged 0-5.

Our nursery prides itself on providing a cosy home-from-home atmosphere with delightful fun-filled playrooms, fabulous outdoor areas and a friendly, talented team dedicated to fulfilling our mission – nurture, inspire and have fun every day!


Telephone: 01423 886470


111 Wetherby Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 7SH