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.


Belmont Grosvenor is an independent day school for boys and girls from three months to 11 years.

Rated ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection, BGS is set in 20-acres of beautiful grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, just a few miles from the centre of Harrogate.

BGS is a warm, friendly, family school which places the wellbeing and happiness of its children at its heart. Parents are encouraged to feel part of BGS, sharing and enjoying this precious chapter of their child’s life.

Pupils flourish in this special place where every experience, from joining Magic Tree Nursery at the age of three months, to leaving BGS in Year 6, promotes a child’s self-esteem and enables them to learn and grow with confidence.

Inspiring teachers encourage children to seize opportunities, take risks and discover what excites and interests them across our wide range of academic, sporting and creative activities.

Every day at Belmont Grosvenor and Magic Tree Nursery is an Open Day, so please get in touch and arrange a visit by calling 01423 771029 or emailing

Headmistress: Mrs Sophia Ashworth Jones

Nursery Manager: Joanne Henderson

Belmont Grosvenor School

Swarcliffe Hall




Tel: 01423 771029
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Between the ages of two and four, pupils are cared for in Brackenfield Nursery. They feel secure and valued in a happy, stimulating environment where the foundations are laid for the rest of their education.

Brackenfield Nursery is split into Wrens class (for 2 – 3-year-olds) and Robins class (for 3 – 4-year-olds).  In the afternoon, both classes join for mixed activities.

There is a busy yet relaxed atmosphere, and the carefully structured programme encourages:

  • The development of social skills
  • The rapid development of communication, language and literacy
  • Physical development
  • An understanding of the world around them
  • Creative and imaginative play


We suggest starting your child with a minimum of 3 sessions to help them settle more quickly into nursery life.

The classrooms are bright, cheerful and always full of fun! The children quickly relax, make friends and thoroughly enjoy their days. There is plenty of time for everyone to participate in the wide range of activities we offer—both indoors and outdoors.

Children who join Brackenfield Nursery are soon happy and confident in their new surroundings and rapidly become integrated into the Brackenfield School family.

We invite all children wishing to join Brackenfield to spend a day at the school. This allows them to meet some current pupils and to experience life at Brackenfield for themselves. These Taster Days also enable staff to become acquainted with pupils prior to admission to the school.

To book a visit or taster day please contact:

Tel : 01423 508558


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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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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. Our hours during term time are:

• Monday-Wednesday 8:30am – 3:15pm
• Thursday 8:30am – 1:30pm
• Friday closed

Using the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, staff work together to provide a stimulating environment with carefully planned activities encouraging children to become critical thinkers and independent learners. Our facilities allow the children the space to explore and are never overcrowded.

We use a wide range of resources to encourage and enhance the development of children, recording and observing their achievements in individual Learning Journeys.

The preschool received a Good Rating from Ofsted in October 2019 where the Inspector noted “children formed secure attachments with kind, caring staff who have a clear vision for providing high quality inclusive care and education to all children”.

The staff are highly experienced childcare practitioners, regularly attending training events ensuring their knowledge is current. We work in partnership with parents so that children feel happy and confident in our care.

Contact us for more information.
Tel: 07815 678338

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Little Dragons Day Nursery

Little Dragons 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.

Manager: Bambi Wainwright

Telephone: 01423 313932


Dragon Hall, East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5LB

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Little Explorers Day Nursery

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.

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 –

Tel:    01423 862192

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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.

Manager: Jennifer Parker

Telephone: 01423 566696


34 Devonshire Place Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 4AD


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Red Kite Nursery

Red Kite Nursery, Thistle Hill, Knaresborough HG5 8LS

Phone: 01423 867345



Opening hours: 7.30am -6pm


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


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Woodlands Day Nursery

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!


Manager: Kelly Bartle

Telephone: 01423 886470


111 Wetherby Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG2 7SH




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


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

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

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

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

Village Pre School, Sicklinghall

At the Village Pre School, Sicklinghall our experienced staff provide exceptional care for children aged 2-4 years.  We offer a safe, fun and caring environment in an idyllic village setting with a large outdoor space.  We encourage independent thinking through free-flow play complemented with more structured activities to help get your child’s learning off to a good start.
For further information please call our Pre School Manager on 07765 697642.