A five-star nursery

Jul 20, 2022 | News stories

A FIVE-STAR rating has once again resulted in Little Ladybirds being named as one of the top 20 nurseries in the North-East of England – for the fourth consecutive year.

Little Ladybirds has been listed as a top 20 recommended nursery for 2022 in awards ran by the UK’s leading nursery review website,

Reviews from parents are used to decide the awards and in the last 12 months, Little Ladybirds, which is based at Preston Farm and rated as outstanding by Ofsted, achieved a perfect score of 10 out of 10. This actually put it in the top five rated nurseries in the region.

Parents are asked to rate, on a one to five-star basis, a range of features, including overall standard of the nursery, its facilities, resources, learning, activities and food/nutrition and care. These are then used to calculate and overall score up to a maximum of ten.

Among those who left reviews which counted towards this year’s rating for Little Ladybirds include Jessica, whose two children have both attended the nursery.

She said: “I have found the staff to be supportive, helpful and informative and I have also had lots of support from the office managers who have been instrumental in helping me reduce nursery costs by supporting me with applying for government funding, as well as being extremely understanding at difficult points over the last two years – always going over and beyond to ensure that both the children and parents are happy and fairly treated.”

Another parent, Lisa said: “This is a brilliant nursery that is enriching my daughter’s first years, her first few months in a nursery setting have gone amazingly and that’s all down to this amazing team.”

And parent Martin said: “Nothing is too much trouble, and it is clear that all of the staff know my son and care about children. His development has come on so much, and he doesn’t stop talking about the nursery and his friends there. Thank you for being absolutely wonderful!”

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery Manager, Claire Harrison-Jones, said “Last year was the first time we managed a perfect 10 out of 10 review score so to maintain it again this year meant every new review in the qualifying period needed to be perfect.

“Amazingly, we had 20 new reviews and parents gave us the maximum score in each of the areas, so we are completely overwhelmed by the response.

“It’s a special award because it is based purely on the reviews of parents, so this tells us that we are doing an outstanding job in providing early years education for children in their most formative years.”

“We would like to thank all our parents for the fantastic support they give us, and a special mention should also go to our wonderful staff who go above and beyond every day to ensure we remain an outstanding nursery.”

Little Ladybirds sister nursery, Clever Clogs in Durham, was also named, for the first time, as a top 20 recommended nursery in the North-East.