Ofsted Outstanding Childcare in Chesterfield | Children 1st Day Nurseries

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Chesterfield Royal Hospital Nursery

What makes us magical at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital?

Our wonderful and exciting outdoor space and the fact parents rate us 10/10 on DayNurseries.co.uk.

When we opened the nursery in 2000 we knew that our fabulously spacious garden area made us special. It has enabled us to provide our children with some wonderful play and learning opportunities and we know how much joy can be gained from the great outdoors as the seasons change throughout the year. The trim trail, the ‘fort’ and the under tree woodland space provide a great backdrop for our beautiful Georgian house nursery. As we are based on the site of the Royal Hospital at Calow we have forged close relationships with the community, enabling us to take advantage of the local gardening team who come along and keep our grounds in excellent condition!

Please take a tour of our nursery by clicking on the pictures below.

Our nursery environment enables us to undertake exciting forestry school activities, musical funky feet sessions, baby ballet and we even access the local swimming pool to take advantage of their qualified instructors teaching us to swim. From our tiniest babies to our ‘grown up’ early years’ children – there’s something for everyone!

Our nursery setting is not only loved by the children and their parents (and Ofsted, they think we’re ‘Outstanding’) but it is a big hit with our staff team which is why so many have been with us for such a long time, some for as long as the nursery has been open! Our team at Chesterfield firmly believe that there are magical learning opportunities to be had everywhere – you just have to go out and find them!

We would love the opportunity to show off the nursery that we are so proud of and would like to extend an invitation for you to come and have a look around and even a play in the garden!

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Baby Suite
Our baby suite is a unique environment tailor made to stimulate very young minds as they begin to explore the world. Designed based on the latest Baby Brain research the baby suits are the perfect environment for your child.
Sensory Area
Heightening the senses of our babies, our sensory area within our baby suite is an environment full of toys and objects which children love to see, hear and feel.
Toddler Suite
Our toddler suite invites our young inquisitive and enthusiastic children to join in with the carefully planned and organised exciting activities throughout the day, all within a purpose built environment.There is real focus on providing lots of physical adventures as well as opportunities for quiet time, creative time and role play. Our open door policy encourages parents to pop in at any time.
Out of Schools Club
Our Out of Schools club invites older children back at the start and end of the day. Children have the opportunity to relax, do their homework or join in with the activities specifically planned for their age and preference.
Dedicated Chef
We know how important it is for children to eat a healthy balanced diet. This is why our nursery has a dedicated chef who develops nutritionally balanced meals for your child to enjoy and help them start good eating habits.
Large Garden
Our children love the large garden complete with bespoke outdoor learning environments. The unique space has been created in consultation with our children and is based on the latest research.
Nature Trail
Our large garden features a nature trail where children can learn about the outdoor environment and the interesting insects and animals that call the outdoors their home.
Inside Play Area with Ball Pond
Hugely popular with all children, our nursery features a large inside play area complete with ball pond. This unique environment has been designed in consultation with our children and their parents. Maybe that is why they love it so much!
Free Places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
All our nurseries offer funded places for 2,3 and 4 year olds who meet the Government’s eligibility criteria. Please speak with us to discuss whether you are eligible.
IT Facilities
The next Bill Gates? Our nursery features the latest IT facilities for children to play and learn on. From our tablet tables to computers, Children are able to use these facilities as an essential learning resource, helping to equip them for the technological world we live in.
French Classes
Children have the opportunity to take part in our French classes to help them develop of love of language from an early age and help them get a head in school.
Dancing with Funky Feet
Our Funky Feet Music and Movement classes are hugely popular. The weekly sessions for children aged 2-3 and 3-5, include movement to music and an opportunity for the children to make music, sing and dance with the help of our very cheeky friend “Toes” the bear.
Visits from the Hairdresser
A regular topic at our nursery is “People Who Help Us.” As part of this, a hairdresser visits the nursery once a month so that children can become comfortable with having their hair cut. The hairdresser is experienced in working with young children and provides a positive experience which can help children in the future.
FizzyTots Games
A big hit with all the children, the Fizzy Tots activity ensures all children learn to enjoy being active and how to play well with one another and as part of a team.
Football Coaching with Sheffield Wednesday
Every Tuesday morning we are delighted to welcome the Sheffield Wednesday Community Coach to nursery. He holds two sessions in which children learn about following instructions and completing different physical challenges, as well as playing team games.
Forestry School
Our nursery provides the opportunity for our children to experience forestry style experiences right outside the door. These experiences provide children with the opportunity to discover the natural environment, play within it and share fun times with their friends hiding, building and exploring.
Indoor Play Area
Hugely popular with all children, our nursery features a large inside play area. This unique environment has been designed in consultation with our children and their parents. Maybe that is why they love it so much!
Jungle Room
How many animals can you spot in the Jungle Room? This purpose built environment has been designed in consultation with children and parents and provides opportunities for physical development. Children are provided with the ability to climb, use ropes and steps, crawl, jump and slide!
Purpose Built Environment
Our nursery benefits from being a purpose built environment that has been designed in consultation with children and parents. The environment has been designed using not only our own ethos but is supported by baby brain research into how colours and furnishings can shape young children’s minds.
Singing Lessons
Taking place each week, our singing classes help to build confidence, allow children to express themselves and help to develop a love of music from an early age.
Top 10 in East Midlands
Following reviews from the parents, our nursery is ranked in the top 10 day nurseries in the East Midlands on leading nursery listings site DayNurseries.co.uk

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We would love to meet you and your child and take you on a tour of your local Children 1st Nursery. Our experienced staff will be delighted to answer any questions you have about enrolling your child in our nurseries.

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Nursery Details


Dryhurst House, Calow

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If you would like to speak with the nursery, please call 01246 563644 and one of the team will be able to help you.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.30pm

Closed weekends, Bank Holidays, Christmas – regional variations may apply

Additional Info

We offer care to children aged between 6 weeks and 5 years

Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital is within easy walking distance of Chesterfield town centre and is located on a main bus route. We also have lots of parking.

Our promise to you

We will deliver the highest quality of learning and care to your child