The Old Presbytery, Barton Street,
Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 2LN
(01325) 489997

Baby Unit (0 to 2 years) Staff ratio to children: 1:3

William House Nursery Baby Unit is a purpose-built unit, comprising of three large playrooms, one of which is used for messy creative play, a pushchair store entrance, cloak room, baby changing and bathroom facilities and a laundry area for lovely clean bedding each day. There is also a walled garden with a full safety floor for outdoor play with age-appropriate equipment.

The aim at William House Nursery is to provide the highest standards of care. We create a homely, warm and happy environment for your baby to be guided through each stage.

Providing opportunities to explore and discover through valuable play experiences and also socially meeting new little friends. It is important that children develop and progress at their own pace.

Parents can relax in the knowledge that their child is being cared for by a qualified, sensitive and capable team, who have a keen insight into the needs of babies from birth to two. Practitioners respond swiftly and sensitively to their non-verbal communications. They encourage children’s language development as they listen carefully to them, mirror language and routinely give commentary as they play.

All the equipment and resources have been specially chosen to help your baby’s stages of development, helping to reach their next steps in their own time. The nursery provides a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning experiences, allowing the children to flourish during the vital years of discovery.

There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS that shape educational programmes at William House Nursery. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas, which are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

A Registration Form and Care Plan are completed on entry. This enables the nursery team to get to know your baby’s likes and dislikes, special dietary requirements, health, allergies and beliefs to ensure that we meet individual needs.

Each baby has an “All about Me” book, recording sleep and meal times and nappy changes. Your baby will also have a digital learning journal including observations and a tracking tool development record covering your baby’s milestones of which you will be most welcome to view.