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Bright Horizons First Direct Stourton Day Nursery And Preschool

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In a Mumsnet survey of 131 users of Bright Horizons Nurseries: 82% would buy again and 85% would recommend

A place to grow

Stourton First Direct Nursery and Preschool is an Outstanding and exclusive nursery for staff of the bank, situated on the ground floor we are easily accessible for wheelchairs. 

Our nursery environments are enabling and richly resourced, with an open plan scheme in Unit 1. 

The Nursery is surrounded by outdoor spaces, a castle area upon the hill and woodland area for the children to visit. 

An enriching Ready for School programme gives every child the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to thrive in school and beyond. 

Our staff team on the whole, have been with us a lot of years now and are very experienced at what they do, helping us secure an ‘Outstanding’ in our latest Ofsted Inspection.

First Direct Stourton Manager Gail
Gail Jones
Nursery Manager

Food Hygiene Rating of 5

Supporting and Learning

Fees & Availability

Where possible we look to offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including the government's 30 hours funded childcare* provision. To request pricing and availability, please request a call back by clicking the button below.

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Meet the Team

First Direct Stourton Manager Gail

Gail Jones

My career first began working for Leeds City Council in a Family Nursery Centre in 1982. After having my own five children I then had the opportunity to work for Kids Unlimited at the First Direct nursery close to the White Rose Centre.

I first began working there as a relief member of the team and then was shortly promoted to the Deputy Manager as Maternity cover. Within the space of a year I was offered the position of nursery Manager at the Stourton site. This year will be my 30th year in childcare.

The nursery is a 200 place nursery and situated at the far side of the building. There are three individual nursery units. I am passionate about working with children and my team whom many of our long standing members of staff.

Our ethos and our vision here at the nursery is to provide outstanding childcare for all our children and families. We gained an outstanding rating in August 2013. We continue to strive to maintain this outcome in the future.


Christine Mortimer, Deputy Manager

Christine Mortimer

I joined kidsunlimited in 1996 working as relief staff before being promoted to room leader and then unit leader in 2003.  I have been the Deputy Manager since 2008 and have never looked back. I am extremely proud of our nursery and what we have achieved and I am very passionate about the quality of teaching and learning we provide for the children in our care

Candy Floss

Candy Floss

Hi, my name is Candy Floss, I joined Bright Horizons in March 2010 as the ‘Super Safety Hero’ to help nursery children stay safe and manage risks. My role as a Health and Safety Super Hero is unique to Bright Horizons and I’m in every nursery, 365 days a year.

Back in 2010, I saw a job advert for a Zebra Super Safety Hero – I was very excited, applied and was invited for an interview with several other zebras. We were interviewed by all the children who then voted on which of us would be their Super Safety Hero. It was hoof biting but I was thrilled when they told me I was the most voted for by the children who all loved me because of my cape and bag. My bag is very special, if something fits inside, it’s a choking hazard. You might be wondering how I got my name. The children in our nurseries chose five names and voted for their favourite. I love it as it’s unique, I mean have you ever heard of a zebra called Candy Floss? Exactly!

Why Bright Horizons

The Bright Horizons passion and enthusiasm for providing high-quality care isn’t just common knowledge within our own business – we’ve also gained some impressive accolades from external sources for excellence as both a childcare provider, and as an employer. We are the only childcare company to have been listed for the last 11 years as one of the country’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute.

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