Ofsted Outstanding

7 in a Row!

About Us

In 2004, after successful careers in retail and having four children together, Leigh & Paul decided to take the plunge and do something different.

Childcare with a Heart

Having left Scotland six years before and accepted promotions in Northamptonshire, we struggled to balance our full time jobs with finding good quality childcare for our young family. We were far away from all our relatives and friends so we relied heavily on full time nursery places.

Eventually we found somewhere we liked, but we always thought “this could be done better.” And so, when a bereavement rocked our family in 2003, we paused to reflect, and then decided to move back north to start a new life providing the best quality childcare in the country.

We met Jade Dixon, who is now our Senior Nursery Manager and one of the best nursery practitioners you will find anywhere, at our first nursery in Heddon. Together with Jade we have recruited and developed a team of 60 excellent staff who are committed to the same high standards as we are. We’ve stayed small at just 3 locations, which means that we know all of our children and parents, and we can work hands on in our nurseries every day.

Ofsted have recognised our determination to provide high quality childcare by rating all 3 of our nurseries “Outstanding”.

Placing your child into someone else’s care is a really big decision. You need to be sure that your child will be safe, happy, inspired and lovingly cared for by a team of warm, qualified staff in a secure, vibrant environment. If you decide to pay us a visit, we hope you will see all of these things at Leighs Nurseries.

Contact us

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit. We'd love to show you what we do!

Newcastle Nursery

Chesters Ave, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8QP

0191 259 9299


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Gateshead Nursery

The Den, Westfield Terrace, Gateshead NE8 4LD

0191 477 1097


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Heddon Nursery

1 Taberna Cl, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 0BW

01661 854001


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday