Ofsted Outstanding

7 in a Row!

Gateshead Nursery

Leigh’s Montessori Nurseries is a 35 place full day care setting in Gateshead. We are open from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks per year. The nursery is closed between Christmas and New Year, and on bank holidays.

Our nursery has been rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. “Staff skilfully promote children’s good behaviour, confidence, independence and positive relationships. Children play exceptionally well together. Staff consistently praise and celebrate children’s efforts and achievements so they want to do well” – quote from our Ofsted report. Please click here to see our full Ofsted Report

At Leigh’s Nurseries, we pride ourselves on the quality of care which we provide to all the children who come to our nursery. We know that quality of care is the most important factor for parents when selecting day care. We strive to ensure that all of the children feel happy, safe and secure. Safety and welfare are our top priorities. We create a vibrant and inspiring learning environment that supports children of all ages. Making sure your child has a fun and fulfilling day is very important to us. We also encourage parents & carers to be interested and involved in your child’s day at nursery.

In our nursery we use the Montessori method which is completely child-centered. Our open plan setting gives children the freedom to socialise and explore their own space. The Montessori approach fits the needs of each child as they develop and learn to understand and adapt to the world. The environment is very structured and carefully prepared by our trained staff. Your child can choose, according to his or her own interests, which activities to pursue. If you would like to know more about Montessori, please do ask.

Healthy meals are cooked daily on site by our qualified chef. We can work with you if your child has any special dietary requirements.

Nursery fees can be paid by bacs transfer, the government tax free childcare scheme, or salary sacrifice voucher. We do not accept payment by cash, cheque or card.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ring and ask for Miss Leigh, Miss Jade or Miss Laura.


My daughter has been in Leigh's Nursery for four weeks now. As this was the first time I had left her with anyone aside from close family I found it very daunting. However the staff could not have been more supportive and understanding of how I was feeling. My daughter has settled in so well and really enjoys her time in nursery. I definitely made the right choice.

Becky Elliot

Molly's mam

Our son Jack has grown in confidence since attending Leighs Nursery. They have encouraged him to develop his social confidence and independence. In addition Jacks number and recall skills are excellent which he has developed at the nursery. The nursery atmosphere is welcoming and professional which makes you feel secure when leaving your most precious thing in the world. I would not hesitate to recommend Leighs Nurseries.

Jill Campbell

Jack's mum

We've used Leigh's Nurseries for coming up to two years and we couldn't be happier with it. The staff are all amazing with the children, so caring and taking a real interest in each child to find out their likes, dislikes and routines. When I moved jobs we looked at other nurseries closer to home, but nothing could beat Leigh's they just didn't have the same feel about them. So we kept our eldest with Leigh's and when it came to choosing a nursery for our youngest it was an easy decision. It may take me a little longer each morning to drop the kids at nursery and get to work, but seeing how much they both love the nursery makes it all worth it.

Andy & Sophie

Parents of Charlie and Harry

I love Leigh's Nursery and am so glad we chose it. My son is incredibly happy there and is growing into a very sociable and happy little boy. Staff are knowledgeable, caring and have gone out of their way to accommodate special requests or last minute bookings when we've needed them. I also really like that there's always something fun going on, from Easter egg competitions, Christmas parties to yoga and French and even meeting Peppa Pig. I can't recommend Leigh's enough!

Jo Soulsby

Mother of Jack

Leigh's Nursery is a fantastic place that provides high standards of care and love to my daughter who has thrived from the moment she started. The whole set up is beautiful which I think helps take away the 'scary' feeling that comes with sending your child to nursery. My daughter loves all the staff and I feel more than comfortable when she is there knowing she enjoys her time and is constantly learning new things. Thank you so much for all your kindness and love/care towards her and all the other children!

Jessica Ash

Evie-Grace's mum

Leigh's Nursery has been a godsend for us. The staff are phenomenal and have helped us no end. Our son had a difficult start to life and nursery has totally transformed him. The love, comfort, care and warmth the staff have shown has helped him to grow into a happy, kind, caring and loving little boy. He's come on so much since he first started a year ago and it's beautiful seeing him so content. We will always be grateful to Leigh's Nursery for everything they have done for our son and for us as a family.

Rachel & Jason

Josh's parents

Our son Shay started nursery when he was 8 months old and as our first child we only wanted the best for him. From the first visit we knew that Leigh's Nurseries was a safe, friendly and fun place for Shay to be. Every morning when we arrive Shay smiles from ear to ear and runs ahead as he cannot wait to start his day at nursery. The staff are amazing and know all the children so well. We would highly recommend Leigh's Nurseries.

Robyn Robinson

Shay's mum

My daughter is always happy and babbling away when I collect her from Leigh's Nursery! Every staff member knows her name and the communication between staff and parents is excellent. We are really glad we chose Leigh's Nursery for our child.

Emma Wilson

Mother of Imogen

Finn absolutely loves his new nursery and we cannot be anymore grateful - it has changed our lives (really!) To be able to drop Finn off in such a friendly, kind, and loving environment makes us (and him) so happy. You are all AMAZING!!

Nola Short

Finn's mum

We are very impressed with Leigh's Nursery. Our son Jacob has developed so much since starting just over a year ago. It's amazing to see him so happy when we pick him up and to see photos of him smiling and having fun when we're not around.

Laura Geddes

Mother of Jacob

As an overly anxious Mum I felt nothing but relief and reassurance when I walked through the door of Leigh's Nursery. I felt instantly at home and I knew straight away that my baby would be well looked after. The staff are all kind and caring, and go above and beyond to help with my child's development. Thank you for looking after our Albie and listening to my concerns and offering advice. We really appreciate all that you do for him.

Kaylee Rickards

Albie's Mummy

We have no regrets about choosing Leigh's Montessori Nursery for our daughter. The staff are very attentive to every child's needs and they take pleasure and pride in seeing them develop. Gloria looks forward to going to nursery and never wants to leave! We're really impressed that the selection of toys is continually refreshed , providing the children with lots of new things to discover. Thanks so much to all the team for your hard work!

Helen Kelsey

Mother of Gloria

The nursery nurses always give me lovely feedback on William which means a lot. I can tell from what they say that they have spent time interacting with him. They really do love all the children and have a real passion for childcare.

Claire Jerrard

Mother of William

A am delighted with the high quality of care that Logan receives. Regular parents evenings and the daily diary provide me with constant feedback on his progress.

Aileen Spain

Mother of Logan

Wonderful nursery with really friendly and knowledgeable staff. Feels very welcoming and homely. Our son loves it and has come on in leaps and bounds during his time at Leighs. Totally recommend it!

Nicole & Louise Terry

Parents of Spencer

Leigh's Montessori has been absolutely wonderful for my son. He has grown into a happy, creative and confident 4 year old which I feel is due to not only the fantastic nurture he has received but the development of his motor skills, his ability to explore his environment and the encouragement to question. Above all he knows how to be kind, and he feels secure and happy. As a parent I have always felt supported by the staff, nothing is too much trouble for them and they always make you feel that your child is very important to them. The staff know my child inside out.

Philippa Vince

Sebastian's mum

I always feel confident that when I leave my children at nursery they are in wonderfully capable hands. The staff are great at telling me what my children have done that day and always update me on their progress.

Susie Kennedy

Mother of Fenne & Lucas

We feel the quality of care at Leighs Nurseries is outstanding. We notice on a daily basis that our son's development is progressing fast, and we know a big part of this is due to his time at nursery.

Ryan and Paul Murphy-Boardley

Forde's parents

I believe the quality of care is second to none. I cannot stress enough how much I love the atmosphere, the girls, the principles, everything about Gateshead Leigh’s Nursery. It’s like a home from home in terms of comfort for Hannah and, like with our son Max, I know the care and education she receives will encourage her to be the best version of herself that she can achieve. I just love Leigh’s!

Natalie Redshaw

Max & Hannah's mum.

We feel truly privileged that our children have had such inspirational care and support, and even luckier that our new baby Rory will have the same opportunity next year.

Susan Moore

Mother of Cara, Hugo & Rory

I cannot recommend Leigh’s Nurseries enough. The care and support they have given both my girls has been second to none! Ive always felt comfortable leaving my children in their capable hands and find it very reassuring to have such a lovely team looking after my daughters.

Donna Ridley

Ruby & Violet’s Mammy xx

Thank you to all of the staff who have helped nurture and transform our baby into a happy and confident little girl. We hope the rest of Poppy's journey through school will be as wonderful as the past two years

Gillian Wilde

Mother of Poppy

Henry has recieved fantastic care, nurture and education during his three years at Leigh's nursery. We couldn't possibly have asked for any better. To you and all your lovely staff, thank you.

Melanie Smith

Mother of Henry

Joe's time at nursery has been very special. He has made lots of friends, his progress has been great, his artwork is lovely, and he always loves his cuddles in the mornings!

Jackie Riley

Mother of Joe

After viewing six other nurseries, the minute we walked into Leigh's we knew that's where our daughter would go. Two years on and it was the best decision ever. She absolutely loves nursery. We are confident that she has a great time and learns so much. Our new baby will be joining her soon. Thank you so much.

Lucinda Hood

Dixie-Lula's mam

We couldn't have found a more perfect nursery for Matty. As a nursery teacher myself I had an idea about the type of nursery experience I wanted him to have. The staff at Leigh's so obviously care and enjoy their work that the nursery has a genuine fun family feel about it. Everyone made us feel so welcome from the very start. Matty is really confident going into nursery which is the most important thing and it's lovely to see how well the staff know and 'get' him. I love reading what he has been up to through his Learning Journal and the social media updates are great to see. Matty loves to be outdoors so having the outside space there and all the resources and planned areas is brilliant for him. Can't thanks Leigh's Nurseries enough for the fab start they have given Matty.

Kat Lamb

Matthew's mam

Our time at Leigh's in Heddon is almost coming to an end after the most wonderful two and a half years. We could not have asked for a more caring, interactive, friendly & supportive team to care for, develop and encourage Honor in every way. From the moment we walked into the nursery we got 'that feeling' it was the one and we definitely made the right decision. The homely environment and caring staff have brought Honor on in all areas of her development. She loves spending time at nursery and its sometimes a struggle to get her out the door at home time. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Leigh's as wonderful choice for your childcare.

Kirsty & Steven Ward

Honor's parents

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