We offer ‘30 hours childcare for working parents’.

Kirklands has operated since 1984 gaining an 'outstanding' judgement by Ofsted in October 2017. We relocated in March 2018 to new premises in the former Startforth School which is set in a rural district overlooking fields and the market town of Barnard Castle.

24 children from the age of 2 years to school age (and up to 8 years for school holiday care) share 3 spacious rooms which separate a variety of activities. A large outdoor space includes an outdoor classroom, vegetable plot and wooded area.

Our 3 and 4 year olds have swimming and ballet lessons and we all enjoy music, yoga and dance sessions in our Piano Room. We practise Forest School activities outdoors.

We welcome all families and work closely with parents to meet their children's needs and enhance their learning. We seek advice from experts to help us with children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

All staff are qualified and experienced and are dedicated to maintaining Kirklands' high standards and ensure the friendly and family atmosphere created at their former location successfully continues at Kirklands @ Startforth.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

Who to contact

01833 638 961

Where to go

Kirklands @ Startforth Day Nursery
High Startforth
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 9AQ


Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Other details

School drop off/collection
Ofsted report
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Address: High Startforth  Barnard Castle  County Durham

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