Leeds recommends: Best nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools

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This week, we asked the parents of Leeds to recommend their favourite nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools for young children.

Nichola Hodgson. Beanstalk Nursery.

Minal Prajapati. North Leeds Community Nursery.

Sarah Crow. The Swillington Pre-School playgroup.

Alex Wilkinson. Kinder Haven.

Monica Legg. Kaleidoscope in Gildersome.

Helen Birch. Hillside’s nursery, Beanstalk, in Beeston. Small nursery, family-run and has a homely feel.

Jackie Fisher. Acre Wood - fantastic place.

Jeanette Leigh. Wigton Moor playschool is excellent. 
The staff are great and it has
 a real family, community-centred feel.

Kate Townley. St Andrew’s in Roundhay. Amazing, warm, friendly staff.

Mike Wheatley. Whitecote Primary School nursery in Bramley. Great choice for the year before your child starts school. Good links with and transition to the main school and consistently good OFSTED reports.

Holly Mann. Beechtree, which is a Steiner pre-school in Chapel Allerton. Lovely location, an excellent ethos and a great selection of educational toys. Takes children up to the age of seven.

Tamsin Gerald. The kindergarden at Cookridge Methodist Church is very good. A nice atmosphere and the parents are a friendly, non-cliquey bunch.

Lydia Braithwaite. Oxford Road playgroup in Guiseley. Very welcoming place with high standards and a commitment to helping children make friends.

Ian Noak. Garforth pre-school at the miners’ welfare hall. Very conveniently located if you don’t drive, and well-qualified, experienced staff.

Georgia Horscroft. If you’re in Pudsey, Calverley playgroup. Such a friendly place and children are so happy there.

Tess Ancrum. I’d recommend Kangaroo Kids in Yeadon, which is attached to Queensway 
Primary School. Nice family
 feel.

Jan Clegg. The Roundabout pre-school at Newlaithes Primary in Horsforth. They give individuals a lot of attention and they have a special curriculum so they learn a lot.

Sarah Lawson. Outwood pre-school at the Church Institute. Fantastic play facilities, there’s a canopy so they can play outdoors in bad weather. The communication with staff is excellent and they
send out regular progress 
reports.

Andrea Donaci. Hatchlings in Morley has very well-qualified staff

Jack Roe. Scribblers at Garforth Leisure Centre has been there for generations. They do Makaton and the activity programme is varied and really good.

Alexandra Bitten. St James’s Church playgroup in Pudsey has loads of great play equipment, crafts, music, stories and singing. A really good all-round experience.

Michaela Jessop. I never expected to send my kids to a church playgroup as I thought private nurseries would be much better, but I’d recommend them.

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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