About Shotley Kidzone

At Shotley Kidzone we aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that will encourage all children to explore, investigate and learn through first hand experiences.

Shotley Village Playgroup began in 1964. It moved to its present location in 1984. During that time it has developed into a completely new childcare setting.  In November 2004 SHOTLEY KIDZONE opened its new premises next to the school, now offering the following, pre school sessions and wrap around care for children aged from 18months to 11 years old.

Shotley Kidzone provides a friendly, caring and welcoming environment where children can feel safe and secure. We try hard to provide a home from home environment to create an atmosphere where children will thrive and by working in partnership with parents/carers to ensure we can meet the individual needs of the individual child. We offer an environment that is stimulating, safe and structured so the children are encouraged to explore, investigate, discover and challenge themselves and thrive through play.

Our dedicated team will ensure that the children are nurtured, cared for and educated in an environment that develops their potential, whilst becoming independent and active learners.


We believe staff are the key to a successful nursery.

To ensure we offer outstanding quality we believe in employing a team who all hold the same beliefs and values to provide a high standard of care with wonderful opportunities for the children to develop. All of our staff at Shotley Kidzone are qualified and dedicated for caring for your children. All staff and volunteers are DBS (disclosure barring service) checked, ensuring their suitability to work with children. Staff regularly update their training, including paediatric first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding children.

We operate a Key Person System throughout the setting. This enables staff to support your child's individual needs and build a strong partnership with you, the parents, as we fully understand that you are the child's first educator. The key person will be there to support the child and family during the transition period of settling into the nursery and this support will continue throughout their time in the group.



Shotley Kidzone is run as a registered charity lead by a group of volunteer committee members. It is the job of the committee to support the day to day running of the setting along with fundraising and event planning to help financially support the setting.

Links with the community

Shotley Kidzone has great links with the local community. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by a wealth of opportunities around our setting, which we embark on exploring and using.



"My son has spent the last 2 1/2 years at Kidzone and since September 2015 has been in the Butterfly Room. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Butterfly room getting used to being in this area of Kidzone within the school building and seeing the school children out playing whilst he is out to play with his Kidzone friends (the play areas are adjacent to each other) has helped him feel secure and confident in making the transition to school later this year.

I cannot praise Kidzone staff enough for their support, understanding, knowledge, professionalism and for the enthusiasm shown for their work at all times and for making Jacks pre-school life so much fun. He really has learnt so much without realising it due to learning being structured around play, and I now have a little boy who is ready for, and looking forward to school in September."

Lisa G
"I only have the highest levels of praise for this establishment! The care is second to none, always professional yet very personal. The staff are always welcoming, friendly and you can tell they clearly adore the children. The activities carried out encourage learning and social skills whilst maintaining that fun factor too. Shotley Kidzone are lucky to be able to offer indoor and outdoor areas of play (my girls especially love getting down and dirty in the mud kitchen area) There is no denying that Shotley Kidzone and it's staff have had, and no doubt will contine to have, a lasting impact on my children and their lives (my son still talks about activities undertaken during his time there)

My 4 year old is due to start school in September and Shotley Kidzone along with the primary school have facilitated a smooth transition period in getting her ready for full time education. My youngest, since starting has come on leaps and bounds with her social skills and her speech and asks most days 'I go school today?' So Thank you very much to Therasa and the gang for your hard work and effort in making Shotley Kidzone the Greatest Pre-School there is!!"

Helen Field


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