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Drighlington Nursery – Business is Booming

Kaleidoscope is proud to announce that our Drighlington Nursery opened on 1st October 2012.  We had already signed up a number of children before opening and now have over 100 children on our books with many more to start during 2013.

Staff love working at this new site and the children and parents are thrilled with the spacious rooms, vibrant decor and age-appropriate, beautiful resources. We held our 2013 fun day in June and had a fantastic day with lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Comments from parents have been 100% positive and below are a selection:

” WOW! What an amazing job you’ve made of it. Can’t wait for my children to start”

” Beautiful nursery, great surroundings.”

” My child smiled the whole time he was here – what more could I want? Perfect!!”

“A fantastic set up. Top quality staff and equipment.”

If you like the look of the photos below, please book a visit to see our stunning new setting.

our new chicks

New Arrivals at Drighlington

July 10, 2013   No Comments

Celebrating Success!!!

On 28th September we attended the Nursery World Awards 2012 at a dinner held at the Lancaster Hotel in London.  Jane Middlebrook (left) won their Trainer of the Year and Alison Turner (right) won the Nursery World Regional Manager Award


On Thursday 4th October 2012 Kaleidoscope won the regional heat of the National Training Awards for Medium Sized Businesses Award. All businesses in the region, not just in the training/education sector can put forward their schemes for the award and we entered our programme.


We are delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award and we want to dedicate it to the team. They worked hard to get their NVQ, Degree and Early Years Professional Status qualifications whilst working full time and we are very proud of them. Believe in your staff, support them constantly and they will achieve amazing things. It’s this approach that has kept us all passionate about what we do at Kaleidoscope.

Jane Middlebrook, Managing Director.

November 20, 2012   No Comments

Revised EYFS

As you may be aware, on the first of September 2012 the revised Early Years Foundation Stage was rolled out to all early years settings.

We have a copy of an information booklet for parents which will outline the new framework and how Kaleidoscope is striving to make your child’s learning with us fun, please click the download button below to download the .pdf file.




September 10, 2012   No Comments

RRSA Acorn

 Rights Respecting Setting Award (RRSA)

We are very pleased to announce that the Acorn nursery in York has been awarded the Rights Respecting Setting- Level 1 award. The assessment went very well and they have made excellent progress since starting their journey towards becoming a rights respecting setting. A copy of the report is displayed in the reception area of the setting if you would like to read it, we will endevour to get a copy onto the website. We would like to thank all the parents and children who have been involved in helping the nursery achieve the award. We will be continuing with our Rights respecting work accross all of the york nurseries, so please look out for details in the nursery. We would like to say a  huge “well done” to Lisa Egginton, Sue Maughan Brown and all the team at our Acorn nursery in York for achieving level 1 of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Setting Award.  Only 3 other local authorities are piloting this so we are one of a very few nursery settings in the UK to have achieved it and we are very proud of your efforts.



June 1, 2012   No Comments

Fun Days

It would appear that at least for the moment summer is once again upon us. It is that time of year again for us to have our annual fun days.

The dates for the fun days are below, please come along and join in a family orientated session full of fun and laughter. Bring along the Grandparents and friends and see what we offer at Kaleidoscope.

Leeds Sites

Morley Nursery: – 9th June 2012 from 10.00 am -1.00pm

Gildersome Nursery: – 30th June 2012 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

York Sites

Acomb Nursery: – 30th June 2012 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

Acorn Nursery: – 7th July 2012 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

City Nursery: – 4th August 2012 from 10.00am-1.00pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

June 1, 2012   No Comments

New food guidance & menus

Recent government reports concluded that food served in some nurseries is low in energy and carbohydrates, high in salt and lacking in essential nutrients iron and zinc. Here at Kaleidoscope we believe that it’s important to establish healthy eating habits early on to give your little ones the best start in life. We aim to make this possible by supplying the children with home cooked, nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development.


We are currently reviewing our menus in line with the eat better start better guidelines recently released by the government. Whilst our current menus already follow these guidelines, we are looking to make the spring and summer menus even more enjoyable for the children, whilst still keeping them balanced and healthy.

March 7, 2012   No Comments

Drighlington Nursery and training centre

Kaleidoscope is proud to announce that they will soon be opening a new nursery and training centre in Drighlington, Leeds. The new nursery will have 78 childcare places and will aim to offer apprenticeship training opportunities as a Cache registered training centre. Work on the new site should start in March with a target opening date of May 2012

March 7, 2012   No Comments

Kaleidoscope Wins Major Award

The Press Business Awards 2011 took place on Thursday 17th  November at York Racecourse.

Thursday’s glittering black-tie awards dinner, which  celebrated entrepreneurship, collaboration between businesses, education and  communities, was one of the largest on record with more entries than ever  before. The event showcases the best of businesses that promote York and  Yorkshire.

We are pleased to announce that Jane won the York Press  Woman in Enterprise award for her years of dedication and hard work to make Kaleidoscope  the success it is today.

This award serves to highlight the success that both Jane  and Steve have shared through their continued support and encouragement of  staff, their dedication to the company and their hard work.

Jane said:

“I am  delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award and I know my team are  very proud of me – I couldn’t have done it without them.  Our business was set up in the last recession  and being in business in this economic climate is tough but after 20 years we  are still expanding so it can be done.  Believe in yourself and your product and others will believe in you  too.  It’s this approach that has kept us all passionate about what we do at Kaleidoscope.”




November 25, 2011   No Comments

York St John Graduations

We would like to congratulate our practitioners from York who graduated last week from York St John University, many of whom are continuing their studies to gain higher Degrees.

Stephanie Smith – Foundation Degree, Working with Children and Young People
Laura Taite – Foundation Degree, Working with Children and Young People
Bonnie John – Foundation Degree, Film & Television Production
Paula Sykes-Waller – Degree Of Bachelor Of Arts, Primary Education (Lower Primary)
Lyndsey Snowden – Degree Of Bachelor Of Arts, Primary Education (Upper Primary)
Nik Owen – Degree Of Bachelor Of Arts, Education Studies

November 25, 2011   No Comments

Chickens at the City site.

our new chicks


We are pleased to announce that that eight of our eggs have hatched this morning. We are planning on keeping five chickens for our newly designed garden.
Thanks to Meanwood City Farm for supplying the equipment and eggs.

October 12, 2011   No Comments