A North East nursery group is investing £1.5m into its 11th nursery, creating 25 full-time jobs.
Kids 1st Nurseries - which was founded and is chaired by care company boss Helen McCardle - has secured planning permission to build the nursery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, which it will operate from this November.
The new nursery will have 108 places for children aged three months to five years and will have a number of places allocated to Gateshead NHS Trust staff.
Since its first nursery was built in 2004, Kids 1st has established themselves as one of the leading day care providers in the North East and in the UK, growing turnover to £8.28m in their most recent accounts for the year ended March 2015.
Allison Winship, head of childcare at Kids 1st, said: “We are thrilled to be opening our second nursery in Gateshead. Kids 1st Low Fell has gone from strength to strength since we opened in 2012 and we have already had a lot of interest in the new nursery.
“Kids 1st QE is particularly special to us as our first two nurseries were built on hospital sites over eleven years ago, so we have a lot of experience in working with staff to accommodate their childcare needs.”
Peter Harding, deputy chief executive at QE Gateshead, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Kids 1st onto our site as they have an outstanding reputation for offering exceptional childcare services.
“This new nursery will provide our staff with the opportunity to have their young ones in child care with the reassurance of knowing they are close by and we very much look forward to opening this new facility.
“Kids 1st has an excellent reputation for providing first class childcare and crucially they have vast experience of running successful hospital nurseries.
“The opportunity for our staff to use salary sacrifice also makes it exceptional value. I know that this will be great news for our staff.”
The family-run firm, headquartered in Gatsehead with other nurseries in Low Fell, Rake Lane, Wansbeck, Quorum Business Park, Hexham, Wynyard Park, Darlington, Gosforth and Bowesfield, has been named the ‘Highest Quality Childcare Providers in the UK’ by Nursery World for four consecutive years.
Kids 1st has also achieved 13 outstanding Ofsted reports in 11 years of business.