Keep it in the family

Grace Whittle’s mum worked in childcare and her dad coaching youth football teams, so she says she was always destined to ‘keep it in the family’ and follow the same career herself.

Aged 24 and with a Level 3 qualification in childcare, Grace joined Clever Clogs Belmont in February 2023 and is working in Little Badgers, our room for children aged 2-3.

“This is my favourite age group to work with because at this stage you start to have real conversations with the children and they can tell you how they feel and what they would like to do,” she says.

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No hesitation

Beth Knott did her student placement at Clever Clogs and enjoyed it so much that when the chance of joining permanently on an Apprenticeship came up, there was no hesitation in saying yes!

Beth, 16, says she has wanted to work with children as long as she remembers.

“I loved playing teachers when I was young and I have a younger brother with autism, so there was nothing else I wanted to do,” she says.

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The perfect referral

For many parents who had babies during one of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, choosing a nursery for their children was a daunting experience, but in Nicole Johnston’s case she already had the perfect referral.

That’s because Nicole’s daughter Lily attended Clever Clogs Bowburn so when she had her second child Lachlan during the pandemic, she had no hesitation in registering him at the nursery.

Nicole explains: “I needed childcare for Lachlan when I had to go back to work and despite having several closer day nurseries I opted for Clever Clogs as my daughter went here a couple of years prior, so I knew how good it was.

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Clever Clogs – Amy

Amy Haywood has lots of experience supporting children whilst working in a school for children with additional needs. She has joined us here at Clever Clogs and is excited to share this with us and is eager to adapt to nursery life.

Following the arrival of her son, Amy chose to spend time at home and when she was ready to return to work a nursery was her first choice.

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Top 20

Reviews from parents have resulted in Clever Clogs Belmont being named as one of the top 20 nurseries in the North-East of England – at the first time of trying.

We have been listed as a top 20 recommended nursery for 2022 in awards ran by the UK’s leading nursery review website,

This is based purely of parents who submitted ratings and comments over the 12-month qualifying period, resulting in the nursery receiving a perfect score of 10 out of 10. This actually put us in the top five rated nurseries in the region.

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Belmont Nursery

Tel: 0191 384 3610

Address: New Ferens Park, Durham, DH1 1GG

Nursery Manager: Sharon Lewis

Bowburn Nursery

Tel: 0191 377 9192

Address: Durham Road, Durham, DH6 5AT

Nursery Manager: Sharon Lewis