Happy 100th birthday Captain Tom!

Captain Tom had a very fitting special birthday present today, being promoted to the rank of honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College. His birthday also will be marked with a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricaine above his Bedfordshire home.

The children of Key Workers at Billy Mill spent much time and love making birthday cards for Captain Tom and sent them along with 140,000 other cards, from people and children up and down the country, all who have taken Tom to their hearts for his amazing walk that raised millions of pounds for the NHS.

This made it all the more amazing when this responce came in this morning:

‘ Hi,

Just a note to say your cards have arrived and have been placed in the great hall with all the other birthday cards. My sister works at Bedford School and originally comes from Tynemouth, she couldn’t believe it when she opened your cards on Major Tom Moores behalf. As it is impossible to thank everyone who has sent cards she asked me to do it on her behalf. I still live in Tynemouth so I am delighted to email you and to thank the children.

Kindest Regards,

Veronica Holland’

Thank you so much Veronica for this message, I know it has made eveyone at Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill so happy on this very special day.

So from everyone at Tynmouth Nursery Group and Zone4kids, Happy Birthday Captain Tom, we salute you!

A message from the Directors

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our landscape beyond belief. It has brought huge challenges to every single member of the world’s population. This is a challenge that we have all risen to and whether it is a Key Worker working on the front line treating patients with Covid-19 or a Grandma missing out on cuddles from her grandchildren as she stays home to protect the NHS, or those who ensure they keep 2 metres from other people during their weekly shop,  they have all played their part in beating this pandemic and getting us back to normality as soon as possible.

We as a Nursery Group with seven settings have created one hub at Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill to look after Key Workers and vulnerable children from all our settings and indeed any new parents who need our help.

The team at Billy Mill are from all our settings and are doing a fantastic job helping those parents/carers who need our help to carry out their essential duties in beating this pandemic. The staff themselves have become Key Workers and it is fitting that we all think of them with NHS workers and other Key Workers on the now regular Thursday night applause at 8.00pm.

We will continue to monitor numbers and if demand for Key Workers childcare increases, we will deploy more staff to Billy Mill and if demand increases further, we will re-open more settings as appropriate.

We will not turn away any Key Worker or Vulnerable child, there will always be childcare available at one of our Settings.

We chose Billy Mill as it is the most central nursery of all our settings and has good road links to the Coast and Newcastle.

Although in many ways it would have been easier and financially more sensible to close all our settings we had a strong determination to play our part in this challenge and offer the childcare needed to those on the front line. We are more and more certain as each day passes that this was the right decision.

Other nurseries are closed and concerned about their future as government changes in funding and furloughing have had a major impact on their future sustainability.

I wanted to make sure that all our Parents/Carers who are currently ‘on hold’ know that we are a long established company, incorporated in 1999, we are resilient and we have done everything in out power to manage this situation and steer our way through this crisis. We will be here for you when this is over!

Kaye and I are passionate about delivering the very highest quality of childcare. We are having the nurseries checked and ‘serviced’ on a regular basis so we can open very quickly as and when everyone gradually gets back to normal.

If needed we will introduce new settling in sessions and we will do everything in our power to make sure coming back to nursery is as smooth and as stress free as possible.

So we are strong, we are up for the fight, we are determined to play our part in beating this virus and we are determined to be ready for you as soon as you need us and are allowed to return to nursery.

Robert KIlsby B.Sc., A.C.M.A and Kaye Kilsby

Founders and Directors


See our Covid-19 Safe Operating Procedures – Click Here!

Updated on the 25/09/2020

We are delighted to report that all our nurseries are now open.

See our Covid-19 Questions and Answers for re-opening

Updated 06/08/2020

We opened more nurseries on the 1st of June for all children to attend nursery. 

The nurseries that opened on the 1st of June were:

Tynemouth Nursery

Tynemouth Nursery at Jesmond

Zone4kids at Whitley Lodge

Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill, which had been open for key workers, is now open for all children from 1st June.

Tynemouth Nursery at Battle Hill (formely Tynemouth Nursery at T.M.C.) will re-open on the 31st of August.

Zone4kids at Coquet Park will re-open on the 1st of September.


Please see our safety video below:

We hope to open all our other settings when we are given permission from the colleges and schools they are attached to.

More updates to follow.


Posted on the 24th March 2020:

In light of the Government announcement regarding the closure of all schools and nurseries from Friday (20 March 2020), we are committed to provide a service for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children who still require childcare in these uncertain times.

At the moment we have closed Tynemouth Nursery at North Shields and Tynemouth Nursery at T.M.C. as of the 24th March. Tynemouth Nursery will close on Friday the 27th of March.

Both Zone4kids and Tynemouth Nursery at Jesmond will close on Tuesday the 31st of March.

All Key Workers and Vulnerable Children from these settings will be looked after at Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill.


Key Workers

The Government has released a list of industries with Key Workers:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security

For further information on Key Worker definitions, please visit the following links:


Vulnerable Children

Children that are vulnerable are those with Special Education Needs, including children that need support with behaviour management. Other vulnerable groups of children are those with English as an additional language, those in receipt of 2 year or EYPP funding, with parents in the armed forces, where court orders or restricted access arrangements are in place and those that are, or who have previously been looked after by the local authority or who are known to Social Services.

This is not an exhaustive list, but the examples highlight what considerations should be taken into account to deem a child as vulnerable.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

5th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

At Tynemouth Nursery Group and Zone4kids we prioritise safety for all our staff and children and we are therefore committed to reducing the risk of Covid-19 to everyone. We are following all of the government guidelines on managing the risk from Covid-19 and have implemented internal procedures to help us react quickly in the event of a direct link to any of our settings to effectively manage the situation.  

A coronavirus is a type of virus and coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever, high temperature

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

With this in mind, and to minimise the risk to children in our care we are asking staff and families that have travelled to affected areas, not to attend nursery until they have completed a 14-day period of self-isolation in the UK after they return from their travels. We will continue to monitor and review this strategy once we are confident that the risk has been reduced or government guidelines change.

We are also reducing the risk by ensuring effective hygiene practices are in place for both children and staff as advised by Public Health England by ensuring staff and children: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before eating or handling food, after toilet visits, or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and to discard the tissue immediately into a bin.
  • Do not share food/ drinks/ utensils etc with others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces e.g. toys, tables and chairs, etc.
  • Ensure supplies such as hand soap, tissues, and paper towels are available for children and staff’s use.

We remain vigilant in ensuring regular and effective cleaning is carried out and we will continue to monitor the health of children in our care and will react quickly in the event of any rise in temperature or changes in behavior. 

If you have any questions, please speak to a senior member of staff or you can find further information at the below links.

With kindest regards

Michelle Gascoigne

Area Manager



Zone4kids scores perfect 10!

Zone4kids at Whitley Lodge has been awarded top marks in the Day Nurseries review scheme! Day Nurseries is the leading UK Nursery review site and take great pride in the quality and trustworthiness of all reviews.

Well done to all the staff at Zone4kids who have all been fantastic in achieving this great accolade!