News from Tynemouth Nursery

Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill is Outstanding!

We are delighted to announce that our recent Ofsted inspection judged us to be an Outstanding Nursery in every way!

Our Manager Linda Ruane and her team were fantastic and did just did what we do every day. Rob Kilsby, Managing Director stated ‘We have all worked so hard at all of our nurseries to set the very highest standards, Kaye Kilsby, Director and Michelle Gascoigne, Area Manager have been so supportive in achieving this great acolade. However, we must give the most glowing thanks to Linda and all her staff team who deliver outstanding childcare not just on inspection day, but every day of the week!’


BillyMill Ofsted Inspection Report


We have our very own Music and Language Teacher!

Tynemouth Nursery Group and Zone4kids are delighted to announce the appointment of our very own music and language teacher. Naomi will operate at all our settings and we are excited to be  the first Nursery Group in the area to recruit a teacher specifically for languages and music. As well as recruiting Naomi, TNG have invested in around £5,000 of extra equipment such as electric pianos, percussion instruments and language resources to make sure we can offer the very best start in life to all our cherished children over and above what is normally expected. Rob Kilsby, Managing Director said, “We knew that recruiting a teacher soley for music and languages would be a difficult task but we would not be deterred. I am delighted that we found Naomi who has an amazing passion and enthusiasm for what she does. She has described the new post at TNG as her dream job and we are delighted to have her on board. The children absoulutely love her and her sessions and we know this appointment is a winner for everyone!”

We are winners!

We are delighted to announce that TNG were winners at the 19th National NMT Nursery Awards. Finalists in 2 categories was an amazing achievement and our very own Area Manager won the award for best ‘Nursery Operations Manager’. Michelle after winning the award said , ” It is a great honour to win this award, the whole team at Tynemouth Nursery Group and Zone4kids, from the Directors to the apprentices, have all played their part in making this possible and I have to thank them all for their contribution and enthusiasm in making our nurseries a vibrant and stimulating environment to work in.”

Winners were presented with their trophies by host Shaun Williams at the high-profile Gala Night held on Saturday, 20th November 2021 at the Hilton London Metropole attended by almost 800 guests.

Nursery Management Today 2021 Finalist two times!


We have been been made finalists two times in the national 2021 Nursery Management Today Awards! Tynemouth Nursery Group has been shortlisted for the best Nursery Group (Under 10 settings) and Michelle Gascoigne, our Area Manager, is a finalist for the top Nursery Operations/Area Manager of the Year.

A big congratulations to all the nurseries and Michelle and a big thank you to all employees who’s support and teamwork have all paid their part in getting TNG and Michelle into these finals. We are the only nursery in the north east short listed, in these categories, so this is a massive achievement!

The NMT Nursery Awards is an annual event organised by Nursery Management Today and sponsored by key companies providing services in the sector. The Awards are designed to reward excellence in childcare and celebrate the very best people in the Nursery Sector.

The winners of the NMT Nursery Awards will be announced in November.

Good luck to all the finalists! 

National Nursery Awards 2021

Zone4kids at Whitley Lodge awarded top 20 Award 2021

We are delighted to announce that Zone4kids at Whitley Lodge again is accredited as one of the top 20 nurseries in the North East. The recent award comes from reviews, sent into the day nurseries website, from our parents and carers. These reviews have been so good we currently are ranked a perfect 10! This is the second year running we have won this prestigious award!


A big thank you to all the staff at Zone4kids, Whitley Lodge, who have done a fantastic job and thoroughly deserve this award for the second year running!