Esscroft is more than just a private nursery in Ilkley; at Esscroft Nursery nurturing and educating the children in our care is at the heart of what we do. We work hard to deliver a balanced curriculum that values every child.

Through free play and structured educational activities that make best use of the unique setting and outdoor space, we offer children opportunities to learn and make sense of the world around them, in fact, all of the things you would expect from a well organised, professional and caring private day nursery.

We have gathered together a selection of thoughts and comments shared with us by parents, grandparents and carers below:

Darren G (Dad)

Esscroft is a fantastic nursery, all the staff are friendly and always work hard to make my child feel very welcome when she arrives. My daughter always enjoys herself, and with a balance of fun and education, Esscroft has helped nurture her to become a very confident, secure 4yr old. One of the best features of Esscroft is their ability to be flexible with dates and times and are always very accommodating of day to day family needs.

The summer party is a true demonstration of just how much they love working with children, it has to be experienced!

Laura W (Mum)

My little boy attends Esscroft nursery 3 days a week and he has a great time. He is 3 years old and really does thrive in this setting. The outdoor space at Esscroft is unrivalled in the area. The staff are lovely, they are very caring and encourage the children in all aspects of play and learning. Our experience of Esscroft Nursery has been fantastic and we would definitely recommend to others.

Jessica S (Mum)

The outdoor space and ability for kids to explore themselves is fantastic, with activities from craft, dance, learning and life skills, it has developed our daughter in leaps and bounds. We couldn’t ask for a nicer place for her to be when we’re at work. The home from home feel is reassuring and our daughter is excited for her days at Esscroft to play with her friends. We can’t thank them enough, and would highly recommend it to any future parents looking for a nursery.

Lucy D (Mum)

Esscroft is a fabulous nursery. We know we are extremely lucky that our daughter and son are able to attend. It has a magical environment, the greatest of all outdoor and indoor spaces with caring and nurturing staff. We wouldn’t consider any other nursery. Every need is met and more - our children love their nursery days.

Emma (Mum)

What a place! The staff are well experienced and so friendly. The setting is second to none with amazing facilities and lots to do, so many toys, bird watching area, extensive grounds, tennis court the list goes on. Homecooked balanced meals and healthy snacks. It really is amazing and I'll be sad for my daughter to leave for school.

Sophie G (Mum)

My son has attended Esscroft since September 2017. I started looking for alternatives to the traditional nursery that my children had attended. I began to look at pre-schools but needed longer hours and all year round childcare that many do not offer. As soon as I visited Esscroft and met the team I knew it was the right place for my son. The facilities are outstanding. My son is an outdoors-loving child and I was amazed by the grounds and play area. The staff are friendly, experienced and caring. As a GP my work commitments can be unpredictable which mean childcare needs can change. Esscroft has always helped to accommodate this. It was definitely the right choice. My son runs in and loves his days there. I no longer feel guilty leaving him as I know he enjoys it so much. My elder child asks why she didn’t go here! I could not recommend Esscroft highly enough. If you are looking for outstanding quality childcare and something a little different I would urge you to take a look.

Victoria W (Mum)

Wonderful nursery which I can not recommend enough. Staff are amazing and really focus on the children and have fun while they learn. My child loves it at Esscroft. It is very reasonably priced. Such great outdoor areas for the kids to play. Never short of space my child absolutely loves it here.

Sarah G (Mum)

My son has been attending Esscroft for 18 months and absolutely loves it. It was recommended to me by a friend whose son also attended. She "sold" it to me because of the caring ethos of the staff, the homemade dinners, the idyllic rural environment and a setting that caters for plenty of outdoor activities - including the "potting shed-cum-bird watching house", the merry-go-round, trampolines and outdoor play area. And I have to say, it has lived up to every expectation, and more. I leave my son at Esscroft 3 days a week, knowing he is happy, well cared for and fulfilled.

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