A Big Thank You !

We have a lot of people to Thank for their kind generosity for all the great prizes which were donated for Baildons first birthday -


The Old Glen House Pub – Ellis Briggs Cycles – Isola Nail Bar – La Cote Maison – Hollins Hall Hotel

Briggate House Interiors – Land Rover – Bradford Bulls – Design Flooring – Finesse Gift Shop – Millionhairs

Murgatroyds Fish & Chips – Nuffield Health – Bradford City Football Club – Cullingford Butchers – Westgate Bar & Grill

Bliss Hair & Tanning – Motor Marque – The Balti House – Yvette Ford – The Private Health Partnership




U – Nu

When Cliffe House heard about the new innovative toy designed by local artist David Veron we knew we had to have one for each of our 5 settings for the children to play and create marvelous designs with.

hu nu what u can do with u-nu?

U-nu is a brand new concept in creative construction. Devised by Yorkshire based Artist David Veron, u-nu can be as simple or as sophisticated as it’s user. Seven geometric shapes in five beautiful colours, with pieces ranging from 7.5cm to 15cm. U-nu is chunky, clunky and ever so funky! With a full set of all 35 coloured shapes available  and individual pieces available to buy as you need them, u-nu offers you complete control over your building experience. You can simply choose four or five shapes and produce a changeable sculpture for your home, or you can follow our U-nu Guru’s on Facebook and Twitter for designs and info on the pieces you will need to reproduce their imaginative, and often challenging sculptures

For more information on this new and exciting product visit their website


Bramhope Annual Scarecrow Hunt

First Steps our nursery setting in Bramhope has for numerous years sponsored a scarecrow for the annual scarecrow hunt and this year is no different

Jayne & Vida have organised the sponsor ship and will be attending the hunt which is on Saturday 27th June 9am – 1pm

Good Hunting Ladies!!


Happy 1st Birthday Baildon!!

Our Baildon setting celebrates its first birthday this month and to mark the occasion we are having a birthday party for all our Baildon children and their families on Friday 10th July.

There will be a range of activities including Face painting , Music Sessions , Craft activities and a scrumptious picnic tea!

We are also holding a raffle in aid of our chosen charity LOVE HOPE TRUST which holds a special place in all our hearts

All the local businesses ( and some a little further afield) have been invited to donate prizes to our raffle  where all proceeds will go to LOVE HOPE TRUST

All gifts are gratefully received so if anyone would like to donate a prize please feel free to drop off  at our Baildon setting , more information about LOVE HOPE TRUST can be found at

Thank You


Design Award

The International Design Award has been won by a postgraduate student who has created an innovative product to help children ‘learn through play’.

The ‘Many Happy Re-Turns’ is made out of corrugated cardboard and can be played with, sat on and moved in a variety of positions to allow children to use their imagination and dictate how it is played with.

The silver award winner, Elli Gkologkina, a certified architect based in Crete, is currently studying as a distance learner at Gloucestershire University on the Postgraduate Professional Studies in Children’s Play. She is also part of the Transformable Intelligent Environments Laboratory team behind the product, that has been designed to assist a ‘learning through play’ approach to early years education.

Ms Gkologkina said: “Its form was conceived to be as abstract as it could, so as to bare a number of interpretations through children’s imagination, such as animal forms (elephant, turtle, dove) and archetypical forms (house, milk box, boat). At the field-testing phase, we were happy to see children’s interest and quest for new formations.

The object creates seven ways which can be used to roll, sit on or pushed and changed by young children and adults can even use it as a chair. Some sides have black boards which can be used as a surface for learning to take place.

Cliffe House Day Nurseries are proactive in promoting learn through play techniques to enhance preschool children’s education , So well done Elli!


The Fatherhood Institute is working with London-based partners

The Fatherhood Institute is working with London-based partners in the early  years and youth sectors to increase the recruitment of young men aged between 16 and 24 into the childcare profession. The charities aim to recruit and train 12 young men over the next two years through a new, free Young Men into Childcare programme, coordinated by the Fatherhood Institute and with training offered by City Gateway. The programme is funded by Trust for London.

Six of the young men will gain a Level 2 Childcare qualification, and at least four of them will be supported into jobs in the sector. The programme has arisen because despite decades of progress towards greater gender balance in many professions, the early years education and childcare workforce remains dominated by female staff. Latest figures show that only two per cent of early years education and childcare staff are male. “Governments have been talking about wanting to improve male representation in the early years workforce for many years now, but we’re still a long way from cracking this. Through the Young Men into Childcare programme we hope to make a difference – and, along with other pockets of good practice, help move things forward. Our young children deserve nothing less,” said Fatherhood Institute chief executive Adrienne Burgess. Men’s participation in hands-on caring for children has increased hugely over recent decades – so there are plenty of men out there with experience of looking after and nurturing the future generation.

If you’re a young man interested in working in this rewarding field, contact City Gateway by phone 020 3727 6222 or email:

At Cliffe House Day Nurseries we are proud to have two male members of staff  based at our Burley in Wharefedale setting, James and Stephen who both joined us in 2007 work in the green and red room respectively and thoroughly enjoy their chosen career.James is an accomplished guitar player and often sits with the children playing his guitar whilst they happily sing along .



We are offering a FREE SESSION when you recommend a friend or a family member to any of our settings within the Cliffe House Day Nursery family. Simply speak with the office and once your recommendation has completed the new registration form you can book in your free session! As always we operate an open door policy so please feel free to drop by at any time with any ideas or questions.

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!! We wanted the site to reflect both the family feel and the stimulating environment we create to all our settings.
Please feel happy to contact us about anything you are unsure of or have any ideas for topics on the news page.