A North East nursery group has beaten some of the biggest nursery groups in the UK in a poll voted for by parents.

Clever Clogs Nursery Group was one of only 16 up and down the country to receive the coveted 10 out 10 score on the nursery industry’s equivalent to the Trip Advisor ratings platform.

That was out of 329 nursery groups that were scored based on reviews left by parents and carers.

Overall, Clever Clogs Nursery Group ranked fourth in the poll, cementing its place as the best in the region.

The poll is carried out every year by daynurseries.co.uk, the industry’s ‘go to’ website for parents and is decided based on parent and carer testimonials and average ratings.

Individually, the group’s three nurseries also scored very highly, each coming in the top 10 in the Small Nursery Group poll of the North East’s top nurseries.

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery at Preston Farm Industrial Estate in Stockton came first out of 20, while Clever Clogs in Bowburn and Belmont, in County Durham, were ranked sixth and ninth respectively.

Andrea Townsley, founder of Clever Clogs Nursery Group, said: “We are beyond thrilled that we have been recognised in this way. It’s absolutely huge for us. We’re a small group of just three nurseries yet we’ve been beaten some of the biggest and well-known nursery groups to rank fourth in the whole country and be one of only 16 to receive a perfect 10 out of 10 score.

“I could not be prouder of my team – I have always know they’re the best but to hear our parents agree is just wonderful.”

Sharon Lewis, Director of Clever Clogs Nursery Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that, thanks to the reviews submitted by our parents and guardians, all three of our nurseries are placed in the Top 10 of the daynurseries.co.uk website’s annual review of regional nurseries, with Little Ladybirds coming first.

“This is testament to our wonderful teams, who go above and beyond every single day to ensure our little ones have the best possible start, from coming to us as babies to leaving us to begin their school journey.

“Day Nurseries is the most respected platform within the childcare industry and the one our parents visit to tell us, and everyone else, how we’re doing, so these ratings really do mean the world to us. They’re even more special because it’s a list decided solely by parents and carers – it’s always good to get industry recognition but ultimately, it’s our parents that we want the praise from, and this list tells us we’re doing a great job.”

All three Clever Clogs Nursery Group nurseries look after over 100 children each from babies through to pre-school.

Clever Clogs Nursery Group employs 120 people across all three of its sites in the region.