About Us

Bridges Nursery is one of four nurseries in a group. The Nurseries are:


Lonsdale Nursery - Hartlepool to view website Click Here


Grange Road Nursery - Hartlepool to view website Click Here


Heaton Nursery - Newcastle Upon Tyne to view website Click Here


Bridges Nursery - Gateshead to view website Click Here


Our Team


Bridges Nursery has an Area Manager who has major input into the setting this is Susan Cawthorne. Susan has over 20 years of experience in childcare. She is qualified as an Early Years professional and holds a degree in Children’s Learning in Families, Schools and Beyond. The nursery’s senior management team, Deborah Dolman and Louise Firth are qualified in childcare and have had 18 years experience within the nursery. The team of staff are professional childcare workers with vast experience; many have worked within the nursery for many years and are proud of the relationships they have built with the parents and carers.  We also have four other members of our team who have achieved the Early Years Professional Status.


Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is not a qualification, but a status that recognises excellence in Early Years Practice. EYPS is awarded to those who successfully demonstrate they have met a set of national graduate-level standards associated with working with children from birth to five years

Early Years Professionals are the key in raising the quality of the early year’s provision, so we are delighted that this has been achieved. This professional development of our team can only enhance the quality of our nursery and the care and education your child receives.


We have 5 staff who have recently completed a ‘Foundation Degree in Education and Care’, and one member who has also completed a ‘Foundation Degree in Children’s Play’.

These staff are now working towards a ‘BA Hons in Education and Curriculum Studies’ and a ‘BA Hons in Children and Young People’

 We exceed the minimum Ofsted requirements and have two degree and teacher qualified personnel working within the nursery.



Telephone: 0191 4773233