Welcome to Great Expectations

The Town Centre Nursery!

30 Hours Free Childcare

We are proud to be a chosen provider for the Governments free childcare scheme. Click to find out more!

Healthy Food and Nutrition

We strive to prepare and cook fresh, delicious, healthy food that our children can enjoy whilst in our care.

Our beautiful nursery is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Why not see for yourself what the professionals say about us. Please click the link to read our recent Ofsted report https://greatexpectationsdaynursery.co.uk/ofsted-report-16-may-2022/ 

We are part of the governments free nursery education programme for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, with flexibility to suit our parents needs.  Please check out ‘Childcare Choices’ website where you will find all the information with childcare costs and eligibilities. We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm. 

Below are all our rooms. Click on each picture to see more information about each room.

Ideal Location

Great Expectations nursery is perfectly located in the very heart of Middlesbrough town centre (opposite Captain Cooks multi-storey car park). We are in the middle of the main shopping area and just a few minutes walk from the University and Middlesbrough College. We are also ideally located for those travelling by car as we have a designated drop off area in which parents are able to park for a short period whilst dropping off or collecting. We are close to both the bus and the train station.

Our Ethos

At Great Expectations the welfare of all our children is paramount.  The children’s health and well-being are actively promoted.  Self-esteem, resilience and a positive self-image are recognised as essential to every child’s development.  Children’s personal and physical safety is safeguarded, whilst allowing for risk and challenge as appropriate to the capabilities of the individual child.

Our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and routines ready for them to start School.  We structure intervention groups which are currently running within the schools such as Jolly Phonics, Letters and Sounds, Phonics Play, Dough Disco, Oxford Reading Tree, pre-cursive writing, number, name, ‘Ten Town’, shape and colour recognition.  For those children showing signs of readiness; moving onto blending and segmenting letter sounds, we also introduce the Reception Key Words for them to be able to read on sight.

The needs, rights and views of the children are at the centre of our practice.  We celebrate all cultures within our setting enabling the children to encounter different foods and traditions, embracing Individuality, difference and diversity.

Best practice requires reflection and a continuous search for improvement, therefore working with parents/carers and families who are partners in the care, learning and development of their children is vital to involve and merge ideas in order for the best outcome for the children.  Staff are encouraged to develop their CPD (Continual Professional Development), by attending courses and in house training in order for them to be aware of new legislation, guidelines and practices.

Miriam Markie – Manager


Get in touch!


Would you like to make an enquiry about enrolling your child in Great Expectations? Or if you would prefer, please make an appointment for a viewing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Call Miriam Markie (Manager) on 01642 243256 

                  Email: info@greatexpectationsltd.com

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36-40 Grange Road

Calvary House



Email: info@greatexpectationsltd.com


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Great Expectations is a family run nursery in the heart of Middlesbrough catering for children between 6 weeks and 5 years.

Call: 01642 243256

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