A haven for toddlers

Natalie Hogg and son Jude
Natalie Hogg and son Jude

A NURSERY linked to a hospital is proving to be a hidden gem.

The Rainbow nursery at the University Hospital of Hartlepool is one of two run by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust which are open to the public.

But not everyone realises they are generally available and not just for people using the hospital.

Natalie Hogg, from the Headland, in Hartlepool, is mum to two-year-old Jude who has been using the facility since he was four months old.

Natalie, works in advertising and marketing, said: “I didn’t realise immediately that anyone could use the nursery. My sister works at the hospital and her son comes to the nursery. She kept saying how fantastic the nursery is.

“The location for me is ideal for me.”

A similar facility is also available at the University Hospital of North Tees.

Childcare coordinator Margaret Hayden said: “We offer childcare places to children from six weeks to five years and we welcome school children during the school holidays. We also provide free early education places for three to five year olds.”