PARENTS rate a St Helens nursery as one of the Top 20 nurseries in North West England.

Parents have rated St Mark’s Pre-school as one of the Top 20 nurseries, out of 1,708 early years settings in North West England for the sixth year in a row.

The top twenty nurseries in North West England have received an award from the leading day nurseries reviews site,, with the award based on the nursery’s reviews from the children’s families and carers.

The nurseries were rated on overall standard, facilities and outside space, learning, resources and equipment and ICT, care, activities, staff, food and nutrition, management, cleanliness, safeguarding as well as value for money.

There are over 14,000 nurseries in the UK, with over 400,000 people working in the childcare sector. Around one million children in the UK attend a nursery, ranging in age from three months to five years old.

To look for a nursery in North West England, go to Amanda Hopkins, reviews manager of, said: “We would like to congratulate St Mark’s Pre-school on being rated by parents as a top nursery in North West England! Being rated so highly by family and carers of children that attend the setting is a huge achievement.

“Our award is valuable recognition from parents and carers that this nursery is offering their children an excellent standard of care and a stimulating environment, which will help boost their development and hopefully create a lifelong love of learning.

“We hope these awards give parents that much needed guidance in choosing the right nursery for their child.”

Sarah Smith and Carla Brady, owners of St Mark’s Pre-school, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award! This is the 6th consecutive year we have been recognised and awarded for being within the top 20 of the most recommended nurseries in the north west!

“We would like to thank our amazing parents and families who continue to leave such wonderful reviews for us. It is always great to hear feedback from our families and the fact that our parents and families take the time to share their views and allow us the opportunity to continue to win these awards means so much to us.

“Here at St Mark's Pre-school, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of care and education for our children and we all absolutely love our jobs - which makes coming to work an absolute joy! We opened our doors in 2018 and ever since then we have grown from strength to strength. Not only have we won this particular award for 6 consecutive years now, we were also awarded with a grade of Outstanding in every area in our first OFSTED inspection in 2021!

“The hard work of the owners and all the staff shines through and it’s very clear to see why we have been as successful as we have been. We are very fortunate to have such amazing, passionate people working at St Mark's Pre-school and together with the amazing children and families who choose us, we have developed something that is very special in St Mark's Preschool!”

It joins General Day Nursery which is also on the list.

To see St Mark’s Pre-school’s reviews go to For a full list of all regional and national winners: