Inspiring learning spaces and a beautiful garden have earned Old Crofts Bank a reputation for quality care and teaching.

What makes us special

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A home from home

Our home from home environment uses natural resources that engage children and ignite curiosity and wonder while our large garden creates calm and tranquillity.

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Tailored spaces

Our rooms are created to support the needs of our babies, toddlers and preschoolers and our team adapt areas in line with the children’s interests.

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Family style mealtimes

Children eat healthy meals together in smaller groups with opportunities to assist with serving.

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Our experienced educators teach children using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework alongside our own 91Ҹ approach to curriculum.

We understand that every child is different, that’s why our hybrid approach to education allows children to grow and learn at a pace that’s right for them.

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Mealtimes at Old Crofts Bank are a time for children to refuel, be sociable and learn about nutrition.

Healthy snacks and delicious fresh food are cooked every day by our onsite chef using local and seasonal produce when we can.

We promote independence as children assist with putting out placemats and cutlery, pour their own drink and self-serve. Older children also have opportunities to assist our chef with cooking and baking.

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Welcome to Old Crofts Bank Nursery School, in Urmston, Manchester.

Every day at Old Crofts Bank we encourage children to be inquisitive and creative in our wonderful learning environment. In doing so, they soon develop a real love of learning and a curious mind.

Our experienced team come with a wealth of early years learning insight with many of them having been with us for over 10 years and with advanced qualifications and training.  Our setting offers so many learning opportunities for children and our beautiful garden allows them to play, imagine and explore.

We know that every child is different with their own story to tell, so we make sure that your child learns in a way and at a pace that’s right for them.

Come along to our happy nursery – we’d love to meet you and your family.

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Old Crofts Bank’s wonderful learning environment offers care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

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Our educators create opportunities for sensory discovery and gentle play for our youngest children, including time to explore their very own play area. We help your baby learn and develop new skills, from standing to walking and talking.

After a busy morning of exploring and learning, there’s time to recharge. We know how important naps are, and make sure that when they need it, children can sleep.

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As their story begins to take shape, growing toddlers are given the time and space to be more independent, discover and learn. Children make friends, learn to play alongside each other and become more aware of the world around them. Our experienced educators encourage language development too, starting with simple sounds and building to sentences.

Our toddler spaces are adapted to suit the needs and interests of children, exploring their imagination with lots of opportunities for creative play. As toddlers grow, activities continue to extend their learning, skills, independence and confidence. Social skills and peer relationships are also developed through group activities and during mealtimes.

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With growing confidence and ability, we prepare our preschool children for the learning journey ahead with a focus on phonics, numbers and social skills. Inside the classroom there are lots of continuous provisions and activities are created for children’s individual needs. There’s access to our wonderful outdoor area which has more challenging equipment to develop movement and co-ordination and an imaginative knowledge and understanding area.

Children spend their final year at Old Crofts Bank getting ready for primary school. By this time, they have made firm friendships and leave us as independent, curious and confident learners, ready for the next chapter of their own story.

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Out Of School Clubs

We know that balancing all your commitments can be a challenge. Our Breakfast (from 7:30 am) and After School Club (until 6:00 pm) are here to make the daily juggle easier.

Amidst all that learning, there’s plenty of time for play with games, creative activities and outdoor fun.


If children prefer some time away from the hustle and bustle, our quiet area is equipped with reading books and spaces to complete homework.


Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or a hearty meal after school, all of our nutritious food is freshly prepared daily.

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Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
Old Crofts Bank Nursery School
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