A very warm welcome back to nursery.

We are enjoying seeing all the happy, smiling faces returning to school after the summer holidays with lots of exciting news to tell! An extra special welcome to all our new children and parents.

Our first weeks of term are always spent helping to settle our new friends into the routines of nursery. There will be lots of time to talk and play while we are getting to know each other.

PE will be on Mondays and your child will require a pair of black pumps in a drawstring bag that they can leave at school. Please make sure everything is labelled. PE will start on Monday 30th September to give everyone time to settle in and to make sure we have pump bags for everyone.

Our class lending library, encouraging a love of books at home and school, will start again on Thursday 26th September, once everyone is settled in. All children will need a book bag on this day. It is always a real pleasure to revisit stories that have been shared at home - children that have done this regularly develop good pre-reading skills.

Dates of upcoming events will appear on newsletters on the school website.

Our junk materials for our exciting model making area are in need of replenishing please– all donations happily received (kitchen rolls are fine but not toilet rolls please). If anyone has rolls of unused and ends of wallpaper at any time, these are always very useful in nursery for large mark making activities.

A polite reminder that nursery shoes should not have laces.  Children cannot fasten laced shoes until they are much older. In order to develop independence and with respect to safety, your support is greatly appreciated with this.

Also, if your child brings a water bottle to school please don't forget to take it home each day for a wash and refill.

The timetable for Parents Play Maths days will be displayed in the cloakroom in the coming weeks.  Pick a day if you would like to come and play simple games with small, friendly groups of children. They love these occasions so please don’t be afraid of having a go!

If you have any questions about anything please feel free to catch us at the end of the morning or afternoon sessions. We are always very happy to talk. Looking forward to an exciting new year!

 Mrs Whitworth and Mrs Rice

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please remember to fill in the online application for milk -it is only delivered to school for those that apply – we want to avoid having any disappointed children at snack time please.


Tonacliffe School Nursery

Tonacliffe nursery offers teacher-led nursery education for your child.

Our setting prepares children for school and supports a smooth transition into reception classes.

Learning takes place naturally through a careful balance of play and structured activities in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

“In the Nursery and Reception classes, outstanding teamwork from teachers and teaching assistants coupled with accurate assessments of what children need to do to propel them to the next stages, result in rapid gains in learning” (Ofsted:2013).

Your child can attend for 5 mornings or 5 afternoons and receive 15 hours of free nursery education each week and they can start in the term following their 3rd birthday.

Are you eligible for 30 hours of free childcare?

Although we are only able to offer 15 hours per week within our nursery, did you know that you can use the other 15 hours at a different setting, including childminders and private nurseries? Some providers may even be able to offer transport for your child between our nursery and their setting.

If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit to see for yourself, please contact us.

Tonacliffe Primary School,
Whitworth, Rochdale,
Lancs OL12 8SS
Telephone: 01706 344609
E-mail: Headteacher Mrs Joanne B Heap.

A Christmas Performance!

Photographs of Autumn term in nursery

Friday 15th November is a non uniform day in exchange for bottle donations for the Christmas Fair. Thank you for your support.