Welcome to our 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).


In Early Years, it is through our play that we learn all we need to know. Early Years education is a vital part in your child’s development to ensure they are developing in a safe, secure and happy environment. Our children are given opportunities to investigate and explore a vast range of activities and experiences and are encouraged to develop their independency.

In Nursery we follow the Early Years curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning.

There are 3 prime areas of learning:

     - Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

     - Communication and Language 

     - Physical development 

There are four specific areas of learning:

     - Literacy

     - Mathematics

     - Understanding the World

     - Expressive Arts and Design 

We teach these areas through structured play both in the classroom and outside areas supported by a  balance of focused tasks with an adult. All areas are enhanced with activities relating to our topic and the children’s interests.

WB: 1st November



We have had a fabulous week here in nursery.... we've been to SPACE (in our imagination that is). We have shared the stories 'Whatever Next', 'How to Catch a Star' and many others to get our imaginations going and develop our space role play. We have built rockets, painted stars and lots of other lovely activities. Take a look through some of our photographs :) 


4th October

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt


This week we have been learning all about the beautiful season of autumn.

Inspired by our story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt', we investigated our school field and looked for signs of autumn, the changing leaves. We found a spectrum of green, orange, yellow, brown and even red leaves. Almost the whole rainbow!

We had lots of fun exploring autumnal crafts such as conker rolling, leaf printing, bark rubbing and mixing paints to make the various autumn shades.

Making friends at nursery

We have had a wonderful time settling in to nursery these past few weeks.

The children have enjoyed making new friends and trying lots of fun activities such as, painting, building, singing, playing music, making dens, making mud pies, splashing in puddles and lots more.



Are you eligible for 30 hours of free childcare?

We can only offer a limited number of 30 hour places, when these come available they will be offered to families already in our setting on a first come, first served, basis.


However,   if you are only able to receive 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

Headteacher Mrs Joanne B Heap.

Reception September 2022 new starters - all welcome to come and visit and see school in action. Make an appointment by phoning the school office: 01706344609.