Welcome to our nursery.

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.

January 2021

This wasn't the start to the new year that we were hoping for.

However, it is vital that we continue working together to ensure your children have the best possible opportunities. We appreciate your support throughout these uncertain times and ask that you keep in touch with us. We are going to miss your children and school just won't feel the same without them. That said, we must remain positive and take this opportunity to make the most of the possibilities home learning can offer. 

Your children have made such pleasing progress during their first term in Nursery and we were very much looking forward to welcoming them back into school and continuing our learning journey together.

However, outlines of the topics we are covering in class will be uploaded onto this webpage every week. Please join in with the activities suggested  - this will ensure that your children remain in a structured learning routine. Please feel free to expand on these with your own ideas and learning activities. We will be itching to see your children and see how they are progressing with their learning. Therefore, please send in photographs of their work to and feedback will be given. If you have any questions (any at all), please don't hesitate to contact us via the email address or telephone the school office. 

We hope you all remain safe and well and let's hope we can see each other in person again very soon.

Take care,

Mrs Whitworth, Mrs Rice and Mrs Leach

WB: 7/6/21 - The Very Hungry Nursery Children

This week, we have been reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle (Mrs Rice's favourite story).

We have tried many different foods from the story. We made fruit salad but chopping up apples, pears, plums, oranges and strawberries. We also tasted salami, gerkins and chocolate cake!! Yumm…..

We voted for our favourite foods.


Story Time

Bringing Story time to you at home! 

Follow the links below for our story time sessions.

Rhyme Time

We have been learning 1 nursery rhyme each week of home learning..... we have build up quite the repertoire! All of our nursery rhymes are saved below.

Keep practising our nursery rhymes.... can you recite them 'off by heart' yet? heart

Phonics Activities

Activities and resources previously shared smiley

Maths Activities

Shape & Pattern

Activities for Home Learning (previous weeks)

Catalogue of previous activities for you to choose from smiley


World Book Day

World Book Day - 5/3/2020

Today has been an exciting day, celebrating all things BOOKS! We focused on the Gruffalo (an alllll time favourite), sharing the story with puppets, making Gruffalo biscuits, playing Gruffalo games like dominoes, snap and 'What time is it Mr. Gruffalo?'. We also painted pictures and made puppets. All of this was shared with parents and grandparents, which made for a wonderful morning and afternoon. We rounded off our session with our yummy biscuits and milk as we watched the video adaptation of the book and spotted the differences!

How lovely :) 

Spring is always an exciting term in nursery as the season slowly changes from winter.

We are hoping for some snow (sorry - just a little) as our theme, based around Julia Donaldson's Snail and the Whale, will take us off to the Antarctic for a short time!

The pictures below, from 2019,  show some of the things we look forward to sharing again.

When you are out and about with your children, look out for signs of new growth and small signals that spring is on the way.

Listen to the birds, put food out for them in your garden, check branches of trees for buds and watch for signs of daffodils and spring flowers peeping through the soil.



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 full days (30 hours) or 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?

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.

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