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Early Years Nursery School

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An independent nursery for 2-5 year olds based in Didsbury, South Manchester
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Our highly experienced and qualified team recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and of really listening to children.

Our excellent staff ratio ensures that one-to-one attention can often be given and the teachers have the time to get to know each child as an individual.

Our nursery is almost unique in its lack of staff turnover, many of our teachers having been with us since we opened in 1991.  This ensures that children are able to build strong and consistent relationships with our mature and stable team.

Many of our staff are mothers and grandmothers themselves and are a great source of advice and reassurance for parents.

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After teaching Reception and Year 1 for 10 years, Janet Morris co-founded Early Years Nursery school with Linda Mort in 1991 and has remained principal for over 25 years. As well as running the nursery, Janet has co-written 13 books on early years education.

Janet is supported by her Deputy Managers Muzo Walton and Paula Zemmel who have both worked at the nursery for over 20 years.




All aspects of our curriculum and approach to learning are designed to develop self-esteem and self-control, enabling children to take their place in society as happy, confident individuals.

We place a high emphasis on personal and social skills, praising good behaviour and encouraging the children to have a  ‘caring and sharing’ attitude to others. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, balancing teacher led structured activities and free choice activities based on the children’s interests.

Children learning at Early Years Nursery School

A love of learning is crucial to future development and we aim to help each child reach his or her full potential.  We develop a positive approach to lifelong independent learning and problem solving skills that will extend way beyond the children’s time at nursery.

The early years are crucial to future success and happiness and we enjoy keeping in touch with former pupils, many of whom have gone on to outstanding academic success e.g. passing through Oxford and Cambridge, winning scholarships to prestigious music schools and colleges, and being selected for the National Youth Theatre and Orchestra. Our latest OFSTED report judged us as "outstanding" in every area.




We provide a wide variety of activities to meet the objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which include:

  • Regular baking sessions
  • Music from around the world including mini concerts from visiting musicians
  • Dance
  • Role play
  • Art and craft
  • Sand and water play
  • Outdoor play on a wide variety of equipment
  • Gardening- growing our own vegetables
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Our children develop their understanding of the world through special activities throughout the year. These include performances from a local theatre group, visits from ‘Zoo-lab’, who bring creepy crawlies and snakes from the rainforest for the children to closely examine and stroke, and the hatching of chicks at the nursery.

We also offer a range of optional extra curricular activities which introduce the children to new experiences that stretch their minds and exercise their bodies.

These include:

  • Spanish
  • Dance with a teacher from a local ballet school
  • ‘Enjoy-a-ball’ (fun games to develop listening skills and gross and fine motor skills)
  • Percussion group with our music specialist
  • Football training (provided by Manchester City)



We actively encourage the children to play outside as much as possible. This allows them to develop their gross motor skills, and use this time to develop their friendship groups, using up lots of energy in the process.

We’ve got a wide selection of outdoor equipment including balance bikes, scooters, tyre swings, ball games and a large sand pit.

Our castle, playhouse and dens help to develop the children’s imagination. Clipboards and writing tools are included as part of the role play to encourage emergent writing.

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For the more adventurous, we’ve got challenging climbing frames and obstacle courses for the children to construct themselves.




We understand how important food is for both mind and body. Our healthy pescaterian menu (we provide fish but no meat) is served at sensible times to ensure a slow release of energy throughout the day, ensuring that the children aren’t hungry when they go home.

Child having a snack at Early Years Nursery

All our healthy meals are cooked from fresh in our nursery kitchen by our experienced chef, Benkei Johnson. Benkei graduated in Culinary Arts at the Southern New Hampshire University in USA and has previously worked as assistant to the head of the Concord School under the leadership of French master chef Jean Torné.




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Of the three nurseries our children have attended, Early Years is head and shoulders above in terms of quality. It’s a constantly stimulating, vibrant, creative environment with staff who very genuinely care about the happiness and development of our children.

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Thank you so much for taking care of Ava over the past 15 months. We could not recommend a nursery more highly. The staff have always been approachable, knowledgeable and more than happy to share observations about Ava at anytime. We are shocked and overwhelmed at the work book that Ava has kept at the nursery with all the wonderful things she has learnt, drawn, made and painted. Most importantly, Ava has left Early Years as a happy, contented and sociable little girl. Need we say more?

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Just could not recommend Early Years highly enough. Anaya has loved it here. Never has there been a complaint about “school” or any tantrums about not going to “school”. She has thrived here. I couldn’t have found a more loving and nurturing environment for her. The teachers are all just lovely. As a parent I always felt free to discuss anything troubling me about Anaya. Thank you so much, Janet and the team, for being so amazing and loving to our daughter. You have played the biggest role in laying a solid foundation for Anaya’s future. Thank you. Thank you so much.



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I absolutely love Early Years! I was so skeptical about placing my daughter in a nursery environment, however she has done nothing but thrive since attending Early Years. As a SAHM, I do try to do as many learning and fun activities with my daughter as possible, however I feel that Early Years provides an excellent back-up to these activities. My daughter is constantly coming home with writing work that she has done, as well as creative and imaginative artwork, and she also participates in the impressive range of classes on offer, including Spanish, percussion group and Enjoy-a-Ball.

The staff are amazing. I was especially drawn to the fact that so many of them have worked there for years and years, some having been there since the nursery opened its doors 22 years ago. I find this longevity in staff service a real plus-point, and I have no hesitation in leaving my daughter at Early Years, safe in the knowledge that she will be extremely well cared for and nurtured. Settling in was easy too, as we were able to take as long as we needed, and the care, focus and ongoing interest and support that the staff show each individual child is exemplary.

I would not hesitate recommending Early Years to any parent looking for a stimulating, creative, caring and wonderful nursery for their child, and I am very thankful for the time that my daughter has been able to be there and thrive in such a wonderful environment.

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I went to see Early Years after some disheartening visits to other nurseries and was immediately sure that this was the place I wanted my son to attend. It is warm, friendly and welcoming, and the differences between E Y and some of the places I saw were so marked, that they were probably taken aback by my enthusiasm!

The staff are great – many used to be teachers; all have years of experience and it’s obvious that they really do like the children (not a given in some of the nurseries I saw, evidently). The children are encouraged, stimulated and listened to. The nursery has a cosy atmosphere, but they still fit in all the toys, sandpits, etc, a library and a nice outside play area. The food is also very nice – varied, tasty and, the best bit as far as my son is concerned, plenty of it!

I was impressed that parents are told that they are welcome to pop in at any time of the day and stay as long as they like – other nurseries I saw actively discouraged this. I’ve never felt the need to take them up on this, but I think it says a great deal about them that they are so open and accommodating.

My son has been attending E Y since he turned 2 (last October) and I really can see no reason that he won’t continue to attend until he goes to school – he always has lots of things to tell me, pictures to show me and songs to sing and I’m just delighted that I found this gem of a nursery – I believe that Early Years is the kind of place that we’d all love to send our children.

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My son has been attending this nursery now for over a year and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Before, he had attended a nursery owned by a large commercial organisation which was run by employed managers and there was a high turnover of young nursery staff. My son was unhappy there but from the first day at Early Years, he has loved going to nursery. So much so, that he has been known to say ‘Hurray Nursery!’ when we pull on to the car park, what more of an endorsement could you want?


All of the staff members are wonderful. And I hope they won’t mind me saying this but the majority are not young girls straight out of college which for me is a real bonus. They are experienced and genuinely care about the children and have been there a long time. To me this can only mean they enjoy the job and it’s a happy place to work which in turn means a wonderful, warm, settled and happy environment for the children.


This really is a wonderful nursery and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending it. My son is so happy here and I am never worried when I leave him there. There are never any niggles or concerns. It’s such a safe, warm and loving environment and I know my son feels secure there. In my son’s own words ‘I love my nursery!’





We’re open 52 weeks of the year (except Bank Holidays).

Parents are welcome to drop-off and pick up at any times to suit them within session periods.


Session times

Full Day: 8 am to 6 pm (includes breakfast, lunch and tea and all snacks)

Mornings: 8 am to 12.30 pm (includes breakfast, snack and lunch)

Afternoons: 1.30 pm to 6 pm (includes snack and afternoon tea)

We offer a flexible approach to your child’s sessions. It means you can mix and match mornings, afternoons and full days according to your needs.



OUR FEES (2018)


(8AM - 6PM)
  • 1 day - £60
  • 2 days - £120
  • 3 days - £180
  • 4 days - £240
  • 5 days - £285


(8am -12.30pm OR 1.30-6pm)
  • 1 half day - £31
  • 2 half days - £62
  • 3 half days - £93
  • 4 half days - £124
  • 5 half days - £155



  • All meals and snacks are included in the price as are local trips out e.g. trips to art galleries and museums.
  • We provide extra curricular activities as optional extras. These are available for a small additional fee.
  • Every child has individual needs and takes a different length of time to settle in. We offer as many trial settling-in sessions as a child needs, with no cost until a child starts properly.
  • We accept childcare vouchers.
  • We provide a holiday allowance of 2 weeks every year where the fees are 50%.
  • Please note there's a non-refundable £50 admin fee on initial registration




Our guided tours give you the opportunity to look round the nursery and meet the team and children.

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To book a time, please call us on 0161 448 1114 or email earlyyearsnurseryschool@gmail.com

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