Acorn Grove Nursery

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Welcome to Acorn Grove Nursery.

Acorn Grove nursery is a Pre-school Learning Alliance childcare service. The Alliance is a registered educational charity which provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England. Our nursery is located in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. We offer 65 Ofsted-registered places and were assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted in our last inspection in May 2015.

Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between two and five years old. There is also some availability for older children up to eight years old in the school holidays.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play. The team establish a culture of "in the moment" planning which is a modern approach to planning children's development. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care

We know that every child develops differently and at different times. To help us give the children in our care individual focus and attention, every child has a key person who best understands how to meet their individual needs and interests. We actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and continues to remain a priority for us.

We are open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days, usually one per term.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Erin Molloy
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
0161 740 5687 0161 740 5687
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Where to go

Acorn Grove Nursery
Woodville Children's Centre
Shirley Road
Cheetham Hill
M8 0NE
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We believe that parents are most important educator in the child's life and encourage to become involved in the life of nursery. We always welcome feedback about how to improve our service. We also believe that children learn best through play and it promotes their long-term development. We are committed to ensuring every child is treated equally and fairly.

Our curriculum takes in to account every child's abilities, interests and needs. Through the EYFS, we focus on developing the following areas of learning and development with children in our nursery:

  • Personal and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All parents who register with us are provided with information about the EYFS explaining how it benefits each child's learning and development.


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Referral not required
Referral Details

We always welcome enquiries from parents about available nursery places at our nursery. We would encourage you to visit our nursery and meet us, other parents and children to get sense of the experience and see how the children enjoy our free flow environment. Please feel free to ask lots of questions then or, if you prefer, contact us by phone or email. We can explain the process for applying for a being put on awaiting list or registering your child immediately for an available place. You will be asked to complete an application form if a place/s are available. 

Other notes

At Acorn Grove Nursery we offer:

  • Free childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • 30 hours funding for working parents
  • Opportunities to add sessions to your funded sessions for a small fee
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Fun, learning through play indoor and outdoor activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child
  • Annual parents afternoon and evening events to discuss your child's development with your child's key person
  • A team lead by a Qualified Early Years Teacher who supports staff with planning for the development in all children.

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
24/05/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
13/11/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
28/10/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
06/02/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
08/05/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
06/05/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
04/08/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
15/01/2018Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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