Hough Green

Playmates Nurseries

136 Hough Green Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 4PG

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0151 4242486

Playmates Nurseries also have a local sister nursery on Wilmere Lane.

Flexible day care, all year round for children 3 months to 5 years old

Hough Green Nursery is a well-established and respected nursery and pre-school in Widnes. Our newly refurbished setting provides high quality childcare and our highly qualified staff are passionate about education in the early years. They nurture the children in our care and build strong relationships with the children and parents through their attentive key worker bonds.

We welcome babies and children up to the age of five into a safe and homely environment, where they are fed nutritious homemade meals, and are encouraged to learn and play, building up their confidence as they grow.

Children also benefit from our specially developed school readiness programme, Rising Stars, which aims to equip children with the skills to flourish in primary school.

James Brownrigg, Nursery Manager

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  • Home-away-from-home setting filled with natural resources
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • Motivated, experienced and enthusiastic staff team with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • Safe and spacious outdoor gardens for daily adventures
  • Regular updates on your child’s day via online learning journals
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds (15 & 30 Hours)

Age groups

Our nursery is split into 4 rooms, with each room devoted to caring for a specific age range. We’ve designed our nursery so that children move between rooms when they are ready, not based on when their birthday is.

Here at Hough Green Nursery our days are not rigidly structured but all rooms try to keep to a routine which the children can recognise and anticipate. A familiar routine helps to ensure that your child is happy and secure.

Baby Room

(0 – 12 months)

Our baby room warm and calming, filled with plenty of toys to keep babies entertained.  Our focus is on helping your baby develop and learn through multi-sensory experiences.

Babies are encouraged to roll-around freely, which is particularly good for babies learning to sit and stand for the first time. We also have cots that allow babies to have a lie down when needed

Toddler Room 1

(12 – 24 months)

There is a whole new world of activities to explore as children move into our toddler room. At this age, children start to benefit from a general routine with free play sessions, snack time and other age appropriate activities.

Rest and sleep is still a vital for our toddlers outside of the individual children’s routines we provide sleep mats or beds after lunch and encourage children to take a nap if required.

Toddler Room 2

(24 – 36 months)

Our excellent nursery staff support the children’s language development, encouraging plenty of imitation and conversation. Social development skills and peer relationships are bolstered through group activities and especially during meal times.

At this age, children often start to show an interest in potty training.  Our staff work alongside parents to continue toilet training at nursery with the help of our child sized toilets and sticker charts.

Pre-school Room

(36 – 60 months)

Children join our Preschool from the age of 3 and gradually begin their preparation for school. Here children are encouraged to explore technology and are introduced to letters and numbers.

When the time does come for the children to continue their education journey in primary school, we are here to provide as much support as needed and liaise with local schools to ensure a smooth transition for all.


Our nursery and pre-school is open for 51 weeks of the year, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Regular Morning Session:  8:00 am – 1:.00 pm
  • Regular Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Early Start: 7:30 am – 8:00 am

I've been taking all my children to this nursery for the last 10 years and it is the best one for me as far as care and staff.

Elba A

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Help with Fees

Hough Green Nursery is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility, as well as for 3-4-year-olds (15 and 30 hours).

The Childcare Choices website provides a straightforward explanation of all Government Childcare Support in one place, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the Childcare Calculator you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.

For further questions on fees and funding, please contact us.

Refer a Friend

If you have a friend or family member who is looking for a place for their child at Hough Green, please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form, stating “Referral + Your Name” in the comments box. If a place is available and they do register their child, both you and your friend could receive £25 off one month’s fees!

Terms and conditions apply.


We believe it’s very important to encourage our children to love eating healthy and nutritious food. These healthy habits remain with them through their entire lives and can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle ahead.


Our dedicated on-site chef prepares healthy balanced meals on a daily basis and ensures our children are offered their 5-a-day


Menus are constantly varied to encourage curiosity whilst taking into account dietary and nutritional needs. We are able to cater for all dietary requirements.


We teach our children about different types of food and how it helps them grow, encouraging good habits for the future