Old Crofts Bank

Day Nursery & Pre-school

14 Old Crofts Bank, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7AA

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0161 7487767

Full day care for children 3 months to 5 years in Urmston and Davyhulme

Welcome to Old Crofts Bank Nursery and Pre-school located in Urmston close to many schools and motorway networks.

Established in 1997 our homely nursery aims to create a caring and nurturing environment for all our children within the setting. Our staff, many of whom have been with us for over 10 years, have a vast knowledge and experience of caring and educating children in the early years.

Our warm and inviting setting where we provide a wide range of activities for the children and such activities are planned with children’s individual needs and interests at heart. We are extremely proud of our nursery team, the reputation we have built over the years and the caring and stimulating environment we have created; and pleased to be recognised as a ‘Good’ setting by Ofsted.

We understand choosing a nursery for your precious little ones can be a daunting time for you, but our aim is to not only make our children feel safe and cared for, but also you the parents/guardians too.

Zoe Lever, Nursery Manager

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  • Home-away-from-home setting filled with fun activities
  • Safe outdoor gardens for daily adventures
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • NHS Employee Discount
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • Motivated, experienced, long standing staff team with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds (15 & 30 Hours)

Age groups

Our nursery is split into 6 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 Old Crofts Bank 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.

Old Crofts Bank Day Nursery

Flopsy Bunnies Room

( 3 – 13 months)

In our youngest room, babies are cared for by 3 long-standing members of staff who create a calm, safe and nurturing environment for all our little ones. Babies enjoy a range of activities and are supported in reaching their next steps of development.

French doors open on to their own outdoor play area where babies have the opportunity to explore at any time of the day.

Mrs Tittlemouse & Timmy Tiptoes Rooms

(12 – 24 months)

Our toddler rooms are adapted to suit the needs and interests of our mobile babies and toddlers. The rooms are separated into 2 groups, older children and younger children. The children have a dedicated messy room, where they engage in a variety of activities tailored to their individual interests.

Mrs Tiggywinkle Room

(24 – 30 months)

The Mrs Tiggywinkle Room is our larger toddler room with a range of continuous provisions that promote independence and create opportunities for children to build their confidence. Staff work alongside parents when they are ready to start with toilet training.

Squirrel Nutkin Room

(30 – 38 months)

This room is situated upstairs and is set up a little more like a young pre-school room, all resources are accessible to the children daily. The staff will plan activities for the children according to the child’s interests. We have found this is the age group where the children start showing an interest in potty training; our staff are skilled in this area and will work closely with parents to ensure continuity of routine. Social skills and peer relationships are fostered through group activities and during meal times.

Peter Rabbit Room

(36 – 60 months)

The pre-school room has its own bathroom where children are encouraged to use it by themselves in preparation for the transition to primary school. Activities planned by the staff introduce them to letters and numbers. The room has a wide range of continuous provisions and all activities are tailored for the children as individuals. Our pre-schoolers access the outdoor space at any time of the day as we have a separate area with more challenging equipment and also a knowledge and understanding area.


Our nursery and pre-school is open for 51 weeks of the year, 8:00 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
  • Morning Session: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The staff at Old Crofts Bank are what make the nursery. My child is well loved and cared for and really enjoys attending. She is always full of smiles when we drop her off and pick her up.

Eleanor P

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Help with Fees

Old Crofts Bank Day 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 Old Crofts Bank, 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.

We have a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating and are able to cater for all dietary requirements.


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