Wilmere Lane

Playmates Nurseries

64 Wilmere Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 5UR

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0151 4952939

Wilmere Lane also has a nearby sister nursery in Warrington.

Full day nursery and pre-school care, all year round, 3 months to 5 years

Parents in Widnes have trusted us with their children for over 20 years. This is because we understand first-hand the importance offering quality childcare in a safe and stimulating environment, focusing on individualised learning with qualified, caring staff.

We operate from a beautiful home away from home setting where children feel safe and secure while they learn and grow. Our highly qualified staff team are passionate about providing a natural and engaging environment to nurture our children in creating foundations for life.

Please give us a call, we’d love to show you around!

Lynne Billington, Nursery Manager

Lynne Billington, 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
  • Motivated, experienced and enthusiastic staff team with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • New dedicated pre-school unit for children preparing for primary school
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • Fun with purposeful technology to prepare children for school
  • 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 Wilmere Lane 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.

Caterpillars Room

Our Caterpillar 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.

Butterflies Room

There is a whole new world of activities to explore as children move into our Butterflies 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 Butterflies outside of the individual children’s routines we provide sleep mats or beds after lunch and encourage children to take a nap if required.

Ladybirds Room

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.

Wiggly Worms Room

Children join our Wiggly Worms 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. We encourage children’s independence, encouraging them to make choices.

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
  • Early Start: 7:30 am – 8:00 am

All staff work really hard and look after the best interests of the child, they are always really busy.

Carl M

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Help with Fees

Wilmere Lane 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 Wilmere Lane, 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