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Welcome to Gorsefield Primary School Nursery, a purpose built, high quality nursery with spacious outdoor areas. Our provision is led by a full-time teacher who works closely with experienced teaching assistants to cater for the needs of all children irrespective of their age and stage of development. Our highly qualified team of practitioners are experienced in child development and early years teaching, they are enthusiastic, warm, inviting and caring and truly have a passion for providing the very best learning experience for children.

We offer a variety of excellent learning activities for children, including sessions in our outdoor areas, with our sports coach, visitors and curriculum enrichment.  We also organise a number of wonderful events throughout the year including Christmas Performances, Easter Egg-Bingo, Sports Day and much more! We aim to help our children build their skills and abilities as we give them the best possible start in their educational journey.

At Gorsefield Nursery, we offer half- and full-day sessions to suit your family needs, as well as a bespoke gradual admission process to help you and your child settle happily into nursery life.

We accept 15- and 30-hour codes, an welcome parents to pay for additional sessions should they require them. Gorsefield also offers before and after school club (GPS Rangers) to nursery children. Your child can therefore attend from 8am-6pm inclusive, 8.50am-11.50am or 8.50am- 3.30pm. Please call in, telephone to make an appointment, or email gorsefield@bury.gov.uk to learn more about us.

Every child at Gorsefield Nursery has the opportunity to apply for a place at Gorsefield Primary School, Reception Class for 4–5-year-olds. Our children are very well supported in their transition to school, and the nursery has developed excellent links to make this transition as seamless as possible.

We look forward to meeting you and to showing you all that we have to offer. Please feel free to book an appointment with school, or drop in any time. We welcome visits and we’re always happy to show you our school in action.

Gorsefield Primary School Nursery Staff and Key Person Groups

All the staff in our nursery class work together each day to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all the children.

Nursery class is led overall by a qualified teacher, who is supported by teaching assistants/ key person. When children join the nursery class, they are taught by the nursery teacher, then they will split off into much smaller groups for further learning. These groups are lead by a key person. Your child will be assigned a key person when they join nursery. Whilst the nursery class teacher supports, tracks and nurtures your child’s development, the key person will keep a special eye on your child making sure that they are happy and settled and that their needs are met within the nursery. Your child will spend some time each day with their key person in small groups. Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. This is normally provided by a child’s parents, but it can also be provided by both the nursery teacher and their key person.

A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and closely supporting the child’s well-being. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and dressing.

That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents, as well as the nursery teacher.


Gorsefield Primary School Nursery Fees: 15 Hours, 30 Hours and Additional Sessions

15 Hours

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week. Check if you’re eligible and find out how to apply.

The free early education and childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later)

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

Help paying for childcare: 15 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

30 Hours

You may be able to get 30 hours free childcare if:

  • you live in England
  • your child is 3 to 4 years old

The childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later)
  • You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

You can apply online for a childcare account to get a code for 30 hours to give to your provider.

How you can use 30 hours free childcare

You can get 30 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year (during school term time).

You may be able to get free childcare for 52 weeks if you use fewer than 30 hours per week. Check with your childcare provider to find out if this is something they offer.

30 hours free childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Additional Session Costs

An additional session is 3 hours. The cost of an additional session is £12 (£4 per hour, 12.30pm-3.30pm). There is no charge for the child’s lunch break 11.45am-12.30pm, although they may remain in school during this time. They must bring a packed lunch or parent/carer may purchase a school meal via the Dolce Live Kitchen App.

Nursery Pricing from September 2024


Registering Your Child for Gorsefield Primary School Nursery

First and foremost, thank you for choosing Gorsefield Primary School! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our ‘One Family’, and your child embarking on the start of the educational journey here at Gorsefield.

To register for a place at Gorsefield Primary School Nursery, simply pop into school or call the school office on 0161 725 9750.

When making the call, you can:

  • Make an enquiry regarding availability for your child e.g.: 15/ 30 hours. In this instance, the office staff with discuss your requests and explain the nursery admission and availability. The Principal will review this information based on availability. The office staff will confirm availability, following a discussion with the Principal.
  • Put your child’s name down on the waiting list for the time they are due to start nursery (we take rising 3 children- this means that your child can start nursery 1 term following their 3 birthday). If your child’s name is on a waiting list to start nursery, the school office will contact you prior to your child starting to complete the registration documents and arrange transition visits.
  • Request an registration pack to complete and return to school in readiness for your child starting nursery. While the last thing we want is for parents to feel under pressure, it’s important to keep in mind that another family can take your place at any moment. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you a place the registration pack has been completed and submitted to the school for consideration.
  • Request to take a Nursery Contract to learn more about Gorsefield Primary School Nursery. 
  • Or simply,  request a conversation/ tour of the school to find out a little more about us.

We look forward to hearing from you.