Childcare & Nurseries
Juggling childcare with an education can be a challenging, time-consuming task – but it doesn’t have to be. We have three dedicated on-site nurseries with fully qualified, expert childcare providers who can help to look after your little ones.
Our nurseries are open Monday to Friday, from 8am-6pm, and are suitable for children from six months old up to the age of five years. Your child will enjoy a safe and friendly environment, where they can learn, play and make new friends throughout the year, leaving you to focus on your education.
Play and learning
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS) framework, helping babies and young children in our care to play and learn in a happy, stimulating environment, tailored to their individual development needs.
They will enjoy a range of activities throughout the day, each designed to encourage their social and creative abilities, improve their communication skills, and aid their physical development. The method of playing and learning provides the best foundation for positive progress.
About our nurseries
We offer student-funded, Care2Learn, and term-time private places. All colleagues have Level 3 qualifications and are trained in paediatric first aid. Your child will be allocated a key person, who you will meet at the start of your child’s stay. They will monitor your child’s progress and ensure their wellbeing. We aim to meet the needs of all children, irrespective of gender, learning difficulty/disability, religion or culture.
Paying for childcare
Depending on your circumstances, there may be funding available to help you afford childcare while you are studying with us. You could be eligible for the Care2Learn programme, a 19+ Study Award, or a Childcare Grant. For parents under the age of 20, national funding from the government is available to cover the costs of a nursery place and travel to and from your nursery provider.
If you earn a low income, the 19+ Study Award, for students over the age of 19, has a section dedicated to childcare, while childcare grants can help those studying a university-level course, depending on your household income. For more information about childcare funding, you can visit our Fees, Finance and Funding section, or you can get in touch with our Careers & Welfare team on 03333 222 444.
How to apply
You can find out more about our nurseries, and enquire about availability, by getting in touch with the branch you would like your child to attend. Children must be over the age of six months, and up to five years.
Lightbowne (Moston) - 0161 205 3646
Openshaw - 0161 674 3466
Harpurhey - 0161 277 1927
What to bring
Once your nursery place has been confirmed, you will receive instructions on how to help your child settle in, and what you will need to bring with you. This will include documents for induction, such as your child’s birth certificate and red health book, and items your child requires during the day, like nappies, a comforter and a change of clothes.