Newton Heath Sure Start, Great Newton Street, Newton Heath, Manchester, M40 1GX

OPEN 8am - 5:30pm MONDAY to FRIDAY

Early drop off and late pickups are available at Newton Heath

About newton heath

Situated in the heart of Newton Heath, just behind Church Street on Great Newton Street. Recently achieving ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted. The nursery is set within the large Sure Start Children’s Centre Hub of Newton Heath and enjoys close links with a variety of services from the site. The nursery has five large playrooms including a recently added purpose-built playroom for our term time only children.

The setting also enjoys large and well-resourced outdoor spaces. A gardening area provides the children with space to grow their own vegetables. We have a wealth of resources in our local community that we access and the children enjoy regular visits to the local library and going on adventures in the many green spaces around.

We provide before and after school care and holiday club and currently have links with our local primary schools.

Quality Assurance Framework - Gold

Newton Heath is proud to have achieved an ‘Enhancing’ rating in the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF), in all areas giving the setting Gold Status, signifying our commitment to far exceeding minimum standards and our effectiveness in continuously improving our childcare provision​

Quality Assurance Framework Gold from Manchester City Council to Brighter Beginnings Nursery
Forest School at Brighter Beginnings Charlestown


Our Forest School program offers a unique and enriching outdoor learning experience. Immersed in the natural environment, our children engage in child-led, explorative learning, which fosters their curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The Forest School setting encourages physical activity, risk-taking within a safe framework, and a deepened respect for nature. We believe in the benefits of connecting children with the outdoors, which is why we offer this program. It helps build confidence, resilience, and independence, skills that are invaluable throughout their lives.

Jennifer Passman, Manager at Newton Heath

Jennifer Passman, our Senior Nursery Manager at Brighter Beginnings since 2012, has grown from an apprentice to leading our Newton Heath nursery to an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in February 2023. She champions awe-inspiring experiences and positive affirmations for children, as recognized in our inspection.

Embracing the curiosity approach, Jennifer fosters a stimulating environment with open-ended resources, helping children develop into their authentic selves. Her energetic leadership and dedication to quality learning make her an invaluable leader at Brighter Beginnings.

See what Jennifer says about Brighter Beginnings, Newton Heath

At Newton Heath we are always looking for new and exciting activities to engage our children. We know how children learn and how important early education is  to their future. We understand how following the childrens’ interests helps them learn and grow in confidence. 

We have a large and well resourced outside play area and we go out on many trips to see the canal boats and to the library. The children have access to dancing and they really enjoy these sessions.  Our preschool room is carefully organised to prepare our children  for school, ensuring they are equipped with all the skills they need so they can go on to achieve in the next stage of their education. Come and have a look round!


Frequently Asked Questions

Working parents can enjoy childcare all-year-round. We are open 51 weeks a year (closed for Christmas week) and offer places with funding stretched across the whole year meaning parents have full flexibility in their childcare needs. 

This setting has a limited number of term-time-only places.

Please contact us for more information on term time only childcare.

This setting is open from 8am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday for full time children. 

We offer half day sessions at this setting, and these are available as either AM or PM sessions.

8am – 1pm / 1pm – 5:30pm

In addition, we can offer early drop off and late pickups – please ask for more information.

We do close for the week of Christmas. Please check with your childcare setting for this years dates.

Our vibrant and exciting holiday club, catering to school children aged 4 to 11 and is available at this setting. 

Embark on a journey packed with fun and adventure, perfect for a summer of endless laughter and thrilling experiences.

Our club is specially designed to blend fun-filled activities with enriching learning experiences. From exhilarating outdoor excursions to enjoyable day trips, every day is an opportunity for joy and exploration. We offer a diverse array of activities, ranging from football and dance to yoga, all led by our skilled instructors. These activities are not just enjoyable but also educational, helping children develop new skills, enhance their confidence, and forge lasting friendships.

Adventure awaits each day as we visit local attractions, parks, and nature reserves, encouraging children to engage with their environment and learn valuable teamwork and problem-solving skills. Safety and inclusivity are at the heart of our holiday club. Our trained staff members are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and comfort of every child, creating a nurturing and supportive atmosphere.

Don’t let your child miss out on a summer of growth, fun, and cherished memories. Join our holiday club for an adventure that starts now!

We pride ourselves on our fully equipped catering service, staffed by skilled chefs and kitchen assistants who serve wholesome, home-cooked two-course meals every day, tailored to the tastes of our children.

Prioritising health and well-being, we ensure that each meal is not only delicious but also balanced and portion-controlled. Rest assured, your child will enjoy a nutritious diet that supports their growth and development during their time with us.

At Brighter Beginnings we are determined that children are ready for school when they leave us. We have purpose resourced ‘getting ready for school’ playrooms where teacher led activities ensure children are fully equipped with all the skills they will need to make a success of the next stage in their education.

As of 2016, all staff must hold an in-date first aid certificate. We train our own staff in first aid and this is shown on our ID badges. New staff members access the training as soon as possible after starting with us if they do not already possess an in-date certificate.

Managers and senior staff have a mixture of qualifications, in our employ we have qualified teachers (PGCE, QTS), those with higher education degrees (BAHons Early Years eg.) and various Apprenticeship qualifications such as Level 3, 4, 5 & 6. 

Our nursery staff are most commonly qualified up to NVQ Level 3 and have Pediatric First Aid qualifications, although there are many of our staff with higher qualifications . We do employ a number of Level 2 qualified members of staff, most of whom are also undertaking their Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with us. 

We welcome children from birth to five years of age. We also welcome school children up to 11 years at our holiday clubs.

Availability – for information relating to admissions and places at Brighter Beginnings, please get in touch.   

Childcare costs are variable depending on the number and length of sessions each week as well as any funding that you may be eligible for. Get in touch, and we can go through your personal circumstances and ensure you are accessing any available funding. 

Brighter Beginnings does have a uniform. Though not compulsory, we feel it can really help children to become school-ready We have a cardigan, jumper and polo shirt for sale.

These can be ordered from the Nursery. 

Read our Ofsted Report HERE

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