The Dial Park Early Years team have developed The Best Balance Approach which takes the best practise and pedagogy from leading experts from the past and present to provide the best learning experiences and opportunities for our children. We strive to create “awe and wonder” through providing rich and meaningful learning experiences in a warm and inviting setting.
The Curiosity Approach and Hygge in the Early Years influence the team greatly in the stimulating environments we provide. Inspirational is what we aspire to be for the children, for ourselves and for other settings. Our inclusive environment and unique child approach mean that all children achieve and make fantastic progress in their crucial first years in education.
If you are looking for a super nursery with fantastic outdoor space and brilliant indoor spaces to explore then look no further than Dial Park Nursery in Offerton.
The 15 Universal Hour Sessions:
Caterpillar Class and The Nursery
We encourage parents to choose a block of sessions for their child of 2.5 days per week.
The morning session is 9am-12pm
The afternoon session is 12pm-3pm (Including lunch)
Normally children will do Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning
Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.
30 Hours Free Childcare
9am am to 3pm Monday to Friday
Once you have been formally offered a 15 hours place by the local authority, send in your offer email or letter plus your verification code for either 15 hours or 30 hours to
School will contact you to let you know if your application was successful.
If you are not entitled to free extended hours, but would like extra sessions on top of the 15 universal hours, we can offer 'Top Up' services (which can be claimed from your childcare account).
18 hours place – 15 hours Beginning or End of week sessions with Wednesday Top Up (morning or afternoon) of 3 extra hours
8.00am to 8.45am Monday to Friday in the main school hall. 20pence per item.
In nursery we have our own Forest School site and all children have one forest school session per week. We follow the Forest School ethos and our sessions involve a variety of child led and adult supported activities. We gather together to check in and think about our boundaries and ways to be safe in the forest. We play a wide range of fun and active games which help develop our social, listening and gross motor skills.
We can also participate in adult directed activities such as making leaf mobiles, making chalk paint, creating natural art and making a variety of different bird feeders. We also have ‘Forest time’ which is where children self select their own play and Forest School activities - these include bird watching, bug hunting, playing in the mud kitchen, building dens, climbing snd chilling in the hammock! We also have fires, learn about the seasons, the changing weathers and each session helps develop our respect, knowledge and care for the natural world.
Mr Wrigley used to manage HMV stores until he had a change of career in 2012. After working as a Teaching Assistant in years 2-5 he joined the Early Years team in 2016. Mr Wrigley has Early Years Practitioner status and is working towards further qualifications especially with mastery in maths. He has two children and enjoys being outdoors, listening to music, cooking and eating!
Mrs Honeychurch has been teaching for over 25 years and has taught most year groups from nursery up to Year 6. She is a qualified teacher and her other qualifications include Early Years Teacher Status, Level 3 Forest School Lead and the National Award for SEND Coordination. In the last ten years she has taught in nursery and has really discovered her passion and love for the Early Years and Special Educational Needs. She has two teenage children, enjoys running, mountain biking and being outdoors.
Mrs Morris has worked in Early Years for more than 36 years and has a vast range of knowledge and experience working with the under 5's and their families in Offerton. Mrs Morris is very skilled at creating stimulating and creative learning environments for our children. In her spare time she likes to read, be creative, walk her dog and spend time with family and friends.
Mrs Brady has been teaching for more than 30 years mostly in Early Years and also KS1. Mrs Brady is a flexible part time member of the team and does one day in Nursery, one day in Reception and one day in Year 2/1. She is the music coordinator for the whole school and delivers music to Reception on her day with us. Outside of school Mrs Brady likes running, spending time with her family and being outdoors
Katie is working in our Nursery to learn the practical side of working with young children whilst she is studying for her Level 3 diploma in Early Childhood Studies at Stockport College.
Grace is working in our Nursery to learn the practical side of working with young children whilst she is studying for her Level 3 diploma in Early Childhood Studies at Stockport College. .
Mrs Bridge is working across both our Nursery and Reception classes. She has been a member of staff at Dial Park for over two years. Previously, Mrs Bridge has experience working across different age groups in other primary schools. The children love playing with Mrs Bridge.
Mrs Marshall is one of our parents and has a natural ability with the children. She is calm, patient and so nice the children absolutely love her. She has made a great addition to our Early Years team.
This is an online presentation that Mr Wrigley and Mrs Honeychurch did for our Nursery parents over zoom to explain how parents can help their child at home. It is very different having to talk into a camera than talking to parents and children face to face but there are some great tips in the video for you.
From September 2017, all families with a 3 and 4 year old child will still be eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time or a total of 570 hours taken throughout the year. Some children will be eligible for extended childcare, which is up to 30 hours a week term time or a total of 1140 hours taken throughout the year.
We are offering 30 hours places to those children entitled to it. If you are interested and think you may be entitled please follow the local authority guidance below.
Eligibility for 30 hours:
Both parents must be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage, and less than £100,000 per year working will include employed and self-employed persons
in general families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will not be eligible for these additional hours both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits
What you have to do to apply:
Apply for a 15 hours place as usual via www.stockport.gov.uk and click “apply for” and “nursery admissions”. You can check what help you could get with childcare costs and an indication as to your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/. You can pre-register for email alerts to notify when you can apply for 30 hours free child care.
Once the portal is open, register and apply for a childcare service account. If eligible you will be issued with a code.
The Online Portal.
Parents will be able to apply for both Tax Free Childcare (see below) and 30 hour free childcare through a joint application system.
It will provide a simple journey for all parents and because the criteria are similar, it will avoid the need to provide the same information twice parents will be expected to inform HM Revenue and Customs of any change in circumstance that may affect their eligibility if eligibility changes there is a proposed grace period – this is intended to enable children to keep their place if parents become ineligible. More details will be available about the grace period.
Tax free childcare is a new UK wide government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare and will be launched from early 2017. As a school we signed up to receive payments from parents using this account. For parents to apply for 30 hours free childcare they will need to open a childcare service account. This is a single online application for both 30 hours and tax free childcare.
Some photos of our class
On the 1st April 2015 the government introduced The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
There is £50 million available nationally to help improve outcomes for children aged 3 and 4 years and help them in preparation for school readiness. Eligible children are entitled to 53p per hour which equals approximately £300 per year.
The nursery is held in account for spending the EYPP grant but ultimately it is up to the nursery on how to make best use of the grant received.
For the nursery to be able to access the funding we ask that you fill in a EYPP application for eligibility form and return it to the nursery school office.
To download the form EYPP parental eligibility information and application form, please below.
I genuinely think that Dial Park nursery is the best in Stockport. From the enthusiasm of staff and teachers to resources and a wide variety of activities organised for the little ones. The outdoor play area and weekly forest school is fantastic. My son Leo came 10 years ago to the nursery, and still talks about the memories he made. Ivy has learnt and developed a lot in the short time she’s been attending. Children couldn’t have a better start than being enrolled in this nursery.
Elliott absolutely loves nursery, especially the forest school, which I think is a brilliant idea for the children to learn about nature. This was one of the reasons I really wanted him to go to Dial Park as I think it’s great to teach children early about respecting nature.
Cora has developed in so many ways since coming to Dial Park Nursery. She loves everything about it and cries on her days off because she loves and misses her teachers and friends.