Didsbury Road, Heaton Norris

Didsbury Road out of school club/ holiday play schemes first opened in 1991. We have sole use of a very large dining hall, crush hall and access to the sports hall and outdoor play ground and playing fields.


Please contact the managers for up to date prices. Fees payable in advance of a half term, and in advance of holiday playschemes. We accept payment by internet banking or debit/credit card, we also accept child care vouchers. Unfortunately we can no longer accept cash or cheque.

Get in touch:

Club Manager: Sarah Gillen

Tel: 0161 443 2228 and from 2.30pm each day 0161 442 9946

Morning club: 7.45am-9.00am
After school club: 3.10pm-5.45pm
Holiday play scheme:7.45am-5.45pm


  • Healthy afternoon tea
  • Breakfast provided in morning club. A choice of healthy cereals, toast, fresh fruit and juice
  • Visits & Outings during holiday play schemes
  • Indoor and outdoor structured sports and play
    • Qualified and fully insured multi sports coach
    • Qualified and fully insured cheerleading and dance coach
  • Arts and craft (structured and free choice)
  • Beading, bracelet craft
  • Biscuit decorating/cake baking/pizza cooking
  • Construction (K-NEXX, Lego, Mega Blocks)
  • Dressing up and role play areas
  • Table top games (jig-saws, wooden train track)
  • Team games
  • Quiet, cozy area with books, puppets, blankets and cushions
  • Homework area
  • TV/Xbox/DVD

Staff Qualifications

“Highly skilled staff have excellent knowledge of how children learn and couple this with a very secure knowledge of each child’s individual needs. This enables very successful promotion of children’s care and learning.” Ofsted, January 2013

Ofsted require 50 percent of staff to be trained to NVQ level 2. At Elm Cottage 98% of our staff are qualified to level 3 or above-2 % are presently training on the childcare apprenticeship scheme and a huge 25 % have degrees in Early Childhood Studies. This includes a qualified teacher with a  BEd (hons) and an  Early Years Teacher as part of the team. All staff are supported and guided by the area manager and experienced Nursery Teacher, Tina Kapp who has worked at Elm Cottage for 22 years.

“Robust recruitment and vetting procedures help to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with children. All staff undergo an induction programme and their progress is monitored by room leaders and more formally with an annual review. The manager sets very high standards and staff are fully committed to achieving standards of excellence in all areas. This is demonstrated by the support given to all staff to continue further with their professional development, which has led to the setting team being very highly qualified and skilled.” Ofsted, January 2013

By law at least one staff member with a paediatric first aid training certificate must be on the premises at any given time. At Elm Cottage ALL our staff are trained and are kept up to date in Paediatric First Aid.

For the 28 years that Elm Cottage has been caring for children we have always believed that every member of our team should be trained in and kept up to date in paediatric first aid, this is something we have felt very strongly about and has been implemented since first opening in 1989.

We now work with Millie’s Trust regularly and are proud to also provide support for our parents/carers with evening paediatric first aid workshops across our nursery settings.

We are now delighted to announce that our Orrishmere Nursery is one out of ten childcare providers across England that have become the first to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings.

Click here to see Millie’s Trust and Elm Cottage on Granada Reports


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