Didsbury Road Holiday Club

Monday 3rd- Friday 14th April 2023

Didsbury Road out of school club/ holiday club 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. Holiday playschemes have a range of activities on offer which change daily.

Open to all children, 4/5*-11 years.  Children do not need to attend Didsbury Road primary school to enjoy our Holiday Club.

 *4/5 years- children must already attend school.

What to bring:

  • Your child will need a packed lunch each day.
  • Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing.
  • Breakfast and healthy afternoon snacks are provided.
  • Your child is welcome to bring their own scooter, helmet and favourite games, however staff cannot be held responsible should these items get lost, stolen or broken.
  • Please note that mobile phones are NOT allowed at the club.

Get in touch:

Club Manager: Sarah Gillen

Tel: 0161 442 9946 from 2.30pm each day

Open Monday to Friday 7.45am-6pm

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

ALL our staff are trained and are kept up to date in Paediatric First Aid.

For the 30 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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What’s On?

Monday 3rd- Friday 14th April 2023

Please check back soon for the Easter activities.

We have many activities planned  this Easter:

Easter egg hunt

Design your own Easter card

Create an Easter inspired hat

Spring face painting

Shaving foam Easter egg paintings

Parachute games

Flower stamp painting

Design your own Bunny Bunting

Easter egg rainbow craft

Bubble wrap Easter egg printing

Make your own slime

Spring theme playdough station

Nature walk activities

Tissue paper art activity

Shaving foam painting

Easter egg doilies

Plant your own cress

Three-legged race

Egg and spoon race

Rice crispy birds’nest

Vegetable print making

Skipping competition

Elm Cottage talent show

Mini 5 aside football tournament

In addition to these activities, we have continuous provision which includes:

Construction • Role play • Den Making • Water & Sand • Creative • Reading Area • Games • Small World.

We also offer a wide variety of sports including:

Tag Rugby • Dodgeball • Badminton • Tennis • Archery • Basketball • Dodgeball • Football


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.


Book a place:

To book a place, please download the booking form here.

Alternatively please call or use the contact form below.  Once the manager has received your booking form and confirmed the availability payment will then need to be made to secure your child’s place.

Please note: We have limited availability and unfortunately your place cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

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