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Ivy Bank Nursery

Welcome to Ivy Bank Nursery

Nursery is the first stage of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the first stage of your child’s education. From September 2023 children can start at Ivy Bank Nursery in the academic year they turn 4, until they are  ready for the transition into a Reception class. We follow the statutory framework to ensure your children are safe, happy and develop as life long learners. To meet the needs of all children we closely follow the ratio guidance. For all children aged three and over there is at least one member of staff for every thirteen children. 


The Nursery News is sent out by e-mail each week as part of the school Newsletter. It will keep you informed about what activities your children have been doing throughout their time at our nursery.

Our Nursery Team

At Ivy Bank Nursery we aim to provide a happy, secure, friendly, stimulating environment where children learn and have fun together, supported by an enthusiastic and professional staff team. 

Our Nursery is led by qualified Early Years staff:

- Mrs Barber is our Nursery Teacher.

- Miss Prest is our Teaching Assistant.

- Miss Tomlinson is our Teaching Assistant. 

- Mrs Heathcote is our Teaching Assistant. 

- Miss Davies is our Teaching Assistant.

- Mrs Cairns is our Administrator.

- Miss Forshaw is our Lunchtime Assistant.

- Mrs Sharma is our Lunchtime Assistant.

Our Nursery

Activities are planned and delivered to support your child’s current level of development and to encourage them to be creative and independent learners whilst following their own unique interests.

This is a time for new beginnings, making friends and learning lots of wonderful experiences and opportunities for learning and growing. In the Nursery, we aim to build upon all the good work you have already done with your child during their early years. Developing your child’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills will help them to feel confident and to achieve their full potential in all areas of learning.

Outdoor Area

Here at Ivy Bank we are lucky enough to have a nursery that has access to a woodland walkway within school, plus an outdoor area. As we are outdoors every day we recommend children bring wellies, coats, sun cream and hats dependent on the weather. We also advise a spare set of clothing as we sometimes have messy play.     

Our Learning

Our curriculum has been devised to meet the needs of the children and the learing requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Links to our curriculum, The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Development Matters documents can be found below:      

Our Nursery Curriculum - Click here to find out what we are learning

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Development Matters



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Ivy Bank Primary School

Valley Road Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8PB

Mrs Sarah Gill | Headteacher

01625 448014