Little Acorns Day Nursery & Pre-School, Atherton

Situated on Bolton Road, Atherton, Little Acorns boasts an excellent reputation within its local community having provided exceptional childcare for children aged from six weeks to five years old since 1987.

Joining the Partou group enables the continued success of our setting as we combine our unique learning experiences with the stability offered by a 100 nursery-strong provider.


A ‘Nature Days’ learning programme supported by activities in our large outdoor play area

Exciting day trips in our nursery minibus, allowing exploration of our local area

Healthy and delicious meals from our seasonal menu, freshly prepared at the nursery

Championing of children’s interest driven by our belief in the ‘Curiosity Approach’

Exceptional attention to children’s health and wellness

Funded Childcare Options Available

The Partou experience

At Partou, the children lead the way. They explore their surroundings and learn about the world they live in, by choosing for themselves which activity they want to join in with next.

Our team are there to care for them and keep them safe. To nurture their emerging abilities and encourage them to seize each fun-packed day. But not to tell them what to do next.

Why? Because when children are allowed to choose their own activities, rather than being told what to do, they naturally choose the activities they’re most interested in. And scientific research has shown that being interested in what they’re doing is the easiest and best way for children to learn.

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Food & nutrition

Creating healthy eating habits for young children stretches far beyond their time with us. It encourages a lifelong positive relationship with food whilst building healthy bodies and healthy minds. Here’s how we encourage healthy eating habits:

  • Rotating menus: Evidence shows regular exposure to foods helps children to develop their taste for them, yet we still want to offer variety. So, we rotate our menus on a three-to-four-week basis, offering the perfect balance between exposing children to new foods yet allowing them to become familiar with flavours.
  • A lunchtime focus: We prioritise lunch as a time where children can enjoy their food. There is a social aspect to all lunches and, where possible, children are encouraged to take an active interest in the food they eat.
  • Fresh food everyday: We serve children fresh food every day and accommodate many different dietary requirements. We have procedures in place to protect children with food allergies and offer different meal options too. If your child has a dietary requirement, simply let us know as part of our registration process and we’ll make sure we meet the needs of your child.

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Nursery fees

Full time
Weekly Rate
7:15am – 6:15pm
7:15am – 1:00pm
1:00pm – 6:15pm
£275.00 £65.50 £35.75 £35.75


Registration Fee: £75 (Non Refundable)
10% discount off eldest child’s fees for siblings

  • Universal 15 hours free childcare entitlement is available to all 3 and 4 year olds, extending to 30 hours for eligible working families*.
  • 15 hour free childcare entitlement is also available to 2-year-olds subject to availability.

For the latest childcare funding information, please visit our dedicated resource page.

* Please note that free childcare entitlement from the government is only applied to the ‘care’ element of your invoice and does not cover meals which are charged at £9.00 per morning session and £7.00 per afternoon session. Consumables will also be charged at £0.90 per morning session and £0.85 per afternoon session.

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Little Acorns
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

01942 896102

Open Mon - Fri, 7.15am to 6.15pm

279 Bolton Road, Atherton, Greater Manchester, M46 9HG

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What families say?

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5 stars

15 May 2024

Little Acorns has been great for both of our children. The staff really engage the children and consider their interests.


5 stars

15 May 2024

My child loves being at Little Acorns. She settled in so well and the teachers are amazing at dealing with her illnesses and allergies. She has loved moving up to infants room and is stimulated every day with great activities.


5 stars

15 May 2024

Little Acorns have given us so much confidence in knowing once we drop our child off she is in safe hands and really cared for. Our child loves caring and we couldn't recommend you all enough. Thank you.


5 stars

15 May 2024

Incredible service, my child always comes home with a smile and you can always tell he's had an amazing day. The girls are amazing with him and always keep myself and Dad up to date with what he gets up to.


5 stars

15 May 2024

Couldn't ask for any better people to look after my little girl. The staff are amazing and my little girl loves coming into nursery. She is thriving thanks to the girls at Little Acorns. So glad we chose Little Acorns!


5 stars

15 May 2024

I am very happy with the nursery and how my child has settled. All of the staff have been helpful.


5 stars

15 May 2024

Really good experience. Lots of learning and care for my child, good resources for learning. My child gets well looked after by staff. Value for money. Feel relaxed knowing my child is in a fantastic setting.

Shauna N

5 stars

24 April 2024

After trying my child in a different nursery and him not settling, I'm so glad I found Little Acorns. He loves it and is so happy here, they are amazing.

Kirsty H

5 stars

24 April 2024

We only joined a couple of weeks ago, but since joining we have been made to feel welcome and kept informed the whole time. We were nervous leaving him for the first time, but felt safe and reassured. We would definitely recommend, our son loves his time at nursery.

Charlotte D

5 stars

23 April 2024

We couldn't recommend Little Acorns enough. The staff are incredible and listen to our every question about our child. It is clear to see that a lot of thought goes into what the children need and how to help their development. Everyone is caring and kind at Little Acorns and you really feel like a p...

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Heather G

5 stars

20 April 2024

Excellent nursery. My son absolutely adores his key worker, she has put 100% into him and really helped to develop him. I have a child in another nursery which is nowhere near as good as Little Acorns. I would 100% recommend to anyone looking to place their child here.


5 stars

20 April 2024

My daughter has been attending four days a week from April. The staff have been amazing, helping her settle quicker than I imagined. No activity has been the same and each one has been carefully thought out, considering my daughter's interests. I have seen her come on leaps and bounds, including her ...

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Holly S

5 stars

02 January 2024

Our daughter joined Little Acorns Nusrery this month and we are so pleased with how she has settled. We love the communication in her diary of what she has been up to and all of the pictures posted. All of the staff are so friendly and welcoming and it has been reassuring. Our little girl is now full...

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Emma G

5 stars

19 December 2023

We are so happy with the care and learning that our son experiences at Little Acorns. The staff really seem to care about him and it is testament to them that he has settled into nursery as well as he has.


5 stars

27 October 2023

I cannot fault Little Acorns, from day one I have been blown away by the staff, the care they provide, and the interaction and learning with the children. Fantastic! Would and have recommended it. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you.

Why Partou?

For us at Partou, childcare isn’t just a job, it’s a journey – one where every child leads us in a unique new direction.

As part of the Netherlands’ largest childcare group, we’ve access to world-leading expertise in learning and development, so you can be confident your child will benefit from an experience as unique as they are.

Of course, care is as much about empathy as education, and ours is a child-led approach that emphasises building confidence and curiosity – so that every child in our care has the freedom to flourish.

Reassurance for you and your little one


We’re more than just a team; we’re a close community driven by our passion for childcare, and our commitment to each individual child’s development. We know that by working together, we’re stronger.


In our community, compassion isn’t just a word; it’s our way of life. By embracing our differences, we make our community more diverse and vibrant. We build strong, supportive relationships with the children and each other, based on trust and understanding.

Continuous learning

We believe strongly in development, for the children in our care and for ourselves. Through continuous learning, we help our team and our children reach their full potential. Together, we make a positive impact, in our communities and across wider society.

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