Little Darlings Day Nursery & Pre-School, Stockport

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Oftsed, Partou Little Darlings Day Nursery can be found on the edge of Offerton and Heaviley, meaning we’re easy to reach from Stockport Town Centre, the A6 and M60.

Our inspiring environments support children’s creativity as we embrace Partou’s values of care, compassion, and continuous learning to deliver the highest standards of childcare every day.

Facilities

A friendly ‘home from home’ environment with a welcoming atmosphere and strong parent partnerships

Spacious outdoor areas including mud kitchens, dens and obstacle courses

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

Playrooms filled with exciting learning resources and activities inspired by children’s natural interests

Highly qualified staff with First Aid Certificates and DBS checks

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
Daily
8:00am – 6:00pm
Morning
8:00am – 1:00pm
Afternoon
1:00pm – 6:00pm
£286.00 £62.50 £40.75 £40.75

 

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

Additional Options: Early Start – £4.00 (7:30am – 8:00am)

  • 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 £7.00 per morning session and £7.00 per afternoon session.

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Little Darlings
Day Nursery
& Pre-school

0161 474 7475

Open Mon - Fri, 8.00am to 6.00pm

382-384 Hempshaw Lane, Stockport, SK1 4NT

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What families say?

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Mhairi O

5 stars

12 March 2024

Little Darlings has been the best experience for us as a family. We have sent all 3 of our children there and haven't got a bad word to say about the place. The staff are all brilliant, the level of care is fantastic and all of our kids have absolutely loved going there. We are very sadly taking our ...

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Bethan W

5 stars

08 March 2024

Little Darlings Day Nursery is an exceptional nursery, welcoming and safe environment. So pleased we chose this one for our son. His progression has come on so much and we thank Little Darlings for this! The team are amazing, kind, compassionate and excellent communication. I would highly recomm...

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Catherine K

5 stars

06 March 2024

Lovely nursery, my child is doing really well and enjoys it. All the team are lovely and very supportive of child development. The children learn many skills and have a balanced diet for their meals. Definitely recommend it to prospective parents and children.

N G

5 stars

06 March 2024

This is my second child who has attended this nursery. Both have been extremely happy, settled and content. They have been well cared for both physically and emotionally. The food provided is excellent. Knowledge of the staff and their development of children is excellent. They always have different ...

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Rebecca C

5 stars

21 February 2024

Both of my children have attended this nursery since the age of one, my eldest will be leaving for school in September and it has been a great nursery for the whole 6 years we've used them. The staff are always kind and caring and my boys have formed great bonds with them and are happy to go each mor...

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Leanne D

5 stars

17 February 2024

Absolutely fantastic nursery. I felt happy to leave my son every morning. The team and management are amazing and ensure myself and my little boy felt comfortable and safe with him being there with them. Communication with myself was perfect, and the parent partnership the nursery gives is outstandin...

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Louise C

5 stars

15 February 2024

When my first child attended Little Darlings over 10 years ago, I was so happy wih her progress that when I had my second child, I was adamant that he was going to follow suit. The staff are brilliant, making my son's time there stimulating and varied. I love the feedback they give each day. The nurs...

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Natalie C

5 stars

14 February 2024

Little Darlings Day Nursery is superb and I'm so pleased we chose this nursery for our daughter. The staff and management are fantastic and professional. The care and love that my daughter receives is so comforting to us that we would have no hesitation in recommending this nursery to friends and fam...

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Holly S

5 stars

14 February 2024

I don’t have the words to explain how exceptional Little Darlings is. We had a really bad experience from another nursery our son went to before Little Darlings and Little Darlings has restored my faith in nurseries. Every single interaction contains care compassion and clear communication and th...

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H S

5 stars

14 February 2024

Excellent communication from staff. My child always looks forward to attending nursery and comes home happy. His development has come on leaps and bounds since he started here. He is set individual development framework objectives and we are kept informed of his progress regularly. Thank you!

Emma D

4 stars

14 February 2024

Excellent nursery and staff. My daughter is happy going in and when I collect she doesn’t want to leave. I’m happy with her progress she is making. The manager is always happy to help with any requests I may have.

J W

5 stars

13 February 2024

My little boy loves coming to Little Darlings. The staff are all amazing with him. He started in babies and is now in middles. The manager is amazing and works really hard to make sure the children, staff and parents are well looked after. Me and my husband would recommend this nursery.

Alexandra V

5 stars

13 February 2024

Fantastic nursery. All the staff are really caring with the children, they really made me feel at ease on my daughter’s first day. My child has really come on with her social, personal, emotional and physical development since attending Little Darlings Nursery. The nursery is well managed and is al...

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J J

5 stars

12 February 2024

We are extremely happy with the care our sons have received at Little Darlings Day Nursery, the staff and management team go above and beyond in caring for our little ones. Would highly recommend, a friendly caring nursery that deserves outstanding.

Lindsey R

5 stars

09 February 2024

Both my children attend this nursery. The staff are all very friendly and professional. I receive a good handover about my children’s day at every collection, they tell me what they have eaten, how much, if they have slept, how long, what they have been learning or playing with that day. I also get...

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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.

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Reassurance for you and your little one

Care

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.

Compassion

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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