“Little People, Big Dreams”


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Our story so far…

Established in the 90’s by Linda Gilmartin, the iconic white building belonging to an old Government Department began a new life as a children’s day nursery. Going from strength to strength the nursery was then bought by husband and wife team, Foundations for Learning. In May 2018, the building was newly refurbished and, under new ownership, became ‘Dream Big Little One’.


Our Team…

The nursery is run by another family concern, but this time mum and daughter, Sonja and Christine Butterworth.

With a background in education, Sonja’s passion has always been to ensure the best start in life for all children. Having been a class teacher, SENCO, deputy head, adviser, consultant head teacher and more latterly an Executive Principal, Sonja decided getting it right from the beginning was paramount. She currently has her own consultancy business ‘Dream Big Consulting’ supporting schools and teachers on their improvement journeys. She is also a School Effectiveness Partner for Bury LA, a Trustee of Vision Multi-Academy Trust, a Governor at Bury Grammar School and Magistrate with Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service in Manchester. Mum Christine’s expert financial and legal background compliments this.

Pam Grierson, the knowledgeable and experienced nursery manager, along with Nancy, the deputy manager and their well established team, work hard to ensure all of the children have the best experiences.

Helen is Dream Big Little One’s super experienced cook. Helen’s catering career has been varied, she has worked in hospitality for many years in hotels and restaurants both locally and on the south coast. All food at the nursery is cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients and, where possible, locally sourced produce. Menus are fresh and exciting based on both Helen’s expertise, along with ideas and feedback from the children, staff and parents.



Our Services…

The nursery has a well established team of caring and committed staff offering excellent childcare and development for children 0-5 years.

The newly refurbished rooms and all weather, soft play surfaces outside enable endless possibilities both indoors and outdoors.

The nursery offers: –

  • Jo Jingles music sessions are available at the nursery for parents and children.  Sessions cost £3.50 per week.  Call the nursery on 0161 797 6100 to book.
  • Funded places available.
  • Sibling discounts available.
  • Term Time only places available.
  • Discounts available for teachers, NHS and Emergency Services Personnel.
  • Flexible opening hours to support busy family life 7am – 6pm 51 weeks a year.


Our Philosophy…

Dream Big Little One’s philosophy is all about putting your little ones at the heart of everything they do. Their care and development are the nursery’s up-most priority.


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What people say about us…

“Staff are full of fun and enthusiasm” (OFSTED)

“Babies are very happy and well settled in the nursery. They develop high levels of confidence and a strong sense of emotional security” (OFSTED)

“Thank you for all your love and support, you’ve been a great team in bringing up “A” and helping her development” (Parent)

“Without the input of each and every single person working at nursery, she wouldn’t be the intelligent, bright, bubbly fun-loving little girl she is” (Parent)

“Thank you for taking such good care of “O” over the last few years. She has blossomed throughout her time at nursery”


Further Information…

Phone for more information or, even better, pop in and see the team in action.

Contact:  0161 797 6100

Address: 1 Tenters Street, Bury BL9 0HL

Further information about Dream Big Little One can also be found by visiting their Facebook page here.

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