First Steps Holiday Club

First Steps Holiday Club

First Steps offer out of school care for any children in the local area.

Children are able to participate in various activities which have included the following: –

  • Burrs Country Park
  • Cinema Visits
  • Fun Weeks
  • Kirklees Trail
  • Bowling
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Dancing
  • Picnic in the park
  • Manchester Football Museum
  • Fusilier Museum Arts & Crafts

First Steps aim is to make the day as fun packed as possible. All children have access to fresh fruit, water and milk during the day and are provided with full breakfast, buffet lunch and snack tea.

The Holiday Club is open for the school summer holidays from Monday 23rd July to Friday 31st August inclusive.

First Steps Play Area

To book your child’s place, contact First Steps on 0161 764 6752.

Further information regarding First Steps can be found here



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Tottington’s Big Day Out 2018

This year’s Tottington’s Big Day Out is set to take place on Sunday 1st July!

As usual, the event is sure to have plenty going on to entertain the whole family including live bands, beer tents, BBQ, inflatables and lots of stalls.

Live Bands

The confirmed live bands for this year include: –

  • Laurel Canyon
  • Well Said
  • Leah B
  • Bronx


Tottingtons Big Day Out Bands



Some of the stalls at this year’s event will include: –

  • Hook a Duck
  • Tombola
  • Book Stall
  • Tumble Tots
  • Cake Stall
  • Toy Stall
  • Face Painting
  • Refreshments


Bouncy Castle

Tottington’s Public Band will also be entertaining event goers.


Event Details

Time: 12pm – 6:30pm

Location: Crompton Meadows, Beryl Avenue, Tottington BL8 3NF

Entrance Fee £1


Further Details

Contact Tottington’s Big Day Out here if you are interested in running a stall, activity or event sponsorship.

Find out more here





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Baby Sensory – New Classes!

Baby Sensory is coming to Bury!

Are you looking for a new, enriching and worthwhile experience for you and your little one?

Then take a look at award winning Baby Sensory, and what it has to offer! With new classes starting in Bury, this could be your perfect answer!

The Aim

The aim of Baby Sensory includes stimulating learning and development through exposure to different sensory experiences.

Each week is different and there is always something new to learn. What sets Baby Sensory apart from the competition is that activities are researched and designed to aid development so they ensure they can explain the why behind each activity, and what benefits this will bring to your little one, most importantly each week you will have lots of fun.

Class themes differ each week and you can attend classes for a full year and never do the same theme twice.  However,  the routine is the same each week which is very important for little ones. Classes follow their natural play – rest – play cycle therefore classes have a 15 minute exploratory play period built into class which also allows for mums, dads, grandparents to form lasting friendships at class.



Class Times

There will be two classes both with the capacity of 20 places:

10:00am – 11:00am – 3 Months to 13 Months

11:30am – 12:30pm – Birth to 6 Months


Class Location

Bury Football Club
Social Club
Gigg Lane


Term Details

Summer Taster Term –

3 classes for £19 (Introductory Offer)

  • Tuesday 24th July – Magic Box Week
  • Tuesday 31st July – Rock’n’Roll Week
  • Tuesday 7th August – Beach Party Week


Autumn Term –

7 Weeks ( £7 a class – Charged termly and payment is made when booking)

  • Tuesday 4th September – Tuesday 16th October

Themes include Weather Week, Water Splash Week and Reflections Week.

Brain Image


How To Book

The new classes are available to book now, and have limited availability, so don’t miss out!

Tickets can be booked here


Further Information

To find out more about Baby Sensory, visit their website here

Alternatively, you can take a look at their Facebook page here

Nursery & After School Club Places – September 2018

Are you looking for excellent, local childcare?

First Steps nursery are now booking places for September 2018.  Take a look at our recommendation to find out more information about this wonderful nursery.

About First Steps

First Steps Nursery provide high quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years in a homely and caring environment.  Children are cared for in a secure and comfortable setting.  Fully trained staff facilitate a comprehensive early childhood program, designed to help children reach their full potential.  The nursery provide a high standard of childcare and education as well as a unique environment in which children are actively encouraged to explore, learn and interact with others.

All staff are also 100% trained in paediatric first aid.

The nursery is open 51 weeks a year from 7.00am to 6.00pm.


First Steps Keywork


  • Early morning sessions available
  • Base rooms are set up to have age-appropriate activities including home areas with kitchens, dress up, musical instruments, painting, wet play, and sensory play
  • Nutritious, healthy, home cooked foods
  • Under 2’s Outdoor play – wide range of textures and senses for younger ones with a quiet area, a small climbing frame to aid in physical development and safety surface to enable children to begin to use walkers, small bikes and cars.
  • Over 2’s Outdoor play – stage and music area where children can play on drums, xylophone and musical chimes.  Story area where children can sit and enjoy fun, interactive learning through stories.  The climbing frame and construction site provides a physical and stimulating environment where children can enjoy the slide, look-out tower and site office. There is a roadway where children can learn about road safety and play on bikes, and the Trim Trail includes a climbing wall, balance beams, stepping logs and Burmah Bridge.
  • Indoor hall/ play area
  • Sensory room
  • After School Club
  • Holiday Club
  • Food hygiene rating 5 – the highest rating in food safety management
  • 2 and 3 year old funding available


First Steps Play Area

Events & Activities

Various events are held over the year including: –

  • Themed celebration days (royal wedding, Roald Dahl day, dress up days)
  • French lessons (pre-school class)
  • Sports lessons (pre-school class)
  • Sports Day (pre-school class)
  • Halloween Party
  • Christmas Party

Working Together

  • Hand-over is provided when collecting children to update you on your child’s day, meals etc.
  • Parent Log-In – provides additional information about your child’s day
  • Weekly Newsletter – keep you informed of the week’s activities
  • Parent’s Evening are held to keep you informed of your child’s progress


After School Club

The nursery provide an after school club and collect children from the local primary school, Guardian Angels.  Children are provided with a snack and refreshments in a fun, stimulating environment where they can enjoy the outdoor play area, computers, books – to name but a few.  The After School Club runs from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.


‘The children form close relationships with their key persons, who work hard to help children develop the confidence and independence they need to cope with change.  This prepares children well for the next stage in their learning’.

‘Children enjoy daily opportunities for outdoor activities and their physical development is supported well.  The various challenges available to the children in the garden have been well thought and are well managed.  It allows children to grow not just in confidence but in physical ability’.

Children of all ages are happy in this warm, welcoming nursery.

Parent’s Comments

What better way to hear about the nursery than first hand from existing parents of children at the nursery.  Take a look at some of the parents comments here


The nursery’s goal is to provide a nurturing environment, with the best staff, to encourage happy healthy children.

First Steps know that choosing the right nursery is a huge decision.  It is a responsibility they take seriously and their promise is to do everything possible to ensure the time your child is with them is happy, fulfilling and worthwhile.

Don’t delay – take a look around the nursery and secure your place today!

First Steps Room


1 Orrell Street, Bury BL8 1PB

To arrange a visit contact the nursery on 0161 764 6752 or contact them on

Further details about the nursery can be found here

First Steps Logo



Pride of Bury Awards 2018

Do you know someone who deserves recognition?

Of course you do!

Maybe a fundraiser, volunteer, teacher, carer, teen hero…?

The categories include: –

  • Little Hero Award
  • Little Fundraising Hero Award
  • Family Hero Award
  • Brave Hero Award
  • Teen Hero Award
  • Community Hero Award
  • Emergency Hero Award
  • Fundraising Hero Award
  • Volunteering Hero Award
  • Sporting Hero Award
  • Caring Hero Award
  • Professional Caring Hero Award
  • Teaching Hero Award
  • The Joshua Wilson Ultimate Hero Award

Nominate your local hero and let them enjoy an amazing evening of celebrations.

Take a look at the Pride of Bury website here to find out more and to register your nomination.

Nominations can also be made over the phone on 0161 763 8787 and you can email the team at

Please note: nominees must either live or work/ volunteer in Bury Borough (Whitefield, Prestwich, Tottington, Radcliffe, Bury, Ramsbottom)


Festwich 2018

Manchester’s free musical festival returns on 27th & 28th July 2018 at St Mary’s Park, Prestwich.

Tribute acts during the two day festival include:

– Guns N Roses

– Metallica

– Green Day

– Queen

– Muse

– Pink Floyd

– Stereophonics

In addition to the music there will be food and beer tents, stalls and lots of activities for the kids.

There are a limited number of tickets remaining for Saturday, and Sunday tickets are already sold out.

A limited number of VIP tickets have just been released.

Tickets can be bought here

Primary School Admissions: what to do if you don’t get your first choice

Are you one of the nervous parents anxiously awaiting National Offer Day on Monday 16th April?

After 16th April you will be able to view your child’s allocated school, by logging into your account here.  Emails will also be sent confirming school allocations after 9am.

First Choice School Offer

If you are happy with your child’s chosen school, you must respond to the offer, in line with the instructions on the offer letter. Local authorities will inform schools of the offers that have been accepted.


If You Are Not Offered Your First Choice

If your child has not been offered your first choice, you have the right to appeal.  Take a look at the appeals process below.


Appealing the decision

Your appeal is likely to be more successful if:

  • A mistake has been made in the allocation of places according to the admissions criteria and your child would have received that place, or;
  • That the decision to refuse admission was ‘unreasonable’ in the circumstances of the case. ‘Unreasonable’ is a very high threshold for an appeal to be successful. It is defined as ‘a decision which is so outrageous in its defiance of logic or of accepted moral standards that no sensible person who had applied his mind to the question could have arrived at it’.


Appeals Process

You can appeal a decision about a reception class to any school using the online appeals system here

Please bear in mind: –

  • You must complete an appeal form for each school you are applying for.
  • You should give the reasons for wanting a place at each school. A statement will be prepared showing why the Local Authority/ School Governors have not been able to offer a place.
  • Your form and the Local Authority/ Governors statement will form the basis of the consideration by the Appeals Panel. You will be invited to the meeting to discuss your case with the Panel. A Local Authority representative or representative of the Governors will also be invited. The Panel will make their decision based on the information available to them at the meeting.
  • If it is necessary for you to go to the Independent Appeals Panel, further information will be sent to you by the Democratic Services Section of the Council who arrange the appeals meetings. Once the panel has made their decision, there is no further right of appeal.



You can find further information on admissions in Bury here

If you have additional questions about the admissions process you can contact Bury Council on 0161 253 6474.



Free Baby Group

First Steps Nursery’s popular free baby group returns on Thursday 7th June, 9:30am – 10:30am for 6 weeks.

Enjoy an opportunity to socialise and try new activities. Sessions also include use of the sensory room.

For further details contact the nursery on 0161 764 6752.


Family Life is full of events, ideas, clubs, classes and places to go, in and around, Bury.

From weekend guides to holiday clubs, you’ll find everything you need right here.


Totty’s Big Day Out

Sunday 1st July

6 live bands, beer tent, BBQ, stalls, activities and games

Crompton Meadows, Beryl Avenue, Tottington


Ambers Attic

109-123 Stand Lane, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JR

Contact: 0161 723 1555

Beeches Day Nursery

St Anns Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 9LD

Contact: 0161 773 6157

Blue Skies Montessori Nursery

Frankton Road, Whitefield, Manchester M45 7FB

Contact: 0161 767 8100


Bright Starts Nursery – Bury

Lowercroft Road Business Park, Bury BL8 3PA

Contact: 0161 763 9976

Bright Starts Nursery – Whitefield

8 Moss Lane, Whitefield M45 8DY

Contact: 0161 766 2630

Bury Day Nursery

Fountain Street North, Bury BL9 7AN

Contact: 0161 763 7061

Bury & Whitefield Jewish Day Nursery

Parr Lane, Unsworth, Bury BL9 8JT

Contact: 0161 767 9390

Cygnets To Swans Nursery

42 Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1FX

Contact: 0161 798 8877