Hargate Avenue Day Nursery

Hargate Avenue Nursery

hippoflashA home from home in the countryside

Welcome to Hargate Avenue Nursery, an active and caring nursery with a wide range of exciting and adventurous learning experiences, every day!

Hargate Avenue Nursery is part of  Fisherfield Childcare and its mascot is a Herbert the hippo. Since 1996, we have been providing an excellent childcare service ranging from 3 months to 5 years old. Offering a blend of AM, PM sessions and Full Day care options for 51 weeks of the year.

We are passionate in giving every child the opportunity to thrive in a caring, safe, engaging fun place and watch their personalities develop.


                                                                                                                                                      Hayley, Nursery Manager.

Contact us today on 01706 655000 to meet our welcoming, highly qualified and experienced staff at Hargate Avenue Nursery. Or book a visit using the link below.

All our nurseries offer AM or PM sessions as well as Full Day care for 51 weeks of the year. We work very closely with parents, in addition to the daily handover chats and newsletter we recently introduced iConnect which has been a great success. Parents have praised the ease of use, and the delight of sharing the activities of their child anytime and anywhere.

iConnect is a digital learning journey log application of each child and has many benefits. To find out more about iConnect & ParentZone click here.

Hargate Avenue Nursery

An inspiring and homely space for 3 months to 5 year old children to provide excellent care and development through play.

Purpose built nursery conveniently located in a quiet residential area of Norden, just off Caldershaw Estate and set in a countryside backdrop. Our nature walks are very popular with the children.

hippo walks


Little Lambs, 3 months to 2 years of age. Staff have extensive experience and offer ‘settling in’ sessions which are a fantastic opportunity to allow parents to build relationships with the staff. The room is carefully planned for age appropriate activities with soft furnishings, wooden toys and equipment, theme areas creating a cosy and interesting environment for babies and children to grow and develop.

hippo inside


  • Little Farmers, 2 to 5 years old have a large open plan area with designated theme areas providing choice, stimulating and inspiring activities. Throughout this age group, it is a wonderful time, children become more aware of their environment, build relationships with others and take great leaps in their communication. Staff encourage the children to engage in fun, child-led activities. Activities are designed to be flexible so that the staff can follow the child unique needs and interest.


There is a separate room for those who need an afternoon nap with mattresses in the adjoining room.

hippo sleep



All children have access to outdoor play all year round giving the children a home-from-home experience. The garden has a lovely reading dome and plenty of grassland to run, hide, climb and jump with the other children

hippo outside


  • Follow the curriculum, Early Years Foundation Stage and focuses on ‘Learning through play’ and activities. The staff have a wide range of resources giving the child the opportunity to make their own choices and develop.


On site chef Ann, provides tasty, well balanced nutritious meals using fresh ingredients every day

hippo food

“All practitioners have a good knowledge of the stage of learning and development of their key group. They are skilled at identifying gaps in learning and effectively plan activities which support the children in these areas and successfully close gaps. As a result, younger children are well prepared for their transition to the next room and older children are ready for their transition to school.” Ofsted Inspector Suzanne Fenwick

Would you like to come and have a look around Hargate Avenue Nursery? Book a visit, we’d be happy to see you!

Hargate Avenue
OL12 6BT

01706 655 000
01706 648 052

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Age Range:
3 months - 5 years
Opening Hours:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
AM Session:
8.00 am - 1.00 pm
PM Session:
1.00 pm - 5.30 pm
All Day:
8.00 am - 5.30 pm

Contact Details:
Monday - Friday
51 weeks
Bank Holidays and Christmas Week
Herbert the hippo at Hargate Avenue image

"I'm Herbert the hippo at Hargate Avenue."

Herbert the hippo likes his home comforts and loves spending time outdoors in the willow tent or going on Little Beast Walks.  He's always the first to smell the home-cooked food and loves to eat with his friends. Only little people allowed!

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