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Hale Nursery


Hale Nursery has come a long way since its creation in 1980.  Now settled in a stunning purpose-built home in the   P J Davies Community Centre of Hale Synagogue, the Nursery is set to go from strength to strength.

The heart of Hale Nursery’s ethos is nurturing a loving, caring and happy environment.  Children are welcomed and cared for by our enthusiastic team of nursery nurses – many of whom have been with us for many years and most of whom are qualified.  The uniquely warm, family-like atmosphere instils confidence in little ones and encourages the development of key social skills.Outdoor play

Our bright and airy premises, newly fitted to the highest standards throughout, include a dedicated baby room and an enclosed outdoor play area which gives the children plenty of opportunity for fun and fresh air.

Hale Nursery is well equipped to provide a stimulating start to your child's early education.  Our children benefit from a highly committed full-time teacher and we work in close partnership with OFSTED to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.

RabbiWe are the only Jewish nursery in the Hale, Bowdon, Altrincham and Sale areas and our Jewish and secular educational activities are seamlessly combined.  A strong presence by both Rabbi and Rebetzin Portnoy and an innovative Jewish education programme designed by pre-school expert Tzirl Jacobs, gives the children a strong grounding in Judaism. 

The highlight of the week is our beautiful Shabbat party, where a little "Aba" and "Ima" take on the role of Shabbat Mummy and Daddy.  We strongly believe that semi-structured play and social activities are crucial ingredients for pre-school.  This is reflected in our daily free play periods, weekly music and movement sessions, yoga and sports sessions and regular concerts and outings.

The Different Rooms

KochavimKochavim - Stars (0 - 1 year)

This room is situated on the ground floor of the nursery and offers its own feeding, changing and sleeping facilities.  Each baby's routine is maintained whilst in this room and daily record sheets keep parents informed of sleeping, feeding, nappy changes and play activities.  Babies are stimulated by a variety of songs, toys and games.  They stay in this room generally until they are walking.

Yareyach - Moon (1 - 2 years)

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Based on the first floor, this provides more educational activities for the developing baby whilst still maintaining the songs and toys of Kochavim.  Children will still have the opportunity to have a sleep, if required, but this is generally after lunch until 2pm to enable afternoon activities to proceed.  Development will include such things as pencil control, number recognition and brachot for the various foods.  Daily record sheets are provided detailing activities, sleeping and eating patterns.

Keshet - Rainbow (2 - 3 years)

Parents of toddlers are given a daily record of activities, sleeping patterns and eating habits and a parent/teacher progress meeting is held at the end of each year.  Activities are based on the adapted programme from Keshet which focuses on early learning goals.  Toddlers can expect to learn some letter recognition and develop other skills such as hand-eye co-ordination.  THey will learn all their brachot and have the opportunity for a sleep after lunch, if required.

Shemesh - Sun (pre-school)

KeshetShemeshOur aim here is to attain - and exceed - the early learning goals and guidance lines set out by the National Curriculum.  A structured teaching programme - including computer-based activities - supplemented by events, such as our Mock Seder and nursery concerts.  In addition, children begin to learn the benching recited after lunch.  A parent/teacher progress meeting is held at the end of each year.