A little bit more about Playmates at Wilmere Lane

Parents in Widnes have trusted us with their children for over 20 years. This is because we understand first-hand the importance offering quality childcare in a safe and stimulating environment, focusing on individualised learning with qualified, caring staff.

We operate from a beautiful home away from home setting where children feel safe and secure while they learn and grow. Our highly qualified staff team are passionate about providing a natural and engaging environment to nurture our children in creating foundations for life.

Children are welcomed from the ages of 6 weeks to five years in our nursery and preschool. Please give us a call- we’d love to show you around!

  • Home-away-from-home setting filled with fun activities
  • Safe outdoor gardens for daily adventures
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • Motivated, experienced and enthusiastic staff
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • Fun with purposeful technology to prepare children for school
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement (15 and 30 hours) for 3-4-year-olds
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility criteria

Age Groups

Our nursery is split into 4 rooms, with each room devoted to caring for a specific age range. We’ve designed our nursery so that children move between rooms when they are ready, not based on when their birthday is.

Here at Playmates Wilmere Lane our days are not rigidly structured but all rooms try to keep to a routine which the children can recognise and anticipate. A familiar routine helps to ensure that your child is happy and secure.

Explore our Nursery and Pre-school

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Our Caterpillar room warm and calming, filled with plenty of toys to keep babies entertained.  Our focus is on helping your baby develop and learn through multi-sensory experiences.

Babies are encouraged to roll-around freely, which is particularly good for babies learning to sit and stand for the first time. We also have cots that allow babies to have a lie down when needed.


1-2- year-olds

There is a whole new world of activities to explore as children move into our Butterflies room. At this age, children start to benefit from a general routine with free play sessions, snack time and other age appropriate activities.

Rest and sleep is still a vital for our Butterflies outside of the individual children’s routines we provide sleep mats or beds after lunch and encourage children to take a nap if required.



Our excellent nursery staff support the children’s language development, encouraging plenty of imitation and conversation. Social development skills and peer relationships are bolstered through group activities and especially during meal times.

At this age, children often start to show an interest in potty training.  Our staff work alongside parents to continue toilet training at nursery with the help of our child sized toilets and sticker charts.

Wiggly Worms:


Children join our Wiggly Worms from the age of 3 and gradually begin their preparation for school. Here children are encouraged to explore technology, and are introduced to letters and numbers. We encourage children’s independence, encouraging them to make choices.

When the time does come for the children to continue their education journey in primary school, we are here to provide as much support as needed and liaise with local schools to ensure a smooth transition for all.


Playmates Nurseries in Widnes is open from 7.30am until 6pm for 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session: 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Early Start: 7.30am – 8.00am

What our parents say about our day nursery

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