Holyrood® Nursery Dryden Street

Our Holyrood Nursery on Dryden Street provides leading childcare and education within the local community.  Each of our nurseries is unique, safe and provides a nurturing environment where we always put the children first.

A nursery near you, at Manchester University

This nursery predominantly caters to staff and students of Manchester University, providing childcare for children aged 12 weeks to 5 years. We are conveniently located within close distance to motorway links and just 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester University and Oxford Road.

We offer full-time and part-time sessions between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm and work in partnership with Manchester City Council to offer FREE funded places for 2 year olds and pre-school children.

Our Unique Features

Discounted rates for university students and staff

2–5-year-olds funded places available

Ofsted Outstanding Nursery

Fully qualified and long-standing nursery team


  • Monday 8:30 – 17:30
  • Tuesday 8:30 – 17:30
  • Wednesday 8:30 – 17:30
  • Thursday 8:30 – 17:30
  • Friday 8:30 – 17:30
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

 Meet Our Top Team


Jayne Comer

Nursery Manager

Toyosi Akinniyi

Deputy Manager

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Allow us to guide you through the steps of your childcare journey and help you discover everything you need to know about our nursery. Come and join our family across the UK. If you have any questions or enquiries, please feel free to contact us using the contact details at the foot of this page. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form also located below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Parent Reviews

Rahma, A

The Dryden Nursery is truly outstanding. Not just in comparison to nurseries in the UK, but to ones I have experienced in different parts of the world. It gives all children the support to develop their mentality and language in an impressive manner. It is a second home for them!

Petra, C

My daughter has been in this nursery for almost a year and she is very happy and content here. Staff are always helpful and special requests always accommodated. It’s quite small so has a nice family feel to it as you get to know everybody that works here over time. Would definitely recommend.

Silke, T

We are extremely happy with the nursery, all staff are extremely friendly and professional, and out child is very happy. We are well informed of his days and his general development. We love the warm and welcoming atmosphere the nursery has created.

Outdoors and Nature

We love to get outside at Holyrood, Dryden Street! Each of our 4 rooms has its own separate inviting outside space, all appropriately set up for their age groups. All of our outdoor areas provide children with opportunities to get fresh air and have fun in a safe and secure environment.

The children love playing in our gardens which offer a variety of activities including mud kitchens, water play, outdoor classrooms and many more resources to promote safe and fun outdoor play. As well as access to our fabulous outdoor play areas, children of all ages enjoy regular walks in the local area. Our youngest children are often seen out in our double buggies enjoying the fresh air, sights and sounds of the local community. We use high visibility vests to keep children safe when out on trips away from the nursery. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing – so we ask parents to provide their children with appropriate clothing for all types of weather.

We are committed to being an environmentally friendly nursery, making changes wherever we can in order to make the world a cleaner place! We are a registered ECO-Nursery and are committed to teach our children about their environment and the effect we have on it in our day to day lives.

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Education at Holyrood, Dryden Street

Our curriculum includes a Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage that offer hands-on approaches to encourage the skills your child will need in the nursery and beyond:

  • Mathematics: Integrating numbers into real-life routines
  • Schematic Play: Quality learning environment providing the potential for children’s creativity skills and allowing them to follow their own interests confidently
  • Listening, Attention and Speaking: Teaching children to express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using complete sentences
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • Birth to 5 Matters Learning and Development Framework
  • STEM Activities: Building and problem solving using science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Ensuring children are physically active from birth and meet the Chief Medical Officers (2019) guidelines of a minimum of 3 hours per day
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Our Nursery Fees and Funding

We can offer flexible booking patterns and a range of funding options, including government funded childcare. To find out more information on pricing and availability, please request a call back and we will be in touch shortly.

Our fees include:

  • Quality Early Years Care and Education
  • Healthy, well balanced menu for all children
  • Access to a wide range of quality resources and equipment
  • E-Learning Journals and Interactive App
  • Monthly newsletters and parent evenings
  • Free Settling in Sessions
  • Nappies, wipes & a variety of milk

*Terms and conditions apply to our funding options and discounts. Contact us for more information.

Fees and Funding
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Food and Nutrition

Here at Holyrood, Dryden Street – we have our very own qualified Nursery Chef who creates nutritionally balanced 3 week rolling menus.

Our menus are designed to give your little one the very best start in life. We make this possible by supplying our children with home cooked nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development. Whenever possible we source our food locally and organically, including seasonal vegetables and fruit into our menus. Our children have a choice of milk or water to drink throughout the day.

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Growing Our Own Vegetables

Our children have opportunities to excel as nursery gardeners with their very own vegetable patch!

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Cooking and Baking Activities

Our children have opportunities to work with our Nursery Chef through weekly cooking and baking activities.

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Vegetarian and Vegan

We are happy to cater for all preferences including Vegeterian and Vegan.

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Dairy-Free Milk

We offer a variety of milk including animal and plant based milks. Speak to our Nursery Chef regarding your preference.

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Dietary Requirements

We are happy to cater for a whole range of dietary/religious/cultural requirements. Please speak to our Nursery Chef for more information.

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No Added Sugar or Salt

We do not add additional salt or sugar. Where possible we purchase products with reduced salt and lower sugar.

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Allergies and First Aid

Our staff are trained in First Aid and our Nursery Chef is experienced in catering for allergies. You are more than welcome to meet with our Chef to discuss your requirements.

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