About the Hub

Local Authorities covered: 

Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Stockport, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. 


As part of the DfE’s Early Years recovery programme, the Bright Futures NW EY Stronger Practice Hub has been established to support nurseries and childminders in our area to adopt evidence-based practice improvements to achieve the very best outcome for our youngest children.

Led by an experienced Headteacher and former LA EYFS Consultant, we have a strong team, including our Local Authority partners and lead Early Years practitioners from a variety of outstanding settings.

Working closely with our partners, the NW Stronger Practice Hub will:

  • establish local networks of early years educators to share knowledge and effective practice.
  • proactively share information and advice on evidence-based approaches - for example, through newsletters, blogs and social media.
  • act as a point of contact for bespoke advice, and signposting to other funded support.
  • work with the Education Endowment Foundation to select evidence-based programmes to fund and make available to nurseries and childminders.

Lead setting:

Lime Tree Primary Academy (Bright Futures Educational Trust)


  • Wellfield Infants & Nursery School, Trafford
  • Stanley Grove Primary Academy (Bright Futures Educational Trust), Manchester
  • ESSA Primary Academy, Bolton
  • Kidstart Nursery, Manchester

Relevant links to settings:

Home (essaprimary.org)


Lime Tree Primary Academy - Bright Futures Educational Trust (bright-futures.co.uk)

Stanley Grove Primary Academy - Bright Futures Educational Trust (bright-futures.co.uk)

Home | Wellfield Infant and Nursery School (wellfieldinfants.com)