Welcome to Funtasia First Steps Nursery, how it all began

Funtasia had a vision to build on their Outstanding Before and After school clubs, a vision to provide a family environment whereby young children could be nurtured, educated and cherished in a loving environment by highly qualified and experienced practitioners.

In 2016 we extended St Paul’s provision to offer Pre School, within a month the setting was inspected by Ofsted and received an outstanding judgment. The demand for places and the feedback received from parents was such that in May 2018 we decided to extend our provision.

New premises were found in Millbrook just two miles from the original provision. In June 2018 contractors began converting the old dentist and chemist into a modern day care provision. The doors to the new 40 place nursery were opened in September 2018 and existing children moved from St Paul’s and the pre - school closed.

The Nursery cares for children from 2 years to 5 years within a safe and stimulating enviroment.

Funded places are available for 15 hours 2 year old funding, 15 hours 3 year old funding and 30 hours funding, please speak to the nursery manager.

Our Nursery opening times are 9.00am - 3.00pm with a before and after school club 7.30am - 6.00pm ( should you require wrap around care)

Sessions available are: 9.00- 12.00/ 12.00- 3.00/ 9.00-3.00 ( children require a packed lunch if they are attending 9.00-3.00) There is no extra charges for snacks.

The philosophy of the nursery is always; “ Making those first steps count, “ This is echoed throughout the nursery every day. Children follow their own interests, outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and develop the building blocks for the 'next steps' in their learning. Children learn through play both indoors and outdoors (in all weathers putting on their coats and wellies, or sunglasses and sunhats). We regularly visit the country park, which is on our doorstep, nature walks, Welly walks and den building is just some of the outdoor experiences the children take part in. There is always a suitable balance of child initiated and adult led learning practice


Kim Bowers
Operational Manager/ Nursery Manager- Level 3

Hello my name is Kim,I am the operational manager at Funtasia and the nursery manager. I am a mum of 3 girls and a nana to my granddaughter. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family and making happy memories. I have worked for Funtasia for 8 years in which time I have grown within the company. Starting from a play worker to deputy and then from there to manager / the companys operational manager, there really is not a role i have not carried out.

Whilst working at St. Paul’s along with myself, the team and Karen we have achieved and are recognised as an outstanding setting in all areas. Following our success we acquired a pre school at St. Paul’s church before seeking premises to create our very own nursery, Funtasia first steps.

The nursery has been a great success for myself and the Funtasia team and I’m extremely excited and passionate about my new role at managing the before and after school club as part of the nursery, i am lucky to be suported by Karla as my deputy and a passionate team, together we share an Outstanding vision for our setting. Here’s to an outstanding future. Kim x

Karla Headdock Deputy Manager- Qualified Teacher Status
Kelsey Shaw Nursery Practitioner- level 3
Katie Byrom Millbrook out of school club manager
Melissa Potter Nursery Practitioner- Level 6
Elaine Hammond Senior Practitioner- Level 3
Debbie Webster Nursery Practitioner


How to Find Us

Funtasia First Steps Nursery
408a Huddersfield Road,
SK15 3ET

Tel: 0161 250 5051 (Ex.8)


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  • I have been using funtasia now for many years. All three of my children have spent time with the funtasia team. GREAT environment, fantastic activities and beautifully warm and welcoming staff. I couldn't recommend funtasia even nearly enough. They are truly amazing. Here's to many more years


  • Wonderful! The care and kindness shown is second to none.


  • Fantastic set up with wonderful staff that care for and look after your children superbly. My daughter was always excited and happy to go to Funtasia and built extremely good relationships with the staff making it easy for me to leave her knowing she was safe and happy.

    Lizanne Scott

  • Can't thank the staff enough for all they do with my little boy especially Sammy, I feel happy that my son is well looked after and he is happy whilst me and my husband are at work the staff are friendly and caring, I would highly recommend Funtasia especially Fantasia Micklehurst.

    Naomi Rigby

  • My little girl has spent a few weeks here at holiday club this summer and has loved it, staff friendly and a really nice atmosphere in the club. Will defiantly be going back again

    David Robinson

  • Although Seren is too little to tell me, I can see for myself what an amazing time she is having. The way her face lights up as we walk through the door, the way she beams and smiles at you all (and how she barely notices that I leave

    Zoe Larkin Kelsall

  • I wanted my son to develop his own independence away from me, to build his confidence, to learn a positive teacher/pupil relationship and for him to make friends in a fun, gentle and encouraging environment. All of which he has done in abundance with the love, attention and support of all the staff at Funtasia, who treat all the children like part of their own family. Communication between parents/guardians and staff is always open and encouraged. I would wholeheartedly recommend Funtasia First Steps to any parent looking for a nursery/preschool setting for their baby/child




  • Daniel absolutely loves Funtasia ... the staff are so lovely and he has such a good time ... thank you to the staff for your hard work and making it the fantastic club it is I wouldn't have my son go anywhere else xx

    Becki Wilde


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