Midland Road Nursery School is the lead for Lister Park Children’s centre cluster. We are situated off Thorncliffe Road, Manningham, near the Bradford City Football Ground at Valley Parade and there has been a school on this site for over 100 years. We were designated as the lead for Lister Park Children’s centre cluster from September 2015.
We now work as an integrated Nursery School and Children’s Centre and provide a range of services for young children and their families.
As in Primary Schools, Nursery Schools are led by qualified headteachers and teachers working with other qualified early years’ practitioners and support workers. We are specialists in early education and development for children from Birth to 5 years which we feel provides a strong foundation for all of our work.
In September 2011 we became one of the 16 National Early Years Teaching Centres (EYTC) working in partnership with the 7 other Nursery Schools in Bradford. We work closely with St Edmund’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre which as a Teaching School and leads a Birth to 19 Alliance of over 40 schools in Bradford.
In May 2013 we were designated as a National Support School and the headteacher is a National Leader of Education.
Bradford has a long tradition of supporting Nursery Schools and provision for children in the early years. Margaret McMillan, who was an early pioneer of Nursery Schools in Britain, was on the Board of Bradford Schools at the turn of the 1900’s and was also instrumental in introducing free school meals for poor children. In our archives we have the log books which provide a record of her visits to our school and the work being done here. Take a look at these entries to see how long Midland Road has been making a difference to the children and families of Manningham and also how some things have not changed!