About Us

Early Learners is a family run company that has been established and caring for children since 1985.Established in 1985. Celebrating over 35+ years within the childcare industry!

A Family Run Company


Early Learners was founded by Jean and Graham McCann in October 1985 and is very much a family group. Since 2008 their son Hayden McCann acts as the director and owner of the companies and oversees the operations of the nurseries and businesses.  Hayden completed his masters degree at Edge Hill University in Management.  Each setting also benefits from having a qualified and experienced Manager.  Today the McCann family and Managers work as a team to ensure Early Learners provides quality childcare and the state-of-the-art environments for children, families and its employees.


Based on this firm foundation of expertise, knowledge and practical experience we set out our long-term goal to grow as a childcare provider.  We want to continue to improve and provide the very highest standards of care and education for children.  

Family is always at the heart of Early Learners 

OUR Pedagogy

The Curiosity Approach


An enabling environment provides children with the space and resources to play, explore and learn. Our classroom environments embrace wide variety of continuous provision which covers the seven areas of learning and development.

A crucial aspect of Early Learners new long-term strategy is to create calm environments; neutral and natural spaces, accented with well thought out resources that are purposely placed to support and extend children’s learning.

Our workforce review and enhance play spaces regularly by reflecting on the children’s individual needs and their specific interests.  We allow children to exercise their creative and critical thought process, encourage discovery, collaboration, risk taking and movement.  Most importantly we provide children time to revel in the simplicities and delight of the everyday. 

Our desire is to empower and ignite passion and excitement in Early Childhood Educators. Giving our workforce the tools and knowledge to enable us to create a culture of curiosity, awe and wonder embedded at the heart of our setting.  Our practitioners reflect continuously on their environments, experiences and activities they create for the children and this enables our team to really question and reflect on the ‘why’. Our Managers challenge our teams to ensure that they are confident and knowledgeable that everything we do is purposeful with children’s learning and development at the heart of all of the decisions made.

Our Early Years pedagogy is made up of many things:

  • Development – Focusing on how and why children change in terms of their learning and development over time.

  • Behaviour – How a child’s experiences shape their behaviour.

  • Relationships – How children change and learn in relation to those around them.

  • Culture – How family life and culture impact learning and relationships.

  • Critique – Inviting you to challenge assumptions and issues around power, equality, and curriculum expectations.



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Our Commitment to Excellence in Childcare!

Quality childcare is dependent on quality staff and we are committed to fostering happy, skilled and loyal nursery teams which ensures that we maintain the highest standards of childcare provision.  We understand how important the people in our nurseries are to you and your child.  Our Nursery Managers are skilled and experienced Early Years Practitioners, who make sure they are always available to meet with you.  Early Learners Nurseries have earned a reputation as leaders in high quality childcare and education.  Giving young children boundless opportunities to learn through imagination, creativity and play, while offering parents the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children couldn't be better cared for.  Our adventure continues as we look to extending our opening times, childcare services and flexibility for working parents.


Jean McCann, Director

Our Commitment to Excellence in Childcare!

OUR commitment to excellence 

Our Area Manager


Jessica has worked for Early Learners since 2018, joining the team as the Manager for Early Learners Middlewich and has since been promoted to Area Manager to support our thriving business.  Jessica completed her Bachelor of Education in the Early Years at Chester University and has worked across nurseries in a range of positions for 15 years.  


Jessica is passionate about providing the highest level of care and education for all children and uses this enthusiasm in supporting all of our settings in achieving a high outcome.  Jessica ensures that our workforce remains focused on children’s interests being at the heart of everything we do.  

Everything we do is purposeful and has children’s learning and development at the heart of all of the decisions made.

Why our parents trust us:


  • We have warm, friendly and happy classrooms where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential through praise, sensitivity and mutual respect.​

  • Our nurseries are specially designed to meet the needs of babies, toddlers and pre-school children — each with their own special areas.

  • We carefully hand-pick our team from the best candidates and are committed to giving them dedicated training and support in the latest developments in childcare.  All practitioners are qualified within Early Years.

  • We work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure every child is given the best opportunity to develop — providing tailored learning programmes for all ages.

  • We give all our children healthy, balanced meals, made on site and prepared and made by our professional nursery chefs. 

  • We are enthusiastic about physical development and exercise, encouraging children to learn, explore.  We ensure children play outside every day and in all weathers!