Our Nursery

Halesowen College Nursery opened in 1997 and is situated on the main campus of Halesowen College, close to Halesowen Town Centre.

The nursery caters for the children, aged 3 months to 4 years, of staff, students and members of the public.

Our nine-place baby room opened in October 2014.

There is a fully-enclosed garden for daily outdoor play. The garden consists of an area of tarmac and a grassed area with mature trees which provide shade from the sun. An awning over the tarmac also provides all-weather shelter.

A range of outdoor play equipment with swings, a climbing frame, a tunnel, crates and tyres are accessible at all times. These are supplemented with a variety of wheeled toys, sports equipment, such as bats and balls, and balancing equipment.

The nursery has a wild flower nature area and we grow vegetables in pots.

Nursery children use the College’s exceptional sports facilities which include an all-weather sports pitch and two basketball/tennis courts.

Sports students plan sport-themed parties for the children and Drama students perform stories and shows. The Animal Care staff often visit with a selection of animals which the children can handle.

Children have visits and work closely with staff and students from the various curriculum departments in college.

Our qualified and caring staff treat every child as an individual.

They work hard to create a nurturing, caring and structured atmosphere to promote the all-round development of the individual and the group, encouraging independence, relevant to each stage of development.

We promote positive behaviour by praising and encouraging the children and being attentive to the needs, and we also recognise the value of parental input, encouraging parents to share in their child’s learning.

We strive to support the integration of children with specific or additional needs where this can reasonably be achieved.

Typical Lunches

  • Freshly prepared on site
  • Mixed bean and vegetable curry with rice and naan bread
  • Plain yoghurt and fresh fruit salad
  • Roast chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables
  • Trifle
  • Tuna and sweetcorn pasta bake with broccoli
  • Bananas and custard

Parents & Carers

All parents/carers are welcome to visit the nursery at any time arranged with the nursery manager and can take opportunities to work alongside their child’s key worker

Parents/carers will have access to their child’s records and will be consulted in respect to the care given.

Parents/carers will be informed about the policies, procedures and guidelines of the nursery.

There will be opportunities for involvement throughout the yearly curriculum, for example Open Events and parents’ evenings.

Regular questionnaires are sent to parents to monitor the quality of services and analysis of these questionnaires is sent to all parents.

When a child is in the baby room, parents/carers will receive a daily report sheet detailing the child’s eating and sleeping patterns, fluid intake, toileting progress and information about the activities the child has taken part in that day.

The nursery team works alongside parents/carers as partners in providing quality care for their children.

OFSTED

Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills – reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial.

Ofsted inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people from 0-18 years. All nurseries have to be registered and approved by Ofsted in order to look after children.

Ofsted has 4 inspection ratings:

  1. Outstanding
  2. Good
  3. Requires Improvement
  4. Inadequate

Halesowen College Nursery is currently rated as (2) Good.

Ofsted reports are available online at GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted

Our Ofsted URN is 253788.

The setting is registered on the Early Years Register and both the compulsory and voluntary parts of the childcare register.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.30pm and Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm

MORNING
WITH LUNCH
Monday to Thursday 8am — 1pm
Friday 8am — 1pm

AFTERNOON
Monday to Thursday 1pm — 5:30pm
Friday 1pm — 5:30pm

ALL DAY
WITH LUNCH
Monday to Thursday 8am — 5:30pm
Friday 8am — 5pm

How to Book

To enquire about a place please contact the nursery manager. There may be a waiting list so early booking is essential, especially for baby and toddler places (under 2 years).

Parents/carers need to visit the nursery before applying for a place.

We recommend that the parent/carer together with the child, visit on several occasions for short introductory sessions before the child begins attending.

No charge is made for the introductory sessions.

Conditions

On receipt of a completed application the nursery manager will check availability to ensure the requested days or sessions are available. The parent/carer will then be issued a nursery contract.

If the required days or sessions are unavailable the parent/carer may place the child on the waiting list, which operates on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Priority is given to students studying at Halesowen College.

One month’s nursery fees are required as a deposit on admission.

Terms and conditions vary for staff and students.

Payment

Fees are specified in the nursery contract and are payable by the 1st of each month.

Invoices are issued monthly in arrears but a deposit is requested on commencement. One month’s nursery fees are required as a deposit on admission.

The methods of payment are direct debit and/or childcare vouchers.

We accept various childcare vouchers at the nursery.

We accept childcare vouchers which parents/carers may find are available from their employer. The vouchers are a financial benefit as they are exempt from tax and national insurance payments, therefore the tax and national insurance amount is calculated after the voucher amount has been deducted from salary.

The maximum amount which can be received in vouchers is £55 per week or £243 per month. Any top up must be paid by direct debit.

Alternative payment methods may be agreed by the Safeguarding and Inclusion Manager in exceptional circumstances.

On cessation of use of the nursery the final month’s invoice will be allocated to the value of the deposit with any subsequent invoice or refund actioned at this time.

Standard contracts are available from the nursery manager.

Funding and Support

We provide educational funding for three- and four-year-olds. This begins the term after your child’s third birthday for up to 15 hours free childcare a week (terms and conditions apply).

Students may be able to access financial support from Care to Learn or the College Discretionary Learner Support Fund. The contract remains between Halesowen College and the student who is liable for all fees and charges.

Should a parent/carer be in receipt of Early Years Funding or similar, the free hours claimed will be deducted from the monthly invoice.

Contact the Nursery

Jacqueline Malin is our Nursery Manager and she can be contacted by emailing nursery@halesowen.ac.uk or calling 0121 602 7677.

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