Nursery@B63, formerly known as Halesowen College Nursery, opened in 1997 at the Whittingham Road campus of Halesowen College, near to the town centre. Nursery@B63 offers professional childcare for babies from 12 weeks, and children aged 2 to 5 years. This provision is accessible to students, staff and members of the public.

Facilities

The nine-place baby room opened in October 2014, and has its own facilities, including kitchen, nappy changing area, sleep cots and carpeted area for soft play.

The main room is a large open plan space, perfect for children aged 2-5 years to discover and explore creative play. This room has a messy play area, pretend play in the home corner, early mark making activities and number recognition play, along with many more exciting activities to explore.

A sensory room featuring LED projection for interactive games and sensory stimulation is available to all children.

There is a large multipurpose outdoor play area with a climbing frame and its very own cherry tree. A range of outdoor play equipment with swings, tunnels, crates and tyres is accessible at all times. In addition, there is a variety of wheeled toys and sports equipment, such as bats and balls, and balancing equipment.

Nursery@B63 is very lucky to be situated on Halesowen College’s main campus, with access to some fantastic on-site facilities. The children regularly enjoy visits to the college library, walks along the Mental Health Trim Trail, use of the sports equipment and enjoy trips to the college’s on-site animal care department to see ducks, rabbits, monkeys and even goats!

Nursery staff work closely with the curriculum areas and previously, the college students have provided sports themed parties and drama performances for the children, and a holiday experience in travel and tourism’s departures lounge! Working closely with the older students helps to raise aspirations of the children from a young age.

Staff

Qualified and caring staff treat every child as an individual, and 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. All staff are qualified to Level 3 or above, many to degree level. All practitioners complete relevant additional training, including Safeguarding Children, Pediatric First Aid and Food Hygiene on a regular basis.

Parents in Partnership

Positive behaviour is promoted by praising and encouraging the children and being attentive to their needs. The value of parental input is recognised, and parents are encouraged to share in their child’s learning.

Nursery@B63 strives to support the integration of children with specific or additional needs where this can reasonably be achieved and will implement focused interventions based on children’s specific needs.

Our Commitment to you:

  • All parents/carers are welcome to visit the nursery at a time arranged with the nursery manager and will be offered the opportunity to work alongside their child’s key worker.
  • Parents/carers will have access to their child’s records and will be consulted about the care given.
  • Parents/carers will be informed about the policies, procedures and guidelines of the nursery. Requests for information can be made at anytime.
  • There will be opportunities for involvement throughout the yearly curriculum, such as Open Events, Parents’ Evenings and invitations to join your child for fun parental sessions.
  • Regular questionnaires will be sent to parents to monitor the quality of the service. An analysis of these questionnaires is sent to all parents.
  • Parents/carers of a child in the baby room will receive a daily report 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 on Tapestry. This is available for the main room at a parent’s request.
  • The nursery team will work alongside parents/carers as partners in providing quality care for their children.

Opening Hours

Nursery@B63 provides care for children during the following hours:

Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.30pm

Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm

Flexible Options

Morning with a snack and lunch provided

Monday to Friday 8am — 1pm

£32.00

Afternoon with lunch and light tea provided

Monday to Thursday 1pm — 5:30pm

Friday 1pm — 5:30pm

£29.00

All day with snack, lunch and a light tea provided

Monday to Thursday 8am — 5:30pm

Friday 8am — 5pm

£49.50

*Discounts are available for parents that pay for a full week, please enquire about this discount with the Nursery Manager

Typical Lunches

  • Sausage casserole served with new potatoes
  • Chicken pie with mashed potato topping
  • Ham and broccoli pasta bake served with pitta bread
  • Chicken curry with rice
  • Sweet and sour chicken noodles with pitta bread
  • Fruit, yoghurts, flapjacks and a variety of cakes

A vegetarian option is available upon request.

If your child has an intolerance or allergy, please inform the Nursery Manager.

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 that 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:

  • Grade 1 – Outstanding
  • Grade 2 – Good
  • Grade 3 – Requires Improvement
  • Grade 4 – Inadequate

Nursery@B63 (Halesowen College Nursery) is currently rated as Grade 2 – Good.

Ofsted reports are available online at 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.

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 are advised to visit Nursery@B63 with their child(ren), on several occasions for short introductory sessions before the child begins attending. No charge is made for the introductory sessions.

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.

Payment

A deposit of one week’s payment is requested to secure your child’s place and must be made within 4 weeks of an issued start date and prior to completion of settling in sessions.

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

Invoices are issued monthly in advance. The methods of payment are by BACS payment and/or childcare vouchers. We accept various childcare vouchers, which may be available from your employer. Vouchers are a financial benefit and 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 BACS payment.

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 paid 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 two-year-olds (Time for Twos) and three and four-year-olds. This begins the term after your child’s second or third birthday for up to 15 hours free childcare a week (terms and conditions apply). We also provide 30-hour funding for working families that are eligible.

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. Students will not need to make a deposit payment.

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

More information about the support available can be found on Dudley MBC’s website – https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/early-years-and-childcare/for-parents-and-carers/

Contact the Nursery

Eve Bradley is the Nursery Manager and can be contacted by emailing nursery@halesowen.ac.uk or calling 0121 602 7677.

 

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