Nursery Introduction

Welcome to Balsall Common Primary School's Nursery

Meet the staff:

Miss Sargent, Mrs Cole and Mrs Cooper.

Support - Mrs Owen, Mrs Mills, Mrs Brereton and Mrs Ward.

Balsall Common Primary School Nursery School’s Provision

Balsall Common’s School Nursery provides:
  • A safe, hygienic and welcoming environment
  • A fully qualified, and experienced, teacher who leads the nursery
  • Consistent staff who are friendly, professional, approachable and experienced
  • A variety of sessions
  • Term-time only provision
  • Age appropriate and well organised equipment which is of high quality
  • Communication with parents through daily information sharing, Parents’ Evenings, Weekly Newsletter, displays, reports and curriculum evenings aimed at supporting parents helping their children at home eg phonics
  • A proactive approach with regard to supporting the needs of the children
  • A physically challenging and well equipped outdoor area which is used all year round

Balsall Common Primary School Nursery School

Balsall Common Primary School’s Nursery Provision was judged Outstanding at the last Ofsted Inspection in February 2009. The inspecting team identified that the ‘children achieve exceptionally well’ from their starting points, which were ‘broadly as expected for their age’.

As a result of excellent care, guidance and support from both teaching and non-teaching staff, children quickly settle into the environment. Well planned and exciting lessons, within a stimulating environment, capture the attention of the children and promote excellent learning opportunities.

This very high standard of early education is continued into Reception and most children then enter Year 1 with skills above the expected levels in all areas of learning.

Balsall Common Primary School’s Nursery School working in conjunction with Pathways Nursery

Pathways Nursery School operates from the Balsall Common Primary School site and received an Outstanding judgement in its last inspection in February 2009. The inspecting team judges that the ‘setting is outstanding and is highly effective in including all children equally and in ensuring they make very good progress in all areas of learning’.

Pathways uses Balsall Common Primary School accommodation to offer Before and After School provision to pupils who attend the school. Provision commences at 7.30am and closes at 6.00pm.

Pathways’ Nursery works collaboratively with parents of pupils who attend Balsall Common Primary School’s Nursery. Children attending the morning session at Balsall Common Nursery can be dropped at Pathways Nursery from 7.30am. Pathways’ staff escort the children to Balsall Common’s Nursery for the start of the Nursery session, and then collect them at the end of it. Pathways Nursery repeats this for the children attending the afternoon session at Balsall Common Nursery.

In addition, Pathways runs a Before School Club for the older children from 7.45am, escorts the children to school, then collects them at the end of the school day and cares for them until 6.00pm. Pathways also provides a hot dinner for the children in the After School Club, as well as collecting the children from the Balsall Common Primary School’s extensive after school clubs run by the staff of the school.

Being able to drop off and pick children up from one place, whether they are nursery age or older, is of real benefit for parents, and we are proud that we are able to offer this inclusive all day provision through successful partnership with a high quality private provider.