When it comes to childcare for your children, you want to make sure that the people who look after them, do it with as much as care and attention as you’d give your children yourself. You want to make sure their needs are met, they are nurtured and that they have as much fun as possible. Freddie and I recently went over to Norfolk House Nursery in Edgbaston to take a look around and we were impressed.
Norfolk House Nursery occupies two settings in Edgbaston; 3 Norfolk Road and 28 Harborne Road. They are both close to Birmingham City Centre which is ideal for parents who work in the area. Our first visit was to 3 Norfolk Road and we met with Rosie, the Nursery Manager. We then went on to visit Lauren, the Deputy Manager at 28 Harborne Road for a look around the nursery.
Upon entering Norfolk Road Nursery, the first thing that struck me was how child focused it was. Bright and colourful wall decorations, accessible coat hooks and shoe racks, it was a home-from-home environment for little ones.
There was information a plenty on the walls so families can stay up to date with weekly plans for their children’s activities, meal plans and other useful information. It was great to hear about the daily diaries too which are completed everyday for parents to stay informed about how their child’s day has been; nappy changes, sleep, food and drink and what they enjoyed that day or not. These can be taken home or kept in nursery.
Age appropriate rooms
The rooms at the Nursery where children are placed include Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers. Children as young as 3 months can start at the nursery and stay in the setting until they’re ready to go to school. Each room is tailored to the age of the baby and their needs. Each child is assigned a Key Worker and children tend to form a special bond with this key worker to make sure they feel safe and happy at nursery. Norfolk House Nursery know that when a child’s physical and emotional needs are met they are more likely to take advantage of the learning opportunities available.
The Babies Room (for children aged 3 months to two years) includes soft play mats and furnishings, sensory lights, age appropriate toys and books with plenty of activities to keep them occupied. Children are looked after on a ratio of 1:3 and all staff are full trained and supported by Senior Nursery staff.
The Toddler Room (for children aged 15 months – 3 years) is where Freddie loved to spend some time investigating. He loved looking (and touching) everything. There was so much for him to look at and play with. Norfolk House Nursery pride themselves by designing rooms that are engaging and fun to be in. Both the toddlers and preschooler rooms contain a variety of activity areas including role-play with dressing up costumes, science and discovery, construction areas complete with bricks, hi-vis jackets and hard hats as well as art, wet play and literacy. Each area has lots of detail all whilst being safe to use by little ones.
Children are encouraged to play with what interests them so there is plenty to do. Their key workers take a great interest in designing activities for little ones to allow them to have fun, learn something new and develop their skills and interests. It was good to hear that the age of children in each room isn’t strict. Freddie, aged 18 months, found the baby room didn’t have enough engaging activities for him to play with and therefore, he would have been moved to the bigger Toddler room to play in and mix with the older children.
Whilst we were in the Pre-schooler room (for children aged 3 plus), we saw the children making cups of drinking chocolate complete with chocolate powder, jugs of water, paper cups and spoons. They all loved it and had fun investigating the smell and texture of the chocolate powder. Some other children were painting and having a great time. On the walls were topics that the children had looked into recently including what to expect when moving up to primary school. I love that the nursery are helping them get ready for the next chapter in their lives to make it as smooth as possible.
Fantastic open outside spaces
Despite the rain, we were able to go outside and take a look around. There’s a beautiful landscaped garden with a mud kitchen, sand and ball pits, outdoor toys and games to play with. All the children had their wellies on and wet weather gear. It was great to hear there are ‘no bad weather days, just bad clothes’ so all the children were dressed to enjoy the garden in the rain. They also have Forest School with a Forest School leader where children can go out and learn about the outside whilst they are outside. It was great to hear that the children are also growing their own fruit and vegetables to be used in their food one day.
Food cooked onsite
All of the meals served at Norfolk House Nursery are cooked from scratch by the onsite cooks. Children who attend nursery can have breakfast, lunch and dinner there as well as snacks provided throughout the day. The food and drink is all included in the Nursery fee. It was great to hear that the menus, which are rotated every 3 weeks, are developed by a nutritionist and the menu is tailored to meet specific dietary needs where necessary. Freddie sampled some of the cake and an orange whilst in the nursery and he loved it! It’s also great to hear that the nursery no longer use refined sugar and alternatives to sweeten food are used.
Whilst at 28 Harborne Road, we saw some toddlers eating their lunch. I was amazed at how calm and quiet it was. There were at least 6 little ones all sitting down eating their meals supported by a member of staff. It was fascinating to see them all sit down and eat enjoying their food. The Nursery provide recipe cards to parents so parents can recreate their children’s favourite meals at home which I think is a fantastic idea! Children have access to snacks and refreshments throughout the day and are encouraged to use cutlery and cups where appropriate.
Adhering to EYFS framework
Norfolk House Nursery want to ensure that they are doing the best for the children that attend their settings and therefore follow the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This legal framework sets the standards that all Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow to ensure that all children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe and that the children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school. From what I saw during my visit, Norfolk House Nursery are doing that and more to ensure that their children are given the absolute best start in life. I loved how their policies are all accessible for parents, the reporting home structure is set up and established and the communications are all open and encouraged.
From what I saw from my visit was one of the best early years education and care providers in Birmingham. The children were all happy, looked after and their needs met. I love that Norfolk House Nursery’s philosophy is that the child is an individual and possesses a unique blend of talents, interests and needs. The Nursery aims to maximise a child’s development by gaining a full understanding of their individuality and tailoring their approach accordingly. If I could have left Freddie there all day I know he would have been very happy.
If you’re looking for a childcare Nursery in Edgbaston, definitely give Norfolk House Nursery some consideration. It’s worth noting that it’s a fee paying nursery and typical prices for a child aged under 3 to stay at nursery for the day is £60. Children aged 3+ are £60 per day. I think this is highly competitive given that the children can stay between 7am-7pm and all their meals and refreshments are included. There’s plenty more information on their website with visual room tours, meet the staff and read up on their policies and guidelines.
You can visit their website here https://www.norfolkhouseschool.co.uk