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 History of Highfield Nursery School

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Photo courtesy of Dianne Fellows (c)


Early years’ provision has been on this site in Saltley, in Birmingham, since 1879. The Nursery School building was the original infant school. We opened as a local authority Nursery School in 1950.

The setting operates from two sites; Highfield Nursery School and Highfield Outdoor Nursery at Dyson Gardens.

Highfield Nursery School is an inclusive, child-centred Nursery offering up to 92 FTE places to 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Children access their Early Education Entitlement of 15 hours provision per week attending mornings, afternoons or blocked days. Eligible working parents are able to access 30 hours provision per week. The Nursery School is popular and the number of children on roll continues to rise. In February 2014, Ofsted judged our school to be ‘good.’

Between 2005-2017, we were designated a children’s centre. We provided early learning, family support and adult education and outreach services to 1500 children under the age of 5 and their families in our local community. Together we worked as a large integrated setting that offered a range of services to families

Highfield Outdoor Nursery is located at our Dyson Gardens site which was originally a purpose built community day nursery that opened in 1985. The Outdoor Nursery offers a large natural, outdoor learning environment with forest school and gardening provision to children.

Our staff team of 20 includes specialist Early Years teachers and experienced teaching assistants, as well as a range of external partners.

We are proud to be part of the 27 Birmingham Nursery School consortia which promotes quality and excellence for our youngest children in Birmingham.