Early childhood provision has been on this site in Saltley, in East Birmingham, since 1879. The Nursery School building was the original infant school. We opened as a local authority Nursery School in 1950.
Photo from Diane Fellows ©
Between 2005-2018, 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. Building on this heritage we continue to work in an integrated way with partners to provide an early help offer to our families.
Since 2014 the school has operated from two sites; Highfield Nursery School main site and Highfield Nursery at Dyson Gardens.
Dyson Gardens was originally a purpose built community day nursery that opened in 1985. The Dyson Site offers a large natural, outdoor learning environment with forest school and gardening provision to children.
In 2018 we federated with other Birmingham Local Authority Maintained Nursery Schools to form The Birmingham Federation of Maintained Nursery Schools:
Allens Croft Nursery School
Jakeman Nursery School
Shenley Fields Nursery School
Lillian De Lissa Nursery School
St Thomas Centre Nursery School
Newtown Nursery School
Adderley Nursery School
Gracelands Nursery School
Highfield Nursery School
As a Federation of 9 Maintained Nursery Schools with individual identities, our vision is to champion and influence early years research based pedagogy and curriculum – locally, nationally and internationally in the ever changing landscape of early childhood.
We provide an innovative, value based and sustainable model and are building a responsive, creative and dynamic learning community driven by the rights of the child.