Building Blocks Nursery - Handsworth Wood

Cherry Orchard Primary School, Cherry Orchard Rd, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, West Midlands, B20 2LB
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Welcome to Building Blocks Nursery in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. We are located within Cherry Orchard Primary School and opened in March 2004 to accommodate 58 children from Birth to 5 Years.

Our large building provides ample space for children to experience a variety of activities and explore our many facilities.  There is a pushchair shelter located at the front of the nursery entrance to store buggies securely.

The Owners Tina Hart and Alex Jones both have their foundation degree in early years and a wealth of experience of over 40 years between them.  They both feel strongly about their nurseries providing high quality early years care and education and work hard to ensure those high standards are maintained.

Nursery Manager Vicky Burrell and Deputy Charlotte Parker over see the day to day running of the nursery and are supported by a wide range of qualified and experienced members of staff. 

We pride ourselves on the number of senior members of staff who hold their level 5 and 6 qualifications (degree level) as well as employing a qualified early years teacher who runs our pre school room.

Our Baby Unit

This unit has an open plan room that can be divided to accommodate babies from 3 months to 21 months of age.  Our specially designed baby unit is fully equipped with a wide range of stimulating toys and play materials and a separate sleeping and changing area.

Our baby room is led by a level 5 graduate in early years and all our staff are dedicated to the care and development of each baby.  They will provide a variety of play experiences as well as encouraging early skills such as learning to crawl, walk and talk and introducing social skills.  Our staff will ensure there are plenty of opportunities for quality time and attention, praise and cuddles.

We aim to follow your babies individual routine in order to help settle them into nursery quickly.  Parents are given a daily diary sheet showing what activities their baby has completed during the day, what they have eaten and drank and when they have slept.

"Staff are very caring and children's needs are fully met, as parents share information about children's care routines and needs with staff, so that they work together to provide consistency and security". Ofsted Report 2014

Our Tweenie department had been divided into 2 rooms to cater for 12 children each.  Throughout the day, the children in both rooms experience opportunities appropriate to their age and stage of development.

As children move into tweenies, they will initially spend time gaining confidence and developing their newly acquired skills.  Children then quickly want to explore their new found skills of mobility, dexterity and speech.

We have specially chosen equipment to encourage a child’s emotional, physical and intellectual development which works towards a strong child a healthy child a confident learner and a skillful communicator.

We also have a separate ‘Messy Play’ area where children have the freedom to explore different textures with the aid of sand, water, play-dough etc.

"Staff plan a wide range of interesting and stimulating activities which meet the individual learning needs of all children". Ofsted Report 2014

We know the importance of nurturing children's developments and will plan for outside agencies and outings to assist with their knowledge and understanding, relating to their current planning activities. 

Once the children move into the Tweenie Room 2, they will begin to recognise numbers, colours and shapes through play and small group activities.

Independent and assertive children of this age are incredibly rewarding. We encourage a child’s vocabulary in many different ways using such methods as nursery rhymes, singing and storytelling throughout the day.

"Each room is very colourful, welcoming and inviting. Children have input into how their rooms are organised and staff observe the way children use each area, so that the layout is continually evolving to ensure that children's learning opportunities are maximised". Ofsted Report 2014
Sensory Room

We have a Sensory Room for all age groups to enjoy which has been created to provide a relaxed and calm environment. We have provided a variety of equipment and resources to allow children to experience the 5 senses.

These include, bubble lamps, mirrors, various textures, light board and soothing music to listen to.

Pre school is led by our early year's teacher who ensures we provide play and learning experiences to cover all 7 areas of learning;

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development 
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
Our Teacher and her team also ensure that all 3 characteristics of effective learning are in place to ensure children reach their potential and are exposed to new ideas and skills.  This includes opportunities for;

  • Imaginative role play
  • Investigatory play through science and practical activities
  • Cooking, junk modelling, painting and sand and water
  • Weekly dance sessions
  • Interactive sports sessions with a professional sports coach (weekly)
  • Computer and printer access
  • Listening centre
  • Group activities to promote taking turns, sharing and team work
  • Adult led activities for children to explore, investigate and make mistakes.

Our "Playground" features a rubber surfaced area to provide a safe environment to support learning through play.  We have a variety of equipment including a climbing frame to encourage children to use their imagination on a grander scale.

We also have a paved area for the children to ride their bikes and scooters which provides a versatile area for all age groups to learn and play with plenty of shade.

It is as much a physical development area as it is a social learning environment and we have plenty of resources to encourage this.

"Children really enjoy interacting with staff and other children in the warm, family environment of the nursery". Ofsted Report 2014

Come and see for yourself why we are the right choice for your childcare needs!

For those parents who like to get involved, we have Nominated Parent Reps for each age group. You are responsible for meeting with other parents and senior/management to share parents opinions and suggestions towards the education and care of the children.

We believe it is important to be working in partnership with all our parents and feel that having the Parent Rep allows parents views and concerns to be heard and addressed.

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