Situated in Shirley, Solihull, Billy Bear’s Day Nursery is the largest of our nurseries offering 100 places for children aged 0-5 years. The nursery is situated in a residential area off Stratford Road and close to Solihull town centre and Junction 4 of the M42. Open all year round between 7.30am and 6.00pm, the day nursery has dedicated age appropriate spaces, large open areas and spacious rooms.
Baby Room (0-1)
The baby room is specifically designed for children under two years. The room is spacious and equipped to encourage babies to explore their environment and to develop mobility. A dedicated messy play area provides countless opportunities to engage in a variety of sensory activities and with its dedicated baby outdoor play area, made up of soft flooring and lawn, babies at Billy Bear’s Day Nursery gain outdoor experience when the weather is appropriate. The Baby Room has access to a separate kitchen area where food can be prepared and feeding equipment sterilized, and all Babies can sleep in a cot or a sleep mat depending on your routine at home.
Tweenie Room (1–2)
The Tweenie Room is specifically designed to support the development between baby and toddler. This is where we initiate more structure for children and introduce a range of learning areas including a book corner, home corner, construction area and a messy play area.
The resources within the Tweenie Room are easily accessible for children to promote child led play and the children also enjoy exploring a range of materials and treasure baskets to enhance their opportunities to learn.
Staff continue to develop support the children with feeding themselves and preparing them for the transition to the toddler room.
Toddlers (ages 2–3)
The emphasis in the Toddler Room is learning through play and social interactions. The children have many opportunities to take part in an assortment of activities, which include messy play, role play, singing, story time, construction and small world. In a large, airy space with plenty of natural light, children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to explore their environment.
Should your child require a nap during the day, the Toddler Room has a separate sleep room to provide a quiet, relaxing environment.
Preschool (ages 3-5)
In our Preschool Room children are provided with plenty of opportunities for learning through play in our large, spacious hall. There is plenty to do here, including creative activities, story time, construction, small world and outdoor play. All children are seen as individuals and activities are adult led, or child initiated and planning is based on individual interests. There is much emphasis in supporting and encouraging independence and confidence in readiness for their transition to school.
Preschool practitioners encourage children to express their ideas and feelings by working independently and taking part in group activities, such as circle time. This is where our trained staff assist the children to acquire a range of different skills that are needed to help them to read and write and prepare them for school life.
Our large outdoor play area is spacious and full of fun activities for children. The dedicated nature garden provides opportunities to learn and explore and the area is used all year round to promote outdoor experiences. In summer months we hold parties and sports days here and encourage parents to come and cheer the children on!