Mereside Farm Children's Nursery

Peterbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 1HZ

Mereside Farm Children’s Nursery work to provide children with a safe and secure learning environment, where both their care and educational needs can be meet. Activities at the nursery are tailored around each individual's needs within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

A team of qualified and experienced childcare workers ensure that each child is able to meet their potential, and have opportunities available to them in all areas of their development and learning to aid this.

Each room at the nursery has a tablet available to record and track the progress of each child's journey and progression during their time at the nursery. This information is shared with parents using the 'parent portal'. While the pre-school room uses touch screen technology which is proven to encourage and assist with improving child participation, engagement and understanding.

During their time at the nursery, children are appointed a 'Key Person' who acts as a familiar face for parents and children on a daily basis.

Owner: Mereside Farm Children's Nursery Ltd

Person in charge: Terri Carter (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Worcestershire County Council

Number of Staff: 17

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 52

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Parking:

Own off road car park with room for approximately 30 cars.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Mereside Farm Children's Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Mereside Farm Children's Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5.0 out of 5 from 10 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.894 for Mereside Farm Children's Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (161 Excellents x 5) + (19 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.894

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.962 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Mereside Farm Children's Nursery is based on 10 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 10.4 positive Reviews (52 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 10.4 Target = 0.962

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

9.9 Mereside Farm Children's Nursery has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.856)

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Reviewer Connection to Mereside Farm Children's Nursery

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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Our child has been attending Mereside since she was 14 months old and we love this nursery because staff have a secure understanding of how to protect children which is underpinned by strict policies and procedure. From the very start, the level of attention she has received has been amazing and staff in the baby room have been very helpful and attentive which was very important to us in the early days of settling in. Our child has thrived in this very well-resourced nursery and makes rapid progress in all areas of learning and development due to the well-planned activities and enthusiasm provided by staff. Also, we feel that our child has become a very confident communicator as a result of the excellent teaching and support provided by all staff. I particularly like, that the nursery is located at a fairly unique and great location – from the playground, the children can see grazing horses and other animals.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Terri Carter, Nursery Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 27 Feb 2018:

Thank you, Annika, for your lovely review. We love seeing how the children develop and progress and being part of that journey is a real privilege for us, we look forward to continuing the journey with you all.

Our boy has been attending Mereside Farm Children's Nursery since he was 10 months old and despite all the concern and trepidation, one has when choosing and then having them start nursery we have never had a single cause for concern. From the very start the level of attention he received has been wonderful, all the staff so attentive especially those in the baby room in those early days of settling in. This has continued through however and he is now a happy active member of the Tweenies group. I cannot fault the staff, the facilities or the lovely environment - semi-rural and away from busy roads is brilliant for both health and safety.

The staff all seem prepared to go that step beyond, all made it into work in the recent heavy snow and even helped dig me out of the car park!

In short, if you live locally why on earth would you send your child anywhere else?

Thank you Mereside.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Terri Carter, Nursery Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 22 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Ashley, we are so happy that you and your son have had such positive experiences with us so far. We will always try our best to go above and beyond where our little ones are concerned.

I have put both of my children in Mereside Farm over the last 5 years. Both have thoroughly enjoyed the nursery. They settled in well and developed through the years there. The staff are outstanding and supported the children through each stage. I have recommended friends to Mereside who have also been happy with their child's progress. It sets them up ready for school, showing confidence and a good basic understanding for school life. I would recommend Mereside to any parent.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Terri Carter, Nursery Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 05 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind comments, Sarah. We have loved having both children with us at Mereside and can't quite believe how quickly time has gone as your little one is now a preschooler! The ladies work so hard to provide the best for the children, so it's lovely to know that you feel they have been supported through each stage. Many thanks again!

My little boy started at Mereside when he was one. He didn’t settle very well and I was very worried about him. The staff at Mereside took so much time with him to get him used to it. Within a month he had settled in and had a fantastic relationship with the staff.
He is now in Tweenies and he loves it. Once a week they have a dance/music class which he adores. The facilities at the nursery are fantastic. The outside area inspires little one's imagination. I would definitely recommend this nursery and the lovely staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Terri Carter, Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 02 Feb 2018:

Thank you, Sarah, what lovely comments. Starting nursery can be such a big change for little ones so we understand they are all different and some may need a little more support and time. We are so glad he enjoys his time with us and we love having him with us at the nursery.

My son has attended Mereside for over a year (Baby and Tweenie Room) and I couldn’t think of a better nursery.

The staff are fantastic- kind, friendly, approachable and great fun. Having got to know my son,l they have planned activities specifically for him based on his interests.

Every session he attends nursery he has great fun and is well cared for. The food is lovely, nutritious and homemade, my son regularly has seconds!

I was keen to find a nursery which also enhanced my son’s learning and as a teacher, it was a pretty tall order. I’m so impressed with the quality of the planned learning activities. I can really see how these are activities are developing his skills in all areas.

The food is tasty, nutritious and homemade - my son regularly has seconds!

The setting is beautiful and the recent building works are brilliant. My son cannot wait for better weather so he can enjoy the fantastic outdoor area.

I highly recommend Mereside Farm nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Terri Carter, Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 02 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much for your kind comments Kathryn, it is so lovely to hear how happy you and your son are. We love looking for new ways to ignite the children's interest and build on their learning at home. We must say a big thank you to you also for your continued involvement and support, including your lovely observations from home. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you and watching your son grow and develop as he continues his journey as part of our Mereside family.

My daughter has been attending Mereside since she was 11 months old and I can honestly say I love the nursery. The staff are extremely friendly and you can tell they share a special bond with the children they look after. Every morning she is greeted with a warm cuddle.
My daughter's social skills have come on leaps and bounds since joining the nursery and her confidence is brilliant. She also gets to experience things at the nursery she wouldn't always manage to do at home with me, recently they have been playing with shadows and ice painting. The outdoor area is lovely, being surrounded by the countryside and horses allowing the children the chance to explore.

She has made lots of friends and is always telling me all the fun things she has done at the nursery, she is always excited when she realises it's nursery day. I can't recommend this nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Terri Carter, Manager at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 02 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much, Jenny, how lovely to hear how happy you and your daughter are. I know the ladies will be pleased to hear your feedback too. Making and fostering those special bonds with children is such an important part of our role. We love having your daughter as part of our family here and look forward to seeing how she continues to grow and develop.

Our son has attended Mereside for nearly 2 years now (from Baby to Tweenie) and we are delighted in how he has come on and is developing. His speech and new phrases/words amaze us and have us in stitches, especially the way in which he uses his arms to articulate.
The facilities have always been great but the improvements that have been made are just brilliant and the outdoor space and play areas is simply out of this world (more so when the horses are playing).
We cannot speak highly enough about the learning and fun they have every day as the biggest problem we have is taking him home at night, and then listen for what seems like hours while he tells us about what he has done at Nursery that day.
Lastly, the care shown by the girls, is simply second to none and we thank you again.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Both of my sons go to Mereside Farm. My eldest has been going since he was a little over a year and is currently in preschool, my youngest has been going since he was 7 months and is currently in the baby room. They both love it, spending lots of time outside and playing/dancing. I could see the difference in my children socially very early. It’s a wonderful nursery with brilliant staff and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for childcare. My eldest heads to school in September and I know he’ll be very sad to go!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

After moving my son to this nursery we no longer have tears, he loves it! From his phasing in sessions to the parent update app, it’s great! Staff are so lovely here!

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Alan Lowe, Director at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 24 Jan 2018:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you and your little one are happy and we are glad you have joined us as part of our Mereside family.

My son has been attending Mereside Farm Children's Nursery just over a year now (from the age of 1) and it’s the best thing I ever did for him. Although he doesn’t attend full time, the progress he has made with this nursery has been incredible. His favourite thing at the moment is the dance class he does on a Tuesday and we have to listen to him singing “head, shoulders, knee’s and toes” all night long!

The setting of the nursery is beautiful and my son loves to see the horses in the fields when I drop him in the morning. They really promote the outdoors and have multiple outdoor areas for the children to play – this is one thing that appealed to me the most.

He’s a difficult child to leave with anyone other than his parents but he has really bonded with members of staff here. They are all so kind and considerate and always smiling! ! I would 100% recommend this nursery and can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for my son.

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Alan Lowe, Director at Mereside Farm Children's Nursery responded to this review on 24 Jan 2018:

Thank you so much for such lovely comments! We are so pleased you are happy and feel we have supported you and your little one, we love having you as part of our Mereside family.

We have been extremely happy with Mereside Farm Nursery. The staff are fantastic, they truly care about the children, they have always taken time and effort in caring for my girls and reporting on their progress. My girls started at the age of 2 and 3 years and have attended here since January 2015. They both enjoy the nursery and have developed brilliantly. My eldest daughter also went to Mereside Farm nursery at the age of 2 in 2010 and since then we were so happy with our choice.
I would highly recommend this nursery to parents.

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My son has attended this nursery since January 2015. The staff were very helpful at settling him in. My son has a long term medical condition and as such needs some extra monitoring. They have always kept us fully informed of his day to day activities and if they have any concerns with is wellbeing while attending the nursery.
I would highly recommend this nursery to any parent.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My son started his placement September 2015 at Mereside Farm nursery and I can honestly say it's a very happy and friendly place to be. The staff and management are lovely and very approachable and take on board any specific requests. I look forward to seeing the next steps in my son with the help from the nursery and would definitely recommend the nursery to all.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My son attends here and has since August, the staff are friendly and do an amazing job looking after my son. He hardly communicated before but is now very confident and his learning is coming along brilliantly. My son now aged 5 attended the nursery a few years ago so it was without any hesitation that my youngest was to go here.
Staff are approachable friendly and make the children feel safe and at home just what every parent wants to see.

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I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Mereside for making my daughters transition into nursery as stressless for both of us as possible, in the first few weeks they always tried their very best to make sure I was comfortable and happy, the communication is excellent, this was very important to me as I was able to relax knowing she is happy and enjoying herself.

Having looked round at a number of nurseries I extremely happy with my choice, I can already see a massive change in my daughter she is developing brilliantly and learning new words all the time. Keep up the good work!

How likely would you be to recommend Mereside Farm Children's Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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