About Pathways – Our Story

Pathways Nurseries and Childcare Centres Ltd is a well-established (1989) family run group of children's nurseries offering an inclusive combination of high quality early education and childcare, to meet the individual needs of children and their families. Our provision is inspected by Ofsted and in our most recent inspections, all five of our settings were judged as being 'Outstanding'. At Pathways, every child matters and is treated as a unique individual. Our quality is based on strong leadership, clear inclusive principles and a drive for ongoing improvement. We work with and listen to parents/carers and other professionals, striving for every child to receive the best possible start and to reach their potential. Our settings are located in Solihull and Warwickshire.

In addition to the nursery provision we also offer some 'Out of School Provision' including breakfast club, after school club and holiday provision for children aged 3-11 years, known a Kidzones Pathways Kidzones. These meet all the national childcare requirements.

Our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic and national restrictions has been to maintain the health, safety and well being of our Pathways 'family' and community. We have and will continue to keep up to date with and follow the Public Health/ NHS guidance. We are committed to reducing the risk of transmission of infection through rapid testing, and robust risk assessments, whilst promoting the Prime Areas of learning and development in partnership with parents and carers. We are proud of how Pathways, staff, parents and our children have risen to the recent challenges and we have developed our own 'Road Map' as we travel forward from this difficult period. The children's resilience has been outstanding and they have been a credit to their families.

We look forward to meeting you and your child, subject to our COVID-secure visitor procedure.

Our Offer

Enabling Environments - Inclusive, risk-assessed, homely, safe, secure, hygienic, well-planned indoor and outdoor spaces where children can play, learn, explore and thrive

Established Principles - Nurturing, listening to children, respecting the needs of each unique child and family, keeping children safe, happy and healthy, ensuring each can reach their potential

Quality of Safeguarding and Welfare - Robust policies and procedures including safe recruitment, child protection, intruder, safe collection of children, managing allegations and use of photographic images

Quality of Education - Well-planned teaching and learning/development experiences based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning (Playing and Exploring; Active Learning; Creating and Thinking Critically

Broad and balanced educational programmes based on national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)Learning and Development Requirements, across the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development

Positive relationships with parents, schools, our local community and other professionals

High-performing staff team - Caring, knowledgeable, experienced balanced team of staff who observe and interact with each child throughout the daily routine, high levels of staff retention and consistency

Robust leadership and management - Directors personally involved in leading,monitoring and supporting quality, performance management, senior leadership team, well qualified branch managers, providing continuous professional development of team

Seamless full and part-time nursery provision for children from 6 weeks to 11 years

Government funded places for eligible 2,3, and 4 year olds (15 or 30 hours)

Striving for Excellence – Mission Statement

At Pathways we believe that each child is a unique individual with rights. We work with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that every child is valued and experiences high quality early education and care in a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment. Our curriculum emphasises the key features of effective practice and the characteristics of effective teaching and learning. We promote the seven areas of learning and development, through child and adult-initiated activities, effective leadership, and positive relationships. We give high priority to safeguarding and to staff and children’s wellbeing. We monitor and support ongoing evaluation, reflection, and improvement, whilst providing ongoing training and continuous professional development. We have high expectations of staff and children and promote equality of opportunity. We work as a team who respect one another and strive to ensure each child, and each member of staff are supported to reach his or her potential.

Our provision is inspected by OFSTED

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Balsall Common


Holly Lane

Woodland Trails

The Courtyard Nursery School