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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 use 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 ones imagination. I would definitely recommend this nursery and the lovely staff
Our boy has been attending Mereside 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.
My little girl started attending in October 2017. Staff were amazing helping her to settle and she loves going to `school`. We speak Spanish at home and the ladies at nursery have taken the time to go through the list of words my baby uses and they use them too. We are very happy with the nursery staff and the country setting my girl loves the outdoors and enjoys watching the horses. Thanks for all your hard work x
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 their strict policies and procedures. 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 especially in the early days of settling in, was very much appreciated). 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 all 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. We particularly like, that the nursery is located at a fairly unique and great location â€“ from the playground the children can see grazing horses and other animals. We are very happy for our child to be looked after in this superb nursery! Thank you for all your hard work!
My son has been attending Mereside for over a year. He started in the baby room and has now moved into Tweenies. I can not recommend Mereside highly enough. He loves his time there and I can go about my day knowing he is being well cared for. As a parent my child`s happiness is paramount when looking for childcare but I`m also a teacher so looking for a setting which provides great learning opportunities was also a big factor when choosing his nursery. Every day he is challenged and an area of his development/learning is enhanced. The staff have even planned activities specifically based on his interests. Every single member of staff is kind, approachable, friendly and good fun. They clearly get to know each child as individuals and this shows in the daily discussions that I have with them. My son often talks about the staff at Mereside on his non-nursery days, always with great affection. The recent building works have further enhanced the setting. My son will be thrilled once the weather improves so he can explore the developed outdoor area. Thank you to everyone at Mereside Farm for nurturing my son and being a part of his learning journey.
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 daughters 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 its nursery day. I can`t recommended this nursery enough.
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, and still are being made, are just brilliant and the outdoor space and play areas is imply out of this world (moreso 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, Terri and Ruth is simply second to none and we thank you again.
After months of trawling through OFSED reports I arranged visits at a few nurserys.. Nothing compared to Mereside, the building, the resources, the staff there are all just wonderful, Ive never had any problems and my Son settled quickly..
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 pre school, 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. Itâ€™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 heâ€™ll be very sad to go!
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 itâ€™s great! Staff are so lovely here!
My son has been attending Mereside just over a year now (from the age of 1) and itâ€™s the best thing I ever did for him. Although he doesnâ€™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, knees and toes all night long! We moved to a new house a few minutes away from the Nursery and didnâ€™t even realise it was there so thank god we found it. 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 and this is one thing that appealed to me the most. The ladies that have looked after my son have been amazing. He is 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! On Several occasions when he has been upset with me leaving him, they have phoned me not long after to reassure me he is absolutely fine and happily playing! I would 100% recommend this nursery and canâ€™t thank them enough for what they have done for Drew.
Huge thank you to all the staff at Mereside who have helped my son settle in and thrive since January 2015. Despite the first few weeks of him not wanting to come, the staff and us persisted and now he cant wait to attend, in fact sometimes he doesn`t want to leave ! Well done Ruth, Alan, Terri and all the ladies.
I would just like to say thankyou to all the staff and management on welcoming my son into the nursery September 2015. He has settled in so well in such a short time and loves the interaction with other children and activities with all. The staff and management are so friendly and approachable with any specific requirements. I look forward to seeing further progression with my son and would recommend this facility to all. Thankyou again Mereside Nursery xx
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 am 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!
Both my kids went to your nursery and they had a great time at the nursery. They had a playful time with lot of learning - which gave them lot of confidence to go to Primary school. Great job by all the teachers of the nursery. Alan and Ruth have incorporated lot of technical advancement to the nursery which enables the teachers to record kids advancement easily ... The web site, the interactive touch screen and all the tablest ..are a great addition ... Thanks a lot .. Regards, Ranjit
To All the staff at Mereside Just to say thank you for making Bobby`s time with you so enjoyable. Ruth & Alan you have made some great improvements & we wish you well for the future. The staff that have worked with Bobby have helped set him up nicely for his move to "BIG" school in September. Big thanks you to all Love and high 5`s
To all the wonderful staff at Mereside who have been so helpful since he was only 10 months old! You`ve watched him grow and learn, and now we cant beleive its his last day, the end of an era. I`ll miss not coming to Mereside for him, where has that time gone. Thank you so much for lookinng after him and making every day he was with you so enjoyable.
Thank you so much for everything you have done for our daughter over the last 3 years. She has really enjoyed her time with you all and we are sure she will miss you all. We have watched her develop during her time at Mereside and woudl like to say a big thank you for giving her such a great start in life.
Love Mom & Dad
To all the staff at Mereside who have looked after our daughter for us over the last 3.5 years. She is now looking forward to school but is very attached to you all and is sad to be leaving.
Many thanks to you all.
Thank you all so much for all your love and care for Tom over the last four years!
Where has that time gone? It only seems like yesterday I was leaving him in the Baby room.
Thank you all for helping him grow into the kind, confident and happy young boy he is today, he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Mereside, as will I`m sure his brother who has just started his journey in the Baby room.
I would just like to say how pleased we are to have found and decided to choose Mereside Farm for Lucy. Everyone is so friendly and caring. Lucy settled well, waving me off with a big smile and without tears within 2 weeks - a real testament to the ladies in the babies room helping her feel at home and secure. We have definitely noticed Lucy developing new skills and confidence since starting nursery - she seems to surprise us with something new every day! Sending your baby off to nursery after a year at home together is heart wrenching, however you have all made it as easy as could be for both me and Lucy. Thank you again Katie and Tim Mansell
To All the Staff at Mereside
Thanks you for all your time and hard work caring for Maci. She has loved her time there and met many friedns along the way and will mis everybody. xx
First of all can I say a big thank you to everyone who has Cared for and supported Kaydon during his time with you. He has loved it. If and when I have any more children in my care and I require day care I will have you as my first choice.
To All the Staff at Mereside -Just to say a big thank you for making Bobby`s time with you so enjoyable.
Ruth & Alan you have made some great improvements and i wish you well for the future.
The Staff that have worked with Bobby have helped set him up for BIG SCHOOL in September.
Big Thank you to you all.
Love and High 5`s
As a degree student studying Early Years I have worked within many establishments within Birmingham and Solihull. Mereside is by far the best and I am happy I chose this nursery for my daughter. Alan and Ruth are hands on and have such passion, you will always see them mucking in and helping out. Terri the manager has a vast amount of experience and at degree level oversees the nursery with precision. Chris the deputy is welcoming and lovely as are all of the staff. I can not recommend this setting highly enough. Unfortunately we had to leave due to a house move and we have struggled to find anywhere as good. I did travel from worcester for 3 months as I didnt want my daughter to go anywhere else. Thankyou Mereside for being so brill !
I would like to thank Ruth and Alan and all of the Mereside Nursery staff for the excellent job they do in running a happy, friendly, family orientated nursery. We feel that the changes that have been made since taking over the nursery have been excellent and we are particularly impressed with the Parent Portal and thoroughly enjoy seeing what Tamsin has been up to each day. Tamsin`s language and confidence has come on so much since joining Mereside Nursery and she has formed some very strong friendships with the other children. She is clearly very happy there and loves telling us about her day. We would also like to thank the staff in the Tweenies room for their support (and perseverance!) in helping us toilet train Tamsin earlier in the year. It is lovely having so much support from the nursery and I cannot rate the staff highly enough. We are very much looking forward to our son, Dylan, joining you in a few months so he can enjoy the varied experiences that Tamsin has.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the lovely staff for their love and nurturing for all my boys over the years.
They have played huge roles in their upbringing, and for that I will always remain grateful and blessed.
â€œI canâ€™t quite believe the time has come to do this; however, I just want to take this opportunity to thank all the team at Mereside for being fantastic in taking care of my little boy since he was 20 months old.
His development has gone from strength to strength since joining and I for one will be very upset to leave.
Wishing you all the best for the future.â€
"We`re so pleased A is doing so well and loving his time at Nursery. He obviously enjoys being with you all and it`s wonderful to see him smile, happy and clearly enjoying himself.â€
â€œâ€¦since starting Mereside nursery you have progressed so well, your confidence is growing and your interaction with people is growing, I am very proud of you. It just shows what a lovely connection you have got with the staff here and how much time they invest in you to keep growing and progressing, thank you everyone and well done!â€
"Words can`t describe how thankful we are for all your care and support over the last 3 years. It took us a long time to find the right place and we`re so happy with your love and care in helping us raise our family."
â€œInvesting in each individual child, she has grown academically and personally since coming here, her confidence has grown too.Â She is so happy here, loves all the staff and other children.â€
â€œR is always a happy little girl here. She is always happy to be here and has loads to say about her day. That is testament to the attention and support she gets here. Communication is good and staff will always check up on R, e.g. if she is poorly.â€
"With the added pressure of Covid changing the way things are done you have ensured that the kids are none the wiser. D has an amazing time there and I know he is in safe hands who help guide him along the way"
â€œWe are really pleased with the support that P has received to help her settle into nursery. P has started to form a lovely relationship with K and I know that she will go to her for comfort. It is great to hear that she is getting more confident to start exploring nursery. Thank you for all the time and care you have given P to help her settle at nursery.â€
â€œAll I can say is A loves coming to nursery, she always talks about the staff and she canâ€™t wait to see them. She enjoys when the dance class is going on, going on walks, playing in the garden and the good food they provide.â€
â€œO has a fantastic time at nursery, and we have always been happy with her care. She is really developing, and the staff are very caring and approachableâ€
â€œF has shown development since starting nursery. Her communication, knowledge and confidence has come on leaps and bounds. She seems to be really enjoying nursery and the app allows us to feel involved.â€
"Fantastic planned learning activities supporting children to become independent. Both children LOVE coming to nursery. Staff in all rooms are kind, caring supportive and approachable"
"We love how much he has settled into nursery life and particularly how much care and time is given to him"
"A wonderful job as P is doing amazing with her development and social skills. Always friendly and helpful at drop off and pick up and P is always happy to come to nursery and play with staff and friends."
"Great activities and feedback on the parent portal and caring, kind and approachable staff. He loves going and talks about it all the time."
"She loves all you guys and is very happy to see you every morning. You are all doing so well working in Covid, continue the good work, thankyou for everything"
"We love all the updates via Parent Zone and drop off/pick up. We love that L has such great bonds with all staff, especially M. She talks about you all constantly!"
"O has settled really well into preschool and is so happy to go into nursery each day. Good feedback given daily despite new arrangements."
"You have encouraged my son to be more confident in different sceneries and his speech has improved loads."
My eldest daughter has been happy at Mereside for 2 years and my youngest has started there recently and settled in so well. The staff are always so friendly, there is a family feel to the nursery. I never feel rushed if I want to talk to a staff member about one of my daughters and email/app communications have always been good. I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Very happy with this nursery. Our daughter has attended since she was 8 months old and has just turned 3. The staff are lovely and helpful and it’s clear they only want the best for the children. My daughter has really thrived and developed during her time at Mereside, and I’m sure she’ll continue to do so during her final year there. It’ll be a sad day when she leaves to go to school!
Our little girl started at Mereside at 9 months and with sadness, due to moving had to leave just after her third birthday. She's a clever, confident, cheeky, and happy little one in no small way due to the setting, staff, and whole nursery experience she has had. The communication was always good and we never had any cause for concern. COVID was handled as well as anywhere could have been done. Highly recommended. I miss taking her there already.