Inglenook has been part of Edgbaston College which was founded by Mary Bailey in 1889. In 1973 Mr and Mrs Dowell Lee changed the name to Park Grove Private School. It was then registered with the DEFF. Inglenook, the pre-preparatory department moved to its present site in 2002. On the sale of Park Grove Mrs Nadia Dowell Lee registered Inglenook with the Birmingham Social Services. Since then it has been running as an Independent Nursery school with Julia Dowell Lee as the School Manager. All the staff are experienced and the vast majority hold childcare qualifications with everyone holding valid first aid certificates.

Inglenook accepts children normally from the age of 3 months to 5 years. It is a nursery school which teaches basic pre-school skills. Constructive play provides the foundation for subsequent work in reading, writing, numbers and art.

Although the emphasis is placed on preparing children for passing onto primary school, we closely follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and also the Framework for Intervention.


Children are encouraged to wear the simple uniform, details of which are available from the school. Clothing must be clearly named and a bag of spare clothing is required.


There is plenty of room and apparatus for both inside and outside activities.

Music and art play an important part in all Nursery life. A visiting dancing teacher gives weekly lessons for boys and girls.The children are encouraged to do cooking.

Parents are warmly invited to attend our Sports Day in the summer, a Dance display for those who have dance lessons and also our Nativity play at Christmas..

The nursery provides traditional home cooked meals for the children.