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June 22, 2017
New nursery opening on Monday, 3 July 2017

Once upon a time is to open its fourth nursery school in Norwich on Monday, 3 July 2017. Terms have been agreed  to rent two stable conversions on White House Farm. This new day care setting will cater for up to 40 children a day from 3 months old to pre-school age. Owners John and Julie Banbury are […]



September 20, 2016
Learn Play Grow

The children at our Constitution Hill nursery school took part in a free fitness session today run by ‘Learn Play Grow‘, a company who deliver a unique fitness programme for children. The pre-school children (aged 3 and 4) spent a fun-filled 45 minutes honing their well-being and physical development. They moved in a variety of […]



September 16, 2016
Tapestry launched at Once upon a time

Following a lengthy research period, Once upon a time launched online Learning Journals via Tapestry from September 2016. Learning Journals have grown in popularity over the last decade, offering early years settings a way to record the special moments of their children, and to keep parents involved in a partnership as their children blossom and […]



August 15, 2016
Tax-Free Childcare

We are expecting to receive a letter from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) soon asking us to register online for the Government’s new ‘Tax-Fee Childcare’ scheme. Under the scheme, being launched in early 2017, parents can open an online account and use it to pay for childcare from an early year’s provider. The scheme is […]



May 12, 2016
Incredible Eggs

This week we’ve seen the arrival of duckling eggs from Incredible Eggs at each of our three nursery schools. And, once again, they have been just that – incredible. The children, staff and parents have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The whole process of watching the eggs hatch and seeing the ducklings spend their first week […]


Julie News at Ten

March 4, 2016
Once upon a time appears on News at Ten

ITV national news ran a story yesterday highlighting the confusion surrounding government childcare support. A TV crew spent the morning at our Wroxham Road nursery school and many of the children and staff, including Julie, made brief appearances on national television. The story ran on the 6.30pm and 10pm main news programmes. For more information, […]


Book Day image

March 3, 2016
World Book Day

We always love story time at Once upon a time, so to celebrate ‘World Book Day’ we invited parents to come in to our Constitution Hill nursery today and read to the children. It is so important for children to listen to different sounds and voices. This helps them understand rhyme and alliteration as they develop […]


Tiger photo

February 17, 2016
Banham Zoo trip

On Wednesday, 17 February we took 15 of our Wroxham Road children, and met several others with their parents, to Banham Zoo. The trip was planned to coincide with the children’s learning and understanding of animals, specifically tigers! In the build up to the visit, the children had painted their own tigers, and these made […]



30 hours free childcare – Survey results

A landmark survey by the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association) has revealed that fewer than half of nurseries are likely to offer places to meet forthcoming demand created by the Government’s flagship free childcare scheme. Childcare providers reported that they are keen to help hard-pressed families with more free childcare – but are too worried […]


once upon a time nursery in constitution hill

February 16, 2016
Constitution Hill nursery rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Following an Ofsted inspection visit on 20 January 2016, our day care nursery on Constitution Hill has been rated ‘Good’. This was our first inspection visit since we took over the nursery in April 2014. Julie Banbury, Director of Care and Education, said “The vast majority of the inspector’s report makes us very proud of […]


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