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Our nurseries are run and managed by its owners, myself (Lydia Browning) and Paul Browning. I am the Area manager and Paul helps me with the day to day running of the business and is also our handy man. Before opening Smarty Pants I had always been a nursery nurse from the minute I left school. I have worked in various day nurseries, on the children’s ward at Russell’s Hall Hospital and at Alexandra High School where I worked with children with additional needs and gained a qualification teaching nursery nursing to the sixth formers.

In April 2006 we noticed Smarty Pants for sale and made an appointment to view the 4 bed-roomed house and barber shop. We felt it was perfect for a nursery and applied to Sandwell council for planning permission to change the business use. Once we were approved we arranged the mortgage and got the keys in February 2007. We then spent 6 months converting the building and opened on 03/09/2007. We quickly became very busy and had more than 150 children on our waiting list, this is why we decided to open Lola-Belle’s on 03/09/2009, exactly 2 years to the day after Smarty Pants. Lola-Belle’s is named after our daughter and is only 1 mile from Smarty Pants.

On 03/09/2017, ten years after opening Smarty Pants we opened our third and forth nurseries, Smarty Pants @ Lightwoods House and Smarty Pants @ Lye. Lightwoods House is a building recently restored by Sandwell council and the lottery heritage fund with £5.2 million.The old stables attached to the building is where the nursery is based on Lightwoods Park The Lye nursery is based within the children's centre.

We have two children, Lola-Belle and James-  who are both at school.  

Myself and many of the managers have gained our foundation degree in Early Years and I now also have the full BA hons degree in Early Years. 

We have very experienced and professional managers who run every nursery and I am very hands on, visiting every day.  


Who to contact

Contact Name
Lydia Browning
Contact Position
Area Manager
0121 520 8777

Where to go

Smarty Pants Day Nursery
212a, Horseley Heath
West Midlands
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Smarty Pants and Lola-Belle’s care for babies as young as 6 weeks old up to children aged 5 years.

We provide a friendly, welcoming and laid back atmosphere, giving you as parent’s peace of mind when leaving your child in our care.

The environment we provide is aimed at encouraging your child’s all round development and confidence in order to prepare them for their next journey through school.

We have a soft play area at Smarty Pants for bikes and also a large run around grassed area where your child will be encouraged to go every day. Lola-Belle’s has a specially designed garden directly to the rear of the nursery. The gardens are designed around the EYFS curriculum and have a sheltered area, water area, climbing area, planting area, music area and chalk boards. In all weathers your child will experience and see all natural living things. We also promote taking the children on walks to the park and the older children also to the library as much as possible. When going out on walks all the children wear reigns and high visibility jackets. As part of our curriculum we regularly bring the outside inside. The children help us to collect lots of natural things from the outdoor environment which we then use inside either to explore in out sensory areas, science and nature or to use in creative activities.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£52.25 per day
£209 per week
School day cost:- 8.15am-3.45pm £38.75 per day, £163.75 per week
Session costs:- 7.30am-12.30pm £26.00 and 1pm-6pm £24.00
10% discount for second child


Referral required

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Local Offer
Special Needs

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Please apply by contacting us.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
30 Hours

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7.30am 6pm
Tuesday 7.30am 6pm
Wednesday 7.30am 6pm
Thursday 7.30am 6pm
Friday 7.30am 6pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
25/10/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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Last updated: 03/07/2020

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