Lavenders Day Nursery
Lavenders Day Nursery
Lavenders Day Nursery

Lavenders Day Nursery is a beautifully converted property retaining much of its original character has created a 112 place day nursery. Large, brightly decorated rooms to provide children with the opportunity to grow and develop through a stimulating and sociable environment.

The children can enjoy the outside in our spacious garden, stocked with a variety of equipment to promote all areas of their development. A self contained separate under two's unit provides spacious airy rooms, fully equipped with a walled decked play area.

A friendly and enthusiastic staff team work closely with the children to provide continuity between nursery and life at home, Lavenders offers high quality day care where every child is treated as an individual.

Group: Childbase Partnership

Person in charge: Juliana Di Niro (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Bedford Borough Council

Number of Staff: 40

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 112

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Languages Spoken (other than English): Punjabi Mirpuri, Italian, Panjabi, Punjabi, Romanian, Urdu

Vacancies

Current Vacancies Posted by Lavenders Day Nursery

5 Vacancies – Now taking registrations posted 06 Sep 2014

Awards / Recognitions

February 2013

Investors in Diversity

Date: Friday 15 Feb 2013
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Sunday Times Top 100

Date: Friday 15 Feb 2013
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Employee Ownership Association

Date: Friday 15 Feb 2013
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December 2011

Current Recommendations

Recommendation Score: 9.5 (9.486)

The user 'Recommendation Score' (9.5 for Lavenders Day Nursery) is calculated using a combination of the average of all ratings on user Recommendations submitted in the last 2 years, and the total number of user recommendations submitted in relation to the number of child places at the nursery. The maximum Recommendation Score is 10. To see more about the daynurseries.co.uk user recommendations please click here.

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Wednesday 27 August 2014 by Sean J (Father of 3 year old son)

Both my children attend/have attended Lavenders at Bedford. The care is of the highest standard at all times, it provided my daughter an excellent start and the transition to school was very easy in no small part due to the management and staff at Lavenders. My son had had some serious medical issues which the nurser dealt with, the day to day care needed as well as the medical profession, it has been a great comfort and fills us with the utmost confidence in this nursery.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 17 July 2014 by Stephanie P (Mother of child)

Lavenders really made me and my son feel very welcome. They really helped him settle in at the age of 2 and then moved him up to preschool which they dealt with very well. All the staff are very friendly and both me and my son have made some friends. Would highly recommend this nursery to any one looking for someone to look after their child.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Friday 4 July 2014 by LAURA WILLIAMS (PARENT)

Being a first time mum I was really apprehensive when starting my twins at nursery they started when they were 12 months old and i can honestly say I have never looked back. From the moment they started they staff have gone above and beyond to help them settle and to work alongside me to get them them in the best routine to suit them. The development and confidence they have has been down to attending lavenders and even during the transition between rooms the staff have been great. The management team are brilliant and are really on the ball, when myself or my husband collect the children we get a full insight in to what they have done during the day from meal times to sleep times, activities and more. I honestly could not recommend lavenders enough for any parent contemplating choosing a nursery if you choose here you will never look back.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Sunday 29 June 2014 by Cheryl (Parent)

I am so pleased my child attends Lavenders as he has progressed in so many ways since being there. The staff and Management are all so friendly and very accommodating. The Nursery provides a very safe environment and it's a fun filled day with lots of activities giving your child the very best start in life and you peace of mind that your child is in safe hands. Well done Lavenders 10/10!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Friday 27 June 2014 by Beanna A (Mother of Child)

A very well organised nursery structured days for the children. Excellent food given. Brilliant learning on whiteboards. Very effective learning for early years really lovely garden facility.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 26 June 2014 by Jo (Mother of 4yr old and 6month old)

My 4 year old has attended Lavenders part time since he was 1. He will be leaving a happy, confident and independent child mostly due to the excellent care and stimulating environment of Lavenders. The staff really do care and feedback a detailed account of your child's daily experience. The pre school environment is particularly outstanding with a superbly resourced outside area. The children are active and outside almost all of the time rain or shine! Staff are like family and take a real interest in the children in their care. On the occasion when my child had a bad morning or felt unsettled I have always received a phone call to put my mind at rest to say he is fine. Health and safety procedures are rigorous and I always have peace of mind that he is in a safe, nurturing environment. My son talks about the exciting adventures he has with his friends at Lavenders all of the time as it has become such an important part of his life. Over the last 3 years I would say 90% of the staff body have remained the same. Happy staff equals happy children. Finally, credit must be given to the leadership team who always go above and beyond for the families they serve.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 17 June 2014 by Emma (Parent)

My son has attended this nursery for the last 3 years, the service received is outstanding. All the staff are so helpful and friendly and really make you and your child feel welcome. I work for the emergency services and my job involves me doing various shifts which vary week to week, Lavenders have always been so flexible and understanding with this and are always willing to accommodate to my needs, sometimes at very short notice. My son thoroughly enjoys going to nursery and has learnt so much in the last 3 years, i can highly recommend lavenders to any parent. The dinners are also amazing along with the staff and service received.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Katie Price (Mum of 1 year old son & 4 year old daughter)

I have found the nursery to be nothing but outstanding. All staff bend over backwards to help with anything! The nursery staff are all like an extended part of my family. When I hear people asking for recommendations for childcare, I can't praise Lavenders enough. Whatever I write or say it won't do justice to how fantastic Lavenders is!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 5 June 2014 by Nikki K (Mother of 3 1/2 year old son)

Lavenders has provided a kind safe environment for my son in the past 1 1/2 years. During this time I was unwell needing time in hospital, at which time the team at Lavenders were always supportive and kind. I know I could ring at any time to see how my little man's day was going. My son has great fun each visit.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 5 June 2014 by Chris B (Father of child)

Albert has attended Lavenders for over three years and we have been really pleased by the care he has received. The staff are fantastic and are always lovely to Albert.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Wednesday 19 March 2014 by Martin Dodge (Father of 2 1/2 year plus year old)

My eldest daughter attended Lavenders several years ago and it was great for her so we sent Maddie (youngest) there also. Maddie has been since she was very young and her development, educationally and socially is quite outstanding. Her speech development is very advanced and we believe that Lavenders has played a large role in this.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 13 February 2014 by Charlotte C (Mother of 3 year old)

I highly recommend Lavenders. My son had real difficulty settling in our local preschool, but has settled at Lavenders within only a few visits. He loves it. The staff are excellent, very professional, very friendly, supportive and lots of fun! The management team are exceptionally helpful and welcoming. The facilities are spotless and homely.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 11 February 2014 by Natalie Thompson (Mother of 4 year and 2 year old)

Amazing nursery - great staff and facilities.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 6 February 2014 by Sauie Chater (Mother of 4 & 2 yr old)

Both my children loved Lavenders, all the staff are lovely and Julianne is charming and very helpful when alternative arrangements need to be made.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Good

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 4 February 2014 by M S (Father of 3 year old girl)

Lavenders nursery has a great deal to commend it: Excellent management Great staff who really know the children Great facilities Great flexibility to support my work timetable Plus, my daughter loves it and is very happy there!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Good

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Monday 13 January 2014 by Olivia Fisher (Mother to 3 year old girl, and 1 year old (who will soon be joining her big sister at Lavenders))

Lavenders is an excellent nursery, our eldest daughter has attended since she was a year old and we have nothing but praise for the way she has been looked after since the day she joined. The staff are all very nurturing and friendly and create a safe, caring and supportive environment within which the children learn and most importantly have fun! The management team are also incredibly flexible at accommodating our needs wherever they can, which makes our lives so much easier. Our daughter loves to tell us what she has been up to during the day and the huge variety of activities she has enjoyed. There are activities to cater for all children, ranging from craft, to cooking, to reading, sports and pretend play to name but a few, I particularly like that the children play outside every day, whatever the weather!! Lavenders are also extremely helpful when it comes to the developmental things such as potty training and were invaluable in helping us get our daughter dry. The food is good, a variety of nutritious, balanced meals are provided and our daughter seems to have second helpings of everything!! We enjoy parents day and reading through the excellent learning journals that are completed for every child, it's lovely to see the photos and read the anecdotes as to what our daughters life at nursery is like. We cannot recommend Lavenders enough, the most important thing is that our daughter is settled and happy and loves going to nursery, there is no better endorsement in my mind. We look forward to her little sister joining her and starting her own nursery adventure!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Good

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Monday 18 November 2013 by Anna Craig (mother of 1yr old girl and 3yr old girl)

I absolutely recommend this nursery to anybody thinking of using a day nursery. The staff are very friendly, the setting is very lovely and bright and there is a great atmosphere. After looking around several nurseries, I knew as soon as I stepped foot in Lavenders that this was "the one" for my three girls.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 19 September 2013 by Alison P (Mother of 2 children, 1 still at nursery)

Both my children have attended Lavenders and my daughter aged 2 still attends. They both love their time here. The nursery provides a safe, secure, and nurturing environment where my children both thrived. The staff and management are excellent and really take the time to get to know the children individually. A superb nursery!

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 17 September 2013 by Sue Stone (Mother of 2 year old son)

We relocated from London 2 years ago and were recommended to look at Lavenders for my now 5 year old daughter. Her transition to a new nursery was daunting, but I cannot fault the support and care my daughter got. She had a wonderful time at preschool there. My 2 year old boy has now been going for a year and is thriving, he loves it! Juliana and her team are superb.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 12 September 2013 by Lucy Turner (Mother of 2 year old)

Both my children have attended Lavenders. My son went full time at 10 months and my daughter joined at 9 months of age, approximately a year after my son left. I have always had the utmost confidence everyone at Lavenders and take great comfort in seeing the same friendly, experienced and caring staff members working there year after year. My children have undoubtedly loved their time at Lavenders and it helped lay excellent foundations for their futures.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Friday 6 September 2013 by Mrs Sue Stone (Mother of 2yr old son)

We relocated from London 2 years ago and were recommended to look at Lavenders for my now 5 year old daughter. Her transition to a new nursery was daunting, but I cannot fault the support and care my daughter got. My 2yr old boy has now been going for a year and is thriving. He loves it! Juliana and her team are superb.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Monday 5 August 2013 by John Weir (Father of 4 year old daughter)

Its always a pleasure walking into Lavenders on a daily basis with my daughter. The staff are absolutely terrific and the kids, from what I see, are having a blast!! My daughter has progressed so much since attending here. A very well run place.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Monday 5 August 2013 by Cheryl Toone (Mother of 2 year old son)

My son only goes 1 day a week but during that time I feel assured that he is in a safe and secure environment. The staff and management are excellent and very friendly. My child always comes home happy and learns so much with the learning and facilities that are provided. The staff also give me feedback on the day my child has had and what activities and food he's ate

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 23 July 2013 by C.G (Mother of 18 month old girl)

My daughter has been attending since she was 7 months. I was able to have as many settling in sessions as I needed. She adores it, her face lights up when we arrive in the morning. nothing is too much trouble. She has been slow in some areas of development - staff do exercises with her. She has come on in leaps and bounds. Management are hands on and know each child individually. Meals are diverse and she eats them. Delighted with my choice. it was the only one I liked instantly.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 23 July 2013 by Chandan T (Mother)

Friendly staff, very welcoming. My daughter enjoys it. They have helped me a lot if I've needed to change days. Parent’s day is brilliant, letting me know what level my daughter is at. Plus CCTV, this is very important to have.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Good

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Wednesday 17 July 2013 by Becca Winwood (Mum of a 4 year old and 3 month old)

I cannot recommend Lavenders highly enough. Outstanding care from infant to pre-school. The staff really go the extra mile for the children at every age and stage, with a wonderful balance of learning, support, care and nurture. Fantastic safe environment indoors and out, and much appreciated flexibility from managers to accommodate individual family needs. Very good involvement of parents too and we are regularly invited to review our childs progress and to take part in activities. My daughter will miss Lavenders very much when she starts school in September. But my son starts his Lavenders adventure in October - which is the best illustration of how highly we rate it! Worth every penny.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Friday 12 July 2013 by Zoe Hyde (mother of 4yr old boy + 1yr old girl)

Lavenders, Bedford is a fantastic nursery. Both of my children love attending and the environment is like being part of a big family. Every aspect of the nursery from staff to the facilities is outstanding and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Thursday 11 July 2013 by Georgie Courcha (Mother of 1 year old son)

Choosing Lavendars for our baby was the best decision we made. The staff are very friendly and supportive. They were great when my baby was settling into nursery. They are always willing to support you with any activities/development you would like them to encourage your child to progress at. They are great at providing advise and tips on things if you have any concerns or questions. The toys and activities available are excellent, providing both indoor and outdoor space, and they ensure the babies get outside at least twice a day. We have no regrets, and would certainly recommend this nursery.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Julie Parent (Parent)

Choosing Lavenders Day Nursery for our baby has been the best thing we have ever done. He is happy and absolutely loves his time there. In fact, when he is at home he often looks bored. The staff at Lavenders are great, friendly and knowledgeable. The facilities are first class, there are lots of toys and such a variety of equipment and activities. It' s absolutely great. It would be our first choice over and over again.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Review of Lavenders Day Nursery on Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Debbie Gordon (Mother of 2 year old daughter)

We looked at a lot of nurseries before looking at Lavenders and felt disappointed with them all. However, as soon as we walked through the door at Lavenders we knew it would be the place for our then unborn daughter. I cannot praise the nursery enough, they are caring, friendly, effective and actually feel like part of the family.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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