Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford

Church Road, Colmworth, Bedford MK44 2JX

Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Puddleducks (Toad Hall Nursery), in Bedford, takes early years education and the developing abilities of pre-school children seriously, looking to make sure each child is able to learn and flourish as an individual. Staff look to be friendly and welcoming, working closely with parents and planning both indoor and outdoor activities.

Games, songs and stories are fun ways to develop language skills and encourage positive behaviour. A key person system is in place to make sure each child is progressing well, while a healthy eating policy includes support for special diets.

Group: Toad Hall Nursery Group

Person in charge: Sarah Wadsworth (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Bedford Borough Council

Number of Staff: 10

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

Total Places for Children: 55

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Vacancies

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Current Reviews

Review Score: 8.9 (8.859)

The Review Score of 8.9 (maximum of 10) for Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford is based on 8 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 8.859 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.768 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.091 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.

  • The maximum Review Score for a nursery is 10 and it is based on the published (including Restricted Publication) Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

    The Review Score of 8.859 for Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford is based on 8 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

  • The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):

    • Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the nursery is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)

      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.768 for Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford is calculated as follows: ( (74 Excellents x 5) + (20 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 95 Ratings = 4.768

    • Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a nursery. A Positive Review is defined as:

      • Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

      • Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)

      The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a nursery requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)

      3. (Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of children) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a nursery has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of children to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a nursery with 40 children has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.

      The Quantity Score of 4.091 for Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford is calculated as follows:

      1. 8 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 8 Positive Reviews = 0.800

      3. (8 Positive Reviews ÷ 55 Children) x 2 = 0.291

  • The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of child places at the Day Nursery.

  • Before 1st July 2015 daynurseries.co.uk only accepted Recommendations (positive comments only) and the Ratings were limited to Excellent, Good & Satisfactory. These are marked up as Recommendations.

  • As of 1st July 2015 daynurseries.co.uk changed from Recommendations to Reviews (positive and negative comments) and added the Ratings Poor and Very Poor. These are marked up as Reviews. Between 1st July and 31st December 2015, we are still processing a number of Recommendations from Recommendation cards sent out before 1st July (These are marked up as Recommendations).

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All staff are very welcoming and helpful. They helped my daughter settle in and adapted to her needs. They have lovely home cooked meals every day. I have already noticed an improvement with my daughters development and look forward to seeing her progress even more there.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

It is a friendly, amazing learning space. It has a wonderful garden with mud-digging vegetable-growing and tree swinging.

Our daughter enjoys the nutritionally-balanced and varied food.

The staff are always willing to go to the extra mile and are extremely attentive to health and safety issues.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Excellent nursery. Helpful, flexible and caring staff. Loads to do for the children, painting, outside, singing, dancing, free play, home making. Excellent food, good sleeping facilities. My daughter always comes home very happy and excited.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My husband and I are delighted with the level of care our son receives at Puddleducks. Our son is extremely happy there and often doesn't want to come home as he is having so much fun. Every day our son takes part in varying activities from painting, growing plants and even learning Spanish as well as singing, reading, messy play and outdoor activities. We feel very lucky to have found the 'perfect' nursery for our son and are safe in the knowledge that when we drop him off each day, he is being looked after by the most brilliant nursery nurses.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My children have been at Puddleducks for over 2 years and they absolutely love it. The facilities are excellent, especially the outdoor space which the children get out into all the time. The staff are superb and have built very close relationships between both children and myself. They're great at continuing at nursery whatever I've been working on at home - they helped make potty training very easy. They know each child so well from giving my baby just the right muslin to knowing my 3 years old penchant for saving the world from dinosaurs. There's a real family feel to the nursery and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started at 13 months in the Beehive and since then progressed to Ladybirds as he is now 2 yrs 2 months . The staff have helped with transition periods and worked with me as we have had times of tears! The staff have done great work with his confidence and helping him settle in. The staff are honest with you on all aspects which means a lot. He is one happy little boy. The menu and recipes are fantastic for him. Thanks to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Wonderful nursery with a great family feel. All of the staff made us feel like a part of the nursery and it was clear to see that they genuinely cared for the children. The nursery is situated on beautiful grounds with masses of outdoor space. We have been invited to many family events including a summer bbq and party as well as a Christmas Fayre. Something that is really important to us is that our children eat healthily and I was super impressed by the announcement that Toad Hall received an award from the Soil Association for their produce. Puddleducks is a great all rounder for education, care and just feeling comfortable that your children are safe and cared for so well.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Puddleducks Nursery Bedford? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Fantastic Nursery!!

My daughter started at Puddleducks when she was 18 months for 2 mornings. The transition was seamless & she settled well with the help of the fantastic staff! I've been very pleased with the nursery & staff and feel confident when I drop off my excited daughter who enjoys so much & has made some delightful friends. The feedback from staff is excellent and on her progress, food and learning all fantastic. Thank you!

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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