Child First Bicester

32 Launton Road, Bicester OX26 6PZ

Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Child First Bicester has a vibrant environment in which children can learn through play and be involved in meaningful experiences.

In a free flow environment they can choose from a wide range of resources, exploring and developing new skills with the support of a dedicated staff.

Extra-curricular activities include singing, dancing, music, cookery, Spanish, football and drama, while children also grow vegetables and enjoy a variety of festivals, events and special days.

Group: Childfirst

Person in charge: Andrea Leonard (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 150

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Open 50 weeks per year

Fees Guide: £205.50

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Current Reviews

9.1 Child First Bicester has a Review Score of 9.1 (9.116)

The Review Score of 9.1 (maximum of 10) for Child First Bicester is based on 10 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 9.116 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.983 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.133 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 9.116 for Child First Bicester is based on 10 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 4.983 for Child First Bicester is calculated as follows: ( (118 Excellents x 5) + (2 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 120 Ratings = 4.983

    • 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 4.133 for Child First Bicester is calculated as follows:

      1. 10 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 10 Positive Reviews = 1.000

      3. (10 Positive Reviews ÷ 150 Children) x 2 = 0.133

  • 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.

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Child First Bicester?

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    10
  • Likely
    0
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    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
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    0

Reviewer Connection to Child First Bicester

  • Mother of Child
    8
  • Father of Child
    2

The Overall Average of all the Ratings in the following 

8 Reviews* is 5 out of 5

*The Average Rating only uses ratings from the 8 reviews. Ratings from the 2 recommendations are not used for the Average Rating as the rating options were limited to Excellent, Good and Satisfactory.

We have had a brilliant experience at Child First for both of our children. They have loved everything about the experience: the staff, the learning (playing), rugby, dancing, cooking, stories, shows, activities within the nursery and trips out, as well as the chance to build friends and interact with a diverse mix of children. It is difficult to say what they have enjoyed the most because they always come home having had a great day, although I think the 'home corner' is always a favourite. The food cooked by the team has been wonderful, and that isn't always an easy thing to achieve for a child with food allergies, but nothing has been too much trouble. If you judged a book by its cover you may not be tempted in (although the beautifying of the front has helped), but behind the facade is a wonderfully playful, creative, and nurturing setting with an outside space just ripe for adventure (sand, water, mud kitchen, and the occasional Running Duck).

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

As an early years teacher I had very high standards and expectations for where to send my own children I knew exactly what I wanted and Child First has achieved and exceeded my expectations and even given me ideas for my own teaching practice. Kind, fun, friendly and inspiring staff and amazing management. You won't find a better start for your children.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

I would very much like to say a very big thank you to the whole Child First, Bicester team for the warmth and standard of care my children have received since they first joined 3 years ago. I have nothing but praise and gratitude for the way the whole team works, from the way we are greeted to the wonderful things they do with the children to help them develop. Things like the rugby, dancing and the wee day trips are all excellent and few other nurseries I know of do anything like it.

All of the team are professional, warm, friendly and understanding of my needs as well as the children's and it has made being a working mum so much easier. Knowing that my children are safe, cared for and really happy has been a weight off my mind. I cannot recommend this wonderful team enough - Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I enrolled my child in this nursery after dissatisfaction with another operator. I had previously ignored Child First because of the outside of the building! Huge lesson learned - do not judge a book by its cover. That said the exterior has had a makeover now so hopefully others won't make the same mistake I did.

The care my son received at Child First was amazing and I can genuinely say we loved all of the staff.

The environment and facilities are brilliant but more than anything it was being able to leave my child totally safe in the knowledge that he was looked after, cared for and loved. Communication with staff and updates was very good, his meals were varied and plentiful and we appreciated the numerous opportunities to meet other parents and join in with activities at the nursery like mothers and fathers day teas and even grandparents tea too!

I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough and it's a great reminder that OFSTED reports are only one part of the jigsaw.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

A fantastic nursery not to be missed by anyone looking for a asafe and caring place for their children. My daughter has come on brilliantly since starting here. She loves attending every day and is given loads of opportunities that she would otherwise not have. My eldest went to a different pre-school that unfortunately closed down so I initially put my youngest here so she could progress without moving. It is the best decision I ever made! I recommend people to Child First all the time. It may not look like much from the outside, but inside the play areas are lovely, warm, cosy, friendly, welcoming and well-equipped with age-appropriate toys and activities being available. They play outside every day regardless of the weather which I find wonderful. The staff are very welcoming and helpful to both me and my 2 children, even though one has never attended, they still know her by name and make an effort every time they see her to interact with her. The home-cooked food is excellent quality and my daughter loves having her breakfast and dinner there: she eats better than I do!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough.
My toddler moved from another nursery to here, due to a change of hours. The staff are friendly, helpful and caring. They have reassured us all and take the time to get to know each and every child.
The facilities are fantastic, they even have chickens, bunnies and fish .. My son adores the staff and has really been treated like an individual.
The menu of nutritious home cooked food, the care taken to ensure the children are socialised and healthy really means a lot to us.
I'd really recommend this nursery, having another child (older) who went to a different nursery, the whole set up here is overwhelmingly good.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

We reviewed all the local nurseries and this was the best available then. Four years on it has gone from strength to strength. It's been trouble free, the staff are amazing, the space inside and out is big. Don't miss this nursery when considering a place for your child in the Bicester area. Well done to all at Child First Bicester. Keep up the great work!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

Child First have shown a very high level of care for our child and us as parents. They go out of their way to make the children feel safe and happy, as well as providing a wide range of developmentally appropriate creative activities. They meet the needs of children as individuals, not just as a whole.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

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

The nursery is a lovely place. My daughter loves coming here. It's very well equipped for children of different ages. Avah always has something new to tell me about what she has learnt, she has progressed so much. The staff are so warm and friendly, they really look after the children and form good bonds with them. I would always recommend this nursery. I couldn't ask for a better place or better people to look after my daughter, as I say she is so happy coming here and that's what matters.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

No Average Rating is available*

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 daughter started at Child First 1 year ago after moving from another nursery where she was unhappy. Being at Child First has transformed her, and was the best decision we could have made. The staff are excellent as are the management team. Children are happy, settled and well cared for. The range of activities and learning are brilliant. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her time here and I have complete confidence in their care. Can't recommend them enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

No Average Rating is available*

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

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