Child First Bicester
Child First Bicester
Child First Bicester

Child First Bicester Nursery and Pre School on Launton Road was once a factory building. Perhaps not an architectural gem on the outside, the interior is designed to be homely, spacious and a natural learning environment with continual access to outdoors.

The team offer a child led learning environment where each child is planned for with the child’s interests at the centre. The children have many different experiences and opportunities each day, both inside and out. The children are supported by well qualified and happy staff.

Over the last twelve months, staff have reorganised every part of the nursery, each room has been completely restructured to meet the specific needs of the children.

In the large garden live a flock of Indian Runner ducks, which the children help to care for.

Child First also grow their own vegetables which the chef uses to produce wonderful nutritious meals.

Group: Child First

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 wks per year

Fees Guide: £205.50

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Current Recommendations

Recommendation Score: 9.2 (9.162)

The user 'Recommendation Score' (9.2 for Child First Bicester) 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 Child First Bicester on Tuesday 27 August 2013 by Andrea H (Mother of child)

My daughter leaves this nursery totally prepared for the next stage of education. I cannot fault the care they have given for 3 years. The meals are varied and nutritious, the activities varied. She has loved watching their ducks hatch and grow and has enjoyed growing their own veg. She is sad to be leaving.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Good

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Child First Bicester on Friday 9 August 2013 by Elaine S (mother of 3 year old girl)

My duaghter loves going to Child First Bicester and would happily go every day. She has many good friends there and they are always doing new and exciting activities at the nursery. She was proud of her art work at the recent art show. a great nursery with many opportunities for the children.

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 Child First Bicester on Thursday 25 July 2013 by Leanne Hayes-Smith (Mother of child)

My daughter has enjoyed every minute of her time at this nursery. She settled in quickly after a big move, due to fantastic staff. Facilities are outstanding, in doors and out. Management go a long way to organise a wide range of additional activities. The curriculum is broad and is also used to make children culturally aware. It is a happy, safe and welcoming environment.

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 Child First Bicester on Tuesday 23 July 2013 by Kerry S (Mother)

Children clearly get good quality individual attention. There is lots of outdoor play a daily range of varied and challenging activities particularly for creative play and learning. Excellent skills at encouraging self-development. The food is of superb quality (extremely healthy and enjoyable-always eaten). They have accommodated our need for flexible childcare which has been invaluable.

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 Child First Bicester on Friday 19 July 2013 by Susan H (Mother of 3 year old girl)

My daughter has been at child first Bicester for 2 and a half years and has been very happy there. They have more inside space than a lot of purpose built nurseries, great staff and plenty of activities for the kids. They have a large separate dinging room for kids 2+.

Learning: Good

Facilities/Outside Space: Good

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Good

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Review of Child First Bicester on Thursday 18 July 2013 by Michelle Potter (Mother of 2 girls (2 years and 6 months))

We looked at various nurseries and we were struck by the warmth and friendliness when we first looked around. My 2 year old absolutely loves going to nursery, she constantly talks about the staff, what she has done in the day and the ducks! Her social and language skills are constantly improving. My 6 month old went into nursery just before she was 4 months old and this very hard and I felt very guilty as you can imagine. However, Andrea and her staff were very supportive and didn't mind me ringing a couple of times a day! I now have a second daughter who seems to love nursery and always greets her Key worker with a big smile! I also love that all the staff know both my daughters names. I recommend Child First in Bicester 100 per cent.

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 Child First Bicester on Tuesday 2 April 2013 by Rachel Warriner (Mum)

Just over a year ago I moved to Bicester from London. I explored all the nurseries in Bicester and my expectations were high. I definitely made the right decision going with Child First. Over the past year I have seen the Manager's vision come to life through the team. My 5 year old thoroughly enjoyed pre-school at Child First and now that he's in Primary school he can't wait to go along to pick up his little brother as the staff still make such a fuss of him! My 23 month old little boy loves going to nursery and talks about the girls who look after him even when he's at home. The food is healthy and offers plenty of variety; playing outside is encouraged and both outside and indoors are of a high standard. The most outstanding feature of this nursery is the manager and the team. They are passionate and enthusiastic and make you and your child feel like part of a big family. What more can a parent ask for!

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 4 March 2013 by Monika W (Mother of 2 year old child)

Fantastic setting, beautiful outside space/activities. An all round fabulous nursery, with supportive and nurturing staff. Freshly cooked food and some grown in the nursery's garden! A very dedicated and hard working management team, who are child focused. I highly recommend this nursery to any parent. I could not speak more highly of the nursery if I tried.

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 18 February 2013 by Stephanie C (Mother of Child)

Both my children have been here and have had an outstanding time over the last 3 years.

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 Child First Bicester on Friday 8 February 2013 by Emma Bowers (Mother)

My child has come on in leaps and bounds since joining the nursery. His social skills have improved and he is encouraged to particpiate in a wide range of activities, which have helped him learn and grow. I like that all the staff know my child by name and make an effort to engage with him. My son enjoys attending nursery and has smiles for everyone.

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 Child First Bicester on Thursday 31 January 2013 by Lisa (Mother)

My two children attend Child First. Over the past 18 months, we have come to know the staff as caring and genuine. My children are happy to go to Child First each day and enjoy the daily activities. The outdoor play area is huge with many different elements of play. My children love the ducks and the vegetable garden. The food is fresh made. My children love Wednesdays when the dance teacher comes and the frequent visits by the animal handler. My pre-school age child has learned to write her letters and count her numbers. My younger child is learning his manners. After touring the other pre-schools in the area, choosing Child First was easy. I would highly recommend Child First if you are located in the Bicester area.

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 28 January 2013 by Tash (Mother)

My daughter has been at Child First since she was 3 months old and is so happy there. The staff treat her as if she was their own daughter. I love the fact that every member of staff there knows her, including the housekeeper and the chef! Speaking of the chef, the food is outstanding.Lucy eats better than we do. Not a day goes past where she hasn't been introduced to a new, healthy food and eaten it all. When we looked around nurseries, this was the only one happy to introduce food that she hadn't tried, as long as I agreed in principle. All the other nurseries when asked said they wouldn't do this, citing fear of allergies. I like CF's practical and common sense approach. Likewise, and important to a working mum, the nursery has been brilliant when she had been unwell. They accept that children of this age have constant colds and coughs and only send the children home if it is something more serious. I couldn't be happier with the level of care and learning that she receives at Child First and would thoroughly recommend it. It may not look as nice as the other nurseries from the outside, but the friendliness and passion of the staff is second to none. Oh, and they keep ducks in the back garden, what more could your child want?

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 28 January 2013 by Rebecca (Mother)

My daughter has attended Child First in Bicester for over 2 years. She has always been confident and outspoken, and they have taught her respect for others and things around her. She has learnt so much more than I would have been able to teach her at home. She has been involved with many wide and varied activities at Child First including experiencing different cultures, and she loves attending (she never wants to come home!)

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 21 January 2013 by Vicky Fearn (Mother of 4 year old daughter)

Both of my children have attended Child First and I would highly recommend the nursery to anyone. My daughter currently attends and the care she receives is of a very high quality. The staff are fantastic and my daughter loves attending.

Learning: Excellent

Facilities/Outside Space: Good

Care: Excellent

Resources/Equipment/ICT: Good

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Food/Nutrition: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Review of Child First Bicester on Monday 14 January 2013 by Charlie M (Mother of Child)

Child First have taught my little girl many new things, along with caring for her as if she were a relation! The staff are always happy, friendly and helpful, offering their expert advice. I feel that my daughter is safe, well fed and has an array of play and learning activities.

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 17 December 2012 by Harriet W (Mother of 2 year old son)

When my son arrives at nursery the staff are always very welcoming and seem very excited to see him. This always helps him to settle in, in the morning. His progress has been brilliant, with the nursery teaching him many things, especially with his speech as his vocabulary is amazing! The nursery is well kept and there are always lots of activities for the children to do. My son is a very happy and confident child and I believe the nursery have helped him to be this way!

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 Child First Bicester on Monday 10 December 2012 by Lorna M (Mother of Child)

My daughter wasn't the most confident of children but the support, care and expertise that the staff at the nursery have given her has seen her grow and develop into a happy and confident little girl.

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 Child First Bicester on Thursday 6 December 2012 by Marion Twynham (Mother of 2 year old daughter)

In the year and a half that my daughter has been at Child First, we have seen how she has grown up. Her manners, vocabulary, self esteem and independence is wonderful compared to other children that I know from friends and family who are in her age group and are not as advanced as the children from Child First. The teachers are kind, caring, friendly and honest, which makes it a happy environment for children.

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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