Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre

Wells Hall Road, Great Cornard, Sudbury, CO10 0JU

Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre, Sudbury, Suffolk
Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre, Sudbury, Suffolk
Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre, Sudbury, Suffolk

Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre is part of the Bright Horizons portfolio and received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) award in April 2016.

This purpose-built nursery offers a spacious baby room with a separate sleeping area and sensory room. The children have access to large outdoor areas and mud kitchen, offering excellent opportunities for exploration and fun.

The team of dedicated childcare professionals provide high-quality childcare in Sudbury community, adhering to consistently high standards of hygiene and security. The nursery was rated Outstanding in January 2013.

The management team takes pride in offering the learning opportunities that contribute to long-term academic abilities which contribute to a very low staff turnover.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Joanne Hayes (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Suffolk County Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 60

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Directions:

For SatNav use CO10 0NH which will lead you through Wells Hall Road.

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Current Reviews

9.5 Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.454)

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre is based on 20 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 9.454 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.788 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 4.667 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 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 9.454 for Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre is based on 20 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

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    • 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 4.788 for Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre is calculated as follows: ( (192 Excellents x 5) + (45 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 240 Ratings = 4.788

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      The Quantity Score of 4.667 for Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre is calculated as follows:

      1. 20 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 20 Positive Reviews = 2.000 (maximum score = 1)

      3. (20 Positive Reviews ÷ 60 Children) x 2 = 0.667

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre?

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    2
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Reviewer Connection to Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    2

The Overall Average of all the Ratings in the following 

20 Reviews is 4.8 out of 5

I sent my son to Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre on the recommendation of my sister who had sent my nephew there a few years before. I have not been disappointed. I am so pleased with the level of care and attention he receives there every day. The staff are always friendly and the meals are amazing. Far more varied than he gets at home! They have always been really good at responding to his interests. If I say we've been talking about space, they will try to accommodate some kind of space-themed activity the following day or week. It really is a lovely place for him to spend time.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Amazing nursery with wonderful staff.
My children love going to nursery and always come home looking like they have had so much fun, telling me what exciting activities they have done during the day.
Food is amazing and always smells good when we come in.
The staff all seem to go the extra mile for us as a family.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Wonderful care and very friendly staff. My little boy loves his days at nursery and has such wonderful experiences. He gets to join in lots of activities I wouldn't be able to do at home. He gets to try new foods and enjoy lunch with his friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

My son has been going to Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre for a couple of years now, he very much enjoys going and the staff are very supportive and caring they help to support my son with his needs my son can't wait to get there in the morning. We always get greeted with a smile and when I pick him up we always get greeted with a big smile from him and the staff tell me everything he's done and eaten which is normally very very well

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

My 2 children have attended Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre and we've been extremely happy with the care they have received, especially the nurturing in the baby room.
Management has been very flexible to our needs when we've needed extra sessions short notice.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have a 3yr old currently in Crocus and a 4 yr old just left for school.
Both have always thoroughly enjoyed themselves there.
They are always happy to go and never want to leave.
It amazes me how much the staff give to all the children on a daily basis. They are always giving their best, working hard and are the most genuine caring staff I have ever known in a nursery.
I have never had a complaint in over 2 and a half years.
My eldest was more than ready for school when she left and my youngest is following suit thanks to the support of the staff and their care and attention that goes into teaching the children there.
The manager at the nursery is as involved with the children as anyone else and seems to really support her staff in their progression.
We have had emergencies where on short notice we have had to put the children in for the day and they've always done their best to help us.
They offer holiday clubs which are fantastic and really go out of their way to do exciting things with them

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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 chose Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre because of its Ofsted rating of Excellent, proximity to my workplace and the friendliness of the staff. The only downside is the lack of air conditioning in the main building (it's installed in the baby room) because it's uncomfortable for the children and the staff when it's summertime. Absolutely no qualms about leaving my child for the day as I know she'll be safe, having fun and being well cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

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 son is coming along so well with his development. He loves going there every day. All the staff are amazing and friendly. My son learns something new every day and he amazes me when I go to pick him up with all he's learnt.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

This is a great nursery, my daughter attended this nursery 7 years ago and was outstanding then too. The staff are all committed to every child's learning and future with excellent communication between staff and parents. Would highly recommend the nursery, their staff and facilities to any new parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter both now go here and they love it, staff are friendly and there if you need them and both my girls have dietary issues which they accommodate.
My eldest has gone since about a year old and is now 3 and a half and now my youngest has been going around a year.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.8 out of 5

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: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

This is a great nursery where my daughter has been made to feel very welcome and cared for with much warmth.
My daughter has now been going for 3 months and I really do not have anything to complain about. The staff is really good at liaising with the family.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Since joining my son, he has developed in so many ways. He is more confident and looks forward to attending nursery. The nursery itself is fun and a caring environment, which is very supportive to all the children. Overall experience has been fantastic and would definitely recommend to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Great staff. My children enjoy their time there. Relief for me while I'm at work knowing they are well looked after. Staff are happy nice and helpful. Very friendly. Offer loads for children to do. Menu is also varied.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Our son really enjoys attending nursery, he counts down the days until he gets to go back. The staff are always willing to help. They are constantly looking at ways to mix up learning - at the moment they have goldfish, frogspawn and chickens which they hatched which makes it really interesting for the children. Staff members are always looking at other ways to help the children develop which includes things like using a PE kit and dinner trays so they can do that before they get to primary school.
The children are offered a wide variety of food so they get to try new things all the time. Our son loves learning, he is always coming home with an enthusiasm to tell us what he has learnt that day.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My Daughter has been at Crocus (Joeys Room) since April this year.
Crocus was our 1st choice, after our son attended 6 yrs ago.

I've been extremely pleased with the care she has received. All staff are enormously friendly & kind and the atmosphere is a happy one.
The room is clean & hygienic & toys rotated to keep the children interested.
Activities are undertaken at every opportunity & parents are kept appraised of nursery news weekly, with a comprehensive newsletter & little snapshots!

I've never felt unhappy leaving my Daughter & she has settled very easily into the setting thanks to the care of the Joeys staff.

Over all, I really can't fault Crocus & would highly recommend it .. in fact, I have!

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

marketa, mrkg at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 16 Sep 2015:

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with the level of care our nursery provides.

My son loves coming to nursery and is well cared for by all the staff he has come into contact with. He enjoys the varied menu and different aspects of play. The room he is currently in has helped prepare him for school and adjust for when he starts school.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Julie-Anne Hayward, Website Administrator at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 07 Sep 2015:

Thank you for your feedback, it means a lot to us.

The Nursery and staff have cared for our son since he was 11 monts old and he is now 4. He is an outgoing and very sociable little boy who is compassionate and loving.
All the staff love what they do and it shows through the children.
He has transitioned from room to room with ease and has really enjoyed his time with everyone at the nursery.
We thank you for helping us bring up our son and also working closely with us as parents. X

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Julie-Anne Hayward, Website Administrator at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 02 Sep 2015:

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with the level of care our nursery provides.

I have always found the staff to be warm & caring and the manager is excellent. The facilities are great. My son has been happy there from 10
Months old. I am very happy with my choice. My son will probably stay here until he goes to school & my new daughter is likely to go too.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Marketa, Mrkg at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 01 Sep 2015:

Thank you for your warm words and positive feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and compliment on our nursery.

Our daughter has severe and complex needs. Crocus and all the staff have gone above and beyond to cater for her needs. As parents we could not ask for anymore. She thoroughly enjoys her time here, is included in all the activities and spends her days laughing and being pampered. She has progressed through all the age groups and so we have had contact with most of the staff. All are extremely friendly and caring. It is no surprise to me the OFSTED repeatedly give them an outstanding grading. In my opinion it is well deserved.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Marketa, Digital at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 01 Sep 2015:

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with the level of care our nursery provides.

Both my son's have attended Crocus and have loved every minute of their time there, even asking to go at weekends! They both thrived from being in such an amazing nursery. They made strong friendships with other children and were so well prepared for school. It developed their confidence in their abilities and nurtured their own individual interests. All staff are so helpful and always happy to go that extra mile to support us as a family. They offer such amazing extra activities such as cookery club. I cannot have picked a better nursery for my children to attend. My youngest son leaves from school next week and i cannot thank the nursery enough for all they have done, they will all be missed greatly.

How likely would you be to recommend Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre? 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

Julie-Anne Hayward, Website Administrator at Great Cornard Crocus Early Years Centre responded to this review on 02 Sep 2015:

Thank you very much for your warm words about our nursery. We really value your positive feedback.

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Joanne Hayes

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2003

Description:

I am the nursery manager for Crocus Early Years Centre. I have been working in childcare since 1997. My career started as a nursery nurse working in a baby room. I was promoted to baby room manager and then became the nursery manager after having my second child. I have been working at Crocus Early Years Centre since 2003 years and became the Manager after 5 years since I started at the nursery.

I currently have my third child in the preschool room at the nursery and love getting involved with all the wonderful activities that happen within the nursery. I have a Level 4 Qualification in Early Years Practice and have just completed my Customer Services NVQ 2 qualification.

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Samantha Walker

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2006

Description:

My name is Samantha Walker. I have recently been given the role as Deputy Manager for Crocus Early Years Centre. I have been working at Crocus for since 2006 and came here straight from college. I started here as a nursery nurse before becoming the Pre-school Room Leader, which I did for 5 years before becoming Deputy Manager.
I have 2 children, both boys, one 7 year old and one 4 year old. I have a Level 4 qualification in Early Years Practice and am about to start a degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Studies.

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Kim Lawrence

Job Title: Regional Manager

Joined: 1995

Description:

My name is Kim Lawrence and I am the regional manager for Great Cornard. I joined Bright Horizons as part of an acquisition in 2013. I have been working in childcare since 1995.

My career started as a nursery nurse working with all children aged under 5 years before moving into a nursery manager role which I did for 12 years. I joined the HR team and training team for 2 years before moving into the regional manager role. I live in Cambridgeshire with my husband and two children.