Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York YO19 5LT

Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire
Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire
Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire

Little Green Rascals is York's first organic nursery and offers fantastic facilities in a rural setting.

The children have access to two large gardens, one with its own kitchen garden where fruit and vegetables are grown (and eaten).

Little Green Rascals is Ofsted registered.

Group: Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Amanda Cordingley (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: York City Council

Number of Staff: 45

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

Total Places for Children: 100

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Languages Spoken (other than English): Spanish; Castilian, French

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.9 Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.901)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 38 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 22 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day 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.

    The Average Rating of 4.901 for Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane is calculated as follows: ( (414 Excellents x 5) + (37 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 455 Ratings = 4.901

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. 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 Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane is based on 22 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 20 positive Reviews (100 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 22 Reviews ÷ 20 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    37
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    37
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane

  • Mother of Child
    32
  • Father of Child
    6

I can't rate this place highly enough. The staff have been excellent throughout both their care towards my son and their manner towards me - a first-time mum returning to work. They have settled my son in slowly, built a strong relationship with him and are never too busy to assist or speak to me. The food is excellent (I stayed to feed lunch to my son one day when he was ill) and the chefs are fantastic.

I don't particularly like my current job but will stay there to allow my son to stay here. I feel that strongly.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

We have been so impressed by Little Green Rascals, our son joined the Wiggly Worms room back in August 2016 and has just graduated to Dancing Dragonflies this spring. The whole team have been fantastic; really enthusiastic, caring and encouraging with the little ones, professional and friendly towards us bigger ones. A special thank you to his key worker, who I'm sure is destined for big things. It always makes a painful drop-off and goodbye so much easier, knowing the quality of the day he's going to have, huge thanks to everyone there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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: Excellent

Our overall view of Little Rascals is fantastic. The staff, service and facilities are second to none. We are so happy we selected Little Green Rascals for our son. Our child's wellbeing is of utmost importance and we feel the theme is replicated through every aspect at L.G.R. The care given to our son is evident to see. The relationships he has formed with the keyworkers is lovely to see. We are very lucky to have found a position with a wonderful ethos throughout. Thank you to L.G.R. For everything they do for our son and ourselves.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My second child has followed on from his brother and attends this nursery. He has had a milk allergy and asthma and suffers badly with eczema. The care he has been given has been fantastic. The staff have bent over backwards to maintain his skin and inhaler regimes, and the care given to food allergies is consistent and reliable. Knowing how well he is looked after is a huge reassurance. I would highly recommend this nursery - the staff are a huge asset and deserve a huge amount of praise.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

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

Excellent setting, loving, caring and experienced staff. One member, in particular, is fantastic, can't recommend her enough. This is my second child at nursery and I have been extremely happy with their care for my children teaching confidence, kindness, independence and love.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We have been very happy with Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery. Thes staff are very caring and interested in the children as individuals. The children spend lots of time outdoors. I love the fact that there is no TV at the nursery. The food is absolutely superb. The only thing that is a slight drawback is the cost, however, it is worth the extra money.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Perfect nursery for my little girl, she enjoys going and always happy to wave mummy off in the morning. Her key worker is amazing. They have a good food menu and lots of different food to try. She is taken for outside play and her key worker takes on board my comments of what my little girl enjoys. They give her hugs when needed and explain to her what is right and wrong. I know my little girl is being taken care of and in good hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter started in 'Wiggly Worms' in September and we have nothing but praise for the staff. They made us all feel extremely comfortable with how our baby would be looked after and made sure that we felt we would ask any questions about her care. During the first few weeks, phone calls to check how she was getting on were welcomed and we were reassured kindly on all occasions. As a result, our daughter settled beautifully and loves going to nursery and all of the staff! Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

I couldn't be happier with the care my one-year-old son gets at Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery. His induction was well planned and managed. He receives warmth, kindness and happy engagement from every member of staff and his key/shadow key workers are both fantastic - they've taken the time to get to know my son's needs and I have every confidence that he's brilliantly looked after in their care.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

The team at Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery are absolutely fantastic. They show so much care and energy and are devoted to making everyday fun, educational and safe. The setting is fantastic and I love that there is so much space indoors and outdoors and that the children have access to animals both on and offsite. The food is all organic. The four-week rolling menu looks delicious and balanced and my daughter eats very well! We travel out of our way to come here - that should say it all.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Competent and friendly staff and a highly engaging nursery environment. Our twin boys have come on leaps and bounds since joining Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 son has been coming to Little Green Rascals for 3 years and absolutely loves it. The children are well looked after, loads of activities for them to do and the food is lovely! Would thoroughly recommend to others!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Generally, the nursery is very good indeed and the staff couldn't be more helpful/lovely. Hopefully, with the couple of errors made with our little boy, lessons have been learnt to avoid these happening again in the future. Regarding allergies, the food has been amazing as lunch and tea has been enjoyed thoroughly!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

Our son has attended this day nursery since he was 9 months old, he is now 3 1/2 yrs and always thoroughly enjoys his time here. There's always a good variety of activities to keep him occupied and stimulated. There's a big emphasis on the outdoors and encouraging children in nature activities and our son loves the forest school trips. We've always found the staff to be incredibly caring and patient and always very supportive in the various stages of our son's development. An excellent childcare environment!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

What a fantastic place! My son loves the fantastic resources, the spacious rooms but most of all the helpful, endlessly positive, kind and fabulous staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 son really enjoys this nursery, he has a named key worker with whom he has an excellent relationship and is always excited to go there. I have no concerns and can relax knowing he is well cared for and loved.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 daughter loves going to the nursery. There's always lots of activities to keep her occupied and help her development. She has a great bond with her key person. It is a great help to us knowing that she is happy and well cared for while we're at work. She also eats really well at nursery, the menu is healthy and varied and she really enjoys her meals.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Little Green Rascals has been an amazing nursery for my two children. I cannot fault the organic ethos, the food, the activities, the outside space, the beautiful indoor space and general things like communications, however, the staff themselves top all of that put together. They genuinely care for my children and cherish them and they have made nursery into a wonderful, safe and exciting place for them both to be. We will all be very sad when the time comes to leave!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 setting, staff, food, care and ethos set Little Green Rascals apart. My daughter attends full time and I would not be happy leaving her at any other provider but have been thrilled with her development at LGR. I look forward to her younger sibling joining her for the same opportunities and would not hesitate to recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I couldn't be happier with the care my one year old son receives at Little Green Rascals. His induction was well planned and managed. He receives warmth, kindness and happy engagement from every member of staff and his key worker and shadow key workers, are both fantastic - they've taken the time to get to know my son's needs and I have every confidence that he's brilliantly looked after in their care.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 18-month-old daughter has been going to Little Green Rascals for 4 months and I cannot believe how much she has progressed in such a short time. The staff are always so friendly and welcoming and always let me know what my daughter has been up to during the day which I love to hear.

Most importantly my daughter loves going to nursery and gets so excited on the mornings she goes, I am so glad I made the decision to send her to Little Green Rascals.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 love Little Green Rascals on Elvington Lane. Our daughter has been there since she was seven months old and she gets excited when she arrives at the nursery every day. The staff are wonderful and they provide great care, while also keeping the little ones busy and stimulated with all sorts of crafts, music, etc. The indoor space is lovely and the outdoor space is fantastic for the children. Even the babies venture out and about in a healthy environment. The food is also great. Much thought goes into it and we like the fact that an emphasis is placed on organic foods. A lot of creativity and imagination have been put into this nursery and we would recommend it to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I first went to look around LGR when I was 6 months pregnant with my first baby, and although I was nervous at the thought of leaving my unborn child with anyone, I remember saying to my mum, "there's nothing about that nursery that I can fault. I can't find anything that would make me not feel confident to leave my baby in their hands".
Now both my children attend the nursery and have done so since they were 7 months, and I can honestly say that they both love it. They skip in to nursery in the mornings and frequently don't want to leave when I collect them. They are full of praise for the amazing organic, tasty food that they are given each day, and the highest compliment I can receive at home is, "mummy, this is nearly as good as the Chef's"
The forest school is brilliant, and really gives the children something that excites them, in a way that it is not easy to provide at home (my camp fire skills are not quite up to scratch).
The staff at the nursery are all approachable, friendly and full of constant enthusiasm for all the children and their differing needs, emotionally or academically. In addition to supporting my children through their development in these early years, several members of staff have been a huge support to me when I have needed help (such as when I broke my foot and was unable to collect the children from nursery - not only did nursery bring the children home to me, but they even packed me up some dinner for myself as I couldn't stand to cook!)
I would not hesitate to recommend LGR to anyone who is looking for a nursery for their child, and I can't think of a better place for my children to be when I am at work and unable to be at home with them. Having my children at nursery there takes away the working parent guilt that so many people feel.
Thanks to everyone for doing such a wonderful job x

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 have 2 children at Little Green Rascals, they both started at 13 months. They absolutely love going on their "school" days and they do not want to leave.
The practitioners are very welcoming towards the children and their parents. It was the first nursery we went to see when we started looking around for childcare. It was also the last as we felt so welcome and the children already there where extremely happy.
The outside spaces provided for running around and play are excellent, with the teachers joining in with the imaginative play. Also with extra trips out to the Forest School.
The feedback at the end of the day for each child from their key-worker is lovely as you do not feel like you are missing out on anything and you are also told of all the milestones/key developments your child has reached.
Children are provided with a wide variety of excellent food cooked on site everyday. They do get to try so many different and new things. One less thing for me to think about in the mornings.
Security is fantastic and you do feel that your child is left in very capable, caring safe hands.
Little Green Rascals is a wonderful learn through play environment. It is definitely the best place I could have sent my children. Their self-confidence has blossomed. Thank you to each and every team member!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Brilliant friendly nursery. All staff are always pleasant & genuinely love the children. Brilliant outdoor space & my son loves the regular Forrest & Maze visits. Even the chef is very friendly. Overall a lovely safe place to leave your children.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 initially weren't going to look at LGR because of the distance (which required us to get a second car) from our house but after walking through a few other nurseries I just wanted to see how they would compare with LGR. Well after our tour of the place we sat in the car and we looked at each other with the same thought- "how are we going to come up with the money for a car because this is the place for him!"
Our son started at LGR in January of 2015 and we could not have asked for a better place for him. He is not great with change and so starting nursery was not easy but we knew the care he would be given would be above and beyond the other nurseries we looked at. From the beginning the staff where very good at dealing with our son and making sure he was settling in. On top of the very qualified carers, LGR comes with an amazing amount of space for the kids to run around in which you don't find in York very easily and it is the only place our son wants to be. And as a bonus, I can wake up in the morning and not have to stress about packing lunch, snacks, dinner etc because they have their own chef on site who cooks the most amazing menu. It's the best thing that has happened to our son - he has truly blossomed by being at LGR and his personality is shining thru now and we can't ever leave the nursery!!!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 son has attended LGR since he was 13 months old, but his room change from Cheeky Hens to Little Green Rascals has proved to be his most challenging, and I cannot recommend the staff enough for guiding him every step of his way. He has built an excellent relationship with his keyworker, and we have been able to work together to settle him in - including my son taking a book in for her to read to him.
The forest school is amazing, and such a wonderful space for children to explore, science is also a favourite activity!
The food is of excellent quality, and there is always something available if they are not to keen on what is being offered.
All staff are friendly, and always make the time to go through your child's day.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 twins (girl/boy) started at Little Green Rascals 09/15, they are so happy that it's difficult to tear them away each day. The staff are 100% committed to the wellbeing and development of the children in all areas - creative/emotional/educational. They totally identify that the children are completely different and have entirely unique personalities even though they are twins. They value what makes the children happy/sad/learn and so they understand how to get the best from them and help with their pre-school development. With my first child (now 14) I had that slightly guilty feeling when dropping her off with the childcare provider and going to work (which I am sure some mums can relate too) but at Little Green Rascals I don't have that feeling of guilt at all, I drop them off with a sigh happiness and confidence that are just having a fantastic time all round, my only wish is that I had found somewhere like this sooner. The observations that the staff make are so accurate and show that they have a true understanding of what makes each child tick! Well done to all at the nursery that make it such an amazing place for children to be, it's not only the front of house carers but all the staff in the office that make it equally as special, I can honestly say it's worth every penny and the extra activities that are set up for all the family to enjoy are equally as fab and really well thought through. Forest school is also an amazing part of nursery life and my children love it, it has opened up such a whole new world for them to explore and learn from.
THANK YOU TO THE TEAM AT LITTLE GREEN RASCALS X

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 little one took along time to settle being separated from myself after a long maternity leave but the staff at little green rascals bent over backwards to ensure he was welcomed and went the extra mile to accommodate him and patiently worked with him to ease the transition; sure enough he is now beaming with excitement when I hand him over in a morning and the transformation in him is wonderful.

The food is amazing - one of the main reasons I picked this nursery alongside brilliant reviews from other mothers. I love checking the healthy nutritious and exciting menu on the board each day freshly cooked by the chef and hiring a book from the nursery library at the end of the week. Love the fact everything is organic, that they have animals and chickens in the garden and teach children about nature at their very own Forrest school.

The staff are friendly, passionate and genuine with a special mention for lovely my child's key worker who has patiently given her all to help settle my little one even when were lots of tears from separation anxiety (from baby and me!) and always gives a verbal feedback on my son's day and a handwritten summery of his habits and activities from the day.

The management and office staff have been fantastic and accommodating and I have been blown away with their service. Everyone really makes you feel part of the 'Little Rascal' family. I also think value for money is fabulous as includes breakfast snack lunch and all nappies and wipes and creams for the half day fee.

Security is very good and I feel my child is safe as there are lots of codes and passwords in place.

I am proud that my son attends little.green rascals nursery which I cannot recommend highly enough for being the next best thing from home (if not better!). Xxx

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 son has attended LGR since April this year. Due to work we have moved around a lot and he has been to four different nurseries from age 6 months. I can safely say that LGR is by far the best setting he has attended. The staff are fantastic, very professional while still maintaining a family like atmosphere. The range of activities he does are varied and interesting. The forest school is an excellent resource and alongside all the outdoor space makes LGR a hit with my active boy. The food is healthy organic and by all accounts delicious, satisfying my very fussy eater is quite an achievement. I can't praise this nursery enough, we will be very sad to leave when he starts school next September. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery to others and I sing it's praises to all the mummies I meet who ask where he goes.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Both boys thoroughly enjoy nursery and we are very pleased with the level of care they receive. Forest is a massive hit and our eldest would spend every day there if he was allowed! The manager there is obviously very inspirational.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Little Green Rascals is a really excellent nursery: I would highly recommend it to other parents. The staff there take particular care to get to know each child: my son has a great bond with his key-worker, but also with other staff in his room, and even staff outside the room seem to know him. There's a lot of outside space which is well-used, and the nursery benefits from having links to a Forest School and the 'Maize Maze' next door. The food also seems to be excellent, well-prepared, nutritious and inventive - my son eats better than I do!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

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

My daughter started at Little Green Rascals just after her first birthday. She has struggled with settling in but the staff are fantastic and have taken amazing care of her and even rung me to let me know she has settled in once I had left so that I am not worrying until I pick her up. She loves all the activities especially exploring outside and helping with the chickens and Guinea pigs. The outside space is excellent and they get to visit the maze to play and see the animals. The food is an excellent standard and they get to try things you possibly wouldn't eat at home.
They also get visits from Tatty Bumpkins so they can participate in yoga etc.
The range of toys and activities they are involved with is invaluable to their learning and my little girl has come on in leaps and bounds since starting at nursery.
The feedback given to parents at the end of the day and at parents evening is fantastic also. I would definitely recommend Little Green Rascals to anyone considering taking their hold there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 boys have attended Little Green Rascals at Elvington since they were 10 months old...my eldest has just waved goodbye to start big school and what a start they have given him!! The staff are truly fantastic at what they do and the nursery itself really is home from home. I leave my sons there and know that they will have the most amazing day...forest school, yoga, science, art class...the list goes on!! The food is beyond good, it's delicious, and all home cooked...my sons eat food I never thought they would and show a keen interest in cooking.

Leaving your child at nursery is never an easy thing to do but what Little Green Rascals offer makes it so much easier...highly, highly recommend it!!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Little Green Rascals Elvington offers a great setting with lots of access to outdoor space. Visits to forest school and the maze are a bonus.
The biggest plus is the food. Cooked on site it always looks lovely and both my girls eat it all (one is a fussy eater).
Most of the staff are really lovely, especially the lady who is in charge of forest school. The girls really like the staff and they are obviously well cared for while there.
The only (small) issue I have with the nursery is the policy on discipline. No naughty steps/seats here just a "no thank you" which personally I don't think works for persistent biters for example. It would be great if the nursery could work with children on enforcing a consistent discipline for things such a biting/fighting. For me it's not a deal breaker but I would prefer the nursery to support my decision to use naughty step etc. and follow this through at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

This is a fantastic nursery with wonderful resources - our son particularly loves all the outdoor space they have! The Elvington Lane site has two wonderful gardens with loads of outdoors activities, and the Forest School is a wonderful part of the nursery. For Forest School, the children are taken out into some safe woods nearby, where they study nature and outdoor crafts. Our son always comes back buzzing after a Forest School session!

Food is freshly prepared onsite and is a wonderful high standard; we are often jealous of the menus on offer!

The staff are wonderful and look after children attentively and thoughtfully. There is a great gentle ethos at the nursery which involves solving disputes by listening to the children, discussing the problem, and looking for solutions together. Our son loves the staff, and they have been brilliant with him, in particular with his own needs - he suffers from glue ear which affects his hearing, and when it is bad the staff are great at giving him more one-on-one time to help him and make sure he's involved with everything.

The nursery community is lovely, there is great interaction with the parents and regular activities for parents and children to get involved with together. Any issues we have raised have been addressed promptly and respectfully. We are delighted with this nursery and would not hesitate to recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

Myself an my husband where nervous about sending our son to nursery for the first time, and feeling guilty. We first walked around LGR when our son was 2 weeks old and booked him in a week later to join from the age of one. Well he is now 3! And the LGR,s team really do feel like part of our family. They provide everything for our son we would want for those days we do have to work. Everything they do is for the kids with their development, health and well being in mind. I truly and honestly can not recommend them highly enough! What a great team and environment of our amazing little special bundles to grow and develop!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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 love Little Green Rascals! Our son was very reluctant to be away from us at first, and the staff were fantastic at helping him to settle in. He's been at LGR for about 8 months now and loves it.

The resources are brilliant, both indoor and outdoor. The outside space was the winner for us; they spend so much time outside being active.

My son's favourite part of LGR is being outside. Mine is that the staff are engaged with the children, and don't do tough love. Cuddles all round, which is lovely!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Green Rascals Organic Day Nursery - Elvington Lane? 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

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Staff Profiles

Vanessa

Vanessa Warn

Job Title: Owner

Joined: 2009

Description:

I originally started working in Marketing for a number of the UK’s blue chip organisations, with my final employed role as the Head of European Marketing for American Express in London.

After the birth of my second child, after experiencing the benefits of alternative medicine, I decided to train as a Homeopath, I became fully qualified in 2006.

Following a number of failed attempts to find suitable nursery provision for my children I decided to open up my own Nursery in 2009. The Nursery runs with a wholly ethical philosophy, we respect our environment and strive to do everything in our powers to ensure that not only do we operate with as little impact on the environment as possible but our children also understand and act under this mantra. We use essential oils, have a kitchen garden and use only natural cleaning products. We do not compromise – the children are our totally focus.

We now have two nurseries, with over 400 families and look after up to over 200 children each day. Within six years of opening we now employ around 80 staff and source all our products and services within 10 miles of York.

My passion is nursery care and food and I hope to encourage other providers with research and example.

I was lucky enough to win the North of England’s Business Accelerator Award in 2012. The nursery is an Investor in People and we hold one of only three Gold Awards in the UK from the Soil Association for our Catering.

I currently sit on the Soil Association’s Committee and I am the Deputy Chair for the National Day Nurseries Association in York.

Amanda

Amanda Cordingley

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have worked in childcare for the last 15 years and I joined Little Green Rascals in July 2017. Previous to this I managed a day nursery for 8 years and then moved on to field manage for a large group of nurseries in Leeds, supporting managers and improving practice within settings.

I love my job and find it very rewarding being able to support the practitoner to deliver the best quality care and learning to each individual little rascal. It is so rewarding knowing that we play such an important part in every rascals life, watching them grow and achieve throughout their journey at Little Green Rascals.

I live with my husband Paul and my 2 step children Charlotte and Emily. We love spending time together as a family going out for day trips to the beach and having ice cream is the best. In my spare time I also enjoy cooking, reading, shopping and swimming.

Neil

Neil Smith

Job Title: Nursery Head Chef

Joined: 2014

Description:

Neil joined the Little Green Rascals team in 2014 as the head chef.
He passionately provides yummy food for up to 100 children each day, working hard to balance nutritional menus offering a variety of meals based upon seasonal, locally sourced produce.
Neil has one of the most important roles in the nursery and the children and families love his food! The smell of Neil's warm baking fills the nursery each morning which is a fantastic way to encourage prospective parents into the nursery!

Tim

Tim Hodge

Job Title: Assistant Deputy Manager, Early Years Teacher & Forest School Practitioner

Joined: 2015

Description:

Tim has worked for Little Green Rascals since January 2015 as the Early Years Teacher. He has recently been assigned as the Assistant Deputy Manager (maternity cover) and is looking forward to getting stuck into this role and implementing great childcare across the nursery.