Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school

37 Ryland Road, Kentish Road, London NW5 3EH

The Kentish Town Nursery and Pre-school was rated 'Outstanding' in September 2016 and the staff provide care for children aged three-months to five-years old.

The nursery is located in a private and residential development with access through a secure gate using an intercom system. The nursery is established over one floor and has four rooms providing care for children who are a range of different ages.

Carers look to help children achieve their potential, preparing them well for the challenges of full-time education, while taking pride in the feedback and understanding that is offered to parents. The nursery is designed to ensure that children can benefit from inspirational and educational activities both inside and also in the garden. The equipment and activities are dedicated to nurture the children, including climbing, water play, cycling and sand pits.

The team and parents work closely together to share achievements in learning, challenges and of course the daily information on the child. Children are supported by a team of caring and supportive childcare practitioners who strive to nurture, inspire and care for every child at the nursery.

The nursery is dedicated to providing the children a healthy and balanced diet to fuel growth and development. Their seasonal and fresh menus are cooked each day by the nursery chef and provide a wide range of meals to ensure they are nutritional, delicious and encourage the children to explore new flavours. The nursery is able to cater for all dietary requirements.

Group: Little Garden Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools

Person in charge: Sofia Palma Carlos (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Camden Council

Number of Staff: 26

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

Total Places for Children: 55

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Languages Spoken (other than English): Arabic, Bulgarian, Bengali; Bangla, Spanish; Castilian, French, Hindi, Ido, Portuguese, Romanian

Directions:

The nursery is situated on Ryland Road, just a short walk from Kentish Town Road.
Kentish Town West Station and Kentish Town Underground are nearby and provide direct access to the Northern Line.

Located on Ryland Road which is a quiet road off the Prince of Wales Road. There is plenty of space for parking for safe drop off/pick up.

Parking:

Located on Ryland Road which is a quiet road off the Prince of Wales Road. There is plenty of space for parking for safe drop off/pick up.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 39 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 27 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.762 for Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school is calculated as follows: ( (362 Excellents x 5) + (97 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 466 Ratings = 4.762

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. 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.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school is based on 27 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 11 positive Reviews (55 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 27 Reviews ÷ 11 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.

9.8 Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.762)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school?

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  • Likely
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  • Don't know
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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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Reviewer Connection to Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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Our little girl started at the Kentish Town Day Nursery when she was 4 months old. We were anxious about how she would settle in as she had an unsettled first few months with neonatal reflux and lip and tongue ties. We needn't have worried. The nursery put together a careful settling-in plan for the first fortnight which involved attendance with a parent and then without and gradually increasing hours. Our little girl was also given a key person with primary responsibility for her care, which foods she has tried, her medication and her general state of health, wellbeing and development. She now beams at her key person on drop off, seems to eat and sleep well and is returned to us freshly changed, with detailed feedback on her eating, drinking, sleeping and nappies and ready for bath, story and bedtime when sleeps the sleep of a little girl that has had a happy and fulfilling day. We are delighted to have found such wonderful care for her in her first few months.

How likely would you be to recommend Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 02 May 2018:

Dear Naina, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Its always so nice to hear how important the staff team have been in the care of your little one and that you are receiving such great service and feedback; the staff will be thrilled to hear this.

Thank you again!

Our son is attending the nursery (baby room) since July 2017 and we are very happy with the care he receives at The Little Garden. The surest signs of the quality of the care are how much our son loves it, is happy to go there and displays a lot of affection to the staff. The staff is absolutely outstanding and kind and caring.
The diversity of activities that they do with the children are patient but consistent teaching of new skills is really great.
I recommend the Kentish Town Day Nursery without hesitation.

How likely would you be to recommend Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 27 Apr 2018:

Dear Jerome, Thank you for commenting on how outstanding our staff are. We agree that the wonderful team at Kentish Town are a kind and caring bunch. It's fantastic to hear that you would recommend us without hesitation, thank you!

Very nice nursery with wonderful staff (our children have been there for 2 years).
Food looks very well diversified.
Lots of different activities.
Slightly too high staff turnover.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 27 Apr 2018:

Dear G O, Thank you for your review. We agree the nursery does have a wonderful team, however the nursery has a very low staff turnover! Thank you again for your kind comments!

Both of our sons attend the nursery, one in preschool and one in toddler room.
They both love their time there and they are very well looked after.
Lots of individual attention is paid to them and there are always many fun activities that they want to tell us about.
The EYFS coverage seems to be excellent as they are always learning new things.
Couldn't recommend this enough.
Food is also excellent - and we enjoy the open days when parents can eat it!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Marek, It's wonderful news to hear that your boys enjoy their time at the nursery so much. Thank you for your wonderful comments about the activities and EYFS coverage, the staff will be delighted to hear how fun the boys think they are! The food really is amazing and we love getting to eat it as often as possible also! Thanks again.

Our youngest (now aged 2.5) has been at the nursery since 10 months old, and we were so pleased with the setting that we moved his older brother (now almost 4) there as well. Thanks to the caring and inspiring environment they have both thrived. I am amazed at the skills they have developed - be it language, writing, motor or social skills - and I am certain it is down to the wonderful and dedicated staff.
Moreover, while a lot fussier at home (!), at nursery they both eat very well and enjoy the fresh, balanced and nutritious meals. The older one will really miss everyone when he heads to school in September!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Sabina, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It's wonderful to hear how much your children are thriving and your oldest one will surely be missed by the staff when he starts his next adventure in big school! Thank you again for your kind comments.

Both our children are attending the nursery full time, 5 days a week, and we couldn't be happier.
The staff is just outstanding, but everything else is excellent as well, from the garden to the food and activities. Our eldest son joined the preschool room over a year ago, and has grown and learned so much since then. Our youngest joined the baby room a month ago and it is the most reassuring thing to leave him everyday in such good care.
I would warmly recommend the Kentish Town Day Nursery to everyone.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Gregoire, Thank you for your review. We agree the staff absolutely are outstanding and they will be very pleased to hear you think so too! It's great to hear how happy you and your little ones are, thank you again.

We have been very happy with Little Garden Nursery, Kentishtown. The staff is professional and organised, they plan wonderful activities for the children, and take great care of our little one. They are very warm and loving with the children and our child comes home happy and well looked after everyday. Would highly recommend the Nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Melissa, Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad to hear you are so happy with the nursery, the amazing team there really put in a lot of effort to plan wonderful activities for the children and care for the children, so it is nice to hear you can see that. Thank you again for your kind words.

Both of our sons are going to the Kentish Town Day Nursery and 1,000 characters wouldn't be enough to say how much we love it and recommend it. If I could only say one thing, it would be that I am a pretty anxious mum and having found the right place is very important to me, I can spend the day at the office without any guilt or anxiety as I know the boys are having a blast. The staff is incredible, we don't tell them enough.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Cecile, Thank you for your lovely review. I don't think we could fit in to 1000 words how much we love the nursery either! You are right though, the staff are incredible! Thank you again.

My daughter started nursery when she was 9 months old and loved it from day one! She is in the preschool room now and enjoys it more than ever! She has been through all three different groups (baby, toddler, pre school) and the care has always been brilliant. All the staff really know the children.
My daughter has made really good friends and even considers the teachers her friends.
The food they provide is excellent and always fresh. My daughter loves everything their chef makes and regularly has seconds. Sometimes the kids even help prepare some of the food.
They do lots of fun activities, like yoga, dance and language “classes“ that are by special teachers that come into the nursery.
This truly is a great nursery and I couldn’t imagine my daughter going anywhere else. In fact, her little brother is already signed up and will start there soon!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Luzie, What a wonderful review, thank you! It's fantastic to hear that your daughter has had such a wonderful few years at the nursery and that her little brother will be joining us soon. Thank you again!

Our son loves going to nursery. He loves the activities, especially messy play and playing in the garden. He has a fantastic relationship with not only his key worker but all staff, and he comes home telling us about his friends too. I personally enjoy hearing about their outings to the shops or seasonal activities. The environment feels clean, tidy and spacious.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Chelsie, It's so lovely to hear that your son loves coming to nursery, messy play is always such great fun and with our garden refurb on the way I'm sure he will enjoy his time out there even more! Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review.

Our daughter has been attending Kentish Town Day Nursery and Preschool for a number of months now, and we're very happy with our experience. The carers look forward to spending time with the children and show them genuine affection. Management is approachable, open to feedback and diligent about specific dietary and other requirements for each child. The children, starting as babies, are regularly taken out to parks, libraries and the local city farm. Our daughter's motor and social skills have improved during her time attending the nursery, which we credit in large part to her attendance. The outdoor garden onsite is a huge plus.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Will, I am glad to hear that you are so happy with your experience at the nursery so far. The wonderful team there will be delighted to hear such lovely comments! The outdoor garden is fantastic and we can't wait for the refurb so it can be even more amazing. Thank you for your lovely review.

The smiling face of my son and his excitement every morning when we go to the nursery speaks for themselves.
Caring and friendly nurses who are found of our little ones, a real relationship with the one that takes specially care of our son, a large scale of activities outside (it is just amazing to have a garden AT the Nursery) and inside (yoga, amanda class action, french lesson...) for them to grow in a great condition, an amazing chef that would be worth 5 stars on a travel review website... I can’t be more happy of our nursery in Kentish Town.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Thibault, It's so nice to hear that your son is so excited and smiley when coming to the nursery every morning and your comments about our fantastic staff are wonderful to hear! What an amazing comment about our chef, his food really is out of this world! Thank you.

I chose Kentish Town Day Nursery and Preschool out of convenience as we live nearby. I must say it was absolutely the right choice. My daughter started when she was only 8 months old. She was welcomed into the baby room in a warm and friendly way and she has always loved going to nursery since then.
The children are engaged in different kinds of activities on a daily basis, allowing them to explore with senses, develop their physical as well as social/emotional skills. I have also always felt listened to by the nursery staff. My daughter is under medical investigation for milk allergy and the manager and her team have always been open and responsive to any dietary requirement we had.
Highly recommended, my daughter and I both love it!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Eliana, It's lovely to hear that your daughter loves coming to nursery and that you feel listened to, as parent partnership is so important to us! The wonderful team at Kentish Town will be so happy to read your lovely comments so thank you.

Our son has been in the baby room since 7 months old, and we are extremely pleased with the care he has received at The Little Garden. In particular, we appreciate the knowledgeable and attentive staff, who ensure that the children are safe, happy and learning. I was particularly impressed at how smoothly weaning to solids went for our son, as the nursery reinforced everything we were doing at home. Our son clearly loves the diverse menu and the on-site chef prepares homemade healthy meals.
They also do a great job of making sure that the parents are happy-- the opening hours are the best we have seen, and there are even activities for the parents to socialise with each other. We take a lot of comfort in being able to leave our son in the care of The Little Garden without any concern, as we know that he is in great hands.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Jocelyn, Thank you for your lovely review of the nursery. It's so nice to hear that you are so pleased with the care your son is receiving. Parent partnership is very important to us and it's good to hear that the staff are able to follow through with your home routine; they really do like to make sure that all parents are happy! Thank you again for your kind words.

Our twin girls started nursery when they were 20 months. The transition was easy and the nursery was flexible in adapting the settling period since we had just moved from Asia and their routine was going through many changes.
They are now 3.5 years old and are really enjoying their day. They love their carers and have made many friends. When I pick them up, they are always busy and I usually have to wait 30 minutes before they agree to leave. The manager is always available and full of ideas about new activities. The staff is so nice and always paying close attention to the children needs. They organise a lot of activities for parents too so they can network and get to know other parents. I already have recommended this nursery to friends and would do it again as this provides the perfect environment to our girls. They will go to school in September and we will be very sad to say goodbye to all the lovely staff this summer. We will miss the nursery greatly.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Emilie, It's so wonderful to hear how much your girls enjoy the nursery and don't want to leave at the end of the day! Thank you for recommending us to your friends, we really appreciate it! The girls will surely be missed when they head off to big school in September! Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review.

Our son has been enrolled at Little Garden in Kentish Town since August 2017, from 12 months. He attends 3 days a week. It was very difficult at first leaving him off at nursery, but as we saw the joy the nursery brought him it brought us much comfort that he was in very capable care.

We have been very pleased with the dedication of the staff and variety and developmental aspects of the daily activities. The communication among the staff is strong. The individual attention is impressive, allowing the kids to have enough independence.
We feel fortunate to have such caring individuals around our son and really are part of the family.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Apr 2018:

Dear Douglas, What a kind review. We like to think that Little Garden is one big family and it's great to hear that you feel such a part of that! The staff are a wonderful team and communication is key so it's fantastic to hear that you think it is strong! I'm glad to hear the nursery brings so much joy to your son, thank you again for your lovely feedback.

Our son started nursery when he was about 9 months old and it has been an easy transition from the beginning. The nursery is a warm and welcoming environment and each member of staff is professional and consistently positive.
Purposeful activities are planned and the kids are encouraged to try new things and to take risks in a safe setting. Our son is happy to go every morning and he talks about his friends and carers at home. We believe it is a place where every child feels special and loved. I would recommend this place without any hesitation!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 25 Apr 2018:

Dear Marieve, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. The staff will be delighted to hear such lovely comments about their professionalism and positivity as they strive every day to create such a warm and wonderful place for the children to grow and develop. It's so lovely to hear that your son speaks of his friends and carers at home! Thank you again for your lovely comments.

My son, who is now 3.5 years old, has been at the nursery since he was seven months old. It is a very loving, nurturing and stimulating environment. My son absolutely loves it there and the staff are like a second family to him. My mind is completely at ease when I leave my son there and going to work without worrying about my son's care is priceless. The nursery itself is very spacious, clean and colourful and has a lovely big garden, where the children play happily for hours.
My son has been exposed to so many different fun activities such as music classes, sports in the park, French, cooking, science experiments, yoga and so much more. The nursery is very well run and parents are kept in the loop regularly of their child's progress. The opening hours are also excellent for working parents. I would wholeheartedly recommend this nursery to any parent!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 24 Apr 2018:

Dear Brinnie, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It's lovely to hear that the staff are like a second family to your son, we strive to create a "home from home" environment and it's excellent to hear you are so at ease leaving your son with us! We have such a wonderful team of practitioners whose aim is to nurture, care and inspire every child. Thank you again for your kind words, the team will be delighted to hear them!

Our son started at the nursery when he was 7 months old. As a parent, we have always felt carefully listened to throughout all stages of our child s development and throughout the transitions. The staff are great and show real care for the kids. Activities are diverse but also allow a lot of play. The outside area is a real plus. Our son is currently in the toddler room and he loves it, as well as the people who take care of him - seeing him happy is probably the best proof!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David Hancock at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 24 Apr 2018:

Dear Laurence, thank you for this very kind review. Our team work hard to ensure parents are just as comfortable as the children and I am so glad to hear we kept you up to date at each stage. It's great to hear that your son is happy at the nursery.
Thanks again for taking the time to write the review.

We are extremely happy with the care our son receives at the Kentish Town Little Garden nursery. All members of the team show such dedication to the well-being and growth of the little ones. Our son (in the baby room) particularly enjoys the music, dance and singing activities, the messy and sensory play, the food, and the social contact with his peers. I highly appreciate that his key person and the team provide such a nurturing and comforting environment while encouraging him to become independent (e.g. eating, walking), a step at a time with his individual needs and personality in mind. I also enjoy the thorough reports of daily observations at pick-up time, and the time the team takes to communicate with parents. Thanks as well for the highly accommodating opening hours, especially key for parents with a long commute.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

sofia palma carlos at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 17 Apr 2018:

Dear Charlotte, thank you so much for taking the time to write such an extensive and positive review. Your comments are extremely valuable and the team will be delighted to know how happy you are - its great to hear that your son is making such progress.
Thanks again.

Thanks to the team at Little Garden in Kentish Town for providing such a brilliant ‘second home’ to our little boy. He loves his time at nursery and we couldn’t be happier with the staff, the educational programme and environment. I would highly recommend this nursery to prospective parents.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 12 Apr 2018:

Dear Katrina, thank you so much for this lovely review. I am so glad your son loves spending time at the nursery. Our amazing team just "love" what they do; its wonderful to watch them in action and this is what creates our "home from home" environment.
Again, thank you for the review.

My little one started here just before his 3rd birthday after moving from another local nursery.
The only regret was not finding it sooner. This is a warm and nurturing environment, with lovely, friendly caring staff who provide excellent support and care.
The staff and head are all personable, attentive and professional.
The nursery has friendly hours for working parents and a wonderful in-house chef who prepares wonderful fresh food.
My little one has thrived in this stimulating nursery and is very proud of "Little Climbers". He loves the daily activities, creative arts and excursions which have all contributed to his development.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 04 Apr 2018:

Dear Fatima, thank you for such a glorious review - the team will be delighted to know about your very positive and kind comments.
I am pleased to hear that your son has settled and is enjoying his time at the nursery so much.
Again, thank you for taking the time to give us this lovely feedback.

My daughter started the nursery at 11 months. The care she has received has been exemplary. In the 3 months she's been there she has thrived and is extremely happy on drop off and pick up. The team in the baby room are an incredible asset to the nursery. They are loving, kind, caring and I couldn't feel more confident leaving my daughter in their care every day. Everyone is so personable, including the nursery manager, who's always on hand to help with anything. They have a great array of daily activities and external classes throughout the week too. I can't recommend Kentish Town Day Nursery enough. It's a home from home, warm, nurturing and friendly environment.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 11 Jan 2018:

Dear Nicki, thank you for this fabulous review, we really do appreciate you taking the time to say such positive and warm things about the care we offer your daughter.
We have a wonderful team of childcare practitioners at the nursery and their complete aim is to ensure children are safe, happy and feel loved every single day.
Thanks again for your kind words, the team will be delighted.

The professionalism and attentive care displayed by members of staff and management team at the KT (Kentish Town) little garden nursery is impressive and very reassuring. Our son is happy there and we see how the nursery is supporting his social, affective, cognitive and motor development, as every week he does new things at home. As a part-time working mom this is a place where I feel my son is being very well looked after. The staff are always available for a brief phone chat so that I know how things are going that day.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 30 Oct 2017:

Dear Catarina, thank you for writing this review. It's great to hear that your son is developing so well with the team. They are such a wonderful team of practitioners who really do enjoy their job.
Thanks again for taking time out of your day to give your feedback.

My daughter joined the nursery when she was only 8 months old. When considering care options for children that small, as a parent you're not only looking for reassurances when it comes to the overall care & safety standards, food, facilities or learning - you also want to ensure that the atmosphere is warm & positive and that the carers genuinely care about the children. And this is exactly where this nursery excels - the staff are both lovely and loving towards the children; you can just tell they truly enjoy their work - the nursery manager seems to have an extraordinary talent for picking the right people for her team! My daughter is now in Preschool and we're as happy with her key worker and the level of care as we were when she was in the Baby room. The cherry on the cake is the food: it's healthy, nutritious and diverse - the nursery chef is amazing!
All in all, it's a lovely nursery with a great team of people and I feel confident my daughter is happy there.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 24 Oct 2017:

Dear Marta, thank you so much for such a very kind and positive review. We really understand the anxiety and stress that new parents go through when considering a nursery place and I am so glad to hear that you got all the reassurance and support needed to help you get comfortable with us as nursery care providers.
Thank you for making such kind remarks about the team, they will be delighted by this lovely feedback.

Again, thank you for taking the time to do this.

Our daughter has been attending the nursery full time for two and a half years. The nursery has recently undergone a complete rebranding and refurbishment. The previous under 2’s and over 2’s rooms have been split out into 3 more age appropriate rooms of baby, toddler and pre-school, which had allowed the staff to tailor the activities, learning aims and routines more specifically for each age group. The new look Little Garden building is clean, fresh and clutter free. The staff are all very warm and engaging, and always open to improvement suggestions from the parents. The staff are also very supportive and patient throughout transitional phases like toilet training, napping and behaviour changes. All of which is done in conjunction with the parent to ensure consistency between the home and nursery environment. The Ofsted 'outstanding' rating is truly deserved, as the staff are all outstanding and personally care about the development and happiness of each child.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter loves going to nursery. The staff are caring and affectionate and know her even when she's not in their room. There's a variety of activities throughout the week, both at the nursery and outside with visits to the supermarket, local overground station, park etc. I can see how the activities contribute to her learning and she's also having lots of fun. In the last few weeks, she started to count, she sings different nursery rhymes, her dexterity has improved greatly (she's 19 months). The environment itself is lovely and conducive to learning. I also like that that she spends time outside and interacts with kids of different ages. The food is tasty and varied. The manager is great, always looking for opportunities to improve what the nursery offers, balancing the needs of the children, parents and staff and any other considerations.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 25 May 2017:

Dear Marie, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. Hearing how your daughter has lots of fun at the nursery is delightful and I am grateful you took the time to share your experience with us.
Again, many thanks.

Staff at this nursery are warm and caring. My son seems very happy here. A friend recommended this nursery to me. I have always been happy to leave my son in such a happy and supportive environment.

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David Hancock, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 12 May 2017:

Dear Alex, thanks for your review. It's good to know you're happy with what we do and that your son is happy at the nursery.

We've had a great experience with this nursery. It's quite small which is nice for kids. The nursery has been recently fully refurbished and looks fresh and clean. The rooms are big and light, with lots of windows in each of them. The kids love the new equipment, especially the new digital table in the preschool room. The outdoor space at the back is really great with an old tree in the middle and it's quite secluded, nice and quiet. The staff is great, they're all very friendly and dedicated. They always take the time to debrief parents on how the day went. The activity schedule is very impressive with yoga classes, French lessons, dance classes. The kids are involved in many artistic/crafty activities every day. Menus are balanced and healthy, lots of fruit and veg, with dishes from all over the world. The extended opening hours are very convenient. Overall, our child has been loving her time there, she has developed into a very happy and confident little girl with great social skills.

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David Hancock, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 12 May 2017:

Dear Audrey, thank you so much for taking the time out to write this review. I am delighted to know your daughter is loving the nursery and that we have helped her to develop some very important skills.
Thanks again.

My daughter has been going to this nursery for almost one year and she is really happy. The staff (practitioners and management) are really wonderful and the outdoor space is a big plus. I would definitely recommend this nursery to friends.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 08 May 2017:

Thank you for your review. I'm really pleased to hear your daughter is happy at the nursery.

Very good attentive stuff, buddy method (child close to one carer in particular) seems to have worked magic for us. Our toddler comes home filled with joy and excitement from her day (sometimes she doesn't even want to leave, which was considered SCI-FY like at the beginning). She's eating well and learning table manners - which is great. Overall we're happy with our choice of nursery for our lil' one.

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Average Rating:   3.9 out of 5

David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 06 Mar 2017:

Thank you very much for your review, we really do appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback.

My daughter spent almost 3 years in total at Bringing up (Kentish Town Day Nursery) and she loved it from start to finish. The only reason we left was because we moved houses.
The management team is efficient, competent, very friendly and super flexible. The team have been super patient and understanding when we had to change our mind several times regarding schedule and timing to settle in our second child.
The outdoor space is one of the best I have seen in nurseries in central London and the children get to go outside almost every day!
All the staff in the baby room, toddler and preschool are loving, caring and competent. The feedback given at the end of the day is always very detailed.
I am still impressed with the folder the staff fill out for every child. It contains lots of pictures, reports and 'art work' from the children. These are great memories. My daughter and I often flick through it and she loves it.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 02 Mar 2017:

What a wonderful endorsement of the hard work our practitioners put in, thank you. It really is lovely to get such positive feedback on what we do and how valuable it is to you - I am truly thrilled to know that we made such a positive impact on your daughters time at the nursery. Thanks again for the kind remarks.

Our child started at 11 months after a terrible experience with a childminder. We thought she would never manage to settle in any type of childcare provision after that, but she settled very quickly in this nursery. This is because the staff in the baby room are amazing and her key person a very sweet and patient woman. I like the fact that when you enter the baby room, there is always something going on, children are very stimulated and the extracurricular activities are great. The food is amazing and I have to admit that my daughter eats better at the nursery than at home! The management of the nursery is very good, the manager is very dedicated and has a lot of ambition for the nursery. There is a huge refurbishment taking place at the moment that will improve the quality of the facility. Of course, all these things comes with a cost and hence is not affordable by all households. However, in this area, I am not sure it is possible to find a nursery with a better value for money.

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 27 Feb 2017:

Thank you for taking the time to write this very kind review. I am delighted to hear your positive feedback, it reassures us that we are doing it right. Thank you also for mentioning the baby room team, we are very proud of them - its great to know that your daughter has settled into nursery life so well.

We got tipped by a local person that this was a small but very good nursery. We went and had a good feeling, contrary to other nurseries with wider reputation and better marketing where we had a bad feeling. We then put our child there when she was only a few months old. My God, we never regretted it and we don't stop bragging about how great our nursery is. The staff is amazing, from the youngest to the oldest lady, from the chef to the Manager. They are not here to earn their crust, they really enjoy looking after the children and their care, love and enthusiasm are contagious. They got rated outstanding lately, for us they are beyond that.

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David H, CEO at Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school responded to this review on 27 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your review. I'm really chuffed to hear such positive comments about our team, you're absolutely right, they really do love caring for children. Thanks again for taking the time to give us this feedback.

Overall very pleased with our decision to send our daughter to this nursery and have enrolled our newborn too. On the whole, the staff are excellent although very occasionally a few of them could be more attentive. Our daughter really enjoys the French lessons which are an excellent idea.

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We've had such a great experience at The Kentish Town Day Nursery & Pre-school for the past 2 years. The environment is safe and the staff is fully dedicated to providing the best possible learning experience to each child. In addition, an international background of both staff and children makes the experience very enriching. We loved the special projects that the resourceful staff conducts for pre-schoolers (lifecycle - from caterpillar to butterfly, eggs hatching, Goldilocks, etc !).
We are sad to leave due to a move away from the Kentish Town area and are extremely grateful for the development of our daughter...
Having both parents working full time is challenging and can only be achieved after finding a trusted childcare option. The Kentish Town Day Nursery fulfilled perfectly our childcare requirements.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Bringing up Baby has been a wonderful nursery for our son. From the first moment we walked in, they gave a good impression and we feel lucky to have chosen it as his nursery. The staff are all very kind, dedicated and genuinely treat our son as if he is a child of their own. They've been flexible and helpful throughout, and the food is outstanding - he eats better there than he does at home! He walks in each morning without hesitation, which is a testament to the quality care they provide.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Really like this nursery my son has been hear since 11 months and now he is 2 and a half, he has made so many friends and is so confident, smart with all the stuff he knows down to counting singing and I give so much credit to this nursery for how proud I am! The staff made me feel confident in them that they was looking after my son I've seen so many children there and watched them grow into beautiful children and it gives you peace when you drop your child off in the morning knowing they are safe and happy. Credit to all the staff and helpers.

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Our oldest daughter has been going to Bringing Up Baby on Ryland Road for the last 2 years, and our youngest daughter started 9 months ago.
We are very happy with the nursery - it is not too big and has a real family feel.
The staff are very caring and communicate well with parents in the morning to find out how the children are feeling today, and in the evenings to provide a short, honest debrief on how the day went. They know the children very well and are very dedicated to making the place a nice place to be and to coming up with creative activities for the children to take part in.
My two girls love going in, they have their friends who they meet everyday, and always have a lot of fun taking part in activities, playing in the garden or having a quiet time reading. They also sleep very well during nap time.
There have been quite a few management and staff changes in the last few months but the team now in place is fabulous, very keen to listen to the parents' comments and ideas and working hard to support each child's development, especially to get them ready for school.
This is a great nursery and I strongly recommend it!!

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Sofia

Sofia Palma Carlos

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2015

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With over 25 years experience in the childcare industry and a degree in Early years, Sofia says she cannot imagine herself doing anything else. After moving to London 8 years ago Sofia completed a management diploma and now uses her experience in the field to create a warm and educational environment where children, staff and parents feel welcome and safe.
Sofia comes from a big family and has always been surrounded by children. Growing up she became increasingly interested in children's development and decided to explore this pathway. Lately Sofia focuses her work on adults and young peoples personal development but still thoroughly enjoys being in the rooms with the staff and children, getting to know them and their parents.
Sofia says that children "make her day" and she is continuously learning from them and the people that she works with.

NMT Finalist - Nursery Manager of the year 2017

Kirsty

Kirsty Rose

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2017

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Kirsty holds a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and has been working with children for 8 years. Kirsty says that she has always had a passion to work with children; to support their development and watch them grow.
Working with children is such an inspiration for Kirsty and as each day goes by she feels more and more motivated to learn more and create new ideas for the staff and children.
Kirsty enjoys working alongside her team, to support, help and encourage them to reach their full potential. Kirsty enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with those around her but also is hoping to learn more and experience new things along her journey in the industry.