Independent Place Nursery

26-27 Independent Place, Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2HE

Independent Place Nursery, London, London
Independent Place Nursery, London, London
Independent Place Nursery, London, London

Independent Place Nursery is a small nursery located in the heart of a private complex. The nursery has been operating for many years and is part of a small chain of nurseries.

The nursery is undergoing a full redecoration in Summer 2017. This includes a complete re-paint with non-toxic specialist Dulux paint, brand new acoustic non-slip flooring through the whole nursery, new shelving in every room, and in the eldest room more space has been added to the room by reducing utility and adult-only areas previously located nearby.

The main nursery garden was fully renovated in January 2016, to create a brand new play space for the children. Boasting a dedicated water play area, secure buggy storage, vegetable planting bed, music making panels, traversing wall, sensory nook, storytelling space, and other large physical equipment, the children are able to explore and investigate throughout the day.

The smaller second garden that leads directly off of the 1-2 year olds room was refitted in September 2016 with Chelsea Flower show award-winning artificial turf.

Divided into large age-appropriate rooms, the children also have access to a high specification sensory room and two fully-fitted garden areas on a daily basis.

Long-serving staff support children in their nursery journey using electronic learning journeys, which parents are encouraged to also contribute to with observations from home.

The nursery employs daily specialist teachers to support children in their earliest years. These include cooking, drama and dance, French and yoga. All teachers are fully referenced, police checked, insured, and are employed through accredited early years companies.

The on-site nursery chef cooks a fully organic menu freshly each day which has been created with the support of a certified nutritionist. A three-week rotating menu ensures the children’s diet is varied and healthy on every day they attend.

Group: Children First

Person in charge: Elizabeth Olum (Acting Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Hackney Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 49

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.7 Independent Place Nursery has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.708)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Independent Place Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 30 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Independent Place Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 11 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 4.708 for Independent Place Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (256 Excellents x 5) + (103 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 360 Ratings = 4.708

  • 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 Independent Place Nursery is based on 11 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 9.8 positive Reviews (49 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 11 Reviews ÷ 9.8 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
    24
  • Good
    6
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Independent Place Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    28
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Independent Place Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    26
  • Father of Child
    4

The staff are caring and wonderfully attentive to the needs of the children.
They were very helpful in establishing a routine for our daughter.

The meals are healthy and varied.

Activities are diverse (messy play, painting, going for walks, reading, singing, with specialist classes like yoga and music). The rooms are very clean and tidy, even more so since the facilities received a makeover!

We were kept informed of our daughter's development thanks to photos and videos and there were regular parents meeting.

There is also a weekly newsletter to inform parents as to what their children as a group have been up to and what they will be exploring the following week.

The manager at the time (June 2017) did an incredible job.
Our emails were always answered promptly and our requests dealt with effectively.

Any issue with the child is discussed in private and any incident, no matter how small, is duly reported to the parents.

I highly recommend the nursery to any prospective parents!

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter attended Independent Place Nursery four days a week for two years. It's generally very well run and offers a high-quality provision of care.

Although the nursery is on the small side compared to a previous nursery my daughter attended, they make the most of the space, the facilities are good and there have been a couple of refurbishments and upgrades over the last two years. The outside space, in particular, was improved dramatically and the children really enjoy it.

The nursery has freshly cooked food every day, which was a vast improvement on my daughter's first nursery (and one of the main reasons I moved her).

They also try to have different activities every day such as music, yoga and French to keep the children stimulated.

The biggest attribute of the nursery is the excellent staff. Although there's a high turnover rate of staff, the level of care is very good. Most of the staff members are genuinely lovely and form close bonds with the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Independent Place is a safe, warm and friendly place that my son enjoys. He has learnt and tried lots of new things, that I may not have done which I love. There is a lot of thought into activities suitable for each age group and the food is great.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our daughter has been at Independent Place for over three years now, both she and we are very happy, and we would not hesitate to recommend it. We will be sending our new arrival within the next year.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

My son is very happy at this nursery. Excellent manager and caring staff. After some resistance, he now eats all the food. He gets taken out on outings and does lots of art. There are several parents evenings per year where you can discuss your child's progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The care and attention our daughter receives at Independent Place is amazing. We are so happy with all the great staff and management but most importantly our daughter truly loves being there. She is engaged in a huge variety of activities and is challenged in a very nurturing way to develop a wide range of social, physical and communication skills. Our son also attended Independent Place for 4 years prior to starting school in September 2016 so we have first-hand evidence of how well the staff helped prepare him over a long period of time for this important transition. I could not recommend Independent Place highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Independent Place is a warm, friendly, and stimulating environment that my child absolutely adores. Staff are attentive and caring, and the children have real bonds with them. The nursery's director runs an extremely tight ship. The facilities are great, especially the garden. Overall, this is a very special place.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Independent Nursery Place is a really friendly nursery. They have excellent staff who love doing what they do and a very good manager leading the whole team. I would highly recommend this nursery as my son is very happy there :)

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The nursery is absolutely fabulous. The staff are warm, friendly and kind. My daughter loves being there and is always very happy and content when I pick her up. There are lots of activities for the kids and it is very child led so the kids are enabled and encouraged to find and follow their own interests. It is a wonderful place, with great management, and I feel very fortunate that my daughter goes there. A place to play and have fun as well as perfectly preparing them for school life and they are have also been very supportive to me when I have had questions about behaviour, potty training or whatever comes up at home with a toddler. They are always there to offer great advice and support. Absolutely wonderful, I would definitely recommend to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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

This nursery is fantastic - I am constantly impressed with how lovely all the teachers are and how happy all the children are! My daughter always speaks so fondly of her teachers and her time spent in the nursery. I had full support through potty training and find they are always supportive with any questions/issues I have. Could not fault this place!

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My little girl went to Independent Place from 10 months old. Being our first child, Independent Place was amazing at helping us feel at ease and all of us to settle in quickly. Throughout our time at Independent Place, they have always been there to support and provide fantastic advice on illness and/or ways to advance development. The activities that they set up have also been fantastic and I've often seen my little one doing yoga moves unprompted at home! The staff are extremely kind and clearly enjoy their time with all the children. My little girl was super happy there and made many friends. I would highly recommend Independent Place to any parent.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

If you are a parent considering where to send your little one in this area, then I cannot recommend Independent Place Nursery enough!

My daughter has been going here for almost 2 years and I could not be happier with the genuinely loving care that she receives. All the staff there deserve praise, but both of my daughter's key workers have been particularly excellent. Also, the manager is just the best! She is constantly improving things, a great mentor for her staff and a trusted adviser for first-time parents like myself.

Another huge plus is the extra daily activities for the kids, which are just fantastic. But the best part is that you can even watch little videos of your little one doing things (like yoga) through the super cool eyLog app. It's brilliant!

Well done everyone at Independent Place Nursery for creating such a wonderful environment for our kids.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our son has just left Independent Place as we are moving out of the city but we were very sad to go and as someone else mentioned in a review, the nursery is one of the reasons we haven’t moved sooner! He started attending when he was 13 months and has progressed through all the rooms (he’s now 3) and we have been so happy with the experience. All of the staff are lovely, so kind and caring and have really encouraged him.
He was never very happy at the morning drop off and in each room the staff took the time to cuddle him or distract him until he was settled. They sorted out his naps, encouraged him to eat things he would never try at home, helped with potty training, taught him to count and gave him a very mixed scottish/hackney accent!

The manager is excellent, really on top of things and very good at communicating with parents and encouraging feedback. I would highly recommend the nursery and really hope our new one lives up to their high standard.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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 at this nursery since he was 4 months old. So, he has been in all of the rooms and with a variety of carers. I have been really impressed with the high quality of care in all of the rooms. My son has always found a carer who he has grown attached to and really understands his personality and needs. He has always been involved in a variety of activities, including singing and yoga. He even shows us new tricky moves when he gets home. The management is impeccable and very responsive to feedback. Overall, I cannot think of a better nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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 can only find good words to describe this nursery. My son has been with them for about 6 months and he is SO happy! I visited nearly all nurseries in Hackney, since waiting lists were so long in most places and I needed to go back to work after 1 year. Independent place gave me the best feeling after visiting and I am now amazed with how well it has turned out. It surprises me to see how many different activities the staff can come up with, how lovely the atmosphere always is, staff engages sweetly with the children, children seem happy, excited, kind and are very well behaved. The food must be great as my son sometimes has four portions of it!! All organic and sometimes even home baked scones for tea... Lots of creative play, cuddle, singing and fun it seems at least from a parents perspective.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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: Good

Value for Money: Good

All 3 of my children have been to this nursery and have been very happy. My smallest child is still there, his sisters enjoy going back to pick him up – they'd love to attend in the school holidays! There is a core of loyal staff who we've known for years. All my children have had the same lovely key-worker and this continuity has made it easier e.g. when changing rooms, my son was told stories about when his sisters were there, making it feel less scary. Yes, the nursery has great facilities, resources, interesting activities and an organic menu but the bottom line is that I have never had any concerns about welfare – all staff know the children well and are warm and caring towards them. The manager is excellent; approachable, pragmatic and willing to try new ideas and consult with parents. My children have thrived at nursery; finding it interesting and enjoyable – a great start to their early development, making some long-term friendships. I have recommended the nursery to friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Our son started at this nursery at 11 months. Although nervous at first, he now loves it and comes home happy every day he is there.

The nursery is very well equipped with water play, sandpit and a lovely sensory room. The outdoor garden has just been redone and looks a lot of fun. Staff are caring and attentive. Our son enjoys all the activities on offer including the music man (who comes and sings songs with guitar one day a week) and Yoga bugs. We get a written report each day on what he's done, eaten etc.

I have often asked for extra days/breakfasts etc to fit in with last minute changes to my work as a hospital doctor and have found the nursery extremely helpful and accommodating.

Would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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 been attending Independent Place for the past 3 years. He loves the nursery and has many long standing friends there. The staff are all very kind, caring and supportive of the children. I am very happy with the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter's been attending Independent Place since she was 9 months old. I have been so, so happy with their care. The staff are warm and friendly, they genuinely care about my daughter and I feel they really understand parents and their priorities as well. My daughter has definitely benefited from socialising with other children in the nursery environment, and loves going to nursery - in fact, her little face lights up every time we go into the Independent Place complex! Communication from the nursery is always good. We really landed on our feet when we sent our daughter here.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both of my children have attended Independent Place, starting in the baby room and progressing into the bigger rooms. Both have been very happy, secure and well looked after. The staff are kind, caring and very professional, and many of them have worked at the nursery for a number of years. The manager is exceptional and continues to make improvements and consult with the parents. The activities for older children are fun and well thought out, and the nursery provides an excellent range of outside specialist teachers, which adds variety. Although my children are very different, they have both received personalised care suited to their abilities and interests. My older daughter left nursery well prepared and confident for school, but she still loves to come back and visit staff, who are always welcoming and happy to see her. I have no hesitation recommending the nursery and I'm very grateful to the staff for helping to make their early years so happy and contributing so much to their confidence and development.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 8 month old baby daughter goes to this nursery and really loves it. The staff are warm and caring, and the nursery has a homely, cosy environment. Their sensory play room is brilliant, and the outdoor play area is great for the older children. It is located in a gated community which is very secure.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I am so pleased we settled on this nursery. Even if I was a stay at home parent I would still want my daughter to go to Independent Place a few days a week. My daughter started there when she was 11 months old and is now almost 14 months. She has developed social skills, communication skills and learned so much in such a short space of time. The staff there are incredible and her key worker has really made an effort to help us by focusing on areas of development we have requested (like speech and walking). The manager and deputy manager take a vested interest, are constantly improving on things and are very open to suggestions from parents. As a parent I feel like I am really listened to. As a team they often reassess how they can improve things and introduce new learning tools and techniques.

I am 100% confident that my daughter is receiving the attention and care she needs. Everyone is friendly and hospitable and this is reflective of a good and safe working environment. My husband and I sometimes um and ah over moving to a more affordable part of London, but we always come back to the fact that we lucked out with choosing Independent Place and wouldn't want to take our daughter out of it.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This July our daughter moved into the big room and has been learning to use the toilet. So a lot of change at once. the staff/management have been brilliant - very attentive and encouraging. Our daughter has been at the nursery for a year and we have seen a positive change. She is more confident and talkative!! At every stage we have been well informed and updated by the staff and we have always been encouraged to approach them with concerns and suggestions.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our little boy started at Independent Place aged just 8 months when I returned to work full time. As a new mother I was anxious about leaving him in the care of others but my fears were quickly put to rest once I got to see up close how my baby was being cared for. Throughout the 11 months he attended Independent Place he was not only wonderfully nurtured by brilliant staff who made sure all his needs were met but he was also genuinely loved.

The nursery is clean, bright and spacious and that was perfect for our super active little boy as he was able to run around and explore all day long. The sensory room in the Baby Room was also brilliant and had us wishing we would have had something like this when we were kids!

The nutrition at the nursery was fantastic too, with meals cooked daily from organic produce and catering to both meat eaters and vegetarians with pretty eclectic recipes. We chalk down his love of Moroccan chickpea stew and lentil soup to Independent Place!

Our son's development followed suit as he quickly went from crawling to walking within two months and continued to blossom in leaps and bounds. The activities at nursery were quite varied and included painting, exploring textures, Tiny Talk, Theater Bugs and Baby Yoga. We knew that every day he was doing something new/different and we could see it in his developmental progress.

We moved house when he was just 11 months which meant a daily commute of almost two hours from work to nursery and then home but we stuck it out for as long as we could because he was so happy at Independent Place. We simply couldn't bear the thought of taking him away from the people who took care of him so lovingly and reassured us as parents that he was in the best possible environment, Sadly the commute started to take its toll on us and in July, when he turned 18 months, we had to take the incredibly difficult decision to move him to a nursery closer to home. There were tears and sad goodbyes and we promised to stay in touch so they can see how he's growing up and so that he can thank them later for being such an integral part of his crucially important early days. I wholeheartedly recommend this nursery to all prospective parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have been very happy with the standard of care my child receives at Independent Place over the 10 months, the staff are incredibly supportive and caring towards the children and know them all very well. My son is happy attending nursery and sometimes doesn't want to leave at the end of the day. The activities are varied, including structured activities and child led play. They have French, yoga and sign language among many others, but they are all taught in a fun and interactive way. The nursery is improving too with new furniture, a new computer and some new creative ideas for teaching and learning (the human body project seemed like fun!) He comes back with lots of stories. The Nursery Manager is approachable and friendly and the staff work very hard to create a caring and safe environment for the children. The food is organic and nutritional.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son has been at the nursery for just over a year now. He loves going and settled in very well, He is very social and has lots of friends there due to the staff encouraging this interaction. They offer and an amazing range of activities on a daily basis including yoga which he loves, he often does the position at home to show us. I have always been extremely happy with the food offered as all his meals are organic and freshly prepared everyday. The staff are also respectful of our wishes for him not to have refined sugar and monitor this well. Overall its a wonderful nursery which has exceeded our expectations in all areas.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We've been really happy with this nursery. Our son didn't have any problems settling in (aged 8 months) and I feel this is thanks to the staff. There is a warm, friendly atmosphere and all the staff seem to know all the kids by name and take an interest in every one. The daily routines are well structured and varied, with activities that our son seems to really enjoy. The fact that he is so happy there has made my return to work (10 months ago) stress free!

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? 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: Good

Value for Money: Good

Very impressed with the range of activities and stimulus available for the children, particularly in the 2-4 year old's room. Including messy play, a computer, learning about the human body and nature as well as more familiar care and training.
Both of my boys (19 months and 4 years) are extremely happy here and often don't want to leave at the end of a long day. The food is tasty, varied, healthy and organic and they usually eat all of it with second helpings. Recently the little one went on a themed picnic in the park. I can visibly see how happy and stimulated they are as as their worlds are opening up and they are becoming increasingly sociable. The staff are lovely, work tirelessly every day and with enthusiasm. They know the kids well and there is a good atmosphere.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The nursery provides a caring, supportive environment for children. Our experience of the nursery has been extremely positive. Our son loves his time there and being comfortable with the nursery has made our lives, with both parents working, as manageable as possible.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My two sons attend Independent Place and are always very happy there. The nursery is safe with lots of different activities and specialist teachers. All staff are warm and welcoming and somehow seems to have loads of energy still at the end of a day! Very impressive. Food is of a high standard, the hours are great and the care is excellent. I'm not from the UK originally and I have felt welcomed into a warm and happy community through Independent Place.

How likely would you be to recommend Independent Place Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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Awards / Recognitions

May 2016

Ofsted Outstanding

Recipient: Independent Place Nursery

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016

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July 2015

5* Food Hygiene Rating

Recipient: Independent Place Nursery

Date: Thursday 23 Jul 2015

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Staff Profiles

Alison

Alison Follows

Job Title: Acting Manager

Joined: 2008

Description:

Elizabeth joined the nursery in 2008 as a student on placement. She soon was offered a job with us as a Nursery Nurse and worked her way up through job roles to Third-in-charge. In Autumn 2016 Elizabeth started her Level 3 in Leadership and Management qualification.

Elizabeth has worked with all age groups in the nursery, and is currently our Acting Manager.