The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery

3 Finlay Street, London SW6 6HE

The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery, London, London
The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery, London, London
The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery, London, London

Established in 1990, the Little Tug Boat is a small, family-run independent nursery located in the heart of Fulham and provides childcare for children aged from three months to five years.

Understanding what an important decision choosing the right Nursery for your child and for your family is, the Little Tug Boat are committed to ensuring every child in their care has both exceptional learning experiences and an environment which supports their overall health and well-being. Most importantly, their highly qualified and experienced team celebrate every child’s individuality to build confidence, creativity and independence through their early years.

Simply put, Tug Boat believes every child should learn well.

- They invest in the highest quality crew and their ongoing training and development, and constantly review their curriculum to give every child Outstanding learning experiences

- The Tug Boat chef cooks delicious, nutritious homemade meals from scratch, with high quality and locally sourced ingredients

- The Nursery strives for a non-toxic environment – one where they choose to use plant based cleaners wherever possible, which do not leave harmful residues on surfaces or fumes in the air.

- The weekly timetable includes activities which support every child’s overall well-being from an early age…from outdoor adventures to yoga and mindfulness, sports skills and additional languages.

The Little Tug Boat are exceptionally proud to have been recognised as Outstanding in All Areas again by Ofsted in June 2017.

Owner: The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery

Person in charge: Cindy Knight (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council

Number of Staff: 14

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

Total Places for Children: 34

Age Range: from 0 years 6 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Fees Guide: Fees vary according to amount of days the child attends. Please contact the nursery for full details.

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.5 The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.455)

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for The Little Tug Boat Day 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 9 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 5 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 4.72 for The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (77 Excellents x 5) + (30 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 107 Ratings = 4.72

  • 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 4.735 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery is based on 5 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 6.8 positive Reviews (34 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 6.8 Target = 0.735

  • 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
    8
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    8
  • Father of Child
    1

My daughter spent a week at the nursery - staff was very professional and very warm with the kids. The nursery is light and clean, with big rooms. It feels like a family. We were very grateful for the last minute support they provided us.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

The Little Tug Boat is a really exceptional nursery - above everything, there is always a loving, fun atmosphere. It is a small nursery and the children know all the staff well and that gives a feeling of family. Children are encouraged to take care of each other and it is so nice to see how many cuddles they share. There is a close interaction between management, staff and parents and any topic addressed is immediately taken care of (e.g. parents were interested in a First Aid class which was then organised).
Learning is fun and the range of activities offered is impressive whilst granting enough opportunities for "free play". Each child has an individual learning plan and the progress is very transparent.
The quality and variety of the food prepared by the chef from scratch is amazing; the birthday cakes are as well, always a highlight.
The outside part is not too big but there are a lot of activities (performed) thus it is ensured that the children can get rid of a lot of energy!

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Since starting The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery, my daughter has grown in confidence, socially as well as academically. She has quickly adopted the Tug Boat principles, which include having good manners, treating people with respect, having the confidence to try new things and making good choices. She loves going to nursery and there is such a variety of creative activities she gets to do indoors and outdoors, including cooking, outings to the park, yoga, library time, etc. The food is freshly cooked and healthy and now my daughter eats her vegetables at home - so I am happy too. I love the daily updates I get from the teachers when I pick her from nursery - I am always aware of what she is learning. We love the homely environment in the nursery, which brings about a closeness between parents, children and staff alike. The owners and staff at The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery are kind, helpful and fun and my daughter adores them. I can't speak highly enough of The Little Tug Boat Day Nursery - we couldn't be happier.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Little Tug Boat is fantastic. We used another nursery locally for our first child but it was disorganised and food cooked offsite.
The chef at Tug Boat has an amazing kitchen, the food is a really important for me, menus are super and published every Friday for the following week. Newsletters are regular and invoicing correct.
It is extremely well run and every single staff member from room staff to the manager and owners are very friendly, professional and approachable.
The garden is a little small and there are no balance bikes but it more than makes up for this with lesson planning, little iPad use and the structure of children's days. Security is also excellent, only one main front door which is well controlled by all.
Birthday cakes are made for each child and sugar is controlled, no snacks can be bought into the premises which is great.
I cannot recommend a look around enough.
We have been there one year so this review relates to 2016 in its entirety.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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

Tug Boats is a family. We felt it from the first enquiry to where we are now six happy months in. The crew seem to like each other and love the children. It took a week or so of tears not just mine to settle. The crew could not have been more supportive.
Our girl now runs in and you can see her little face cease slightly as she decides whether to give hugs or sit down with her friends for a hearty breakfast. The nursery seems more laid back and gentle than some which suits us. That said she is stimulated and developing fast. Yoga is a lovely addition.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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

I cannot rate the staff at Little Tug Boat Nursery more. They are not only 100% professional but kind, fun and make every child feel loved and cared for.
I know the minute I say goodbye to my children at Tug Boat they are in safe hands for the rest of the day until I pick them up after work.
We are very grateful to everyone at Tug Boat and thank you for all the hard work that you put into the running of such a happy daycare environment.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Tugboat is an exceptional family run nursery. The staff are super attentive, extremely helpful, knowledgable, organised, kind, affectionate and compassionate. The atmosphere at Tugboat is warm, fun, happy and friendly and feels like an extension of our own family. Our child adores Tugboat and has grown in confidence since attending. On occasion our child has refused to come home due to having such a good time! The staff at Tugboat are extremely good at dealing with children with allergies and adapt their food menus for those who have issues. They are also very good at supporting children who have health issues. The children that attend Tugboat are kind, caring and thoughtful, qualities/behaviours that are very much encouraged by the Tugboat staff. Instead of sending our child to one of the many good local nurseries, we travel up to 1.5 hours a day (London traffic!) to enable our child to attend Tugboat. The BEST nursery in Fulham/Putney by far.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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

When we moved to Fulham two years ago, I was looking for a nursery where my son, who did not speak any English at that time, would be able to have his very first positive nursery experiences and his very first contact with a completely new language. When we found Tug Boat, we immediately had the feeling that our son was in great hands, and we could leave him there, even though he couldn't speak or understand English then. It turned out to be the perfect decision. My son is very happy there, his English has developed very well, he loves his teachers, and whenever I go there to pick him up in the evening, he would love to stay longer because they are in the middle of a story, a game or just dancing. This nursery offers excellent surroundings for our little ones, they learn a lot, they do loads of different activities that make the children use all their senses, and there is a great, happy atmosphere when you arrive there in the morning and one of the wonderful teachers opens the big red door.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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

A small and very caring nursery. A home away from home. My son has blossomed during his time at Tug Boats. The staff are professional, compassionate and make you feel so welcome. All staff members go out of their way to chat with him, making him feel very secure and loved. The children's thoughts and ideas are valued giving them a sense of ownership over their learning. During pick up, my son relishes in showing me the work they did that day and talks non stop on our journey home about the various activities and tasks undertaken. Tug Boats will always have a very special place in my heart.

How likely would you be to recommend The Little Tug Boat Day 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

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