13 Columbus Court Yard, Canary Wharf, London E14 4DA
Part of Bright Horizons Family, Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool (formerly Little Unicorns) had a major refurbishment in July 2016.
With floor to ceiling windows in every room, this nursery has an abundance of natural light and lovely large rooms to accommodate big adventures. There is a large play room which has a big bulldozer, playhouse, mural wall with outdoor scenes and a track for lots of adventures.
The nursery offers a wide variety of engaging activities, which encourage children to learn and explore in a home from home environment. Children are well-prepared for the transition to school with the unique Bright Horizons Ready for School Programmes, including Growing Readers, Writers and Mathematicians.
Part of Bright Horizons Family, which received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) award in April 2018.
Person in charge: Marufa Anwari (Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council
Number of Staff: 26
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care
Total Places for Children: 110
Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0730-1830
When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas
Columbus Courtyard is located on the Columbus, South Colonnade end of Canary Wharf.
The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool 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 29 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info
b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 28 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 4.781 for Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (273 Excellents x 5) + (72 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 347 Ratings = 4.781
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:
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.
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.
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 Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool is based on 28 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:
3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4
Target of 22 positive Reviews (110 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 28 Reviews ÷ 22 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.
Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.781)
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Laura B (Mother of Child) on Monday 12 March 2018. Relates to February 2018.
I have used their emergency care service a number of times. Lovely staff who make my son feel welcome, great facilities and i feel safe leaving my son in their care.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lily Y (Mother of Child) on Thursday 8 March 2018. Relates to March 2018.
My son has been in the nursery for over 1 year. He started around 3 years old and really enjoyed it in the nursery. I am very happy with the teachers in the preschool room as can tell from my own kid how much he likes them. There are many activities to do inside and outside of the nursery and the learning activities have been improved a lot in the past months. All staffs in the nursery are very kind and kids are happy and polite. Parents may also enjoy the longer opening hours than most nurseries. I would highly recommend the nursery as this is a place you can be confident to leave your kids while you work.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Kim H (Mother of Child) on Thursday 8 March 2018. Relates to March 2018.
My child is very happy to go to nursery and has bonded very well with not only the children but the staff, which are very friendly and helpful.
There is a very good atmosphere in the whole building and in the classroom, which reassures you that your child will enjoy his time there.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Zaina (Mother of Child) on Monday 5 February 2018. Relates to January 2018.
Our daughter attended the preschool class for a year and was very happy. She had developed a great relationship with the staff and was very fond of her key worker. She left to attend a preschool however we plan for her to go back during some term holidays. It's a very convenient location if you're working in Canary Wharf, they have a large indoor play space and recently renovated to a very good standard. Lunches and meals provided are excellent and key workers did a great job in encouraging our previously fussy eater to try a variety of different foods. We no longer have a fussy eater! An excellent childcare option overall.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Melanie T (Mother of Child) on Monday 5 February 2018. Relates to January 2018.
Our son has been with the nursery since he was 16 months old and has blossomed into a bright and extremely confident 3 year old. He enjoys his days thoroughly at nursery and even asks us if he is going to the Blue Room on weekends!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Chris T (Father of Child) on Friday 2 February 2018. Relates to January 2018.
We are new to the nursery, from the tour to meeting all the staff have, we have been made very welcome from the beginning. Staff are very supportive and friendly of our daughter's needs and our daughter asked to go back after the second day each morning with no tears!
Newly renovated also, very clean and big space throughout.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Paul N (Father of Child) on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Relates to January 2018.
Our son has been at the nursery for over a year now and we have been very impressed with the quality of care he receives. He was naturally nervous when he first started going but very quickly felt comfortable and now loves going every day.
What impresses us the most is that all of his carers have built a real bond with him and all seem to genuinely care about his development. We get a detailed update (verbal and written) each day when we pick him up on what he’s been doing, his learning, any problems he is having etc. He takes part in lots of different activities throughout the day, learns a lot and has a lot of fun!
All of the staff are very professional and easy to deal with. The facilities and space are great, and they make good use of the outside space in Canary Wharf.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Hai Wan C (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Relates to January 2018.
We first sent our son to this nursery in August’17. We were initially apprehensive about leaving him but the staff were (and still are) very supportive, kind and friendly during our settling-in. It’s been amazing watching our son grow and develop. He’s come out of his shell and is becoming much more independent. We have Columbus Courtyard to thank for this. He always has such a cheeky grin when we pick him up so we know he’s had a good day!
We love how bright, airy and clean the nursery is and also the different rooms (soft play, big play area etc) available to the children. We think it’s fantastic that the kids get taken out for daily walks to get fresh air and to exercise their little legs!
Our little boy is encouraged to take part in many varied activities, such as playing with sand, painting and baking. To get messy and creative! It’s brilliant that we get to take home his efforts but it would be good if we could have more!
The nursery does a sterling job. We couldn’t recommend it highly enough!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Shu C (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Relates to January 2018.
My daughter (now 5) started full time at Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard (then part of Little Unicorn) before she was one. For her entire 3 years there, our mind was at peace at all time and she loved the nursery. Now my one-year-old son attends (part of Bright Horizons) 3 days a week. The ladies in his room took great care to ensure he settled in well. We are delighted to see many familiar faces from my daughter’s days and that the already very impressive facility is even nicer after the refurbishment. The daily routine is thoughtfully planned and children are provided with a broad range of activities, even the very young ones — my son recently finds joy in doing handprints and loves his Friday Spanish story and song session (which he initially found strange). Fresh food is cooked from the kitchen on site. Every time we enter the nursery, walking down the corridor, we are met with warm greetings, not only from the staff but from the older children too. Couldn’t recommend this nursery more highly!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Michelle Z (Mother of Child) on Monday 29 January 2018. Relates to January 2018.
Both our sons go to Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard. Children are very well looked after by the professional staff with genuine care towards them. My older son has a severe allergy and they have always managed it so well that we don't have to worry at all. The nursery has high ceilings and big homerooms with a great variety of activities planned throughout the day to keep the children engaged. One of my favourite parts is that the children, (no matter the age), all go out for a walk around the Wharf every day. It's a great way for them to explore and not to feel 'trapped' in the nursery all the time. All the staff are lovely and very easy to talk to. We would definitely recommend this nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Yuen May T (Mother of Child) on Monday 11 December 2017. Relates to December 2017.
I was recommended by a mummy before choosing a nursery for my little girl. I was about to force myself to send my girl to a nursery which I didn't like and wasn't comfortable with.
However, I would definitely recommend this nursery as personally, this is the best in the area! Cleanliness, staff, location, etc. Although they do not have their own "outdoor" playground, they do bring the little ones out as much as possible, so rest assured the little ones are having a good experience at the nursery. The toys available are quite wide-ranged, so they are not playing with limited toys. They also try to assess the safety of each and every toy (such as a walker, which impressed me) or any pieces of furniture available in the baby room.
Everyone (really, everyone) recognises your little one by name, and they are all seemed really experienced and caring. I can't stress how much I like this nursery compared to the others. Please look around before sending your little one in!
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Poornima M (Mother of Child) on Thursday 16 November 2017. Relates to October 2017.
It has been 3 months my son has been going to Bright Horizons day nursery. I am fully satisfied with the staff and the environment of the nursery. I am very happy with the developments like speech, activities I am seeing in my child. Staff are very good and caring. Thanks to all. Thanks a ton.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Vicki T (Mother of Child) on Monday 6 November 2017. Relates to November 2017.
My daughter first started at this nursery in September after a rather awful experience at another nursery. Managers and staff were so kind and supportive and most importantly, really listened to my concerns as a parent. They have been really wonderful with my daughter and have really tried hard to make her feel comfortable. A few months on and my daughter has really bonded with her carers which is so reassuring as a parent. You want your nursery to be a home away from home and this is what they have provided. Staff are so friendly and polite and bubbly and you feel this immediately when you walk into the nursery when everybody greets you and your daughter by name. The children are taken outside everyday, activities are organised for them to get involved with. And another great factor is that the nursery is bright and airy and always so clean. I would highly recommend this nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Turkan N (Mother of Child) on Thursday 26 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
It has been such a pleasure to watch how my daughter develops and grows since she started this nursery.
The staff are kind, professional and really helped with the settling in process. Also, the level of care and education are excellent. The staff regularly give detailed feedback about what she does during the day. My daughter is always happy here when I arrive to pick her up. I would highly recommend the Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery.
We used to take a diary and also photos to see what they have done in a day via the app at the end of the day. Now, we take all info about their day on paper which is not bad, but I would rather use an app. I hope they go back to using the app.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by S B (Father of Child) on Wednesday 25 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
I am satisfied with the services.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool? Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Anuranjini (Mother of Child) on Sunday 22 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
My son started this nursery in March 2017, I love this nursery and so does my son. He is learning many things here, the rooms are very spacious, clean and full of natural light. Staff are very good. When my son comes to this nursery he is happy and that's very important and satisfactory for a mother.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Nuria (Mother of Child) on Friday 20 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
Our son joined at 10 months old, now he is 2 years and 7 months!
We have seen him along the way learning how to walk, express himself, taste different foods, playing, singing, telling stories and all that he has and is becoming, a little person, or not so little I should say!
Besides all the ups and downs on the learning path, the staff at the nursery have always been very good with him, understanding his way of dealing with things, like when he wakes up from naps... not an easy moment, or when he is not listening, or when he is behaving well and praised for it.
All those moments and time at the nursery are contributing a lot to his development and we are very happy about how is working out.
Thanks to all at the Columbus Courtyard nursery for contributing to his development and for helping us out, his parents, with such an important task!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by C L (Mother of Child) on Friday 20 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
After visiting all the nurseries in the area, I decided to go for Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery. 1/ Amazing staff that genuinely care for my daughter. Even the staff from other rooms would know her, say hi or tell me things they observed her doing and the nursery is spotlessly clean. 2/ Facilities are great with an inner courtyard, where kids can play, cycle and use small cars. There is also a ball pool room. 3/ They adjust to any situation. For example, my daughter has a type of lactose intolerance with some dairy products and they were happy to adjust and are helping me build up her digestive system. 4/ They take the kids out every day when the weather allows, and if not, they can use one of the inner rooms. 5/ My daughter at fourteen months is doing painting, activities with sand, with water, she even did pottery.... As a working mum, I want to know that my daughter is well-taken care of in an environment that develops her. This is a great place for that.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Oluwatoyin S (Mother of Child) on Thursday 5 October 2017. Relates to October 2017.
I've been very pleased with the staff of this nursery. It gives me peace of mind knowing my child is with good and caring people during the day. The facilities are also quite impressive and my child seems to learn something new every day. I would definitely recommend this nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Kumi (Father of Child) on Tuesday 3 October 2017. Relates to September 2017.
I personally recommend the Bright Horizons Columbus Courtyard Day Nursery and Preschool. The staff are absolutely amazing, friendly, always helpful and they take excellent care of my daughter 5 days a week. Their attention to detail, as well as the personal touch they provide, fills me with confidence that my daughter is in their safe and careful hands daily (weekdays).
The facilities are also brilliant and the location is perfect. Columbus Courtyard is the second Bright Horizons Day Nursery and Preschool we have used and it and it is by far the best.
Any parent looking for a safe and secure environment for their child, this is the place, they are the leading from the front and are the best of the best!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jessica (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 3 October 2017. Relates to August 2017.
My son is seven years old. He comes to Columbus every half term and has a great time. He has been coming since he was 18 months old and now has some really good friends that have been coming just as long. The ladies have always treated my son with the best care and have a loving attitude to all that comes.
I would be glad to recommend this nursery and all the staff there. Thank you for taking such great care of my boy.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lisa P (Mother of Child) on Thursday 28 September 2017. Relates to August 2017.
My son attended Columbus Courtyard from the age of ten months, we then transferred to another nursery when the nursery was closed down for eighteen months but he recently joined the nursery here again around seven months ago. He was always very happy to come into nursery especially to play with his friends and also his key staff within his room.
He loved going to the activity rooms within the nursery the soft play room and playroom but also loved spending time around the Canary Wharf area to be able to run and explore the environments.
He has since gone to school and I feel that the nursery has helped a lot in his smooth transition to school where he is making lots more friends.
He still talks about his friends at the nursery and the staff here too.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lea (Mother of Child) on Thursday 28 September 2017. Relates to September 2017.
Our son recently joined this nursery and he has settled incredibly well, for the first time ever he is excited to go to nursery and is happy for me to leave the room at drop off.
The facilities are fantastic with a soft play area for the smaller children and a large indoor playground too. The rooms are large, bright, spacious and well equipped, staff are generally very attentive, friendly and enthused and our son has become very attached to his key worker who is a delight!
The nursery doesn't have a dedicated outdoor playground however the children do go out and explore Canary Wharf and the local area often. I work in Canary Wharf and frequently see the children outdoors. The groups always appear well organised and the children happy.
Finally, there are additional, thoughtful touches like water and fruit that parents are welcome to help themselves to at home time (very useful when you forget snacks for the journey home) that demonstrate how this nursery goes the extra mile.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Nazmin L (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Relates to September 2017.
Absolutely love this nursery, my daughter is so happy here after switching from another and I love how despite being part of the Bright Horizons company they have retained that personal connection that you usually get from smaller independent nurseries.
They don’t have their own outdoor space but they more than make up for it in the exploration they do around Canary Wharf. My daughter frequently visits the roof garden, Docklands Museum or library as a group.
Getting the children school ready is one of the things I really love about this nursery, my daughter's speech, writing and recognition of numbers/alphabet has come a long way despite only being there 3/4 months. My only regret is not switching her to this nursery sooner.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Nuria T (Mother of Child) on Monday 25 September 2017. Relates to July 2017.
Columbus Courtyard is an amazing nursery. The team are all so friendly and are amazing with the children.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by H L (Grandfather of Child) on Tuesday 19 September 2017. Relates to September 2017.
My granddaughter had been attending Columbus Courtyard Nursery for a while now and have no complaints. My wife and I always drop her off and pick her up from the nursery and she is always happy when arriving and leaving to go home. The staff are really friendly and welcoming. Management are very helpful and always there to help when needed. I would love it if they had an outside area because my granddaughter loves going out. I would recommend this nursery to all my friends and family.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jennifer W (Mother of Child) on Friday 1 September 2017. Relates to August 2017.
My daughter attended this nursery from age 1 to 2 before moving out of Canary Wharf and London. We have seen her grow and develop into a very independent and cheeky personality. The staff and practitioners are amazingly attentive to the children. We will sadly miss being part of this nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Julie W (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 27 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
I would highly recommend my son's nursery to anyone. We have recently left the nursery but we're always greeted with a hello and a smile.
The staff are always polite and friendly and are always happy to help with whatever problems I had on the day.
They do not have a garden on site but he used to enjoy going outside and exploring Canary Wharf.
I was really anxious when my son first started, he was a very fussy eater and would only eat pasta and cheese. Since joining the nursery, the staff in his room have worked really closely with our family to encourage and build the confidence for him to widen his food variety. It is so much easier now when we go out for family meals, I have one less thing to worry about. I thank all the team at Columbus Courtyard for helping us through this period.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sarah (Nanny Carer of Child) on Tuesday 9 May 2017. Relates to April 2017.
I would recommend Columbus courtyard to my friends and family :) Everyday I feel comfortable leaving the child I look after at the nursery as everyone is welcoming and friendly. I also get a good handover at the end of each day so I know exactly what kind of day they have had. The nursery is nice and spacious and they have lots of different activity rooms, they like the Playroom in particular!