Barney Bears Nursery

60 Upney Lane, Barking IG11 9LR

Group: Barney Bears Nursery Ltd

Person in charge: Leah Clarke (Owner/Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Number of Staff: 11

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

Total Places for Children: 28

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: 1 week Christmas

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Reviews

8.1 Barney Bears Nursery has a Review Score of 8.1 (8.119)

The Review Score of 8.1 (maximum of 10) for Barney Bears Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.1 out of 5 from 4 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Barney Bears Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.0 out of 5 from 3 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 4.083 for Barney Bears Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (23 Excellents x 5) + (13 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) + (3 Poors x 2) + (2 Very Poors x 1) ) ÷ 48 Ratings = 4.083

  • 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 4.036 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Barney Bears Nursery is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 5.6 positive Reviews (28 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 5.6 Target = 0.536

  • 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
    2
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    1
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Barney Bears Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    3
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    1

Reviewer Connection to Barney Bears Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    4

I have had a very positive experience with Barney Bears Nursery, my son settled in very quickly and I was regularly informed on how he was getting on during his settling-in-week. When I had the show round, information was clearly explained to me, staff were very warm and friendly, other children looked happy and were busy learning and playing. The learning environment was colourful, children's work was celebrated as well as the range of festivals they experience. Also regular trips in the local area which my son loves!!! Communication from Management is good especially when there are changes, it is mentioned in newsletters and emails. General inquiries are handled well and you will get a reply pretty much quickly. Handovers are really good, you get a full description on your child's day, e.g. foods they ate, times and type of nappy change, sleep times etc. Knowing that my son is very happy, settled and is confidently becoming more independent, I have chosen the right nursery for him.

How likely would you be to recommend Barney Bears Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Great nursery. My daughter has been there since 7 months and she loves it, and has grown into a friendly confident girl. The staff are very friendly, they serve a great, varied diet. Very happy with this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Barney Bears 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: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My child has been coming to the nursery since she was 8 months old, she has developed so much in the last 10 months, she is a very confident little girl which is always coming out with new things.
Staff are very welcoming and will always greet my daughter in a friendly manner.
Management has always supported me with personal circumstances which have made me feel very comfortable.
I would definitely recommend this nursery if you want your child to thrive and develop, feel safe and warm at all times.

How likely would you be to recommend Barney Bears 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I would advise parents to fully understand the nurseries policies, especially about childhood common illnesses. You will be too often called away from work and commitments for these common illnesses which can be very interruptive if you are a working parent.

Staff are good here generally, most do have long nails which I found to be very unhygienic as they are dealing with food and changing nappies throughout the day.

Management is very poor here and communicating with parents is definitely not a priority for them or of any importance. Often you will speak to staff who will then converse with management on your behalf.

Definitely not worth your money as it's quite expensive and rates increasing every year, you can travel a couple of miles down the road and pay the same or a little less but you will see the difference massively.

I would strongly recommend that parents view other nurseries before considering this one.

How likely would you be to recommend Barney Bears Nursery? Extremely Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 2.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Satisfactory

Facilities / Outside Space: Poor

Learning: Poor

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Very Poor

Cleanliness: Poor

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Very Poor

Leah Clarke, Director at Barney Bears Nursery responded to this review on 16 Aug 2017:

Since this review, the directors have appointed a new manager. The new manager and her team have made some positive changes to the nursery.
The sick policy was reviewed and no changes were made.
Staff with long nails, this will continually be monitored. Staffs nails must be short and it is clearly stated within the staff's employment handbook. Spot checks will be carried out by directors. I can ensure you that our cooks do have short nails and this was referring to floor staff.
We work very closely with our parents and the above issues were brought to our attention and was not ignored.
We hope you will see this from our recent views, visits to the nursery. If this review does concern you I urge you to call the nursery and ask to speak with the new manager whom will be more then happy to support you.

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