Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth

Church Road, Colmworth, Bedford MK44 2JX

Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Toad Hall Nursery in Colmworth, Bedford, is located three miles from St Neots and five miles from Bedford.

Staff are friendly and welcoming and make the utmost effort to work together with parents and carers, offering a true child care partnership.

Staff ensure each child experiences the very best in childcare and early education and is supported to develop and learn in their earliest years.

Staff work hard to ensure that children have a flexible routine that meets their needs.

The setting takes a holistic approach to childcare, not only looking at their safety and security but also ensuring children are looked after in a fun and stimulating environment. All staff adhere to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Staff use learning and development programmes, created with experts in their fields including Magical Maths, an early language programme and Lets get Physical.

A key person system is in place at the setting. The key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person.

The nursery is in a rural setting and there is a great deal of outdoor space for the children to play. The large garden area is surrounded by trees and there are shaded outdoor play areas where the children can have fun whatever the time of year.

Toad Hall Colmworth had its first Ofsted inspection in August 2016 and was rated a 'Good' nursery. Ofsted inspectors noted that the nursery has well-qualified staff who have built excellent partnerships with parents and that parents speak very highly of the staff and the care and learning opportunities provided.

Group: Toad Hall Nursery Group

Person in charge: Anna Dickson (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Bedford Borough Council

Number of Staff: 14

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional 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: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Directions:

Toadhall Nursery at Colmworth is only 5 miles from Bedford and 3 miles from St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

Parking:

There is parking available at the Nursery.

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.6 Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth has a Review Score of 8.6 (8.638)

The Review Score of 8.6 (maximum of 10) for Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 13 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.8 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 4.865 for Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth is calculated as follows: ( (136 Excellents x 5) + (19 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 156 Ratings = 4.865

  • 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 3.773 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth 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 11 positive Reviews (55 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 11 Target = 0.273

  • 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
    12
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    13
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth

  • Mother of Child
    12
  • Aunt of Child
    1

My daughter joined the nursery in June, from the very first day the staff were very friendly and welcoming. All the children seemed very happy. My daughter settled in very quickly and has been extremely happy. I am so pleased we found this nursery. I don't have anything negative to say at all.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

The settling in process let my daughter get used to the nursery at her own rate and she absolutely loves it. The staff are very caring, imaginative and professional. They have well planned and varied activities for the children as well as creative play, lots of time outside in the fantastic garden, baking, Spanish lessons, the list seems endless. For the older children, they take small trips to the local playground and village country park. The teaching side seems to be mostly through play which my daughter has really enjoyed. The food menu is to a very high standard. The handover catch up when you collect your child is friendly and covers all the details you need to know, as well as little stories of things she has been doing. The key workers for my daughter have always been consistent, caring and very tuned into my daughter needs as she has grown both academically and emotionally. I can’t rate this nursery highly enough. I would recommend it to anyone looking for early years child care.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

We moved our daughter to Toad Hall after we were unhappy with the initial nursery we placed her in. Toad Hall is welcoming, colourful and inviting. All of the staff were, despite been some changes since our daughter started here, are lovely and approachable, kind and chatty. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds her speech is great and most importantly she is a happy 2-year-old! She loves her days at Toad Hall.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

We can't praise Puddleducks enough! The staff team are so dedicated and passionate about what they do. We have been incredibly impressed with the level of professionalism and the fantastic child centred approach which is at the heart of everything the staff do. We feel so lucky that our daughter attends such an excellent nursery and even at 20 months she talks about her Key person and her little friends!! Thank you Puddleducks!

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

Every time I visit the nursery to collect my nephew the nursery is always a hive with activity.
The children are happy and are carrying out all sorts of activities. My brother chose the nursery due to the garden area and the location of the nursery - we are very keen for him to be outside and have the space that this nursery has to offer.
Keep up the good work!

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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 daughter is in "Lady birds" and settled well from day one. She enjoys the activities provided and especially the outside provision. The staff have supported her toilet training and accommodated her routine i.e. how long she naps. They are friendly, caring and I have felt confident leaving her in their care. The manager is extremely helpful and is eager to work with parents to fulfill needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

All staff are very welcoming and helpful. They helped my daughter settle in and adapted to her needs. They have lovely home cooked meals every day. I have already noticed an improvement with my daughters development and look forward to seeing her progress even more there.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

It is a friendly, amazing learning space. It has a wonderful garden with mud-digging vegetable-growing and tree swinging.

Our daughter enjoys the nutritionally-balanced and varied food.

The staff are always willing to go to the extra mile and are extremely attentive to health and safety issues.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Excellent nursery. Helpful, flexible and caring staff. Loads to do for the children, painting, outside, singing, dancing, free play, home making. Excellent food, good sleeping facilities. My daughter always comes home very happy and excited.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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 husband and I are delighted with the level of care our son receives at Puddleducks. Our son is extremely happy there and often doesn't want to come home as he is having so much fun. Every day our son takes part in varying activities from painting, growing plants and even learning Spanish as well as singing, reading, messy play and outdoor activities. We feel very lucky to have found the 'perfect' nursery for our son and are safe in the knowledge that when we drop him off each day, he is being looked after by the most brilliant nursery nurses.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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 children have been at Puddleducks for over 2 years and they absolutely love it. The facilities are excellent, especially the outdoor space which the children get out into all the time. The staff are superb and have built very close relationships between both children and myself. They're great at continuing at nursery whatever I've been working on at home - they helped make potty training very easy. They know each child so well from giving my baby just the right muslin to knowing my 3 years old penchant for saving the world from dinosaurs. There's a real family feel to the nursery and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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 started at 13 months in the Beehive and since then progressed to Ladybirds as he is now 2 yrs 2 months . The staff have helped with transition periods and worked with me as we have had times of tears! The staff have done great work with his confidence and helping him settle in. The staff are honest with you on all aspects which means a lot. He is one happy little boy. The menu and recipes are fantastic for him. Thanks to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Wonderful nursery with a great family feel. All of the staff made us feel like a part of the nursery and it was clear to see that they genuinely cared for the children. The nursery is situated on beautiful grounds with masses of outdoor space. We have been invited to many family events including a summer bbq and party as well as a Christmas Fayre. Something that is really important to us is that our children eat healthily and I was super impressed by the announcement that Toad Hall received an award from the Soil Association for their produce. Puddleducks is a great all rounder for education, care and just feeling comfortable that your children are safe and cared for so well.

How likely would you be to recommend Toad Hall Nursery Colmworth? 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

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Awards / Recognitions

December 2013

'Good Egg' Award

Recipient: Toad Hall Nursery Group

Date: Sunday 01 Dec 2013

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Anna

Anna Dickson

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have been working in nurseries with in Early Years for over 15 years. I started as a Nursery Practitioner and have progressed to Manager level. I have my Level 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education, plus a Level 3 in Management.

Our goal at Colmworth is for us to work in partnership with our parents to enable our children the best start in life, and offer them the best experiences in education. The team and myself love to see the children grow, learn and build relationships

I look forward to welcoming you to Toad Hall in Colmworth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!