Bees Knees Day Nursery, Reading, Berkshire
Bees Knees Day Nursery, Reading, Berkshire
Bees Knees Day Nursery, Reading, Berkshire

The Bees Knees Day Nursery is a home from home setting in a spacious converted Victorian villa-style house. Large all-weather walled garden. Home cooked meals. Well established, friendly and fun childcare in Reading. French lessons and Great Little Movers all included.

Group: Complete Childcare

Person in charge: Michelle Bradley (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Reading Borough Council

Number of Staff: 11

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

Total Places for Children: 47

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0715-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

8 Child Vacancies

posted 29 Nov 2017

2 vacancies in Explorers (0-12 months)
1 vacancies in Adventurers (12-24 months)
5 vacancies in Pioneers (24 - 36 months)

Reviews

7.2 Bees Knees Day Nursery has a Review Score of 7.2 (7.191)

The Review Score of 7.2 (maximum of 10) for Bees Knees 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 10 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bees Knees Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.5 out of 5 from 9 positive Reviews in the last 2 years. (A 2 year period has been used as there were no 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 4.712 for Bees Knees Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (91 Excellents x 5) + (22 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) + (2 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 118 Ratings = 4.712

  • 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 2.479 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bees Knees Day Nursery is based on 9 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4 then divided by 2 = 2.000

    2. Target of 9.4 positive Reviews (47 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 9.4 Target = 0.957 , then divided by 2 = 0.479

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

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Bees Knees Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    1
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Bees Knees Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    7
  • Father of Child
    3

Although we are happy with the care my child receives at Bees Knees Day Nursery, I have had several issues with Head Office on matters of finance, how the initial proposed changes to opening hours were put forward and the allocation of 38 weeks' funding.
The current Ofsted rating is why I might also not recommend - I understand the grading and what had gone wrong before but other parents might not.
Again though, the actual daily care and support my child receives is good.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day Nursery? Neither Unlikely or Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My 3 Sons go to this lovely nursery, I'm so happy how all three of them have progressed since starting here. The baby room is fantastic and I couldn't recommend them anymore they make me feel so more relaxed when I'm at work. Preschool are fantastic my sons learnt how to write his name and sound words. And my other son is in pyoneers and he absolutely loves it and has come out of himself since starting them. They are fantastic and I couldn't thank them enough my kids are precious to me and leaving them with people are hard and this place really reassures you.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees 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

My son has been attending Bees Knees for around a year now. He was initially very reluctant to be dropped off, however the great staff are always very encouraging and supportive and he now has no problems running off to any of them. All of the staff are easy to talk to and always informed of my sons progress and actions throughout the day and seem genuinely interested in working on his development whilst he attends the nursery.
His rate of development seemed to increase rapidly after he began attending, and at the moment he almost seems to come home after every day there having picked up something new. The nursery itself is always clean and tidy and the food they receive is varied and nutritious. Would definitely recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The staff are so friendly and welcoming and they all know my child's name even if they work with a different age group within the nursery.
There is a happy vibe and the Manager, is so easy to talk to, friendly and professional. The whole team are honestly lovely and they make it feel like a family atmosphere. I'm really pleased we chose this nursery.
The hours are really flexible and the outside space is large and secure.
The parking is always easy at the times I go.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day 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: Don't Know

Having only recently started to send my daughter to Bees Knees I have found that the staff are very welcoming and always very happy in the mornings to greet us and talk to her. Now that she has been going for more than a month and she understands better she is happy to go to any of the staff members in the morning and is smiling when she arrives for nursery.

We have had a meeting with my daughter's key person and together we outlined what we would like her to concentrate on and have been very pleased to see that this has been taken into account and that the nursery has worked with us to improve her walking.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day 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

My daughter is in this nursery since December 2014. I cannot be more happy with the staff and management of this center.
My little one is always happy there, hugging the staff members. She is learning a lot.
It's true that they could improve in some areas, but I think they are doing their best to do it.
I definitely recommend this nursery to other parents.
Thanks for all their team to help my girl to be a happy child!

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Poor

Care: Satisfactory

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Poor

My son has been attending this nursery since he was a year old when he could barely talk . It is an absolute joy to see how well his vocabulary has grown . Thanks to his teachers who have patiently and lovingly helped him . Being at the nursery is home away from home for him which is reassuring as I am confident that he is well taken care of while I am at work . He loves being in the garden and is over the moon with the French lessons .

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day 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

We've been very happy with the nursery. Our daughter is now 13 months and has been attending for three months. She initially started at two days a week and we worked up her attendance to five days a week. She would initially get upset at drop off so she received a lot of support from the staff and now she can't wait to get there. She is very happy and confident there and has built up really good relationships with a lot of the staff which gives us a lot of confidence. A lot of attention is paid to rotating the toys and getting the children to play outside. Our daughter also loves the food.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees 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

Our daughter joined Bees Knees in February 2015. She absolutely loves it here! The staff are wonderful - kind, patient and caring - and we absolutely trust them to look after our little one. The children's' happiness and well-being is obviously the biggest importance to them. It has become a home from home for our daughter, even though she only goes there 3 days a week!

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees 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: Don't Know

When choosing a nursery, what struck me about the Bees Knees was it's homely feel. Small enough to be personal for my daughter whilst large enough to give her a broad view of nursery life, other kids, society etc.
She has now been here for almost 3 years and loves it. When we go on holiday, she is desperate to come back to nursery to tell her friends and "the teachers" all about it. There can be no better recommendation than that.
All the staff do a great job, all of them know my daughter and she knows them, so it makes it very easy to drop her there every day!
She particularly loves French and Outdoor Learning and she spends so much time in the garden that she is shattered physically and mentally every day.

How likely would you be to recommend Bees Knees Day 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

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