Abacus Nursery, Newbury, Berkshire
Abacus Nursery, Newbury, Berkshire
Abacus Nursery, Newbury, Berkshire

Abacus Nursery: The best kept childcare secret in the heart of Newbury, providing home-from-home care from a large attractive Edwardian home with spacious and secure outdoor play area.

A long established team of dedicated childcare professionals put the children's development at the fore and are supported by French lessons and Great Little Movers all included in fees for over-two's.

Also included in fees are nutritious wholesome meals and snacks, freshly prepared on-site and branded nappies and wipes.

Contact to arrange a visit.

Group: Complete Childcare

Person in charge: Ashleigh Simonds (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: West Berkshire Council

Number of Staff: 16

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

Total Places for Children: 70

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

7 Child Vacancies

posted 29 Nov 2017

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

Reviews

9 Abacus Nursery has a Review Score of 9 (8.992)

The Review Score of 9 (maximum of 10) for Abacus Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5 from 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Abacus Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.4 out of 5 from 6 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 4.563 for Abacus Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (115 Excellents x 5) + (70 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 4.563

  • 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 4.429 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Abacus Nursery is based on 6 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 14 positive Reviews (70 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 14 Target = 0.429

  • 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
    9
  • Good
    7
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Abacus Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    14
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Abacus Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    13
  • Father of Child
    3

Our daughter started at Abacus back in May 2017. She is very stubborn and will not go to a nursery if she doesn't like it. This happened at the previous preschool that she was attending. So, we were a little bit worried at first. However, it turned out that she really enjoys the preschool now and has made some good friends.
All the staff are very attentive and caring, we can see that in their interactions with other children, too. Abacus has a very nice outdoor space and other indoor activity areas. If anyone is looking for a place for their children, we would definitely recommend Abacus. Thank you for all of your hard work!

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Abacus team are fantastic. They have been so supportive when helping with my daughter's severe constipation issues. They take the time to listen and they really do care. My daughter has been at Abacus just over a year now and she loves it. She always says she has fun and has fostered wonderful bonds with the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? 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 daughter has been at Abacus since she was 9 months old (now 3 years) and my son has been here for 5 months. They both love it and love the staff.

My daughter is clever and good with her speech and knowledge which I feel a lot is down to her time at nursery. They go on outings and are always doing a variety of things at the nursery. I have recommended to friends and plan to keep both of my children here until they go to school.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I cannot praise Abacus Nursery enough for the care, effort and hard work that goes into their setting.

My daughter started in September when I went back to work. She took a little time to settle and staff were amazing, both supportive and helpful with both of us! My daughter loves her time there, from being in the garden, to the arts and crafts and many other activities on offer. I really do feel that she has flourished here and often recommend this setting to friends.

All staff are helpful, kind and proactive and if ever I have a question or concern it is answered immediately, often with follow up advice too.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus 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 prefer if the children had less sweet/chocolate snacks, or at least until they are a bit older. Otherwise, the food is fine.
The cost has recently gone up which makes it more expensive than other comparable nurseries.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Abacus has been amazing for our little girl. She's gained a lot of confidence and learns new things every day. The staff are incredibly friendly and warm, which reflects in how the children interact with them all. The outdoor space is one of the other main reasons for us choosing Abacus as it's big and full of fun features. Our little one comes home with creations, a full tummy and a smile on her face!

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Lovely wonderfully caring staff. Well organised. Good activities and facilities. Invoicing a little complicated and confusing (from head office) on occasion but good communication in resolving any issues. Would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Abacus Nursery is by far the best nursery that I have come across

My son is nearly 4 now and since he was 6 months, he had been to a number of nurseries, all across the UK.

My son gets the best of the best care and education from Abacus Nursery and I, as a mother, receive my 'Peace of mind', knowing that my son is in good hands.

Abacus Staff always show that simple gesture of heartfelt warmth, to their children which make Abacus Nursery so special. Abacus staff members are very keen to accommodate special requests from parents.

My son has developed significantly, in all areas like awareness, behaviour, physical and emotional development, since he started going to Abacus. He is learning French as well. I am extremely pleased with his overall development.

Last but never the least, when I go to collect my son at the end of a busy day, I always find him happy, chirpy, satisfied and that speaks for itself !

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus 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

Fantastic nursery, the staff are warm and friendly. The nursery is clean and has a wide range of toys and activities.
My son loves it
The menu is varied and offers a balanced diet.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

I would definitely recommend this childcare provider. I have seen great improvement in my child's development and I believe it's due to the caring attitude and performance of the staff.
Overall a good place to have your child, slightly dear, but worth it.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My little boy has been attending for 2 1/2 years now and we have always been very pleased with the attention he receives. The nursery is well organised with good fresh food provided on site. He is encouraged to take party in a range of stimulating and challenging activities. He enjoys attending nursery and as an only child we believe his behaviour and progress has been improved from his attendance at Abacus.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Stimulating opportunities are provided in a supportive environment. All the staff caring for are interested in the children and this comes across in the way they talk about the day as feedback to parents.
The view of the day via email helps to understand the children's day and make parents feel more involved.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Most importantly, my kid loves it here. He is learning well, having a great time and the staff really care.
Lots of activities and outdoor time means he is always shattered at the end of the day.

The food looks good, and they always manage to get him to eat far more vegetables than he does at home!

I love the end of day updates, and there are lots of opportunities to go and see the kids do performances or organised play times which I love.

Will definitely be putting his younger sibling in at Abacus.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son has attended Abacus since he was eleven months old and since that time, he has always enjoyed going to nursery. He enjoys all of the activities and learning provided at Abacus and the amount of attention and care our child gets from the staff is excellent. The staff are great and are all very approachable and willing to help. He is doing extremely well in his development and I would absolutely recommend Abacus.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus 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: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter will be leaving Abacus for school next month. She has been there from 9 months old as will be very sad to leave. She enjoys the company, activities and learning and the changes implemented to the outside and freeflow space are a real improvement, along with the addition of trips such as the rugby tots tour etc have been a real value add.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

We love the varieties of activities and the amount of attention and care our child gets from the staff. She gets all the support she needs to develop new skills and to learn more about the world which is a great help for us. She is happy to go the nursery each day.

How likely would you be to recommend Abacus 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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