Springburn Childcare

Ermin Street, Shefford Woodlands, Hungerford RG17 7AA

Springburn Childcare is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is surrounded by open countryside, yet only two minutes away from the M4.

The children develop and learn through positive outdoor experiences and play. They can investigate the wildlife areas or grow fresh fruits and vegetables to learn about the growing cycle and the importance of healthy eating.

Menus are created seasonally and always take into account their own grown produce. There is an on-site chef who prepares carefully balanced menus and freshly cooks all meals, using only high-quality ingredients.

Their experienced and long-serving team creates a safe and caring environment for all children to confidently develop. They provide fun and interesting activities to deliver the early years curriculum, as well as additional extra-curricular activities. Their team even includes a fully qualified teacher to best prepare the Pre-school children for school.

Nursery features include a contemporary wooden building, specifically designed from a child’s point of view; three separate outdoor spaces, adapted to each stage of development; natural surroundings; quick access to M4 junction 14; a large off road car park for safe and convenient drop-off and pick-up.

Owner: Julie Anne Pennycook

Person in charge: Manda Fisher (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: West Berkshire Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 87

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 8.4 (maximum of 10) for Springburn Childcare 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 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Springburn Childcare in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.7 out of 5 from 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.764 for Springburn Childcare is calculated as follows: ( (111 Excellents x 5) + (32 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 144 Ratings = 4.764

  • 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 3.672 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Springburn Childcare 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 17.4 positive Reviews (87 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 17.4 Target = 0.172

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

8.4 Springburn Childcare has a Review Score of 8.4 (8.436)

Average Ratings

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Springburn Childcare?

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Reviewer Connection to Springburn Childcare

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    3

We are so happy our daughter uses this nursery. She is so happy to spend time with her friends. This nursery is developing every day, kids do different things like painting, singing, dancing, walking, playtime and learning.

We are so proud of her because we see how this nursery developed her. Many thanks :)

How likely would you be to recommend Springburn Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

My son has been attending Springburn since he was 5 months old. He loves his time at nursery and has made many friends amongst the staff and other children.
I feel his time at nursery has positively contributed to so many aspects of his personal, social and physical development and think sending him to Springburn was one of the best decisions I could have made for him. He is growing up into a very independent, confident and social little boy, and I think a lot of this can be attributed to the nursery.
The staff are first-class, they all go out of their way to make nursery fun, safe and educational and will often go above and beyond their duty to help.
The children get three proper meals per day. My son often eats double helpings of at least one of his meals, so he must approve!
One tiny thing that I think could be modernised is the communication - the information for parents certainly isn't lacking, but an extra bonus would be to receive communications digitally rather than on paper.

How likely would you be to recommend Springburn Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Springburn Childcare exceeds all of my expectations of a nursery/pre-school.
My daughter started in Badgers and I have watched her confidence and character blossom in the excellent care that Springburn provide.
The nursery itself is a great place, always spotlessly clean and is set in lovely countryside.

Special mention has to go to ALL staff and management at Springburn who are always very polite, efficient, organised and superb in everything they do.
The nutritional meals that are provided daily are also excellent.
I feel very happy comfortable that much child is looked after so well whilst in their care.

Top marks Springburn!

How likely would you be to recommend Springburn Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Julie Pennycook, Director at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 29 Sep 2017:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review.

I have visited a few nurseries and by far Springburn exceeds all my expectations.
The staff are all absolutely amazing, very professional, friendly and approachable.
They look after my children as I would expect and my children love the members of staff in the pre-school room.
My children started in Badgers and I have watched the grow and learn through play in the safe environment that Springburn offer.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The staff at Springburn always goes above and beyond their roles. They are very supportive and will take the time to listen. The staff work so hard at Springburn and my little girl loves being at Springburn she has blossomed and grows in confidence every time she is there, I think the staff are all amazing. Thank you

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

J Pennycook, Director at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 23 Mar 2017:

Thank you for the lovely review.

My Son has been attending Springburn since he was a year old. He's now nearing his third birthday and still loving every day.

For him, he is well looked after by the girls who he sees genuinely care for him. He is always happy to say goodbye to me when I drop him off and go to their arms for a morning cuddle. He has a real bond with all of them and I see a strong connection. We recently went on holiday and several times he told me he missed "x and Y at nursery".
His practical needs like nappy changes and meals are well looked after. He says he enjoys the food he is given and that is evident by the fact that he eats every meal.
Every day he tells me what he's done and I can see his development of different skills from dexterity and practical skills to the softer skills of socialisation, sharing, politeness and consideration of others.

For me, I feel content that his time at Springburn enriches his life, teaches him new things and gives him a stable place to be looked after each day.

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J Pennycook, Director at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 20 Mar 2017:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.

Springburn Childcare manages to combine professionalism and excellent educational standards with a warm, friendly and caring environment. Talking with the management team is like talking to wise friends; the staff clearly love the children and I've been delighted by the manners and gentleness our little boy has been taught while in their care; the ethos towards healthy living means that on most days our little boy tells us with delight about playing outside; I'm always amazed at the range and quality of good food he eats while he's there. Every day we receive an update on what activities he's been doing (an amazing array including all kinds of messy play, painting, planting, dressing up, listening to stories as well as information on food and toileting) and a photo. The staff are well informed and work very much in co-operation with you as a parent. I recommend Springburn Nursery to you as an excellent choice for your child.

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Julie Pennycook, Director at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 14 Mar 2017:

Thank you so much for your fantastic review of our nursery. It is always lovely to know the passion and dedication we have for looking after the children in our care shines through!

My child has attended Springburn for more than a year and despite being tearful at drop-off, she seems to enjoy her time there. The nursery tries to keep the same staff in each room to ensure consistency and to give comfort to those that need it. This helps with the tears at drop-off as there is someone she is happy to go to.

The food seems good but I'd like photos of the dishes to be sure. My daughter generally eats all the food though there are occasions when she rejects what's on offer. Unfortunately, when this happens no alternative is offered which is a shame as I've had to then feed her at home. I would like to see bibs being used more as clothing is often covered in food which can leave stains.

The facilities are good and outdoor space is well thought out. They try to go outside as much as the weather allows.
The manager is approachable and flexible if you need to change days (as long as space is available).
They genuinely seem to care. It's a great nursery which I'd recommend.

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

J Pennycook, director at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 02 Mar 2017:

Thank you for your valued comments. We are pleased your daughter enjoys her time at Springburn. All younger children wear bibs at meal times and are closely supervised whilst eating. We do also encourage the children to feed themselves which unfortunately can be a little messy at times.

I feel very lucky that my daughter goes to nursery at Springburn. She absolutely loves it. The staff and management are excellent and really caring. They are fully aware of my daughter's personality and quirks and she is always doing new things and bringing home her creations. She has been there for 2 years and still looks forward to it!

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J Pennycook, Owner at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review.

I cannot fault or praise Springburn enough. They have a lovely clean, safe, light environment for my son to play and learn in. The staff are professional, well trained to spot and look out for anything and as a result of this, I feel happy to voice any concerns that I might have and talk to them.
What makes Springburn stand out for me is that they focus on what is really important for the little people (each and every one) so for example in my case my son is a fussy eater (a parent's nightmare!) but the staff at Springburn take it in their stride to encourage and reward my son with stickers. This goes down really well with my little man. My son is growing up into a happy, bubbly and cheeky chappy who can tell me about his day and friends at Springburn. The other wonderful thing at Springburn is that there are toilets made for little people! This not only encourages but it promotes little people responsibility when going to the loo even with all the little mishaps.

How likely would you be to recommend Springburn Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

J Pennycook, Owner at Springburn Childcare responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

So pleased to know that you love our attention to detail! Thank you for your lovely review.

My daughter has attended Springburn since she was 6 months old. The staff are amazing - so caring and genuinely interested in her as a person. I rarely get a wave goodbye when I drop her off in the mornings as she's so focused on the staff, the toys and of course breakfast. The food is all homemade and smells delicious; my daughter nearly always eats everything so she obviously approves too. My daughter is very happy at Springburn - I really couldn't ask for more than that.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Extremely happy with the care that my daughter receives here. The nursery is run well and my daughter is being encouraged to grow mentally with stimulating activities. The staff seem to really love the kids. Thanks, folks, please keep it up!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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