Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe)

Wesley House, 17 South Street, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes MK19 7EL

Acorn Day Nursery in Castlethorpe is situated in the heart of the village, in a former chapel which has been completely refurbished to create a homely but stimulating environment with an excellent range of high quality equipment and facilities.

The nursery is adjacent to the village school and is set in an excellent location for children to experience the outdoors and local environment. It is also located close to Salcey Forest where the older children are taken in the Acorn minibus to attend regular Forest School sessions.

The experienced and well-qualified staff team are very warm and welcoming and enjoy showing prospective parents round the nursery.

Group: Acorn Early Years Foundation

Person in charge: Laura Wilson (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Milton Keynes Council

Number of Staff: 12

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 1145108

Total Places for Children: 36

Age Range: from 0 years 4 months to 4 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1815

When Closed: Bank Holidays, 3 days at Christmas & 4 Staff Training days

Overview

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) 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 Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5.0 out of 5 from 7 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 4.733 for Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) is calculated as follows: ( (89 Excellents x 5) + (30 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 120 Ratings = 4.733

  • 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 4.972 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) is based on 7 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 7.2 positive Reviews (36 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 7 Reviews ÷ 7.2 Target = 0.972

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

9.7 Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.705)

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Reviewer Connection to Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe)

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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My son joined Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) for his last year before school. He’s loved it from the minute he started and has been begging me to let him stay for longer!

The staff are warm and affectionate, they quickly got to know him and have figure out his personality, strengths and areas to work on with him. My son talks about his keyworker at home and is keen to tell her all about the things he does outside of nursery.

The staff have a good understating of his development and next steps, they join in with play and support development in a very natural way.

The setting is quite small but this has never seemed to be an issue with forest school, yoga, Zumba and a good mixture of structured and unstructured activities throughout the day which stops the kids ‘getting on top of each other’ which was something I worried about when I first went to view it.

I can’t recommend the team at Acorns enough, I only wish I’d moved him there sooner!

How likely would you be to recommend Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe)? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Laura Wilson at Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) responded to this review on 18 Apr 2018:

Thank you for your kind words.

Very friendly nursery who stretch children to ensure they reach their full potential. Long opening hours and flexibility around additional sessions make the already competitive fees much better value. Range of staff ages help children to interact and relate more readily with life outside nursery. Excellent online management portal providing one-stop messaging, invoicing and updating facility.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Laura Wilson at Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe) responded to this review on 18 Apr 2018:

Thank you very much for your kind words.

Acorn at Castlethorpe is a small, homely nursery with a warm and welcoming environment. Our daughters have settled in remarkably quickly thanks to the caring and kind staff. I have no doubts that the health and happiness of the children in their care is of the utmost importance to them and they are always on hand to offer cuddles and comfort to the nursery children.

The feedback is excellent from staff. They make a point at collection of going through the day's activities, how the children have eaten, slept and enjoyed the day. The Famly app has been a useful way of keeping in touch and we love receiving updates of how they are getting on.

As always when choosing a nursery it is down to the unquantifiable "feel" you get from a place and your gut instinct, with Acorn we are thrilled with the caring and family atmosphere that all the staff have worked hard to nurture.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorn Day Nursery (Castlethorpe)? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Hi everyone, thank you so much for settling my son in today. It was a really emotional one for me, and when I got home at 6 pm my hubby couldn't quite believe how amazing you all were and how happy our son was (and how much he had eaten!). Thank you for making a tough first day back at work a lot easier and for being so kind to my son.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has attended Acorn since he was 1. Now he is getting ready to start school in September and I am sure he will really miss his time there.

My main priority was someone who would care for and nurture my child like I would at home, and I'm pleased they have. He has complex dietary requirements due to allergies and they have supported us in creating a safe menu for him. In the last few months, they have worked on getting him ready for school and we've seen a real leap in his development and I am sure he will have no problems with the transition.

With our second child arriving this year, I'm pleased to say she will also be attending Acorn when I return to work.

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Finding the right childcare for your child is a big decision for all parents, however, I know just three months after my daughter started at Acorns, Castlethorpe, it was the perfect decision for us and her. She settled in very quickly and this can only be attributed to the support she receives from the staff. All of the staff show such a genuine level of care for the children and approach every day with unlimited energy and enthusiasm. In such a short space of time, she has grown in independence as well as making strides in her development. Daily communication with her key worker and updates or observations sent to our phones mean we feel like we aren't missing out on a single thing. For me though, the best sign as to whether we made that right decision is how happy she is to go to nursery in a morning - the smile tells me everything!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter loves Acorn Nursery it's just like home from home. There have been quite a few staff changes recently which I was worried about as all were close to my daughter. However, the staff dealt with it amazingly and my daughter has not been affected at all and has got to know the new members of staff really well. I love the family app on my phone as it's great to see the things they get up to and also a quick way to contact the nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I feel the nursery treats my daughter very well, she gets an excellent varied diet and always seems very happy to be there. I know the nursery staff focus a lot on her development despite her young age and I can notice the difference week by week as she learns from them.

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

I am extremely pleased with how my daughter has settled into the nursery and this is a testament to the staff and team there. The staff are really friendly and nurturing towards my daughter - they make me feel like they really care about each individual child at the nursery and are always incredibly welcoming and happy to see them every morning. My daughters development has gone from strength to strength and I know the staff plan a great variety of things to do each day and make sure every day is different, challenges and encourages development as well as making it fun! I couldn't be happier leaving my daughter with them.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

A fantastic nursery, I moved my children from another local setting due to concerns over safeguarding and it was the best thing I ever did. My first impression was how homely the environment was. Previously my boy was in trouble daily and due to the new structure and huge range of activities, swimming, forest school, zumba, mini strikers, teddy tennis (all included). He has something to look forward to and focus on daily. The staff are amazing and I can't recommend them enough. My third nursery due to relocation so I recognise good and not so good.

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