Roding Lane, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill IG9 6BJ
The enthusiastic team at Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool provides a warm, happy and safe environment with a fantastic outdoor area with the aim to develop self-confident, and happy children. The nursery has beautiful resources for children to engage with and offers a variety of extra curriculum activities from baby massage, supper soccer, French, click IT and Stretch and Grow.
The nursery is part of Bright Horizons portfolio, which received an award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) in April 2018.
The nursery offers bright and airy rooms, and has a fantastic, large outdoor environment allowing children to explore and learn. The food is prepared by the onsite chef and the menus have been endorsed by the Children's National Trust.
Person in charge: Malcom Vickery (Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council
Number of Staff: 29
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care
Total Places for Children: 118
Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 8 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0730-1830
When Closed: Bank Holidays
The nursery is located 2minutes from Buckhurst Hill Station (on the central line) and other public transport is accessible close by.
The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool 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 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info
b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 13 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 Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (219 Excellents x 5) + (32 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 252 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:
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.
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.
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 4.551 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool is based on 13 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:
3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4
Target of 23.6 positive Reviews (118 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 23.6 Target = 0.551
When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.
Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.416)
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Cherisse B (Mother of Child) on Thursday 11 January 2018. Relates to December 2017.
Our son started the nursery when he was 7 months old and left when he was almost 4. Throughout his journey at the nursery he spent time in each of the rooms, with all the different staff and at each stage was extremely happy and excellently cared for. He enjoyed going to nursery every day, so much so that when I went on maternity leave with our second child I still kept him there full time so that I knew he was occupied all day and kept happy. He particularly loved all the extra activities on offer such as yoga, football, French and all the time they had in the fabulous garden growing vegetables, having teddy bear picnics and such like.
As a parent it was so reassuring to know he was dropped off somewhere where he was happy to be and where everyone knew his name and he knew theirs. The owners always had so much time, knew all the kids and parents well whilst running a good, tight ship. I would highly recommend the nursery and be sending our daughters there.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by J T (Mother of Child) on Thursday 13 July 2017. Relates to July 2017.
My 2 children have attended this nursery since they were 6 months and it's been a pleasure to see them both thrive here. The staff are caring and nurturing and it's amazing what my kids have learnt through play. My son loves the extra curriculum activities (my daughter is now at school) such as Football & Click It. The latter being a computer course that teaches kids to use a computer and mouse as well as developing their understanding of colours, shapes etc. The outdoor space is fab and it includes a flower and vegetable patch. 2016 saw the children follow the life cycle of a chicken from the eggs hatching, to the chicks growing into chickens.
The food is prepared on site and sounds tasty. I don't think in 3 years my son has ever just had one portion!
When it comes to potty training, staff work with you to help ensure that there is continuity and prior to leaving for school, the staff work hard to ensure your child knows what to expect. I'm REALLY pleased with every aspect of this nursery.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Linh C (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 27 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
My son has attended Bright Horizons Chigwell Nursery since he was 12 months old. Over the years, he has really thrived at the nursery and will be shortly leaving the nursery to start big school as a confident young boy. My 4 month old is also registered to start at the nursery when I go back to work.
The staff are really brilliant with the children and keep them entertained with a wide range of activities. The management are great and listen to any concerns that we might have. One of the best features of the nursery is the outdoor space and they often do things like growing their own vegetables, which the kids love.
I have recommended this nursery to friends of mine and would definitely recommend Bright Horizons Chigwell to anybody looking for a nursery for their little ones.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Keith S (Father of Child) on Wednesday 21 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
My son recently “graduated” from the nursery and my daughter is scheduled to “graduate” next year. When we were looking for a nursery for our son, the main things that attracted us to this nursery, was the purpose built building, vast open spaces and very friendly staff.
The facilities are very good, the food is great (fresh food and varied menus) and it is clear that the staff take great pride in their jobs and looking after the children.
When the children leave the nursery to attend school, there is a “graduation” ceremony which is a wonderful event for them.
Would happily recommend this nursery to any parent.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Victoria S (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 20 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
Delightful nursery and pre-school with outstanding facilities and grounds, and caring and dedicated staff. Both our children started out in the baby room and have developed into social, independent and confident individuals, having benefited from the environment created by the staff, curriculum and overall experience of attending a group based setting. The transition from our son into school reception was seamless and I'm confident that our daughter will be equally well prepared for school.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lea-Anne S (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
My daughter attended the nursery from the age of 18 months until she started school. I was always happy with the care at the nursery and the facilities. Although my daughter took a while to settle her key workers were very patient and worked at making her happy.
My son who is now two also attends the nursery and has done since he was 9 months old. One of the standout things for me in comparison to some other nurseries in the area is the outdoor space they have. In the summer the children get to play on the field and spend time in the garden which really appealed to me.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Emma M (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
I can only say our experience has been nothing but positive since he started and from his first class (he was 1 yr old) up until pre-school where he is now!! You are actually made to feel like the teacher only looks after your child, as they are just brilliant, attentive and really caring!
I can also honestly say, the management at Eton Manor is second to none and currently in my opinion is the best there has been since he started; the manager and his team are just excellent and you are always greeted with a smile and friendly face every time you walk in! They are super organised, extremely informative and clearly work super hard to keep the nursery operating at the highest standards...which they do!
I will be sad (as will my son) to not be part of the nursery by August (as he starts school). Facilities and education are great and they have the extra bonus of having such a lovely space and a beautiful outside environment).
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Penelope D (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to May 2017.
Very family orientated and accommodating, will go the extra mile to ensure that your child gets the best possible care.
I love the extra curriculum activities such as stretch & grow, football and french.
Food served is always fresh and healthy again accommodating where possible.
Staff are upbeat, encouraging, engaging yet have a natural ability of leadership creating a happy yet controlled environment, words can not express my appreciation of how happy I am that my child attends this nursery
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Kevin F (Father of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to August 2016.
My son joined the nursery when he was 7 months old. We have been very impressed and pleased with the professional care and nurturing that has helped him in becoming the confident and well adjusted child that we are so proud of.
The staff are attentive and invested in their vocation. They understand the need of flexibility and compassion of parents and their little treasures.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jenni (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
My son (aged 4) has been at Chigwell Nursery since he was 2. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff & management. They are incredibly efficient, ensuring the children are safe, well looked after and kept happy and occupied with all sorts of different activities.
My son is now in their After School Club. They pick him up from school and take him back to the nursery where he has his afternoon meal, plays & the staff take the time to help him with his reading and writing.
I have never once been let down by them and when my plans have changed at short notice they have always accommodated (this is one aspect of this nursery that I have been incredibly impressed by). The setting is beautiful with lots of outside space which the staff use to its full potential. Without exception the nursery staff are friendly and completely switched on to the needs of the children. I do not normally take the time to write reviews but I do feel compelled to say what a wonderful, happy nursery this is.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jade E (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
Beautiful nursery and friendly staff. Both my 2 children have been apart of this nursery, my youngest daughter is stilll there and she loves it. I have no worries leaving her in there hands as they do a fantastic job.
Would definitely recommend this to any parent looking for daycare, it really is top quality!!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Vicky W (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to May 2017.
My son has been coming here since he was a year old and is now 2 he has developed and progressed so well. He has been looked after and cared for extremely well in the baby room and in Turtles and has now settled into his new room. All the staff there are knowledgeable and put great care into and effort in looking after the children in their individual needs.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Janine L (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 June 2017. Relates to June 2017.
My daughter has been attending this nursery for nearly a year now and she has come on in leaps and bounds. Not a day goes by when she doesn't tell us something great about nursery. I work full time so to know my daughter is happy, well cared for, allowed to explore & be creative is just one less thing for me to worry about. We can't fault the staff & their commitment to her fun and development. She loves it at BH Chigwell.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by C J (Father of Child) on Friday 21 April 2017. Relates to March 2017.
We have two children at the nursery and we would highly recommend Chigwell Day Nursery. The nursery is managed in an efficient, caring manner with the children at the core of every decision. It is a huge step to trust your children with people you do not know, but the expertise the Chigwell Day Nursery staff demonstrate will set any new parent at ease. The outside space is a huge benefit especially in the summer months, and the communication between the staff and parents is very clear and the management always take time to listen to any concerns or worries a parent may have.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jenny H (Mother of Child) on Thursday 23 March 2017. Relates to March 2017.
My daughter has attended Bright Horizons Chigwell for just over a year and I can highly recommend the nursery.
The management is very welcoming and experienced. They reassured me when my daughter was settling into the nursery which helped the process.
Every child is assigned a key worker but all staff take an interest which makes me feel reassured that my daughter is in safe hands. They support her growth and development whilst keeping me informed along the way.
The nursery offers great facilities and the outdoor space is excellent.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Bonnie C (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Relates to March 2017.
I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough - I only wish my children had gone there sooner. The management are fantastic and address any concerns or issues in a professional and efficient way and you feel like you are really being listened to. All the staff are warm and friendly and great with the children - I really do feel like I am leaving them in good hands. They have a wide range of activities that they undertake with the children and if I'm honest, do way more than I would do if I was at home with them. The whole nursery is really clean and they have great resources and an abundance of outdoor space. I recommend this nursery to everyone I know. In case it isn't obvious, I love Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sarah K (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Relates to March 2017.
Bright Horizons Chigwell offers a superb day facility for children, staff are welcoming and very experienced, with many of the team at the highest level in their qualification journey. For parents, more importantly, your child and their needs are met on an individual basis, and my children formed very close bonds with all the staff they have encountered in the nursery. All activities are met with an enthusiastic approach, and the children have a great time exploring their environment through play, in lots of different ways. Their outdoor space it great, age specific gardens, together with great grounds where the older children can explore at a more in-depth level. The children have an outdoor classroom.
After a recent refurbishment, the children can enjoy their own cooking room, they classrooms are great equipment, access to ICT (at the right level for their age).
Each age group has an enriching environment to foster learning and growth.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Gemma S (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 15 March 2017. Relates to March 2017.
My son has been at the nursery since he was 11 months old. They have supported his learning and development and he is growing into a confident and happy boy. He is well supported and they are focusing on phonetics now to support him moving into school this year, They have also taken the time to put on a class for us parents who needed the support learning this to continue the growth when they are not in the nursery. A great idea that was well received.
The extra curricula lessons are great too. My son loves the football class that is run there, but his favorite is ClickIT, a computer lesson that supports him using a mouse and computer in a fun and simple way.
My son absolutely loves his days there and always gives me a great update about what he has done from painting, going on the library bus to what he ate. Thank you to the staff, as they have made the whole experience of leaving my son much easier. Highly recommended.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Carly D (Mother of Child) on Friday 22 July 2016. Relates to July 2016.
Eton Manor (Bright Horizon's) is a fantastic nursery and I couldn't recommend it highly enough! Our son attends two days a week since the age of 6 months which was young for me, but from the off the nursery took such good care of him that they have my full trust and I can go to work without worrying and I'm confident he is well looked after.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Gemma S (Mother of Child) on Friday 22 July 2016. Relates to July 2016.
My son loves going to nursery and has learnt a great deal by doing so. From singing songs to putting his own coat on, my 2 year old boy is has grown in confidence and looks forward to going to his nursery days every week.
The staff are very friendly and have invested a lot of time into getting to know my son and how to get the best from him. They always give us excellent feedback at the end of each day, and have also phoned is on occasions to give more detail. Communication is excellent, as is the standard of the nursery.
Both indoors and outdoors are of a very high standard, and even with so many toys, they are always creating new and exciting tasks for the children to do, whether it's digging for worms in the garden, making paint footprints or baking cookies.
The cost of childcare always feels high to any working parent, but I feel it is worth every penny here.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Elizabeth G (Mother of Child) on Thursday 21 July 2016. Relates to July 2016.
Both my daughter and son have attended this nursery and as a family we have always been really happy with the care they received. The facilities are fantastic, particularly outdoors. I would highly recommend this nursery.
Job Title: Nursery Manager
I have been in childcare and with Bright Horizons for over 8 years. I have a Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education. My passion for childcare is that I want to make a difference in a child's life. I enjoy watching children grow and blossom into little people and I love being part of that.
Job Title: Deputy Manager
I joined as a student and worked my way up. I have, along with my team, created a magical preschool setting where children and families feel comfortable, understanding the element of learning through play.