Chestnut Grove Kindergarten

5 Pathfields Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 3JH

Chestnut Grove Kindergarten, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
Chestnut Grove Kindergarten, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
Chestnut Grove Kindergarten, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Chestnut Grove Kindergarten is a very warm, welcoming child care setting with great indoor and outdoor space for children to enjoy.

There is a very strong ethic of 'learning through play'.

It has a well-established and popular baby to two-year-old's room and places are always in high demand, leading into the two and rising three's room.

The setting also has a very popular pre-school room which focuses on preparing each child to take their all important step into school.

Owner: Denise Hawke

Person in charge: Denise Hawke (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 23

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

Total Places for Children: 100

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Fees Guide: Full Day £39 Morning or Afternoon Session £22 School Day £30

Directions:

Entering Pathfields Road, take the first gate into the car park on the left hand side.

Visiting:

After parking your car in the adjacent car park head over to the locked gate and press the buzzer, one of the staff will answer.

Once the staff member has ascertained who you are the member of staff will either let you in as current parent of the setting or come and meet you to enter the premises.

Parking:

The car park is situated right next to the setting and has plenty of space for parents to park.

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.3 Chestnut Grove Kindergarten has a Review Score of 9.3 (9.327)

The Review Score of 9.3 (maximum of 10) for Chestnut Grove Kindergarten 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Chestnut Grove Kindergarten in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 9 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 4.877 for Chestnut Grove Kindergarten is calculated as follows: ( (202 Excellents x 5) + (24 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 228 Ratings = 4.877

  • 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 4.45 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Chestnut Grove Kindergarten is based on 9 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 20 positive Reviews (100 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 20 Target = 0.450

  • 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
    19
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Chestnut Grove Kindergarten

  • Mother of Child
    19

My twin boys have been at Chestnut Grove coming up to 6 months and they love it. They have learnt so much, they are great with other children because of attending and they have really shown their individuality.

The staff at Chestnut Grove can never do enough for us. The manager is very professional and seems to have a great rapport with the staff and the children. With Multiple S everything seems slightly more difficult to do. Just getting out of the car can be a challenge and on many occasions, if one of the team members are there they offer to help bring the boys in. It may seem very small but is a huge help for me.
My boy's key workers are very good at reporting back to me about their day, adding to their daily diaries and using the online portal.

I would highly recommend this service.
- I have seen progress in my children
- The staff are professional but fun
- Good value for money
- Convenient times for drop off and collection
- Clean
- Friendly
- Inviting

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 11 Dec 2017:

Thank you so much for your review, it means a lot that you have taken the time to do this

Regards
The Chestnut Team

My son has been attending Chesnut Grove since September 2015 and I am extremely pleased with his progress.
I feel that he is in safe hands when I leave him there and the staff are everything I could ask for.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 04 Dec 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely review Nikki. The Chestnut team really appreciate it

The Chestnut Team

Both our children have attended Chestnut Grove and we are delighted with the progress they’ve made as well as the fun they’ve had and the positive relationships they’ve formed with staff. A lovely place for children to learn through play!

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 04 Dec 2017:

Many thanks for your review Tina, we appreciate your kind words..

Chestnut Team

My son loves this nursery. Always happy to go straight in and play and the staff are so welcoming and helpful. Knowing my son is happy and is being well looked after puts my mind at so much ease. Even when I take my daughter in with me who will be attending when she’s a little older she is smiling and giggling away the whole time we are there. Also being able to contact with any concern what’s so ever, no matter how silly it might be is so reassuring. I'm so happy this was our picked nursery and will be gutted when he leaves.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 04 Dec 2017:

So nice to receive such a lovely review Kelly. much appreciated.

The Chestnut Team

My baby girl loves going to nursery. The staff at Chestnut Grove care for her like I would at home, they make sure we are all working towards the same learning goals. The staff will encourage any new skills learnt at home and make sure they are practised at nursery, as well as giving my daughter lots of new and fun experiences.
I would highly recommend Chestnut Grove nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 01 Dec 2017:

Thank you, Rachel, for your lovely review.

The Chestnut Team

My son absolutely loves going to school! Never had any issues. The staff are wonderful, polite, communication is lovely, my son comes home praising his teachers and tells me all about his day, lovely to know he's settled and comfortable there. My son has gained so much confidence since starting Chestnut Grove and I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 30 Nov 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely review.

Chestnut Team.

I recently moved my little boy over from another nursery to Chestnut Grove Kindergarten. My son has autism and is supported by their SENCO.

Since starting in September, he has achieved things I didn't think would be possible this year such as integrating into circle time and sitting to read stories. The consistency of the staff has helped him go from not wanting to go to the nursery to ask if I'm ready in the mornings.

As a mother of a SEN child and my daughter who attends once a week in the younger class, I can not recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten enough. It's a fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 15 Nov 2017:

Thank you, Tanya for your very kind words, as a nursery setting we are continually looking to create a fully inclusive environment for all children's needs.

My daughter is in the Little Acorns Room and the girls in there are amazing with the children and are always coming up with imaginative and creative activities.

I enjoy hearing about what they have gotten up to! I would recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been attending Chesnut Grove Kindergarten for the last 18 months and I cannot fault them at all. He has changed from room to room with age and has grown to know a lot of staff members and has made lots of friends.
It so lovely to know he is safe and looked after in such a clean, lovely controlled environment.

Managers and staff have been brilliant with him and have all also been there when I've needed advice or had general concerns regarding him.

Will be sad when he has to leave them and go big school next year :-(

Keep up the good work all.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 14 Nov 2017:

Thank you very much for your kind words.

Lovely nursery with friendly and very helpful staff members. My daughter attended it a few years ago, now she attends breakfast club and holiday club organized by this nursery. She absolutely loves it. Safe and clean environment. Opening hours are very good, cheaper than a childminder. I highly recommend this nursery together with breakfast and holiday club :)

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

The staff at Chestnut Grove are second to none they helped my daughter so much in her time there and I would not hesitate to recommend the nursery to anyone. Very clean welcoming nursery with great staff and facilities. My daughter loved going for the whole 2 years she attended.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

Brilliant. My daughter started at 11 months and has loved it. It's like they're the extended family looking after your child. They tell you everything just like your family would all those cute little things she did were shared with you on pick up. Any concerns are discussed and working together to make sure my daughter was happy and content.
My daughter still wants to make pictures for the staff and take them in. It was also lovely to go back and visit now that she has finished, still felt so welcome. Thanks Chestnut Grove for a lovely few years caring for my daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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 child has been at chestnut grove from the age of 2 and he continues to go there. He has become very confident and outgoing since being at the nursery.
The staff here are fantastic. They are willing to help me as a parent help my child progress in any way they can. They promote independence, support and fun with my child. He's very happy whenever I pick him up. So I would highly recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

This nursery has worked wonders with both my children, they both started out very quiet and now are confident. Every member of staff is friendly and welcoming. They go out of their way to give any help or support you may need. It is an appropriate, wonderful environment for any child to spend time in.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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 went here from 9mths - 4 1/2 years old. Very friendly staff immaculate inside. The outdoor play area was fantastic. Lots of fun stuff to do. My son made so many friends and learnt so much in preparation for school. I highly recommend this nursery. Were fabulous with food allergies. Security was fantastic.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

I can not praise Chestnut Grove enough, they helped my daughter so much. The staff are brilliant, polite and very helpful and the office staff bent over backwards to keep accommodating my daughters change in hours due to my work commitments. They're open all year round which enabled me to carry on working through the school holidays. My daughter has made some lovely friends for life from this nursery. I would definitely recommend Chestnut Grove.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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

This amazing nursery was totally amazing with my little boy and I would 10000% recommend for anyone to take their children here! The staff can never do enough to help and are so friendly and understanding with any situation! My little boy had a speech and hearing problem and the amazing staff and the nursery as a whole we're just fantastic! My other boy will be starting after Christmas.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Jason Hawke, Business Manager at Chestnut Grove Kindergarten responded to this review on 24 Oct 2016:

Thank you so much for your review Gemma we really appreciate it.

Brilliant nursery with amazing staff that can't do enough for you! My child was there for 2 and a half years in 3 different age range rooms and absolutely loved it, loved the graduation ceremony as well :) Highly recommend!!

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Brilliant nursery and fantastic staff. Very friendly would recommend to family and friends. Looking forward to using them again next year. My daughter came on leaps and bounds since joining and is now doing really well in school.

How likely would you be to recommend Chestnut Grove Kindergarten? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Denise

Denise Hawke

Job Title: Nursery Principal/Manager

Joined: 2010

Description:

Denise is currently a level 5 practitioner in her final year working towards gaining her degree in child care which is leading her into becoming the settings Early Years Professional.

Her experience spans over a 30 year period starting out working within various settings becoming room leader, deputy manager, manager and eventually owner of Chestnut Grove.

Denise has a huge commitment to creating the best possible start for all the children in her care at Chestnut Grove and it always brings her great pleasure when children come back to visit her.

Sabrina

Sabrina Havell

Job Title: Setting Deputy Manager

Joined: 2010

Description:

Sabrina has been with Chestnut Grove since opening in 2010 and has worked her way up to Deputy Manager in that time.

She has an NVQ level 3 qualification in child care and has 12 years experience working within early years.