Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre

Chingford Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4US

Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

There are excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, to enable children to learn, explore and have fun.

The nursery's outdoor area contains safety flooring, a bike track, a lawned area, climbing equipment, a herb garden and a pet’s corner. There is also a charming cottage play house that can be transformed into different role play areas, such as a vets, post office, or even Santa’s workshop at Christmas.

Children are encouraged to investigate mini beasts within the sensory garden and to grow plants and vegetables in the designated allotments.

The under 2s have a separate outdoor area specially designed for their own age appropriate learning and development needs.

Healthy foods are prepared daily for the children by the nursery chef, and there is a school club for children during the holidays.

The provision received an Ofsted 'Outstanding' rating in November 2015.

Owner: Brenda Farquhar

Person in charge: Christina Hart (Director, Qualified Teacher & Early Years Specialist)

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 76

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

Total Places for Children: 143

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 11 years 12 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1800

When Closed: 1 week Easter & 1 week at Christmas

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.8 Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.787)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre 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 24 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 24 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 4.948 for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre is calculated as follows: ( (272 Excellents x 5) + (15 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 287 Ratings = 4.948

  • 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 4.839 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre is based on 24 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 28.6 positive Reviews (143 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 24 Reviews ÷ 28.6 Target = 0.839

  • 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
    24
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    24
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    4
  • Foster Parent of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

As a twin mum, I looked for guidance and support. I believe this group helped me and more. My twins look forward to this group, learning new things and making friends. I would highly recommend this group to others and would not think twice about using the nursery for my children.
Staff are always positive and chatty as well as the nursery being clean and bright for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Wonderful staff and nursery, I can't fault it.
My twins have progressed wonderfully and their confidence has grown.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 love the nursery and find the Aunties very helpful and understanding. There is lots to do in the rooms. My twins love coming to nursery as did my eldest.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Very friendly group, very welcoming, always lots of activities to do and the children are always happy.
I would recommend to friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 came across The Willow Tree first as a mum of my children that attended and settled in very quickly and loved their time at the nursery.
The Aunties were always very caring and nothing was too much trouble. The activities that the nursery provided were always fun and educational.
Just recently my two granddaughters have also attended the nursery from babies to school age, the youngest just started school in September 2017. They both loved their time at the nursery and it also helped them settle into their school life.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre has always provided top quality personalised care for all my children that have attended the nursery and crèche.

Every part of their care has been perfect. My little one with severe and complex needs loved all the 'Aunties and Uncles' and the only place I ever felt comfortable leaving him.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 nursery provided my son with a weeks work experience. They were so welcoming. The nursery practitioners were happy to guide and support him. Everyone was pleased with him and praised his efforts. It was clear the nursery had a nurturing and educational approach to both the children who attend and those who wish to make their career in nursery work. A fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 daughter has been in Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre for 4 years and has thoroughly enjoyed it, she received the best care on all levels. The staff are very helpful, friendly and make/form really good attachments to the children.

I would highly recommend this nursery. It's always available for questions and consultation.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Very experienced staff. Highly recommend. I had both my children in Willow Tree and was very happy.
Highly recommend. The nursery very clean and had lots of activities for the children.
Staff always reassured us. My children learnt a lot.
They were very happy in the nursery and made lots of friends. It improved their personality. Overall a very good experience and I highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

I have found my experience as a parent of the nursery very pleasant. The aunties have been helpful whenever I have asked about my child's day or progress. I have been made to feel welcome each day I arrive to drop off or collect my child also.
It has been a brilliant service so far compared to previous experiences at other places.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my boys have attended Willow Tree since they were babies and our experience has been completely positive.
I have had no issues at all, my children have been very happy and have flourished. It has given them the perfect start in life and starting school. The aunties are all an absolute credit and everything is about helping the children grow.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Willow Tree has offered both my children the best possible start in life. Offering, fun, care, education and professional childcare at all times. Both my children have enjoyed every minute spent here and have both made incredible friends and wonderful relationships with their Aunties. Highly recommend the nursery to everyone! You will not find a better one!

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Both my children have attended Willow Tree and loved it. My son joined when he was 2; an incredibly shy boy who didn't talk or really socialise with anyone. He came on leaps and bounds here. He loved the big outdoor play areas and really did thrive with their support. Their school transition was also great and he felt really at ease about starting school last year. My daughter has been with Willow Tree since 6 months old. They were fantastic with her as a baby and as she has moved through the bigger rooms she's grown in confidence and loves spending time there. Would definitely recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Both my children have attended Willow Tree, with my youngest only starting two weeks ago. Both absolutely love it.
It's a very lovely environment and all the aunties and uncles are brilliant and do a fantastic job.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 daughter attends Willow Tree Nursery and I honestly could not be happier with her experience so far. As a worried parent, it was nice that they offered support to me as well as my daughter.
I feel completely satisfied with my daughter's experience with the nursery and would most definitely recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son attended the After School Club and Holiday Club before he moved onto High School. He loved coming to the nursery every day and the Aunties and Uncles made his stay enjoyable. When attending the Holiday Club he loved the fact that each day had a different theme and all different activities. Hence over the 6 weeks summer holidays, he never got bored.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Both our boys went to Willow Tree Nursery from 11 months old. The nursery is amazing, staff are lovely. I can't thank the staff enough for taking care of them while I worked. They went In a mixture of rooms and each move up was well planned and smoothly done. They had a very good approach to learning through play, which prepared my eldest for starting school. If I had any admin to sort out and complete, the staff were helpful and polite.
They had hot meals and they enjoyed these too. Staff contributed to teaching 'table manners' and even gave me as a first-time mum, advice on potty training. They would always listen if I had any concerns or worries and were really supportive during a time when my husband had an accident. They made sure his needs were seen to so he could watch the children sing carols. All the staff worked in the best interest of the children and understood each child had individual needs and I would recommend this nursery for your little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 has attended here since he was 7 months old and loves every moment of being here. The aunties are wonderful, personal, happy and competent. Every room has such a wide variety of activities, especially outdoors which my son loves and is always coming home with new creations. So nice to know he is being so well cared for while I am at work. Thank you, Willow Tree here's to the next few years!

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Lovely nursery. My son has been there a year and they have prepared him well for school so far. He knows a lot of his phonic sounds and can count well. He has also started forming letters. The staff have been excellent at settling my son into nursery and he is learning key independent skills.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 little boy (8 months old) started in the baby room this month. He's only been there 3 times and I know already he absolutely loves it!! I was expecting tears but I'm told he's always a very happy boy while he's there.

The ladies in Baby Buds are brilliant and make me feel so happy to leave my son with them! I even call them (more than I should) and they let me know how he's doing throughout the day. Nothing is too much trouble. I'm really grateful as it's hard leaving your baby for the first time but they made it really easy for us. If you're looking for childcare, I would recommend going to Willow Tree for a look around. You will not be disappointed.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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. My oldest child attended and was extremely well looked after. The aunties are very attentive and build a lovely relationship with all of the children. Lovely, clean ample facilities really helped to prepare my son for school and aid in his early learning. My youngest now attends and loves it too. Highly recommend the holiday club too.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 twins attend this nursery and I couldn't say a negative thing about it. The staff are amazing, the facilities/games/activities and everything else is well above par and couldn't think of a happier place for my children to be while I'm at work.
They have come on leaps and bounds with their speech and creativity and we couldn't be happier.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 is all about providing the best care and education for children. The building is brand new and they have many toys, activities and resources. The staff are very experienced and qualified to a high level. They really get to know the children and meet have helped my children become confident learners. I have experience of other nurseries and this is definitely the best In the area.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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 daughter attends Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre 3 mornings a week. In my experience, having a little one with Downs Syndrome and finding appropriate childcare to suit her needs was a daunting task until I went to Willow Tree. The "Aunties and Uncles" are just the most dedicated, kind and welcoming people. This outstanding nursery comes highly recommended! All of the children are happy with so many fun things to do inside and outdoors, to ensure they learn through play. Well done all, keep up the fantastic care and support.

How likely would you be to recommend Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre? 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

Submit a Review for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre

    • We welcome parents/individuals responsible for a child to submit reviews to daynurseries.co.uk

    • This is not a formal complaint procedure or to be used for allegations of negligence, abuse or criminal activity. If you wish to make a complaint or have a serious allegation of negligence, please refer to the procedures on our complaints page.

Your Personal Details

Your personal details below may be used by us or passed on to the organisation you are reviewing in order to contact you for the purpose of verifying/responding to your review. They will not be passed on to any other third parties and will not be published on our website. Please enter your own personal email address (the email of the care provider will not be accepted). Reviews cannot be submitted anonymously.

Your Review & Rating

This information will be published on the website.


(Please edit if you wish, but it is now our policy not to publish the surname of the reviewer)

(Please note we only accept reviews from the connections displayed in the drop down. We do NOT accept reviews from staff or people with a professional connection with the nursery)

Extremely UNLIKELY

Unlikely

Neither Unlikely or Likely

Likely

Extremely LIKELY

Don't know

Please avoid using names and enter a minimum of 100 and maximum of 1,000 characters - Currently 0 characters.
Reviews must comply with our Review Policy Content Standards (eg are relevant, informative, civil and do not contain allegations of abuse, negligence or criminal activity).

Please complete each of the following options

I certify this is my genuine opinion and in submitting it I agree to the terms and conditions on daynurseries.co.uk/terms.
Please note we have zero tolerance for fraudulent reviews, for more info please refer to the Fraudulent Reviews section in our Review Policy

Awards / Recognitions

There are currently no awards/recognitions posted yet for Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre

Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

There are no staff profiles posted yet