YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor

Fairthorne Manor, Botley Road, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH

YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor, Southampton, Hampshire
YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor, Southampton, Hampshire
YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor, Southampton, Hampshire

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is situated near Botley and is an inspiring place, with fantastic facilities matched by the warm and generous welcome from staff.

The setting provides a range of play-based learning and adopts a forest school approach from its stunning woodland and parkland 111 acre setting.

Children are helped to develop as individuals, with secure outdoor play areas and friendly, supportive, qualified staff. The nursery responds to the needs and the interests of the children, and welcomes input from parents in order to continue to provide the consistently high standards required by the regulator, Ofsted.

Group: YMCA Fairthorne Group

Person in charge: Naomi Gatland (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hampshire County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Registered Charity Number: 1090981

Total Places for Children: 128

Age Range: from 0 years 4 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

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Reviews

9.3 YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor has a Review Score of 9.3 (9.309)

The Review Score of 9.3 (maximum of 10) for YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor 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 YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 12 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 4.84 for YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor is calculated as follows: ( (121 Excellents x 5) + (23 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 144 Ratings = 4.84

  • 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 4.469 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor is based on 12 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 25.6 positive Reviews (128 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 12 Reviews ÷ 25.6 Target = 0.469

  • 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
    12
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    12
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
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Reviewer Connection to YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor

  • Mother of Child
    11
  • Father of Child
    1

Fairthorne is an amazing nursery and I am so happy that my sons have had the opportunity to be looked after in such a unique nursery setting. The large grounds provide a variety of outdoor learning opportunities. Rain or shine they are out and about making the most of it. It always brings a smile to my face when I find out what they have been up to, particularly when the possibilities include boat trips, zip wires, playing on the bouncy pillow or sitting around a campfire!!

I have always found the staff to be friendly and caring, providing a relaxed and engaging atmosphere but with the appropriate measures in place to keep the children safe. Having had my children attend Fairthorne over last 7 years it has become a bit of a second home.... even when we are not at nursery, we are at the Fairthorne based events!

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Fairthorne to others, it is wonderful and I will no doubt shed a tear when my youngest leaves for school next year, will miss it.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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

Jo Williams, Nursery Manager (Cover) at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 27 Jun 2017:

Hi Carly

Thank you for your review. Both your boys have made the most of all we have to offer at Fairthorne and it is their enthusiasm that encourages us to continue. Watching all the children build friendships, learn new skills and develop those already attained when exploring both indoors and out is exciting to see. Your boys definitely embrace the use of the wide outdoor space we call our back garden, exploring, digging and rolling around in muddy puddles. May one son more than the other!

Fairthorne is such a great nursery for our child! I love that children are allowed outside as often as possible, and encouraged to interact with the environment. The carers and workers all seem happy and to genuinely enjoy their job. My child is happy to go to nursery and happy at pick-up, and I know he is well cared-for at Fairthorne.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

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

Jo Williams, Maternity Cover Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 12 May 2017:

Thank you for your review. Your child definitely enjoys the outdoors and it sparks our enthusiasm and commitment to each child's learning and development when they are as engaged and happy in our nursery as your child is.

Fairthorne Manor is a wonderful place which I really do believe has given my little girl the best possible start.

The staff are all amazing, caring and engaging. Not just key workers but all the staff take a real interest in each child and are supportive. Kindness seems to be a real priority.

The grounds and outside facilities are amazing. Acres of open space, woodland, the Hamble, stream dipping etc.

It is such a lovely place, the way the children interact with each other is beautiful and speaks volumes. I love the glimpses I get when I drop off or pick up and on the open days.

I just cannot recommend it highly enough!

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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

Jo Williams, Maternity cover Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 12 May 2017:

Thank you for your review. We feel privileged being part of your daughter's learning and development, especially as we can see her gaining confidence and growing independently with each aspect of her development.

We are very happy with the set up of the nursery, the outdoor space is amazing and one of the main features of the nursery that persuaded us to send our son to Fairthorne Manor. The staff are great, very warm and welcoming, and the surroundings make for a great learning experience.

My son is growing in confidence every day and that is down to all the lovely people who look after him at Fairthorne Manor.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been attending this nursery since he was 8 and a half months old and he is now just getting ready to leave for school. He has loved his time at Fairthorne, and I have loved being able to leave him at such a wonderful nursery. He spends time outside playing pretty much every day, comes home filthy and tired (clearly the signs of a good day!) every day and is very well looked after by the fab staff at the nursery. The food is good, the grounds are amazing, the staff are lovely and engaging, what more could you want for your little ones?

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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

Jo Williams, Maternity cover Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 09 May 2017:

Hi Samantha, Thank you for an amazing review. It is with ease that we can offer such amazing opportunities for your son and all his friends when they all engage with us and experience new opportunities with enthusiasm and excitement as he does. The team does work extremely hard to achieve all we say we do and it is your feedback that inspires us to continue. Thank you again. We will all miss your son when he leaves for school.

My 3 Daughters have all been part of the Fairthorne family.
I cannot fault the whole running of this fabulous setting.... not only does it have 111 acres of safe grounds for the children to play in, it has the best team of staff to help run this forest school nursery.
My daughters absolutely thrive from being there.
The care, the fun and adventures they have all had is extraordinary!
I would and do recommend this nursery to any parent with a child that is between 4months-4 years.
These children grow learning so much...so why not start with the best experience you could ever give your child?
Undoubtedly the best nursery in the area.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Naomi Gatland, Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 08 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review! We've loved having all of the girls.

My son has attended Fairthorne for three and a half years, progressing through each of the rooms (rabbits, badgers and foxes). He absolutely loves his days at Fairthorne, has made some wonderful friends and has taken part in activities he would never otherwise have had the opportunity to - bouncy pillow, pirate ship, archery, boating, mud kitchen, not to mention walks in the amazing and extensive grounds. The nursery staff are second to none. they clearly love helping the children to make the most of their days there. Thoroughly recommend Fairthorne with a big thumbs up!

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Naomi Gatland, Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 08 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review. We love having him with us.

Fairthorne Manor nursery is absolutely wonderful. We have 2 sons currently attending (1 year and 3 years old). The setting is unrivalled, they are outside a lot, learning about positive risk taking and having adventures safely. The staff are extremely competent, especially the room leaders who have helped with sensitive issues in a discreet and professional manner. There is a very welcoming feeling to the nursery as soon as you walk in and the children are always enjoying themselves. They really do promote the values that they advertise. I was reluctant to go back to work but now realise how much fun my boys have there. Great community feel.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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

Naomi Gatland, Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 08 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review. We certainly love having the boys with us.

My daughter spent 2 years at Foxes and had the time of her life, did plenty of outdoor activities and made plenty of friends. The nursery also did events involving parents like Father's Day brunch at weekends. I feel it's important to have a good start in education and Fairthorne Nursery has given her solid foundations and has gained confidence throughout her time there. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to give their child a good start in life.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Naomi Gatland, Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 08 Feb 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We definitely loved having her with us.

My son has only been at the nursery since January but he is already settled and seems to relish his time at Fairthorne. Before his official start, the staff went to great lengths to ensure he was happy and had enough settling sessions so that, although I shed a tear on his first day, he went in happy ready to make me pasta necklaces and butterfly paintings! As a first time mum who would rather not have to leave her 10 month old, the staff at Fairthorne Manor Nursery have made me feel happy and comfortable to leave my most precious possession with them!

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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

Naomi Gatland, Manager at YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor responded to this review on 08 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review.

Our daughter has attended Fairthorne Manor nursery since she was 11 months old. She is now just about to turn 3 and absolutely loves it there. We chose this nursery due to the unique setting, with huge grounds, the woods and river to explore. It's important to us that our daughter gets lots of outdoor experiences, has a good time and comes home muddy! This is certainly the case here. The staff obviously have a great relationship with the children and we know from the way our daughter talks about them that they are caring and nurturing. The food always goes down well, the indoor activities are fun and varied. The fact that our daughter is excited to be going there each morning is proof enough that we made the right decision.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Since my daughter joined Fairthorne Manor in July 2014, I feel like my family has grown. It was a hard transition for all of us, but everyone made it so much easier with the right words, a hug (for me and her), their experience, and sometimes just a smile of "Shes fine". Since being at nursery, my daughter has come on in leaps and bounds with confidence, language, sociability and is such an amazingly well behaved little girl (Most of the time) as she discovers who she is. I love how Fairthorne allows children to discover their world through all of their five senses. They give them boundaries but allow them to explore ie the boats, the river, puddles, gloop, food play etc. When we pick my little girl up, I love how the room feels like we've left her with friends and it takes me ages to leave as they fill you in on her day and her character - I couldn't want for a better environment to help our little girl grow and develop. I love our Fairthorne Family and so does she.

How likely would you be to recommend YMCA Nursery Fairthorne Manor? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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