Kingsmead Day Nursery

120 Kingsway, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh SO53 5DW

Kingsmead Day Nursery in Chandler’s Ford is a small, friendly, independent nursery situated away from a busy road. Parking is convenient and there is quick access to the M3.

The nursery stands in a large, secluded woodland garden with different play areas for the children to enjoy, including covered areas for rainy days.

Kingsmead caters for children from three months to five years of age. The three units are divided according to age and are fully equipped. As the nursery exclusively offers thirty-six places, full time and part time, carers feel they can offer a comforting family environment for your child.

Many of the staff have been with the nursery a long time and are of mixed ages. The nursery also has a cook who creates home cooked meals throughout the day.

Contact at any time for an appointment to view the nursery.

Owner: John Hancock

Person in charge: Valerie Doubtfire (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hampshire County Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 40

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 8.7 (maximum of 10) for Kingsmead Day Nursery 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 11 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Kingsmead Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.9 out of 5 from 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.803 for Kingsmead Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (111 Excellents x 5) + (16 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 132 Ratings = 4.803

  • 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 3.875 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Kingsmead Day Nursery is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 8 positive Reviews (40 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 8 Target = 0.375

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

8.7 Kingsmead Day Nursery has a Review Score of 8.7 (8.678)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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Reviewer Connection to Kingsmead Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    9
  • Father of Child
    2

Both my children attend Kingsmead Day nursery and are very happy there. As a smaller nursery, everyone knows everyone else and the environment is not overbearing for new starters.
The staff at Kingsmead are approachable and nurturing and both of my children spend time with their "key person". The food is freshly made on the premises and my children always come away well fed. Independence is encouraged at all levels and good manners are promoted and rewarded. The Christmas concert must be mentioned - it is a unique event and the staff work incredibly hard for it. Very special indeed. Overall, I would recommend Kingsmead to any prospective parent looking for quality nurturing child care.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We absolutely love Kingsmead!

The staff, setting and activities are all fantastic. Our eldest (who is almost 4) has been at Kingsmead since she was 18 months and looks forward to going every time :) She feels very safe there and loves re-enacting games and experiences had there over the last week - often getting into the role as one of the fabulous staff who look after her! I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and how they go above and beyond to make sure they get to know the children and what goes on in their life outside of nursery.

The garden is beautiful and my daughter loves that it feels like they're going into the woods to explore and play as it's surrounded by trees. The activities on offer are excellent and I am amazed at the things my daughter can talk about or do that I know I haven't yet taught her.

My son is due to start next month and I am confident that they will make him feel as settled and cared for as my daughter does and that they will help him to flourish too.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy has been attending the nursery for over 2 years now. He started there at 7 months and since then he has been cared and encouraged all throughout.
The nursery has a very low turnaround, and he still sees and plays the ladies who took care of him at the baby room. They grow vegetables, have a mud kitchen, a "garage" full of ride-on cars and a construction site.
They spend a lot of the time outside with plenty of picnics (which my boy LOVES!), and when it's sunny, they stay in the large "woodland" area which is shady and cool. They get something taken to feed the duck close-by, and the kids feel like it was a great adventure!
The staff is loving, friendly and approachable, and they put a lot of love and enthusiasm in what the do. They organise a summer BBQ for parents and kids and a Christmas concert, both very fun and lovely, and you can tell they put on a lot of work to make these happen.
I could not wish for a better place to leave my boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Kingsmead since October 2016. The staff have helped settle her into nursery very well as she is a clingy child. The staff are very approachable and friendly with good communication skills. Kingsmead offers a wide range of resources for indoor and outdoor play. I am very happy with the care given and so is my daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This nursery provides excellent care in a wonderfully re-assuring and intimate 'home-from-home' setting. We can only describe this nursery as a very positive environment for small pre-school children to spend their time and develop. Communication between nursery staff and parents is great, and we have never had cause to escalate anything beyond the key worker, as anything that requires action is immediately dealt with.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter has been attending Kingsmead for 14 months. Since her first day she has been made to feel so happy and safe, offered comfort when needed and has been very well looked after all round. Staff are always friendly and supportive and I'm 100% confident in their safety measures. Overall I would recommend Kingsmead to anyone locally looking for childcare for their children. Our daughter feels nursery is an extension of her family. :)

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

A wonderful, caring environment with friendly staff who work hard to make the children happy. There is a low turnaround of staff, so the children really know their key person. My 1 year old is being looked after by the same ladies who cared for my 6 year old!

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am absolutely delighted with this small, friendly nursery. The staff are excellent, proactive, enthusiastic, engaging and supportive. The management are extremely efficient, knowledgeable and excellent communicators. I am very pleased with the range and level of activities organised, baking, painting. singing etc. There are 2 superb events organised each year where children and parents play an active role, baking, cooking or making costumes. Children play outdoors every day (unless terrible weather) and there are great toys and activities from cars to a mud kitchen to a fairy garden.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We are very pleased with Kingsmead Day Nursery. Our son enjoys going, has made lots of friends and often refers to the staff fondly. We like the mix of ages and experience of the staff who are caring and approachable. Our older son also went to Kingsmead Day Nursery and also enjoyed his time there. He loves the outdoor wooded area and space in particular.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Likely

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

Entering our 5th year of using Kingsmead, our children love it. They have gone through a year of changes in staff but it has had no effect on the day to day running or care of the children. The garden and outdoor area must be the envy of other nurseries. A recent introduction of "Golden Tickets" has been very positive, teaching the children about rules and encouraging positive behaviour. Old and new staff appear to build strong bonds with the children and are very supportive of their additional needs. I will be upset when we leave next August, I feel Kingsmead has been a major part of our children's younger years and it will be sad not to be part of the nursery community anymore.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Kingsmead has always been great ever since my son joined in 2014, they take the time to get to know him and us easily adapting to him growing up and liking different things. They are so helpful with potty training and took the worry away about sending him to nursery without nappies. All the staff are friendly, polite and always happy to help.

How likely would you be to recommend Kingsmead Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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