St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School

601a Hatfield Road, Smallford, St Albans AL4 0HL

St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School, St Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School, St Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School, St Albans, Hertfordshire

At Busy Bees at Hatfield Road nursery, children enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities, in place to support creativity and positive intellectual and physical development as they approach full-time education.

There is a focus on social development to ensure that language and communication can thrive within the setting, with six bright and spacious rooms for each age group to enjoy.

Nutritious menus demonstrate a commitment to healthy lifestyles and staff aspire to show continual improvement in their standards of professionalism.

The nursery received 'Outstanding' from Ofsted in 2017.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Ramesh Assadi (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 65

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1815

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

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Reviews

9.8 St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.788)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 17 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 4.788 for St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School is calculated as follows: ( (182 Excellents x 5) + (40 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 226 Ratings = 4.788

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School is based on 17 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 13 positive Reviews (65 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 17 Reviews ÷ 13 Target Reached = 1

  • 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
    16
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School

  • Mother of Child
    16
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Sister of Child
    1

My son joined this nursery 3 months ago and in that short space of time has come on leaps and bounds. He's happy, he sings new songs all the time which he has learned at the nursery. He's made tons of new friends and is always playing and happy when I pick him up in the evening. He attends full time in the pre-school and moving him there has been the best decision I have ever made. The staff are friendly and caring and I feel absolutely secure leaving him there and knowing he is in great hands.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 biggest compliment I can pay the nursery is that it has transformed our son markedly in six months. With his previous nursery, he was in danger of regression and not achieving his potential at this stage of his life. Since his time at St Albans Nursery, he is more confident, expressive, creative, imaginative, mature and communicates more effectively with us.

We have also noticed that he has improved academically in maths (specifically shapes, counting etc.) and the use of the English language which is more expressive and advanced. What stands out to us which in our opinion has contributed to our son's development, is the personal approach, attention to detail and care given to all children in all aspects including nutrition.

The Nursery has been very open with us and specific about aspects of our son's development that require improvement and have set out a specific plan to address them, by working together with us. Their care feels like an extension of ours. We are very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Our twin daughters have been attending this nursery since they were 12 months old (they are now 3 years old and soon to be starting in preschool here) and we couldn't be happier with the care and support they have received. They were premature and very well supported in the early days when we were worried about them being behind or prone to illness etc.
The girls have shy characters and one in particular anxious, but this environment has certainly helped with this and bringing their personalities out. Both girls have suffered with potty training issues and the nursery has fully supported this in an understanding and unpressured manner.
The 2-3yrs room manager for the girls has been fantastic.
There was a change in overall management some months back but we did not notice a change in service which was great. All the staff are great and the girls are very happy here. We look forward to the next year here getting the girls ready for starting school.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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

My son had a lovely time at nursery. He has learnt so much not only in preparation for school (phonics, numbers, and so on) but also life skills like team work, understanding of the world around him with all its diversity, caring for others and for their things at nursery. He has became more and more inquisitive and curious. The teachers are very caring and well qualified to guide the children. I feel that over the last year they gained a deep understanding of my son's feelings and needs. I am happy that my younger daughter will follow her brother's steps.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Extremely brilliant nursery, my son has thoroughly enjoyed his time here and will miss it terribly as he's off to reception in September.

The staff are all very friendly and take exceptional care of the kids, paying attention to every little detail and making sure the kids are happy. Putting my son here was a great choice especially as myself and hubby work far from home, so it was important to know he's in a safe and friendly environment. Thank you Busy Bees for the awesome work you do with the kids!

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am extremely happy with the nursery. My daughter has come on leaps and bounds. My daughter comes home happy every day and says she's had a great day. The staff are very informative and extremely helpful. The staff are always approachable, respectful and spend time with each parent. They listen to us and always give us the time of day. I would like to thank everyone for the help and support that they have been giving my daughter. Thank you so much.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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

My daughter is currently loving St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School. She hates to leave and doesn't stop talking about how much fun she has. The staff are professional, kind and always full of energy. The facilities and activities run by the team are outstanding. I would recommend this pre-school to all parents out there.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 attends this preschool. The staff excel in their commitment, dedication and passion in educating the children. What strikes me the most is their willingness to cooperate with parents to fulfil the needs of their children! The nursery manager has been working so hard to implement the recommendations and suggestions from the Parent Partnership Group to establish the high standard prevailing at the nursery. Thank you to all the staff for taking such good care of our children. Keep up the Good work.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My sister really enjoys going to the nursery. All staff are extremely helpful and lovely and do anything they can to support my sisters development. The nursery has brilliant resources which they use in order to teach the children, aswell as two amazing garden areas which are used all throughout the year. Since my sister has been coming to this nursery, you can see a real difference in her personality. She is more confident in herself and does not stop talking about the staff within the nursery.

I would just like to thank the staff of Hatfield Road Busy Bees for making her feel as welcome as she can and by providing her with the right teaching and materials to make her thrive.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My daughter loves the nursery which has loads of activities going on throughout the day.
Staff are very kind and friendly. My daughter has a very good relationship with her key worker.
Amazing menu with food prepared freshly daily!
Definitely recommend to parents looking.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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

My child has just started Busy Bees. I was amazed from the show around that I had and they definitely live up to what they say. The activities they provide are excellent, my child comes home so excited about what he has learnt and it's amazing how much he already knows. I love listening to all the new things he comes out with. The food is amazing they definitely get their five a day, it's nutritious and has been certified by a nutritionist. The staff were amazing. I am a nervous mum leaving my child but I was able to spend time in the room with my child and they even have a parent room so I was able to sit there and pop in and out of the room but the staff had all different activities going on. My child was so engrossed, it was lovely to see him getting involved. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 the nursery. She is so happy with all the staff in every room that she has been in. The staff are loving and caring and show a true passion for the children's welfare. I do have to say ever since new management has taken over, I have seen great improvements which is so nice to see as a parent. I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone struggling to find childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 have just attended the parents play hour with my son and it was fantastic. With water play and other sensory activities. The staff were so committed, they were soaking wet and very enthusiastic.
They have been very supportive while my son settles into nursery over the last few weeks. I think he is going to love it in the end.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 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: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I'm very pleased with my daughter's development since she has started. She has made good friends there and everyone is always happy.
The food is organic and changes every day. The staff is extremely welcoming and created a great routine to settle my daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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

Both my boys started at the nursery in August and we are very happy. The staff are very friendly, kind and extremely helpful. I feel confident that my kids are in good hands. They come home happy and they always surprise me with the things they learn.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are very pleased with the nursery.
The staff is very attentive, dedicated and caring.
The nursery has been flexible with times.
They have an excellent teacher.
They have acquired new computing equipment
We, however, we have ongoing problems with our bills which are never accurate; this is a point where the focus should be placed to improve satisfaction. We were promised a discount after our son joined which we only received after claiming.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter absolutely loves going to Busy Bees school. All the staff is very professional and extremely friendly. Always give me all essential information and help. I have not met even 1 person at school which I would not be happy with. I will definitely recommend this place to every parent who wants their child to be in great hands while they working.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 twin boys now aged two years and two months have been going to the nursery since they were eight months old.
They love their time at nursery soo much they often ask to go on non-nursery days.
They aways ask for staff members even when at home and I am sure that this is due to the nurturing care they receive when at the nursery. I can't rate the staff and nursery highly enough.
Food is amazing they always eat at nursery which is a true blessing as they are a bit fussy at home.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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 nursery and have used them for the last six years. My youngest son is now in preschool and loves getting ready and heading off for a fun packed day. I leave him feeling confident he is being well looked after and cared for by a great team. My children have learnt so much and this nursery has given them a great start. Would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend St Albans Nursery & Montessori Pre-School? 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

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