Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted

Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted HP4 3GY

Sunhill Montessori Nursery is registered to welcome up to eighty-seven children to a spacious and friendly learning environment, with secure outdoor play areas and a professional team of carers.

The nursery follows a varied curriculum designed to aid the development of early years skills, with a strong focus on literacy, language and numeracy, experienced through both individual play and group activities.

The large outdoor environment encourages the physical development of the children as well as fostering an interest in nature as they access their own nature garden with raised grow beds and a bird hide.

Group: Sunhill Daycare (Europe) Ltd

Person in charge: Jan Weall (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: 87

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: Go to website

Languages Spoken (other than English): Polish

Overview

The Review Score of 9 (maximum of 10) for Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 6 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 4.677 for Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted is calculated as follows: ( (184 Excellents x 5) + (73 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 263 Ratings = 4.677

  • 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 4.345 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted is based on 6 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 17.4 positive Reviews (87 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 17.4 Target = 0.345

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

9 Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted has a Review Score of 9 (9.022)

Average Ratings

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    5
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Reviewer Connection to Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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My son has now attended Sunhill Montessori for one year.
He absolutely loves it, the garden being his favourite.
I have seen a great change in his abilities since starting. He has gained many new skills and is very confident.
All staff are caring and considerate of the child's individual needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We moved to the area in late 2017 and Sunhill staff have made all of us feel so welcome. My daughter has never been happier at a nursery and it has been great seeing her excited about going to nursery. At the end of each nursery day, she talks excitedly about her day. We couldn't be happier with Sunhill - their approach, facilities and particularly the people.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am so pleased with Sunhill. It is such a lovely, friendly nursery. The staff are all so professional and genuine. The activity output is also very good and creative.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am incredibly happy with the nursery. It is a loving and professional environment - a tone and standard very much set by the top. The team is very accommodating of my requests and questions and my daughter's development is evident. I would recommend the nursery to any friends or family.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Sunhill Berkhamsted continues to offer consistently high levels of personalised care to my daughter. All staff know her and are welcoming at pick up and drop off. She loves all her carers and the activities they do together.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Our daughter joined Sunhill when she was 11 months old and settled in very quickly thanks to the excellent care and commitment of all the staff. They all work extremely hard to create a safe and stimulating environment for all the children and are genuinely dedicated to each individual child. As parents we are made to feel part of the ‘family’ with events and regular communications and very much appreciate the personalised care our daughter has received. The daily short reports and extended termly ones show how well they know her and that the atmosphere they foster for her is helping her to thrive.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has been at the nursery for over a year and during this time he has grown into a confident, very sociable and inquisitive boy. The nursery has been essential to helping him develop these skills and they have supported him all the way. We couldn't be happier with our choice of day care.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

I started sending my son to the nursery roughly when he was 5 and a half months old. Since then, the teachers have looked after him like mothers. He absolutely loves going to nursery - can't praise the teachers enough for all the care they provide.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Sunhill is a fantastic nursery. My daughter really enjoys her time here and I leave her each day knowing she is in safe hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are amazing and have taken great care of my children. Both children have had lots of fun and made some lasting friendships. The outside space is a real bonus with all the possibilities that it offers in terms of activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter enjoys nursery and likes all of the staff. She is learning and progressing her interpersonal skills in a fun and informal setting. The outside space is amazing and the nursery makes good use of it in all weathers.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We have been really happy with the way Sonhill has supported my child (and us) in settling into the new environment. We have found the staff to be very friendly and understanding of our needs, allowing us to call to find out how she is and reassuring us that she is fine. Her key worker communicates to us both verbally and through her 'daily diary'. It is wonderful to hear about what she has been exploring and learning. Although it has taken her a while to settle, it is wonderful to see her become calmer and happier when dropping off and picking up, it is clear that she feels safe with them.

Seeing her table manners improve at home as a result of the boundaries nursery clearly set when eating together during sessions has also been wonderful to see.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Sunhill is a very homely environment. The staff are eager to help, approachable and flexible. There is a wealth of knowledge to tap into and we are hugely pleased we chose it.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Sunhill is a fantastic Nursery in Berkhampstead. It has a very caring and safe family atmosphere. Our daughter has thrived here and is very happy to attend nursery. The nursery is also very adaptable to parents needs and this has helped a great deal in management including changing needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Very helpful and friendly staff. The nursery manager is lovely. My son is very happy playing there. He is well-looked after. They offer a variety of food with well-cooked meals. My son's key workers have been excellent. He likes them a lot. When they are not there, other staff can always tell me about what he has been doing and how he has behaved. They are positive and encouraging. The outside space is great.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I cannot thank the staff and management at Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted enough for helping my little boy to settle at nursery. He was not coping well but with their care, flexibility and understanding he is beginning to enjoy his time. He has a great room with a variety of toys and a wonderful garden which is perfect for burning off toddler energy. In addition to being wonderful with the children, the staff have shown such care and compassion towards me as a teary Mum struggling to let go!

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We have loved Sunhill Montessori for our daughter. We always felt confident that she was cared for with kindness. She always had a wonderful time at the nursery. She particularly loved the range and varied outside space and time to play and explore outside every day. The manager and her team are dedicated to the care of the children and to the success of the nursery as a whole. I have been extremely happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

The manager and the whole team have been utterly fantastic throughout our whole time at the nursery. Not only looking after our daughter but also myself!! They have been so kind and patient and nothing has been too much trouble. Their enthusiasm, kindness and patience has really helped us to settle really well. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This is a really lovely nursery run by the manager and her team who always has the children and their families front of mind. It is a good sized nursery with excellent outdoor space, which they use virtually every day in most weather due to the outdoor classroom which our children love. The children feel very much at home there and the team is always making sure the rooms and the equipment work for the children currently in the class and updating when possible. The staff really care for the children providing lots of activities and themes, while supporting them in their individual interests. It is often challenging when both parents work but the manager really feels like a support and understands the chaos of working life. Both my children joined the nursery later (toddler / pre-school room) having to integrate into established groups, and they did so with no problem - I would not hesitate to recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

We have been very pleased with the nursery. Our daughter joined when she was 2 and has been supported in many facets of her development. Her key worker is fantastic, as well as the nursery manager who has created a wonderful environment and community. The outside area is also fabulous.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Wonderful nursery with fantastic outdoor space and staff that are both caring and nurturing. Both my girls had a fantastic experience there and have grown in to happy & confident little girls thanks mainly to the lovely staff and friendly environment.

Many thanks to the Manager & her team.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We moved from London to Berkhamsted and found Sunhill to be a very different kind of nursery to those we found in the city.

There is a very warm, family environment everywhere, from the decor to the employees to the children to the music playing when you walk in. The Manager and her staff have been fantastic and helped a ensured a potentially difficult transition for our daughter went incredibly smoothly.

The facilities are good, but improving all the time with refurbishments and modernisation to several rooms and the garden in the past few months. The garden is fantastic and the staff really make use of it, giving the children lots of outdoor play time with education about plants, gardening and all the associated social development of playing in a fun outdoor space.

Our daughter's key worker is superb - greets her everyday with a smile and a project to help ease any morning anxiety and has really aided her development and communication.

In sum, I never ever write online reviews, but Sunhill is helping my daughter and doing a fantastic job of it, so this is an exception! Well done to the Manager and team, I couldn't recommend you more.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunhill Montessori Berkhamsted? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

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