Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead)

Park Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1JT

Lime Grove Day Nursery is a purpose-built nursery offering high-quality care and education to children aged six weeks to five years. Friendly and well-established, Lime Grove provides a happy, sociable environment where individual care is prioritised.

Outside is a large, fully enclosed and well-equipped garden with a nature area to encourage wild life, a playhouse, climbing frames, a vegetable garden and a restful sensory area. All children get daily access to this space as they recognise the role outdoor play has on the development of children's learning.

Lime Grove offers a fully inclusive service and is open from 7.30 to 6.30.

Group: Childbase Partnership

Person in charge: Charlotte Lucas (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 37

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

Total Places for Children: 102

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Inset Days

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) 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 38 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 16 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 4.782 for Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) is calculated as follows: ( (361 Excellents x 5) + (89 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 455 Ratings = 4.782

  • 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 4.784 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) is based on 16 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 20.4 positive Reviews (102 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 16 Reviews ÷ 20.4 Target = 0.784

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

9.6 Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.566)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead)?

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  • Likely
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  • Don't know
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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead)

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    30
  • Father of Child
    8

We're so happy with Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead), where our daughter started about 2 months ago. The staff were great at helping her (and us!) through the difficult settling in period and now she loves her time there. Our daughter particularly enjoys the fresh food made on site.
It's also great how friendly all the staff are, they're always happy to talk about anything related to our daughter and her care.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Very good nursery with great staff. My son has learned a lot.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Both my children have attended Lime Grove. The staff are friendly and welcoming and ensured both of my children settled in well and were happy. The facilities are great and the menus are nutritious, varied and yummy! Most importantly, both children enjoyed/are enjoying their time here and look forward to their time here. I would definitely recommend.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am very pleased that we use Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead). I have a third child who is going to this nursery. When we found this nursery for our first child, we had no doubts that this was the best choice of nursery and I never feel differently. Of course, there are some parts to improve (no-one is perfect as I always say) but overall this nursery is really really SUPER! Children could not have any better.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Lime Grove is an outstanding nursery. The professionalism, dedication and care provided by all staff is of the highest standard. Our son absolutely loves coming to nursery and is making excellent progress thanks to the variety of activities, special events and stimulation provided in a happy, learning environment.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Cannot speak highly enough of this nursery. My eldest is just about to leave after 3 years. She's learned and grown so much. Staff are brilliant. Care is superb and they have certainly tried to accommodate our wishes. The only drawback is the change in menu.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Overall, my daughter is happy in the baby room and always has a smile for staff. Lack of sleep is an issue as there is no separate sleeping area so my daughter sleeps 35-40 mins only. I wonder if more can be done to get her back to sleep when she wakes up - rocking?

Staff are more attentive and my daughter engages well with them, making me happy to leave her. All food requirements are well met away from main menu. Sensory play options keep her entertained.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter had a few settling in sessions to prepare her for nursery.

The team in the baby room asked lots of questions to understand my daughter better. She experienced settling sessions at different times of the day so the team could understand how she likes to go to sleep and how she feeds. I thought this process was very thorough and put my mind at ease.

The team are friendly, approachable and show a huge amount of care for the babies they look after.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The nursery is an amazing place for our daughter.
All the staff are very warm and attentive but her key worker is the best.
There isn't anything that she isn't willing to try and incorporate to make her day better and more like what we strive for at home.
I have never seen an upset child that's not being cuddled and comforted, as a mum, this was one of my biggest fears.
The food is amazing (I think our girl eats it all!) and the updates with their weekly activities really make us feel like we're also involved.
I can't wait to see her progress through the different rooms.
I would recommend Lime Grove to anyone!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Since placing my child into this nursery it has been a pleasant experience and my child has now settled in.
The staff have been fully supportive and have developed key tasks to help assist my child to settle in, it worked excellently.
The staff are friendly and accommodating, my child feels reassured and loves her time in particular with her key worker.
Office and facilities are clean and hazard free.
Office admin and response has been satisfactory but sometimes needs prompting in replying with information for my requests.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Both of my daughters have used Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead). We've been very happy with the level of care provided at the nursery.

Our daughters have both learnt key skills and are really proud of their achievements.

Staff are talented and keen to do the absolute best for all the children.

Our daughters have made lovely friends whilst at nursery too.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

The nursery has made my daughter's time at preschool more enjoyable. She has had a great time and really blossomed at Lime Grove. We have really appreciated their supportive and flexible approach which made it so easy to work with the staff.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I find the nursery always welcoming and my daughter is always talking at the end of the day telling me how much fun she has had. My overall view of the nursery is a positive one although as she has got towards leaving, I feel she could have been prepared for school a little better and/or pushed academically a little more.

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

Charlotte Lucas, Nursery Manager at Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead) responded to this review on 15 Sep 2017:

Thank you for your great comments. In relation to our teaching and learning, we follow a school readiness program which primarily has a focus on building our children’s confidence and self-esteem, providing the foundation to learn readily when children enter reception class. Information evenings are held for parents regarding our preschool curriculum, expectations, school readiness program and transition, along with parent evenings during the course of the year. We wish your child the very best at the start of this new stage of learning.

Our son joined Lime Grove in February 2017, and we are absolutely delighted with the nursery. It is a lovely building; very clean, with large rooms for the children to having plenty of space to play and learn.

Our son was initially placed into the baby room, and, at first, struggled being away from Mummy. During this time, the nursery staff were amazing; very patient and loving with him, offering lots of cuddles until he settled down, and was happy to go and play with his new friends. They were also extremely kind to me, reassuring me that he was settling in, but that it was absolutely fine to phone and check on him throughout the day.

Our son is now happy and tear-free at drop off; I have no doubt that this is because of the kindness and patience of the staff, as well as all the fun activities that he plays throughout the day. I am completely satisfied that he is cared for in a safe, secure, loving and fun environment by professional staff that are incredibly friendly and approachable.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Lime Grove is an excellent nursery! Staff are great, lovely and enthusiastic. My little one, who used to cry at the first days, is now happy to attend and always looks forward to going, and very attached to staff. She also loves the food there. Staff are really professional and teaching kids to be independent and doing a great job on this, with lots of activities which we can see also from the online website, with photos and comments from the staff. I highly recommend this nursery!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter currently attends this nursery, and my son attended previously. Both have thrived and thoroughly enjoyed every day at the nursery. The staff are amazing here. So friendly and dedicated.
My children adore the staff and have built strong relationships with their key workers and other workers in their room. The facilities and equipment are outstanding and the food is tasty and nutritious.
I have never had to worry about my children at the nursery as I know they are safe, well cared for and happy. I have no hesitation in recommending this well run, friendly nursery. THANK YOU LIME GROVE!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

As my daughter is sadly coming to the end of her time at Lime Grove I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the care that you have provided for her over the last 3 years.

Going to Lime Grove has, without a doubt, contributed to her being the happy and ever more confident little girl that she is growing into.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Friendly staff members. Excellent overall standard.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All 3 of my children have used Lime Grove over the last 6 years. The nursery is now better than ever. Strong leadership and a great team. My children are happy and love attending. The facilities are great and I would not hesitate in recommending Lime Grove.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Lime Grove is a great nursery. Staff are fantastic and I always know that my child will learn and enjoy his day. He feels safe in the nursery and is very attached to staff. Staff encourage children to be more independent and prepare them well for school. There are well-structured activities planned for each day which varies each week. The food is made on site and my son loves the food here. The meals look delicious. My favourite bit is the fantastic array of activities planned for celebration festivals. We have regular photo shoots, a trip to panto, old people's Christmas party and many other events organised regularly. It's more expensive than other nurseries but entire cost is justified for what you get.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We were welcomed around the nursery and we felt instantly that this would be our chosen nursery for our son. The staff genuinely care about the children and with healthy tasty meals, plentiful stimulated toys and activities daily, you couldn't ask for more from a nursery. You leave your child at a young age, for quite a large amount of time with people you don't know at the beginning. So it's important that you trust the staff and nursery, in general, to care for your child like you would at home and Lime Grove delivers this standard.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both my girls have had great care whilst at Lime Grove. The facilities are fantastic and the staff friendly, helpful and caring. Lime Grove always put on lovely summer fetes and Christmas parties and put a lot of effort and their own time into these. The ladies from pre-school have been exceptionally good as well as another lady from Ladybirds and a gentleman in Bumble Bees. My only negative is the admin side at the reception. Arrangements I have made in the past have been forgotten and emails about finances have not been responded to.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

A great nursery all around. Expensive but you get what you pay for.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I have previously experienced several nurseries/day-care provisions and I can honestly say Lime Grove stands head and shoulders above the rest. Every member of staff is caring and attentive (even the staff not in my son's room acknowledge him by name) and you never get the impression that looking after children is just their job, but a genuine vocation.
The toys and learning aids are imaginative and used very creatively and are well maintained and updated regularly. My child really looks forward to attending each session and comes home visibly excited, educated and exhausted! (In a good way!).

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child attends pre-school in the nursery and has thrived in this setting as well as all the other ones she has experienced at this nursery. The recent focus on school and art has been great for school and played to her strengths, interests and focus areas. My child's key worker is great with her, giving time to be independent and happy whist always knowing she is there to guide and care. Thank you for everything and most of all looking after my precious daughter so well.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has been at the nursery for 2 1/2 years and has come on so much. It has been a complete delight sending him to this school.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All the staff are not only professional but welcoming and caring towards all the children. I am proud to say my son attends Lime Grove and has been given the support and encouragement to achieve throughout the years. Thank you to all involved.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

So pleased with Lime Grove. We were new to the area and I don't think I could've found a better nursery. The staff are friendly and know all the children by name. They look after the children in a fun, safe environment and the key workers have a real focus on my child's personal development. My daughter loves it there, especially the big outside space, and always looks forward to going.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Our child learns new things every time she attends. Lime Grove provide new experiences such as tadpoles this month and learning the stages. My daughter has learnt how to share and consider others. Show and tell has allowed her confidence to improve. The overall facilities and learning experiences she has at Lime Grove have been amazing.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

I have 2 children attending the nursery. My eldest has been coming for almost 3 years. All of the nursery staff are exceptional. Since day one I have felt confident that my children are being well cared for, well fed, stimulated and kept safe. The golden values are a great idea and help to teach the children good manners and respect. I'm delighted with Lime Grove Day Nursery and would be happy to recommend it to any parent considering child care.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Daughter attended since one years old (now over three years). Always been an environment that she loved coming to. The staff have given amazing support to daughter and family as a whole. Whenever need extra support (sessions) they always were there to help. When needed on call support for arrival of baby brother the staff expressed that they would be available to support us. They always challenged and adapted to daughters individual needs and milestones. We will be sad to leave when heading off to school. Thank you!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The team at Lime Grove are wonderful. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they always welcome us with a smile,. We've been coming her since I went back to work and began our nursery journey in the baby room, we're now soon to leave pre-school and it feels like visiting family everyday.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son and I couldn't be happier with the care and service that we receive from Lime Grove. The care that my son receives is wonderful and the support that he gets is second to none. I feel happy at work knowing that he is so well looked after.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My six month old baby boy started at the nursery at six weeks old and I couldn't be happier with the care and support we have both been given right from the very start from everybody. His key person has been absolutely amazing at settling him in and reassuring me and answering any questions I had. I feel that when I take him into the baby room she is as excited to see him as he is her. All the staff are friendly and professional and couldn't do enough for us. The nursery has excellent resources, an amazing garden, lovely freshly cooked food and the staffs knowledge about childcare is brilliant. I am confident my son is getting the best childcare possible. His key person plans for his individual needs and development assuring that he has everything he needs to help him progress. I am looking forward to seeing the journey he is going to make at such and outstanding nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been at Lime Grove since she was 12 months old and is now just turning 3. She was a very shy girl who was sad at being separated but the Lime Grove staff and setting made her feel secure and safe, and she is happy and joins in with all the activities now. The daily feedback from staff is detailed and gives me a brilliant picture of her day at nursery. Her key worker is always brilliant and helpful and her learning journey is updated and a great read. The food provided is always eaten up. We love Lime Grove!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Great nursery. Attentive to every child's needs.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Having to return back to work after 9 months was daunting so needed reassurance that it was okay to leave my daughter full time. She took to it from day one! The staff were so friendly and informative on everything that we asked. My little one enjoys every day, as soon as we walk through the door she has smiles and continues to right through the day. The staff are happy to take calls throughout the day without any hesitation. She enjoys her meals and has been know to have THREE helpings at times, so must be good!!

After seeing a number of nursery's, Lime Grove was the one that offered the most confidence to us as new parents and would recommend to anyone who is looking for excellent childcare!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We visited several nurseries before choosing Lime Grove and were delighted with our choice. Both of our children have thoroughly enjoyed it, building great relationships with their key workers, staff, and other children. The resources are excellent and geared towards the development of the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Lime Grove Day Nursery (Hemel Hempstead)? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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