Little Nightingales Day Nursery

Nightingale Cottage, Barnet Road, London Colney, St Albans AL2 1BG

Little Nightingales provides a warm, welcoming, 'home from home', caring environment where all children feel happy, secure and relaxed and can't wait to come in each day.

The nursery is lucky enough to be within walking distance of the River Colne, and Little Nightingales have great fun feeding the ducks at the same time as learning about, interacting with and experiencing nature.

Staff at Little Nightingales recognise, respect and enjoy the individual personalities of all children from the youngest to the eldest and believe in giving them space as well as a challenging environment to help them develop and grow.

Their aim is to help each child learn to be strong and confident within a secure and social setting.

Owner: Elena Journet

Person in charge: Marilyn Journet (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 12

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

Total Places for Children: 54

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Fees Guide: £60-£67 per day

Languages Spoken (other than English): German, Greek, Modern

Overview

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Little Nightingales 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 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Nightingales Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 8 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 4.789 for Little Nightingales Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (151 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 190 Ratings = 4.789

  • 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 4.741 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Nightingales Day Nursery is based on 8 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 10.8 positive Reviews (54 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 8 Reviews ÷ 10.8 Target = 0.741

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

9.5 Little Nightingales Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.530)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to Little Nightingales Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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This really is a home from home nursery and my two sons have really flourished through the care, play and learning at Little Nightingales. The staff work tirelessly to ensure all children are happy and looked after in a nurturing and caring environment. If your child has a specific routine or requirements be that potty training, a comforter for nap time, specific sleep timetable, then the team will work with you to ensure your child's needs are met. In fact, when my first child was young, I would often seek the advice of the carers on how to approach different challenges (ie potty training), valuing their opinion and ideas. The activities are varied - my child is in pre-school where they take part in a different club (gardening/drama/book etc) every day which he really enjoys. The communication is clear with a monthly memo, Facebook posts and ad-hoc emails. Very happy we chose Little Nightingales and they have been part of our children's lives for the last 5 years.

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

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Our son started at Little Nightingales four months ago and we have been so happy there. We were dreading leaving our first born (he had only ever been looked after by us and occasionally family) but the wonderful team that care for him have made it easy. He loves nursery and is looked after so well, we are delighted. We have been particularly impressed with the baby room staff, varied activities, regular updates to parents and the food.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

A wonderful Nursery truly a home from home environment. The staff are excellent and very caring and both my children have done really well at the nursery and my eldest was really well prepared for when he made the transition to school.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very friendly welcoming staff, great home feel environment. A happy place for children to go. My son loves it there

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My 1-year-old son has recently started at Little Nightingales. From initially looking round to registering, settling in days and starting we have been made to feel extremely welcome and it was all very stress-free. He is loving his time at Little Nightingales. The staff are all very friendly and attentive and have made us feel at ease from the very start. The menus are always varied and he has had lots of different experiences - visiting the ducks and painting activities to name just two. We are very glad we chose Little Nightingales.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have no bad words to say about this nursery, my daughter has been going there for a year now and she loves it. From activities to the nutrition they take such pride in providing the best. I get constant updates on how my daughter is doing and they really take the time to bond and get to know her. I can not praise them enough.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff at Little Nightingales are extremely helpful and approachable and my son has developed so much in their care. They have a great system that parents can use to watch children's development.
They have a really varied food plan for children and they are always encouraged to try new things.
There is a real family feel at the nursery which makes it much more comfortable for parents.

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

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

My child has been going to the nursery for nearly 2 years now and the amount he has learnt in this time is quite staggering. Being with the other children his own age and even older has helped his development 10 fold.

The staff are amazing with him as well. They love him and he loves them just as much. He has a milk intolerance and the nursery has been so good with that. Making sure they have the correct foods and milk for him as well. We requested that the nursery only allow him to sleep for an hour a day and they did that for us as well. They do fundraising days throughout the year as well which gets the parents and children involved. I would recommend this nursery to anyone.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I was so nervous about sending my first child to nursery and wanted to make sure I chose the right one. I have always liked the homely look of Little Nightingales and had heard good things about it. When I went to look round, I fell in love with the place and the staff. It really is a home from home environment and all of the children looked so happy and at ease in their care. My daughter enjoyed her first visit and after that I had already decided not to look anywhere else as I knew that Nightingales was the place for her. The days are always varied and my daughter is always sufficiently worn out when I collect her! They do so many different activities and the children are constantly entertained. The food is all freshly prepared by a chef on site and it is healthy, varied and tasty! The sleeping facilities are brilliant and the toys are fun, educational & come in abundance! I am looking forward to my daughters journey from the nest (baby room) all the way to pre school.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

A great nursery, managed by lovely staff who really care about the children, giving a genuine home from home feel. I have been really happy with my son's care, and will not hesitate to send my baby there when I return to work.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Little Nightingales really is home away from home. The manager and her wonderful staff have worked alongside us to help our little one settle in so well. They're always at the end of a phone call to talk about anything and it really is an open door place where parents and children are welcomed with a smile every day. They look after all the kids so well and do a great job getting to know all the little ones and their quirky little ways!

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending little nightingales since she was 10 months old. She is now almost 4 and continues to thrive. The staff at the nursery are amazing with the children - I honestly can't praise them enough. The nursery also has a chef on the premises and my daughter often tells me how she loves the food he makes!

I would wholeheartedly recommend little nightingales to anyone looking for a nursery in the area - my daughter's only going to be there for another 8 months and I know we're both going to miss it!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Wonderful nursery. My eldest attended (he's now 6) and my youngest is currently there.

Both boys joined at the age of one and I can honestly say I have never worried about them once in the care of the staff at little nightingales.

They are so well cared for and both are thriving academically due to the start they have been give there.
The boys come home excited and cannot wait to go back after the weekend.

Lovely, comfortable environment and a great range of activities from French, to PE to dancing and singing.

The food is great too, all home cooking and overall the nursery is managed incredibly well.
I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This is a small family run nursery and that really shows (in a positive way). Although not a large facility there are lots of activities and the staff go the extra mile with trips out, parties, visits from firemen etc. The owner and her daughters are lovely and really care about the children.

Small and intimate.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

I cannot recommend Little Nightingales highly enough. My daughter started at 7 months and we have always felt comfortable leaving her with the staff in the knowledge that they value and care for her. Now at the age of three and a half, she has a real love of learning which has been fostered and nurtured by her pre-school teachers. The nursery follows clear routines but show flexibility for each individual child's needs. My daughter loves the food which is all prepared and cooked on the premises. My child has grown into a confident and happy child which Little Nightingales has played a significant part in.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Little Nightingales is a fabulous warm and caring nursery. Both my kids have been going since they were 8 months old and love it there. The staff seem to genuinely care about the children and the level of teaching/learning is high, offering a great foundation for the transition into school. The food is made fresh on the premises and they are very generous with what they offer the kids ie frequent snacks etc. Activities are varied, for example in pre-school, they do gardening club, PE, even French lessons every other week. They recently opened a new baby unit which is fantastic. It's bright, clean, has great facilities and my daughter is very comfortable there (she sleeps far better there than at home and I don't think she's the only one!). At Little Nightingales, they are flexible with requests and do the little extra things for example include nappies in the cost (not all nurseries do this), give presents to all the kids at Christmas, take the kids out on day trips to the park etc etc. I would not hesitate in recommending Little Nightingales and in fact would actively encourage everyone in the vicinity to send their children there!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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