Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool

Park Avenue, Watford WD18 7HR

Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool, Watford, Hertfordshire
Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool, Watford, Hertfordshire
Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool, Watford, Hertfordshire

Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool is a sixty-three capacity Watford service that parents and their children find to be a pleasant and versatile environment.

The setting is part of the Bright Horizons portfolio which received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) award in April 2016 and the highly qualified team helped the nursery to secure a ‘Good’ rating at its September 2015 Ofsted inspection.

With many educational and creative play resources available to help child development, the early years professional team of hardworking carers are enthusiastic in helping the children to grow into confident learners, who leave the nursery happy and with a love of learning.

The nursery has safe, stimulating gardens for babies and children, encouraging them to spend time outdoors and to learn about nature; including four separate areas, a climbing frame, a summer house, a nature walk and a grassed area with raised flower boxes that children can plant flowers and vegetables in.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Sue Sharp (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 24

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

Total Places for Children: 63

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Visiting:

Nearest landmark: Cassibury Park and Vicarage Road cemetery, Zebbs superstore

Vacancies

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Reviews

7.1 Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 7.1 (7.075)

The Review Score of 7.1 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5 from 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.5 out of 5 from 15 positive Reviews in the last 2 years. (A 2 year period has been used as there were no 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 4.575 for Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (107 Excellents x 5) + (68 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 179 Ratings = 4.575

  • 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 2.5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool is based on 15 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4 then divided by 2 = 2.000

    2. Target of 12.6 positive Reviews (63 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 12.6 Target Reached = 1 , then divided by 2 = 0.500

  • 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
    11
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    14
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool

  • Mother of Child
    15

+ Our child has been very happy at the nursery and settled in with out any problems. He goes to the staff with out any fuss when being dropped off. I am always informed of any problems and contacted before any medicine is used. The nursery seems to do a lot of activities with the children and everyone seems to know who my son is and seems very happy there.

- Parents with large 4x4 vehicles, whose children can walk, should maybe think of parking outside, as there have been times when I haven't been able to get out of the car park as my child is not walking and I also have to drop off a buggy. Give priority to non walking children!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been attending this nursery since September 2015. He started in babies room and now is moving to toddlers. I have been really happy with progression he has made. My son feels very happy in the nursery. All the staff is helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The Park Nursery has been a wonderful nursery for both my two children. Our first impressions were excellent when meeting the Manager & Staff. My son started in the baby room at 8 months & is now in Pre-school, finishing soon. Both children absolutely love Nursery and are so happy to be left. The staff are all amazing and have such a keen interest in each child, working with us to help and develop our children. The staff have been excellent at assisting with making my son take his medicine, (which he would refuse with us) potty training, and helping our daughter to not need her dummy. They also make transitions from each room as easy as possible. Staff turnover is low, many of the staff have been there a long time & they all get to know the children, which helps to make children feel at ease. There is an excellent range of activities for them, toys, play area, nature walk and garden. I always leave the nursery feeling positive and happy, it really is a pleasure to go there.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been attending this nursery for a year and a half now. She has grown and learnt so much here. I am extremely happy with the progress she had made so far. The staff are wonderful and supportive. My daughter is very fond of the staff. She looks forward to seeing them every morning.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been attending this nursery for about two years and I have been really happy with the progress she has made. The attitude of all the staff is excellent, every member is courteous, helpful, friendly and most importantly fantastic with children. My daughter is always happy to attend nursery and it is truly a comfort to know she is enjoying her day while I am away at work. The nursery offers a safe, stimulating and exciting environment. Now in pre-school, my daughter has enjoyed playing with the new toys and equipment.
I could not recommend this nursery more. I can always share my concerns (which are addressed immediately) and my daughter is always happy. I couldn't ask for more!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been coming to The Park Nursery since February 2015 when he was 9 months he started in babies , moved on to toddlers and still excelling in his new room 2-3's . He absolutely loves it there and has created a great bond and friendship with staff members from all rooms . I am informed of what he does daily I know that my child is having fun, learning lots and being cared for by people who genuinely enjoy what they do . My son comes home with new words and sentences and is constantly surprising myself and my husband. Its amazing to see the progress and support he gets . I had great help in the ' removing dummy ' transition and now getting the help and support on our next hurdle of potty training. I chose this nursery as it was recommended to me by 2 friends and that was enough for me for this to me my first and only choice of childcare for my son.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? 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: Good

I am very happy with the progress that my son has made at this nursery, especially in babies and toddlers and I am very happy with the progress he is already making in the 2-3s room and how settled he is now in there. Management is very helpful and supportive. Very happy with the nursery and would definitely recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been going to the park nursery since she was one years old and will be leaving this summer as she is off to school in September, she absolutely loves the park nursery all of the team are super friendly kind and caring and always happy to accommodate when we need extra days. Will be so sad for her to leave. Would definitely recommend this nursery

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The care my son receives at The Park Nursery is amazing and I can genuinely say we love all of the staff.
The environment and facilities are brilliant but more than anything it's being able to leave my son totally safe in the knowledge that he is well looked after, cared for and loved. Communication with staff and updates are very good, his activities are varied and children are encouraged self development.

The most outstanding feature of this nursery is the manager and the team. They are passionate and enthusiastic and make you and your child feel like part of a big family.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My partner and I are very happy for our daughter to attend The Park Day Nursery. I feel safe leaving my daughter in the hands of all the helpful and friendly staff. She has progressed so much from the first day she started, from her social skills improving to her academic skills. I would highly recommend this nursery to friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my daughters have been at The Park since they were about 10 months old, my eldest will be leaving to go to school in September. I always feel very informed of what they are doing and what they are helping to develop. I know that my children are having fun, learning lots and being cared for by people who genuinely love what they do.

The food options are varied and the girls substitutes can be arranged if need be, babies have their own room to sleep in for naps, and the outside space is great with a nature walk, play area and garden. My eldest also loves her Spanish lessons in preschool too - she has taught me and daddy key words and phrases too!!
I have already and will continue to recommend this nursery.

I know that myself and the girls will be sad when we say goodbye to the lovely people at The Park.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My child started going to this nursery when he was 3 and he was bit worried initially, didn't talk much and even used to pee in pants when he got sad. The nursery staff were very understanding and they helped my kid overcome his fears so professionally that he changed drastically. He just loves going to the nursery and wants to be there even on weekends. His learning curve is increasing so dominantly that I am extremely pleased and proud. He is very very well behaved and it's a joy to see him grow so happily. I would want to give more credit to the nursery as I am a full time working mom and he spends more time at the nursery and loves his teachers as they adore him too!!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My son is going to the nursery in the last 7 months. He is on part time at the moment, but I'm hoping that will change soon.
The staff have always been welcoming, friendly and happy! Every time when I pick him up, I get all the information regarding his care, food and activities they've done during the day.
The place always looks clean and tidy, the garden is specious and inviting and the staff reports that my son really enjoys his time outside.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

Both of my children have attended The Park Nursery from 10 months old. My daughter (my youngest) is due to leave this summer to start school in September. I could not have asked for more from the staff. My daughter loves her time there and the staff have become extended family. We will all be very sad to say goodbye. They make learning fun and do a wide range of activities with the children daily. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both of my children have attended The Park Nursery during their pre school years and have absolutely loved it. It was a great stepping stone for my son in preparation for his school journey, he started school full of confidence and I believe this was to do with the time he spent at The Park Nursery. My daughter is due to graduate from the pre school room this August and I am confident she is ready for the start of her school chapter and again this is down to the support and learning she has received during her time at the nursery. Both my children have attended nursery from a young age and it has been amazing watching them grow and move on through the different rooms from the baby room right through to the pre school and then graduation.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons The Park Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Natasha

Natasha Graham

Job Title: Deputy Nursery Manager

Joined: 2015

Description:

I have been part of the team at The Park since May 2015. I am passionate about giving children the best start in life and watching them flourish and learn and learn through play in a secure and stimulating environment.

Hayleigh

Hayleigh Newman

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2011

Description:

I am the Deputy Manager at the park nursery in Watford. I have been working for Bright Horizons since 2011 and have been promoted to the Deputy position from the 2-3’s room leader.

I have a great passion for working with children and always strive to make sure that when in my care they receive a happy, welcoming and educational environment.