Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington

Allington Day Nursery, Ash Grove, Maidstone ME16 0AD

Allington nursery is situated in the grounds of Palace Wood Primary School. A small cosy nursery with excellent links to local schools.

The nursery has a large garden with a natural woodland area and separate play area for under two’s.

Nutritional food is cooked on-site and has a team of skilled and experienced staff. The nursery achieved a Good Ofsted rating in January 2014.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Heather Dodds (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent 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: 71

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.3 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.4 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 4.917 for Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington is calculated as follows: ( (167 Excellents x 5) + (12 Goods x 4) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.917

  • 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 4.423 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington 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 14.2 positive Reviews (71 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 14.2 Target = 0.423

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

9.3 Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington has a Review Score of 9.3 (9.340)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    14
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
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    0
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    0
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington

  • Mother of Child
    12
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Father of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

I am often dropping off and collecting my grandchild from Busy Bees in Maidstone Allington and I can't fault them. The staff are always available, professional and approachable and always tell me such lovely things that my grandchild has been up to during the day and trust me, it all sounds like so much fun. My grandchild comes home happy and that's all I want.
The nursery itself has a beautiful large outdoor garden that my grandson is always looking forward to playing in.
I can't recommend the nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Having had a bad experience at a previous nursery, we were so anxious to put our son into somewhere new, however, I can honestly say it was the best choice we ever made for him. From day one we have been made to feel so welcome and like we are being greeted by friends, and our son has been shown nothing but love and constant care.
He has gone from being a child who dreaded new experiences, to being so excited to wake up and go to nursery. All of the staff go above and beyond what is required of them and I couldn't wish for better people to look after him when we are not there. His bond with them all speaks volumes. I highly recommend this nursery and can't thank you all enough for everything you do for our little boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son loves nursery here, he spends most of his day in the large garden, he has learnt new skills and made lots of new friends. The staff are friendly and kind and I could not fault them even if I tried!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has always been happy in this Nursery. The staff are so happy to be there, they really enjoy what they do. Children spend all day outside and they have a beautiful large garden, they do lots of different activities and she has grown massively in confidence since starting there. Couldn’t recommend the Nursery more highly.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I currently have 1 child attending at the nursery and he absolutely loves going into nursery in the morning. He has grown in confidence, walks straight into nursery, hangs up his coat on his peg and walks into his room saying “bye Mummy” and sits down at the breakfast table and serves his own food.

I have noticed his speech has improved a lot and he has started learning a lot of new songs which he has started singing at home too and getting us to join in with him.

The staff at the nursery are so so friendly and easy to approach.
The nursery has a lovely big garden with a climbing frame which is great for my child.

I have also noticed that my child’s social skills have increased since being at the nursery and he will hold a conversation for longer and ask more questions about things around him.

Can't recommend this nursery enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my children are at the nursery or out of school club. They are both so happy with Busy Bees, Maidstone Allington.

The staff are friendly and genuinely care for the children. The management team are approachable and seem driven in moving the nursery forward, a real passion for their nursery.

A lot of events go on throughout the year and all have been enjoyable. My children are constantly talking about all the fun things they have got up to during the day and are coming out with new things all the time.

I can't recommend them enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attends the nursery and has done for 2 years. Friendly staff and it is a nice small nursery. They have a large outside space and my boy loves it, for me that's the best recommendation that I need.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have two children attending the nursery, and they both absolutely love it! They have developed in confidence, made great friends and are well supported by the wonderful staff.

A small nursery, it has a warm, friendly and welcoming feel, and it's clear that the staff take real pride in their work, and genuinely care for the children they look after.

I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The staff in the baby room are fantastic. After coming here for a month, my daughter's development has excelled. They have also been very supportive of the weaning process and cater to a very particular diet. Her key worker always keeps me well informed of my child's time at nursery as well as showing me lots of pictures and observations of her in her book. The only negative is the price which is already high and about to increase again.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

I am so happy with this nursery, we have used this for the past 3 years and have never had any cause for complaint. I like the small family feel and that many of the staff have their own children there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter attended nursery over the summer period and was extremely happy there.

The Staff were very cheerful and made coming to nursery an exciting and pleasant experience for her.

She enjoyed all the activities and loved the meals and snacks that were prepared on site.

I would recommend Busy Bees to my friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am delighted with the service offered at Busy Bees Nursery in Allington and would highly recommend it to others. The dedication of all the staff and their attention to detail makes the experience for both parents and children an enjoyable one. Highlights for me have been the fantastic settling in of both my girls, one who moved from another nursery to the preschool room and one who started in the baby room at 10 months old. Drop offs and pick ups are smooth and easy. The nursery has an excellent development programme, I know my children are getting all the care they need whilst learning and developing. I also really like the approach to outdoor space, I was initially anxious as the nursery was smaller than what we had been used to, however, the staff maximise the fantastic garden areas at all times. It is great to see children exploring and learning new things, using all the outdoor toys or in the forest garden and this happens spring, summer, autumn and winter!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This nursery has a warm and welcoming feel about it. The staff and management team are very professional and the children are all happy. The outside area is spacious with lots of activities for the children to join in with. I would recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My twin boys have been going to the nursery since they were 7.5 months old and they absolutely love nursery the have become confident, independent, caring, and friendly little boys who enjoy everything about the nursery. The nursery has a very good outside play area which is great for active little ones, they have a free flow so the children have the choice to be inside or outside. I've always found the rooms to be set up in the morning ready for the children to get started right away, my boys run straight in and get stuck right into the activities. The staff have built a great bond with my children and when I leave them there in the mornings, I know my precious boys will be well looked after by caring people who dedicate their day to making children's lives fun filled, action packed, educational and safe. I would highly recommend Allington Day Nursery to anyone with children.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has been with Busy Bees Maidstone Allington since 7 months old (now 5yrs). She has grown into a polite and knowledgeable girl and I have all the staff team to thank for that. They are dedicated, professional and caring. In the preschool room, they do many learning activities that focus on particular areas of development, such as problem solving, literacy, numbers, letters etc and my daughter would constantly come home full of it, she was so excited to tell me what different things she had learnt that day.
My son has now started here, he is so happy and has made a strong bond with all staff. They do so much with the children, my fridge is full of beautiful creations and happy memories with nursery photos and that's exactly what you want as a parent.
The nursery is well presented with a great, approachable management team, a credit to the nursery.
Overall, a lovely nursery which has gone above and beyond to help make my children's start in life a happy one.
Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Maidstone Allington? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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