Sandcastles Nursery

St Faith's at Ash Prep School, 5 The Street, Ash, Canterbury CT3 2HH

Sandcastles Nursery, Canterbury, Kent
Sandcastles Nursery, Canterbury, Kent
Sandcastles Nursery, Canterbury, Kent

Sandcastles Nursery provide early years education for children aged two years upwards.

The nursery supports children to be active learners and to pursue their ideas through creativity. Children are encouraged to develop as individuals and are appropriately supported for the next stage of their lives.

The staff team at the nursery strive to give children the best start at St Faith's regularly inviting them to enjoy school life and love learning.

Sandcastles is committed to the purpose and aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework ensuring children at the nursery are supported and encouraged to become successful learners.

Owner: Wishford Group

Person in charge: Lawrence Groves (Headmaster)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council

Number of Staff: 8

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

Total Places for Children: 50

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1730

When Closed: Christmas

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Reviews

7.2 Sandcastles Nursery has a Review Score of 7.2 (7.231)

The Review Score of 7.2 (maximum of 10) for Sandcastles Nursery 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 6 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Sandcastles Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.3 out of 5 from 6 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 4.931 for Sandcastles Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (68 Excellents x 5) + (3 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 72 Ratings = 4.931

  • 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 2.3 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Sandcastles Nursery is based on 6 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 10 positive Reviews (50 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 10 Target = 0.600 , then divided by 2 = 0.300

  • 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
    6
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Sandcastles Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    5
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Sandcastles Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    5
  • Father of Child
    1

Sandcastles Nursery is a great place for children. Our twin daughters have been so happy there. They love going to school and get very excited, just by the mention of it.
The teaching staff are really lovely and caring to the children. They are very reassuring and very organised, definitely a great place to leave your children without any worry.
We can see a huge development in the three months that our children have been there; in terms of speech, knowledge etc.
The only things that we do not quite like is the parking outside the school, as there is a lack of flexibility for nursery children as they don't have a fixed time to be dropped off.

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? 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: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our experience of Sandcastles has been very positive. My son seems to enjoy attending and seems to be able to demonstrate new learning from school which is lovely to see. Ultimately, the most important thing when leaving a young child is that you feel confident that they will be happy and safe.

The staff will give my son a cuddle as I leave if he wants one and I feel comfortable leaving him in their very capable hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We transitioned from another nursery to Sandcastles after moving closer to Ash. From the initial visit to the settling in session and beyond, my husband and I are thoroughly impressed by the staff, facilities, meals and activities.
Our son has flourished and loves it there. He has now moved up into the upper nursery, and the transition was managed superbly. We couldn't be happier with Sandcastles and the staff have been helpful and supportive when needed. We hope our son will continue through the school, and our daughter will start at the nursery in 18 months time.

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Helen Groves, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sandcastles Nursery responded to this review on 06 Dec 2016:

Thank you for your kind words, we are very proud of our Nursery and wonderful staff.

My daughter is new to the nursery and new to the area having recently moved. She loved her last nursery, so we were nervous about her ability to settle. We needn't have worried. Sandcastles Nursery is a bright, warm and welcoming environment. The staff are exceptional, very friendly and do all to help busy parents. My daughter loves them, she loves her new friends and looks forward to every day. The nursery is attached to a primary school which includes the nursery in all it's activities and empowers the younger kids to move onwards and up.

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am extremely happy with the care and facilities. The compulsory school dinners are a real plus for helping one of my fussy eaters. The staff really care about assessing each child's individual needs. The music lessons are a real hit with my twins. In the summer, they enjoyed using the school swimming pool. I have a great relationship with the staff which gives me a piece of mind and up to date every day with how their day has been. A fantastic nursery. :)

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

A wonderful nursery that my son is very happy attending. He can't wait to get there in the mornings and get stuck into all the fun activities and play with his friends. The staff are fantastic and certainly make this a special place for the little ones. I would definitely recommend Sandcastles at St Faith's Prep School.

How likely would you be to recommend Sandcastles Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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