Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool

Curie Avenue, Harwell Int'l Business Centre, Didcot OX11 0QQ

Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool is located in the Harwell International Business Centre, making it an ideal service for working parents in the area.

The nursery has policies in place that take the health and security of service users very seriously, looking to ensure that parents feel confident in all the attributes of childcare and education available. The nursery allows children to communication, creative and literacy skills through a mixture of free-play and age-specific, group-led activities.

Offering a nutritionally balanced menu using fresh ingredients and a large secure age appropriate outdoor play area, children can benefit from pre-school French lessons and holiday clubs.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Sue Crossman (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 29

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

Total Places for Children: 92

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Directions:

Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool is located close to the A34 and the B417 on the Harwell Oxford Science, Technology and Business Campus.

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Reviews

8.4 Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 8.4 (8.371)

The Review Score of 8.4 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 14 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.7 out of 5 from 3 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 4.708 for Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (125 Excellents x 5) + (37 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 168 Ratings = 4.708

  • 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 3.663 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 18.4 positive Reviews (92 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 18.4 Target = 0.163

  • 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
    12
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    13
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool

  • Mother of Child
    11
  • Father of Child
    3

The staff are really nice and my daughter seems to enjoy being at nursery. They have nice facilities with big rooms and access to the garden.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Very impressed with the nursery, Each day appears to be very well planned. We can see the development of our daughter week by week, it has been very good for her and although she was initially a little scared of going there (she is only 1!), she now really enjoys it. She is confident around adults and children and I'm sure a lot of this is down to the good work of the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our son has been attending Harwell Bright Horizons nursery for 6 months now, and absolutely loves it.

The staff have been fantastic with settling him in and are always helpful and smiling, keeping the children stimulated, happy and safe. The nursery also has strong processes for dealing with special dietary requirements.

In addition, there's always something going on, whether it's painting, music, improving things for the children, and even fund raising for charities.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

A great nursery with such caring and attentive staff who really do their best to help your child settle in well and build relationships. Lots of activities which are age appropriate and good communication with parents. Would highly recommend!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Good

My son attends here full time and absolutely loves going in every day. He settled straight in and the staff know exactly what toys to have ready to welcome him. They treat him like an individual, encourage him to learn at his own pace and are always doing new activities which he enjoys.

Staff have taken the time to get to know my son individually; have regular daily dialogues keep me up to date on his activities and progress and they are able to quickly recognise when he isn’t quite himself. My son is turning into a well-balanced and confident little boy and his nursery have played a key part in this.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I was initially unsure if nursery was the right place for my daughter but the team reassured me and were very accommodating with organising numerous 'settling in days' for my daughter. Dropping her off in the new setting was difficult for us both but they very quickly understood what my daughter required to make this as easy as possible. It didn't take long before she started to love going to nursery. All the staff seem very happy in their workplace and this has evidently rubbed off on the children. She has learnt so much in a very short time. The staff always have the time for questions even if they are busy. We will all miss the friendly environment. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool? 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

My daughter is fifteen months old and has been at Harwell for the last nine months. She is thriving there and loves going to nursery. The staff are so welcoming, helpful and supportive. My daughter really enjoys the variety of activities and has formed close relationships with her careers and friends. She is very well looked after and enjoys the facilities offered. The daily feedback given by staff is really helpful. Staff are always very accommodating to my daughters needs. I highly recommend Harwell nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My nearly 3 year old attends this nursery and has done since she was around 8 months old.
The young girls in her room are lovely and I am pleased with her overall progression here and the fact that they get lots of outdoor play time in the summer months which she loves.

She is due to move up to rising threes over the coming weeks which we are looking forward to and I am hoping she will be able to get more hands on and creative which I have been told she will once she has moved across.

I have been happy with the menu and care offered to my child and the flexibility if we need to book extra days (on the rare occasion we do). We would like to keep our daughter here at the Harwell nursery throughout preschool if possible until she starts school.
Thank you to the girls in toddler 2 for taking great care of our little girl :)

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

Average Rating: 

 3.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Marketa Cardon, Bright Horizons Team at Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool responded to this review on 03 Aug 2016:

Thank you for your feedback. If there are any aspects you are not 100% satisfied with, I would strongly recommend that you speak to the Nursery Manager to express your views, so any areas of concern are addressed and you’re totally happy with the high level of care we provide.

My son has attended this nursery for the past 4 years and he has had a great start in life with great staff and friends along the way. Great activities and excellent care standards, it's nice to not have to worry! We will both be sad to leave in September when my son starts school.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool? 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

I have been very impressed with the staff in my daughter's group. They had noticed a small rash and informed me ASAP they also contacted me a second time to say it had got slightly bigger. I phoned the Dr's and by the time she got there the rash had covered all of her body. It turned out she had a virus but it could have been different . I would just like to thank them for their efficiency and for being on the ball. They are always a friendly team giving lots of feedback on my daughter's day. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter started here in September and has always had a great time. She loves coming here and the staff are all fantastic. The food is always very tasty and healthy too. I cant rate it high enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool? 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

Marketa Cardon, Mrkg at Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool responded to this review on 12 Feb 2016:

We really enjoy hearing from our families and understand how important your views are. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

My daughter started here 1.5 days per week at 13 months, and she really loves it - she's all "Nurshry! Nurshry" when she realises she's going, and reels off the names of the staff and her friends as she gets closer! I love hearing about what she got up to during her day, and that I can call any time and find out how she's getting on.

I've popped in early to pick her up and seen the staff in action - some are young but they all are competent, enthusiastic and well-trained, as well as energetic and loving. It is clear they love their work, they talk to/about their charges with obvious genuine affection, and the joy/excitement shown by my daughter when we mention their names is evident!

Our daughter eats tonnes more than when she's at home - and they don't leave little ones to cry to sleep, so she's started napping well there too.
Some of the staff sign with our toddler, which really helped her settle and has really supported her language development and has helped her become even more social.

I like that they let them develop at their own pace but do have fun activities to participate in together, that there is lots of safe outside play opportunities.

I used to be reluctant about the idea of sending her to nursery, but she's so happy that now I'm really pleased we did. She wouldn't have half as much fun with a childminder and fewer adults/toddlers to interact with, and I can trust there are always a small body of well-trained staff looking out for her. I would actually be reluctant to pull her out of there, as I think she really benefits from it.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Marketa Cardon, Bright Horizons Team at Bright Horizons Harwell Day Nursery and Preschool responded to this review on 04 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with the level of care we provide.

My little boy is in the babies room at Harwell Kidsunlimited and the care and attention he receives from the staff is exceptional. The staff are warm and welcoming and the facilities are excellent. My little one is confident and happy and looks forward to being handed over each day. A wonderful nursery!!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been going to this nursery since 9 months old, now at 1, I can say he is full of confidence and credit this to the nursery. They treat him like an individual and let him develop at his own pace with lots of positive encouragement. He is full of smiles when I pick him up and I really like that he has a range of people who care for him, although he has a key worker. I feel he can stay with anyone in the nursery and be happy - they are also amazing at dealing with teething nappies!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Harwell 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

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Staff Profiles

Karen

Karen Liddle

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2015

Description:

I have been fortunate during my career to have worked within a wide range of services within the childcare sector. Previously I worked at Little Stars in Harwell, therefore I already have experience of being a part of Bright Horizons team. In my previous role I managed a nursery for eleven and a half years. I am both a parent and grandmother and enjoy spending time with my extended family.