Little Stars Nursery

STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Didcot OX11 0QX

Little Stars Nursery, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Little Stars Nursery, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Little Stars Nursery, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Little Stars Nursery is part of Bright Horizons portfolio which received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) award in April 2016. This friendly and convenient nursery provides safe and warm environments for children in Didcot and the surrounding area; caring for families of STFC as well as the local community.

The nursery offers a team of skilled early years professionals who are dedicated to protecting the wellbeing of children in their care and pursuing a proven curriculum of early years learning. The nursery provides regular extracurricular activities such as Forest School and Bright Horizons' Growing Programme, which includes Growing Readers, Writers and Mathematicians, has been designed to prepare children for their transition to school.

Children also have access to a well-resourced outdoor space in all weathers. An excellent nutritionally-balanced menu, prepared by the on-site chef, has been carefully planned with a professional nutritionist and offers children many opportunities to experience different types of flavours.

The on-going training and staff's enthusiasm helped to secure a 'Good' Ofsted rating in November 2013.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Claire Sellwood (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 18

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional 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: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Directions:

Nursery is on the Science & Technology Facilities Council site.

Parking:

Parking available on site.

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.8 Little Stars Nursery has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.777)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Little Stars 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 43 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Stars Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 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 4.777 for Little Stars Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (409 Excellents x 5) + (97 Goods x 4) + (9 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 515 Ratings = 4.777

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Stars Nursery is based on 18 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 12.6 positive Reviews (63 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 12.6 Target Reached = 1

  • 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
    36
  • Good
    7
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Stars Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    41
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Little Stars Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    27
  • Father of Child
    15
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

The staff are lovely and my daughter enjoys going to nursery and commonly doesn't want to stop playing to come home. The children get to do a variety of activities and appear to be able to choose what they want to do such as playing outside or being inside.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I admit two years ago when my son started at the nursey I was concerned that being owned by Bright Horizons meant it would be too corporate, focused on business and making money rather than the care & development of my son.

I’m glad to say I was so wrong.

He absolutely loves going here, has always formed a good bond with his care workers and the staff are just excellent; planning plenty of activities to engage his development, mentally as well as socially. Despite the mess during the day, the place is always clean and tidy at close of play.

There's a weekly emailed newsletter, which has good content of activities, showing the L&D focus for the coming week, as well as staff holidays and cover, and of course the weekly menu. The food is home-made, cooked daily, so not processed and packed with preservatives and salt. It's balanced and healthy, and he obviously enjoys it given the reports when I collect him.

I couldn't recommend Little stars more highly!! Excellent across the board!!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Little Stars Nursery is an outstanding nursery with exemplary staff. It's been a nurturing, supportive, safe and exciting place for all my babies to grow and develop into the amazing little people they are now, guided along the way by professional and dedicated people.

I am so thankful I have given my children the best start they could ever have in life by being part of Little Stars. They have progressed through the nursery starting as caterpillars and becoming beautiful butterflies, whilst care has been taken to ensure each child is ready for the next step. The process to get the children ready for school, including initiatives like ‘school days’, ‘PE classes’ and ‘graduation’ is fantastic. This helps to equip them with the skills and behaviours they need to help them flourish in a new environment/routine.

My son’s keyworker inspired his imagination by facilitating his thinking, engaging his mind and listening to his questions. She encouraged him to take risks and she supported him when and if he struggled.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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 have been very impressed with the care and learning activities Litter Star has provided. Every staff member we've met at the nursery is friendly, patient and energetic. My son is so happy to go to the nursery since we transferred to Litter Star. I would not hesitate to recommend Litter Star to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Our daughter has been attending Little Stars for nearly one year since the age of 1. We have been extremely impressed with the nursery - it offers an excellent balance between professionalism and friendliness. The staff are very caring and understanding of both children and worried/tired/etc parents! Would strongly recommend to any parent and little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Since my son started his first day in Little Stars Nursery, he has become a very happy boy. He loves going to nursery every time and he even did not want to go home when I pick him up in the afternoon. I can see the reasons because the key person looks after him very well. Every time I pick up my son, my son is so clean and tidy although he plays in the garden and sands very often. He went to two different nurseries before coming to Little Stars and his bib was always wet when I met him in the afternoon. However, it doesn't happen here in Little Stars. His bib is always dry when I pick him up. The staff in Little Stars are very friendly and full of energy. They are very responsible and reliable. I can leave my son there without any worries. So highly recommend Little Stars nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Little Stars nursery have provided a secure and supported learning opportunity for both of my children. Both have enjoyed going to the nursery and have thrived in the broad learning environment. They have been exposed to many things they would not have experienced had they been solely at home. The nursery staff work incredibly hard to develop their range of learning activities some of which take advantage of being on the Harwell Campus.
Examples of this would be short trips to visitor centres on the RAL site and forest school. I have had no reservation recommending the nursery in the past, nor am I likely to in the future.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Staff at the nursery are very kind with the child. Our son gets used to going to the nursery very quickly and now enjoy to go there. There is good communication with the parents on the progress and the future activities related to the required development of the child.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Before my daughter started at Little Stars Nursery we were very worried about how she would get used to the nursery because she can't speak or understand English.
However, after her first session, we knew we didn't need to worry about her because she said that she had enjoyed the nursery very much.
Unfortunately, her language ability hasn't improved very much, but we would like to thank the staff members of Little Stars Nursery as they always speak to my daughter even though she can't really reply in English.
We think such an attitude is very important to make children relax and enjoy the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Little Stars is a great nursery! My son absolutely loves going to nursery and it's a sign how great of a place for him to be in. They do such a wide range of activities with the children. I would really struggle to keep up at home!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

We are very happy with our experience with Little Stars Nursery.
Both of our girls come here.
The oldest has now gone through several home bases.
It is great to see them do age-appropriate activities and be able to learn through play.
The older ones also have direct access to a nice big garden which is very well equipped - a sand pit, mud kitchen, a mound - plenty of things to keep them busy outdoors.
Overall we are very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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 have a very good experience with the Little Stars Nursery.
The staff are very friendly and professional and both my children have enjoyed their time in the nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

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: Excellent

Very happy with every aspect of the nursery care because my two are happy. That's all that needs to be said.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 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: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

My son started at little stars aged 16 months and he loves it. He's always very happy to go, and on the way home, he asks when he can go back again.
The staff are very caring and provide a great variety of activities for the children. Our boy particularly enjoys forest school.
He starts school in September, and he will miss the Little Stars staff and his friends very much.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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 love Little Stars! Our first son was there age 9 mnths-4 years and now our second son has started there aged 18mnths. The staff are dedicated, committed, engaged and also have often been working at the nursery for many years which is always a sign of a well-run and happy workplace. The children are really cared for and made to feel valued and inspired. I feel really lucky we found this place and even better that it's reasonably priced too!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Very happy with this nursery. Our daughter, who is nearly 18 months old, loves coming here. The staff are fantastic, and help the children with a whole range of different activities- physical, sensory, skill-based, with books, with toys, in the garden... I have been amazed at how much our daughter is picking up and how quickly she is learning new skills from her time in nursery. She also loves the food, and is almost guaranteed to eat AND sleep well.
The staff members have been brilliant, they are very accommodating, and really helped her settle in when she started, so she quickly got used to the routine. I also really like the daily report so I know exactly what she's been getting up to!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

We have had both our children attending Little Stars Nursery full time from the time they were about 1. They have always been incredibly happy with nursery life, and we have felt this was the best possible place for them. All staff is very caring, and there are exciting activities going on. Our littlest come back from nursery so excited every day. We feel very lucky to have Little Stars on Campus.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

My 18 month old daughter has been attending this nursery since June and absolutely loves it. She adores the messy play with her friends and is very attached to her carer. We can see how happy and stimulating she finds the environment and it makes it much easier for us to drop her off every morning knowing how much she enjoys "Stars". We're very impressed at how the staff have cared for our little girl and helped her develop her confidence with moving and speaking over the past months.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We love the Little Stars Nursery, I trust the staff and I can see my little boy is always happy. The activities are engaging, always different and the atmosphere is relaxed. The spaces are well organised and there are also extra activities such as Boogie Beat

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My child has been attending for 3 years and has loved their time at Little Stars. They have been looked after incredibly well and their emotional, physical and educational needs have been met well. The key workers have all been chosen brilliantly for my child and they take a special interest in home life as well as nursery life and involve parents in many aspects of nursery life. The managers are parents too, so understand the issues and concerns that parents have and are always ready with a listening ear. The food and menu is exciting and varied and my child loves to have second helpings! The Forest School is a wonderful idea and gets the youngsters out to explore. There is a Parents Association too, which is active at raising money and organises additional events for the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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

I am a grandmother of a boy who attended this nursery for 4 years. He loved his time there and rightly so, because he was looked after with care, kindness, great sensitivity and understanding. He was nurtured physically, emotionally and intellectually. What more could one want!
I have a fair knowledge of nurseries, having had a career which included working within nurseries, both practically and managerially. Getting services right for pre-schoolers is very difficult for a whole number of reasons and somehow Little Stars has been able to excel in this.
Well done all of the staff, I cannot recommend the nursery highly enough. It has set my dear grandson off for life.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

- I have had 3 children go through Little Stars and they have been BRILLIANT!
- Going back to work is very hard for any mum, but I always felt my children have been safe, happy and loved by the kind staff at Little Stars.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My experience of Little Stars Nursery has always been excellent. Staff are caring, helpful and informative, and always act in a professional way. The experiences they provide for the children are brilliant and they get opportunities to do things they may not get a chance to at home. I always feel like my child is being well looked after, which is a real relief. Could not ask for more.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The staff and education they provide is excellent. Staff are always willing to help and are very kind. Their support through difficult family times has been amazing and I could not have done without them. Every member of staff is like a friend and I have loved every day for care they have provided to my children. Their level of attainment achieved at the end of nursery was far above that of others in the areas.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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 are completely satified with the service we have received up to date and would recommend your nursery to everyone who would be interested. Thank you for the great work and having such a friendly and safe environment for my children. Communication is brilliant between staff and to ourselves. Although we have not been able to take part, because of work commitments, the nursery offers a wide variety of options for parents to join in. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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

Every staff member we have met has been brilliant. We have had two primary carers in the different rooms and both have been professional, loving and have clearly connected with child. More than that it feels like you are leaving your child with a caring and experienced family; you can tell that everyone is a unit working together. On top of that the level of daily reporting and communication is brilliant. You learn what their day was like and also realise that the nursery puts on a huge amount for every child. Experienced with baby led weeing, fabric nappies and all good things. Super.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

I genuinely couldn't be happier with Little Stars! The staff are caring and attentive, the range of activities that the children undertake is wonderful, and the focus on learning (especially through play) is fantastic. Our 18 month old stands by the front door each morning until we leave and she runs to the car in anticipation. More often than not she tries to lead us to one of the play areas when we go to pick her up! The meals and snacks provided are healthy an varied. Most importantly though, we know our daughter is happy and safe there. Our daughter loves her key worker, but is equally happy and trusting with the other staff. We were so impressed that we actually increased the number of days that we went back to work specifically so that she could spend more time there, as we felt she got so much out of being there! Little Stars is simply wonderful.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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: Don't Know

We have been extremely happy with the care that the nursery has provided so far. Our daughter took very little time to settle in, thanks to the warm, caring and friendly staff. The nursery is bright, spacious and has plenty of challenging toys to stimulate curious minds. The children seem to enjoy the food and the menu is varied. The friendly staff are the main asset. We would not hesitate to recommend this nursery to friends.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

We are extremely happy with the care our daughter receives at Little Stars. She really enjoys her time there and does many new and exciting activities which has really helped her learning. We really don't have any negatives about the nursery and we are hoping to get our youngest daughter into the nursery too. Keep up the great work everyone.

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

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter loved her 4 and a half years at little stars, the activities were varied and stimulating.
She particularly enjoyed forest school and the life areas where she could exercise her imagination.

I'm really pleased with the links that were made with her new primary school which really helped to make the transition as smooth as possible. The fact that a lot of time was put into the curriculum to ensure it matched what she is now learning at school made a huge difference.

She still speaks so fondly of her time at Little Stars and we still enjoy looking at her learning story regularly.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Little Stars is such an amazing place to start your child's educational journey! My son started at Little Stars at 5 months old and my daughter at 9 months old! They both have left nursery now as they are of school age but had to say what an incredible start they had in life due to having such passionate caring qualified experienced staff looking after them! They thrived at Little Stars and loved every minute of their 5 years there! They still love to look back on their incredible learning journey books which they could keep and retell stories of the fun times that they had and the friendships they built. The quality of care and education that the staff gave to my children was amazing and I am so proud to say that the most important people in my life are my Brighthorizons babies! I would highly recommend Little stars to anybody wanted the best for their children

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Little Stars is a wonderful nursery. Staff are extremely caring and loving. It is great to see the genuine sparkle in their eyes when they welcome my children in the mornings. There cannot be a better present than this for a mother working full-time! I have never found myself thinking about whether my children were being well looked after when they are at Little Stars.
My elder daughter is now in School. She first went to the Nursery when she was 7 months old, and became full-time at 14 months. She kept talking about the nursery and her last key person during her first term at School. So, she was delighted to be able to go back for a couple of days just before Christmas. This shows how welcome and comfortable she felt at Little Stars.
My younger daughter spent part of the Christmas holiday asking about her key person and other staff who is looking after her. Obviously, she loves the Nursery and is aware of the care and attention she is getting there.
I am genuinely grateful to all at Little Stars for nurturing my children so well. I cannot thank them enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

My child is very happy at Little Stars and I'm very pleased with the nursery. I love the variety of activities they do with her and the experiences that this gives her. I'm very impressed with everything they do there, I have only one minor negative comment which is that I would prefer healthier puddings - there seem to be quite regular servings of cake, crumble etc and perhaps for the very young (6 - 18months) these could be served only occasionally. Overall though, fantastic nursery and staff!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Little stars is an excellent nursery on the Rutherford Appleton Lab (RAL) site, so is very helpfully located for RAL staff. It is great value for money and our children love it. The activities are varied and imaginative; the food is excellent quality from the RAL canteen; the staff and kind, friendly and get involved with all activities. I couldn't recommend Little Stars highly enough. The one drawback with such a good nursery, though, is that the waiting list is long, so very early planning is required.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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. My elder daughter has been there for over three years and my younger daughter for a year. The staff are lovely and really care about the children - I feel that I can ask them for suggestions/advice on all manner of topics relating to my girls and they also listen when I need them to do something out of the ordinary for my children. Both children love going to the nursery and have really flourished. The nursery is so popular that it does have incredibly long waiting lists. Hopefully Bright Horizons will soon be given extra space needed to expand the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Very caring staff who delight in making the nursery experience enjoyable and instructive for all the children. Drop offs and pick ups are a delight, with personal interactions and individual news of what the child has done each day. My child often speaks of what he has done and who he has played and sometimes even asks to go back whilst we are on our way home! Ask this contributes to it being a worry free experience. I can focus on work knowing that my son is well looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Marketa Cardon, Bright Horizons Team at Little Stars Nursery responded to this review on 27 Jan 2016:

Thank you very much for your positive feedback. I'm going to let the nursery team know as they will be really pleased to read all the lovely reviews our parents left here.

Little Stars is a lovely nursery, our daughter attended aged 1-4 and our son is there now (age 2). The staff make it a really happy and caring environment, with great attention to detail and lovely relationships with the children. They make great efforts with all activities and create imaginative and informative records of these for parents to see. They are very welcoming and there is a great mix of different nationalities among the families, which are celebrated. Highly recommended (though waiting lists are long!).

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Little Stars is a wonderful nursery. Our daughter has been attending for two years now and loves it. There is a wide range of daily activities that encourage development, and the staff are caring and supportive.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Nursery location is convenient as just opposite my husband's workplace. I personally like most the staff, which I find very friendly and competent. Even if our 4 year old son experienced difficulties transitioning from one age group to another, they have offered him a lot of support, patience and care, making it easier along the way. Keep up the good job, it is certainly very much appreciated!

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

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Marketa Cardon, Bright Horizons Team at Little Stars Nursery responded to this review on 05 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review. I will ask the Nursery Manager to address any comments / feedback you may have about the setting. By giving us your feedback, you are helping us to understand what we do well and how we can provide the highest level of care to our children and families.

A really great nursery. The range of activities is impressive and the staff are great. My little girl is very happy there. My son has just left the nursery to attend school. He really developed in confidence and learning during his time at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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

Excellent caring staff, that use a key person system which helped my daughter settle in very well and quickly. The key persons are very thoughtful and I've had great communication though telephone email and in person to be kept up todate, my daughter has a great relationship with her key person. Little stars has a warm welcoming environment and there is always something happening to engage the children in.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars Nursery? 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

We have sent both our children here and have been very happy. Staff are friendly and genuinely involved with the individual children. What surprises me is that Little Stars didn't get an "Outstanding" from Ofsted. Should have done, I think. I would definitely recommend.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Little Stars is amazing! Both of my daughters attend Little Stars; every day they come home thrilled and excited by what they have done and achieved that day. They have formed wonderful relationships with their key workers and miss them when they are not at nursery. The staff are hard-working, dedicated, skilled and clearly love their job. Communication with parents is excellent and the good relationship between parents and the nursery means that you can bring up any subject without it feeling awkward. The feedback on our daughters' progress is comprehensive and the daily handovers vital and well done. The food menu sounds varied and healthy and healthy eating habits and table manners are encouraged in the children from an early age. The nursery has a large garden and there is a separate, smaller garden for the youngest children. Children over three get to go to forest school on site; the children spend a lot of time outdoors . Activities are varied, interesting and stimulating. I have no hesitation in recommending Little Stars to anyone who asks.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Stars 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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