Hobby Horse Children's Centre

Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury OX16 9QA

Hobby Horse Children’s Centre is owned and managed by Banbury and Bicester College which is part of the Activate Learning Group and offers a safe and stimulating environment for your child.

It provides childcare for children from three months up to 10 years 11 months.

Staff work with parents offering a fun and loving atmosphere for your little ones to develop into confident and independent individuals.

The centre is staffed by fully qualified and experienced early year’s practitioners.

Places at the centre are offered to students and staff at the college and then to the wider community. The centre is open from 8:30 to 5:30 each day, 8:00 starts and 6:00 finishes can be booked in advance if required.

Ofsted rated the centre ‘good’ in all areas in its inspection (November 2016).

Owner: Activate Learning (Banbury and Bicester College)

Person in charge: Helen Collins (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 62

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 10 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Visiting:

Viewings to be made by appointment

Parking:

Parking is available at the front of the nursery

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Hobby Horse Children's Centre 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 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Hobby Horse Children's Centre in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 16 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 4.842 for Hobby Horse Children's Centre is calculated as follows: ( (163 Excellents x 5) + (24 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 190 Ratings = 4.842

  • 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 Hobby Horse Children's Centre is based on 16 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 12.4 positive Reviews (62 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 16 Reviews ÷ 12.4 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.

9.8 Hobby Horse Children's Centre has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.842)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre?

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Reviewer Connection to Hobby Horse Children's Centre

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Father of Child
    1

I have placed both my children with Hobby Horse, my first has been attending since 2009 and still regularly uses the holiday fun club. Both of my children love the setting and the staff, they are settled, happy, safe and confident. My son started reception a year ahead of the game educationally and I'm confident that my daughter will too when she starts reception year in September. The staff are fantastic, they are welcoming, they pick up quickly on both children's and parent's needs, handover is full and detailed every visit. My daughter is a fussy eater, but I can be confident that every day she attends nursery, staff take the time to encourage her to eat and most of the time her lunch box will come back empty. The office staff are equally brilliant, they are extremely helpful when it comes to the paperwork, ensuring that everything is well prepared so that I don't have to spend an unnecessary amount of time dealing with it. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Hobby Horse.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My child has been at Hobby Horse from 7 months old - she will leave at the end of summer 2018 to start school in September.

She absolutely loves it. The staff are great. It's like an extension of our support network. The staff follow through with my rules/discipline as she can be a handful given the chance.

I have recommended the nursery to friends - their children now attend.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic team. The ladies here are very attentive and have the children in mind at all times. They have been fantastic with my daughter, who can be quite difficult at times (possible Aspergers Syndrome) they have done everything in their ability to help her. (Even contacting the health visitor with my permission of course) to give her the help she has needed at home. As they have been quite slow to respond to me, it has been essential to getting the first step in her possible diagnosis. These guys are top notch.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been going here since he was 10 months old. They have created a warm and welcoming environment and my son clearly enjoys himself. He does lots of activities we don't get round to at home and he's proud of the work that he brings home. He loves pointing at his paintings on our noticeboard. I was attracted by the fact that many of the people have been working there for an extended period of time and clearly enjoy their jobs. I would recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has been attending here since Jan 2016 and my daughter just started September 2017, they both absolutely love coming to nursery and have brilliant relationships with their key workers and all other staff. All round brilliant nursery and staff, not a bad word to say, would recommend to anyone. Very comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

An amazing, thoughtful and responsive team who are genuinely interested in the well-being of children and parents alike. A home from home.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been at the Hobby Horse since he was 7 months old. Since the 1st day there he has been really well cared for and has learnt many new skills. The staff across the nursery from the manager to the assistants show a real dedication to the children and their welfare. Everyone knows every child's name which demonstrates how personal the care is for each child. I found they not only supported my son but also myself when parenthood and my career were challenging. They helped morally through advice and guidance. Most of all, my son is always eager to come to nursery to play and learn in a safe environment which provides a wide range of stimulations whether it is inside or outside of the classroom. We, as parents, are happy with the excellent service the staff provides but the most important aspects that my son is happy and developing into a confident little boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Fabulous, warm and homely nursery. Achieves the perfect balance of a playful environment with plenty of opportunities for learning. Staff are supportive and knowledgeable and always happy to help. Our daughter does not trust others easily but the skills of the staff and nurturing environment of Hobby Horse have meant that she goes to nursery with a smile on her face every day. Some innovative projects have begun recently such as the secret garden and the inter-generational project with a local elderly care home.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My daughter has been attending this nursery from the age of 11 months and attends full-time 5 days a week. For us as full-time working parents, it is reassuring to know she is in safe hands with caring and attentive carers. All the staff are friendly and always happy to help. She has just turned two and in the time she has attended the nursery we have noticed considerable improvement in her development, social skills and speech. They offer a wide variety of activities which are both stimulating and fun.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

An extremely friendly and helpful nursery, all the staff are extremely tentative and have provided a very rich environment for our children's early years learning

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Hobby Horse Day Nursery is wonderful. The staff are kind and attentive whilst giving the children the right level of independence. It is a fabulous nurturing environment where you feel the people truly care about your child.
Having been quite nervous about sending my daughter to nursery after 2 years with a childminder, I soon realised I had nothing to fear with Hobby Horse. She settled quickly and the staff comforted her at times when she was upset. She has now made some lovely friends and looks forward to her days there. I couldn't be happier.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We absolutely adore the staff at Hobby Horse Children's Centre; they are like a second family to us.

My son first started attending the nursery 6 years ago and stayed there until he started school. When my son started school, his new teacher praised his understanding of phonics, something he had been taught in the pre-school section at hobby Horse Children's Centre. His transition to school was smooth as he had been well prepared.

A year later our daughter started at the nursery; this time around I didn’t even consider any other settings. My daughter enjoys a variety of play activities and loves getting out in the garden in all weathers.

Both of our children have been very happy at the nursery. The care shown by staff is excellent and the environment is lovely. Sports day each year is a highlight. The staff are always helpful and willing to answer questions, working to your child's needs. It is clear they know my children and their individuality. 5-star nursery, I would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my children have attended Hobby Horse Children's Centre. My youngest still attends. I have always been very happy sending them there. The staff are friendly and brilliant with the Children. The office staff are also lovely and always willing to help in any way they can. I would totally recommend them.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has attended Hobby Horse Children's Centre for 3 years now. I cannot recommend them enough! Over this time they have got to know my son, work with him on his needs and always make him feel good about himself. He has made good friends here and is always eager to go. The staff go out of their way to take an interest in the children and parents.

My son has specific needs and can worry about being around people...that all disappears here. He is himself at Hobby Horse Children's Centre and completely accepted for it. They have the right balance of firm but caring attitude, which in turn the children respect, this is obvious for all to see. The children are always creating, making and learning, amongst a few things. Everybody here has been a massive support to my family over the years and we simply couldn’t have managed without them. In our opinion they are simply wonderful and provide a much-needed service to parents, with the peace of mind my son is having a wonderful time, being cared for by good people.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter goes to after school club and loves the staff and activities they do. I know she is very safe walking back from school and is well looked after.

My son moved from a previous nursery to this nursery after he did not get on with the previous nursery. He settled in brilliantly thanks to the staff. He has progressed so well in his learning and talking.

We have a great relationship with the staff and they are all approachable, caring and dedicated to their job.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My little boy is very shy and loves Nursery. The staff are so friendly, caring and understanding.
Amazing Christmas party for the children, with a Father Christmas visit and a beautiful present for all the children.

Loving all the arts and crafts he does and we now have a new fairy on our tree.

Thank you for helping our little boy feel more confident.

How likely would you be to recommend Hobby Horse Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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