Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire
Child First Bicester, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Child First Bicester has a vibrant environment in which children can learn through play and be involved in meaningful experiences.

In a free flow environment they can choose from a wide range of resources, exploring and developing new skills with the support of a dedicated staff.

Extra-curricular activities include singing, dancing, music, cookery, Spanish, football and drama, while children also grow vegetables and enjoy a variety of festivals, events and special days.

Group: Childfirst

Person in charge: Andrea Leonard (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 150

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Open 50 weeks per year

Fees Guide: £205.50

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.8 Child First Bicester has a Review Score of 8.8 (8.772)

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for Child First Bicester 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 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Child First Bicester in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.9 out of 5 from 4 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 4.889 for Child First Bicester is calculated as follows: ( (128 Excellents x 5) + (16 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 144 Ratings = 4.889

  • 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 3.883 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Child First Bicester is based on 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.75

    2. Target of 30 positive Reviews (150 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 4 Reviews ÷ 30 Target = 0.133

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

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Child First Bicester?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    12
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Child First Bicester

  • Mother of Child
    9
  • Father of Child
    3

We had our son in this nursery since 6 months old until 2.5 years old. We stopped as we were leaving the country due to our jobs, otherwise we would have continued and put our daughter there too.

I cannot rate the staff highly enough. Always attentive, smiling and hard working. Very kind to children and time to debrief parents too.

The management team are quick to reply to emails and efficient to sort out any problems or requests.

Our son loved going to nursery where they have a multitude of activities that are related to development aims, but also allow the children to play by themselves inside and outside. We also liked that they try and get the children outside every day and minimise use of electronics devices.

Only criticism would be lack of parking!

Thank you to all the staff at Child First Bicester. You have been wonderful and do such an amazing job. I wish there was more governmental financial aid to support nurseries and pay you all more because you deserve it.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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 fantastic childcare facility. I have a child in the preschool class - Butterflies who has been at CF since 6 months of age, and has settled incredibly well. She has been supported through each room with love and care.
We started our second child in the baby room at 6 months and she is also thriving. She is a challenging child, but the staff are fantastic with her and her development is brilliant.
We have always felt respected by management and staff, and can feel the care and compassion they have for our children. We have no concerns about unnecessary child pick-ups due to sickness.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We chose Child First for our little girl when I was planning to return to work and she entered at around 8 months. From our initial look around we were incredibly impressed with the professionalism balanced with deep caring that we observed. Our little girl not only settled in well but absolutely thrived and loved attending Child First. We found her development came on leaps and bounds and the attentive care she received was exactly in line with the way we wanted to parent her. In addition, she returned each day thoroughly tired from the day's activities and enjoyed the on-site prepared food tremendously. We would not hesitate to recommend this nursery as we were very happy with our choice and find our daughter to have thrived whilst there.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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: Good

My son enjoys going to nursery and has learnt so much in the short space of time he has attended nursery. I am so grateful for the service that all at the nursery provide. The staff are great, really welcome and make you feel at easy. Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We have had a brilliant experience at Child First for both of our children. They have loved everything about the experience: the staff, the learning (playing), rugby, dancing, cooking, stories, shows, activities within the nursery and trips out, as well as the chance to build friends and interact with a diverse mix of children. It is difficult to say what they have enjoyed the most because they always come home having had a great day, although I think the 'home corner' is always a favourite. The food cooked by the team has been wonderful, and that isn't always an easy thing to achieve for a child with food allergies, but nothing has been too much trouble. If you judged a book by its cover you may not be tempted in (although the beautifying of the front has helped), but behind the facade is a wonderfully playful, creative, and nurturing setting with an outside space just ripe for adventure (sand, water, mud kitchen, and the occasional Running Duck).

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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

As an early years teacher I had very high standards and expectations for where to send my own children I knew exactly what I wanted and Child First has achieved and exceeded my expectations and even given me ideas for my own teaching practice. Kind, fun, friendly and inspiring staff and amazing management. You won't find a better start for your children.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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 would very much like to say a very big thank you to the whole Child First, Bicester team for the warmth and standard of care my children have received since they first joined 3 years ago. I have nothing but praise and gratitude for the way the whole team works, from the way we are greeted to the wonderful things they do with the children to help them develop. Things like the rugby, dancing and the wee day trips are all excellent and few other nurseries I know of do anything like it.

All of the team are professional, warm, friendly and understanding of my needs as well as the children's and it has made being a working mum so much easier. Knowing that my children are safe, cared for and really happy has been a weight off my mind. I cannot recommend this wonderful team enough - Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I enrolled my child in this nursery after dissatisfaction with another operator. I had previously ignored Child First because of the outside of the building! Huge lesson learned - do not judge a book by its cover. That said the exterior has had a makeover now so hopefully others won't make the same mistake I did.

The care my son received at Child First was amazing and I can genuinely say we loved all of the staff.

The environment and facilities are brilliant but more than anything it was being able to leave my child totally safe in the knowledge that he was looked after, cared for and loved. Communication with staff and updates was very good, his meals were varied and plentiful and we appreciated the numerous opportunities to meet other parents and join in with activities at the nursery like mothers and fathers day teas and even grandparents tea too!

I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough and it's a great reminder that OFSTED reports are only one part of the jigsaw.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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 fantastic nursery not to be missed by anyone looking for a asafe and caring place for their children. My daughter has come on brilliantly since starting here. She loves attending every day and is given loads of opportunities that she would otherwise not have. My eldest went to a different pre-school that unfortunately closed down so I initially put my youngest here so she could progress without moving. It is the best decision I ever made! I recommend people to Child First all the time. It may not look like much from the outside, but inside the play areas are lovely, warm, cosy, friendly, welcoming and well-equipped with age-appropriate toys and activities being available. They play outside every day regardless of the weather which I find wonderful. The staff are very welcoming and helpful to both me and my 2 children, even though one has never attended, they still know her by name and make an effort every time they see her to interact with her. The home-cooked food is excellent quality and my daughter loves having her breakfast and dinner there: she eats better than I do!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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 cannot recommend this nursery highly enough.
My toddler moved from another nursery to here, due to a change of hours. The staff are friendly, helpful and caring. They have reassured us all and take the time to get to know each and every child.
The facilities are fantastic, they even have chickens, bunnies and fish .. My son adores the staff and has really been treated like an individual.
The menu of nutritious home cooked food, the care taken to ensure the children are socialised and healthy really means a lot to us.
I'd really recommend this nursery, having another child (older) who went to a different nursery, the whole set up here is overwhelmingly good.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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 reviewed all the local nurseries and this was the best available then. Four years on it has gone from strength to strength. It's been trouble free, the staff are amazing, the space inside and out is big. Don't miss this nursery when considering a place for your child in the Bicester area. Well done to all at Child First Bicester. Keep up the great work!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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

Child First have shown a very high level of care for our child and us as parents. They go out of their way to make the children feel safe and happy, as well as providing a wide range of developmentally appropriate creative activities. They meet the needs of children as individuals, not just as a whole.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Bicester? 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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March 2016

Top 10 Mid-size Nursery Groups 2016

Recipient: Childfirst

Date: Tuesday 01 Mar 2016

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