Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School

8-11 Horse Fair, Banbury OX16 0AA

Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Based across two of the most unusual and historic buildings in the heart of the town and overlooking the famous Banbury Cross, Child First Banbury is a magical home from home setting in which your child can blossom.

Its forever changing environment is full of fun and adventure and through a free flow approach.

Its large indoor climbing frame sees races to the top of the tower, chants from the kings and queens and games of beating the troll across the bridge followed by the children zooming down the huge slide ready for their next quest.

Numerous sensory areas with funky light cubes and twirling, swirling lights take dancing and movement to the next level! Not forgetting the largest disco ball in the nursery's history.

Being a town centre nursery is perfect for trips to the park, visits to the library, shopping for baking ingredients and children can always be seen out and about around the town. Three fully equipped outdoor play areas within the setting ensure that children can always play outside whatever the weather.

Cooks prepare fresh, tasty and healthy meals and snacks throughout the day, made from supplies from the local farm shop and butchers.

You can confidently leave, knowing that your child is safe and secure and that they will have a great time, with days full of variety and fun ensuring they become happy, secure and confident little learners.

Group: Childfirst

Person in charge: Amy Ames (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 32

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

Total Places for Children: 90

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Open 50 weeks of the year

Languages Spoken (other than English): Hungarian

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Reviews

9.1 Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School has a Review Score of 9.1 (9.099)

The Review Score of 9.1 (maximum of 10) for Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School 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 14 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 5 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 4.821 for Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School is calculated as follows: ( (140 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 168 Ratings = 4.821

  • 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 4.278 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School is based on 5 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 18 positive Reviews (90 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 18 Target = 0.278

  • 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 Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School?

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

Reviewer Connection to Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    4

Both my son and daughter attend Child First and love it! They both have a very good relationship with their key workers and staff in their room. I love getting updates through tapestry when they have learned something new. Thank you Child First team for making everyday fun and interesting for my children they learn so much from you. Highly recommend sending your children here.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

Since joining Child First Nursery, my daughter has developed in so many ways. She is growing into a strong and independent, free thinking child and has been able to build stronger relationships around her.
My daughter has had a very happy and positive experience and staff are very loving and caring.
The nursery itself is a very bright and fun environment and the staff are supportive not only of your child but also to yourselves as parents.
Overall, we absolutely love Child First Nursery. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter attends nursery 5 days a week and is extremely settled into the Sweetpeas room. I pick up regularly and love to see her playing confidently with the other children. She is becoming an independent little girl and we put this down to the amazingly attentive staff who are happy to follow any requests that we have as parents and provide our daughter with a rich and stimulating environment in which to grow and develop. I would happily recommend them to any other parent.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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 could not ask for a better nursery for my son to attend. He started at 3 months old and has grown into a beautiful clever boy with the help of Child First. The keyworker my son has is excellent! They have a great bond which makes me feel happy. The meals/snacks are great too. They interact with the kids so well, always picking him up and bringing home things he has done/made. Would recommend this nursery to every parent especially nervous ones! BEST EVER!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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 youngest daughter attends Child first and she loves it here. All the staff are friendly and welcoming when she comes in. My eldest daughter came to the nursery too from when she was one until she left to go to school and she thoroughly enjoyed herself there.
I couldn't recommend the nursery highly enough.
Even now my eldest daughter loves to come in and see everyone and they all remember her and give cuddles!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

This is the first nursery for my son, he started about 4 months ago. I was worrying about his settlement period but it was ok. The staff are great, my son likes his key person very much, she encourages him to participate in messy activities and play with other children from his first day and still helps him to learn new things. Outside space is quite small. There were cases of chicken pox and a stomach bug at nursery but it is kind of unavoidable thing in any nursery I guess.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

As a first time mum the thought of having to send my daughter to nursery was very scary. Child First Banbury was recommended to me by people I work with. After my visit to the nursery I was put at ease and knew my daughter would get excellent care. After just 3 short months she has settled well and loves attending. Her key worker is amazing, she's so caring and makes a real effort with me and my husband. My daughter has built a good relationship with her too. This was initial for me, and knowing she has such an amazing team around her. Would put any parent at ease. I'm very happy as a parent and mu daughter is thriving.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Childfirst is an outstanding nursery/preschool which offers children an abundance of activity and opportunity. The activities are well thought out, child-led and make the very most of the fantastic resources. The staff are excellent - skilled childcare practitioners who all obviously love their jobs! The food is fantastic - varied, healthy and exciting, the children are encouraged to try lots of different tastes and textures.
Negatives. I suppose the fantastic buildings do lack comparable outdoor space - there are several great outside play spaces, but no big green area to run around in. That said, they make the most of nearby parks and often take the children out to these. Childfirst is definitely at the high price point of local childcare options, but you get exactly what you pay for, which in this case is great facilities, brilliant staff, fun, adventure and peace of mind knowing your child is having a wonderful nursery experience. Worth every penny.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I would highly recommend Child First Nursery. My daughter is very happy in here. The staff are wonderful, well qualified, caring and attentive and she has the best support ever. The nursery provides wide variety of healthy, home made food. Plenty of activities during the day such as cooking, dancing, walks to the local library, museum and park. The outside space is well done. Great ideas of theme days, all staff dress up and children have lots of fun. Also the nursery has some really interesting pets. Staff always smiling, polite and ready to answer all your questions! The resources are great and the staff are fantastic. Highly recommended!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Child First nursery is excellent. The staff there are all incredibly friendly and passionate, never to busy in the day to give detailed feedback about your child's day. The food provided at the Nursery is amazingly varied and it always impresses me how many different meals they serve, which are healthy AND tasty. There is no limit to the amount the children do in their days here, from story time and games, to walks to the park (and even going to make Pizzas at local restaurants!). The nursery also keeps animals, which the children love and know by name!

Since moving over to Child First, my son has come along leaps and bounds. The staff here have helped and encouraged him with everything; including learning to use the toilet, learning letters and numbers (spelling his name!) and learning to take part in group activities.

I couldn't be happier with Child First!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

Childfirst has been a part of my daughter's life since she started in the baby room just before her first birthday. She has recently left the nursery to start school and it was a very emotional day for us both.
I cannot rate Childfirst and the staff highly enough. She loved going there and doing all the different activities that were available every day, she loved the walks to the parks and formed strong bonds to her keyworkers and all of the other staff.
The home cooked food was always a big hit and the variation of food available each day was always to a high standard.
My daughter's safety and welfare were a top priority and her developmental needs were catered for.
She is now a confident, happy and loving girl and Childfirst have had a very big part to play in that.
I would definitely recommend Childfirst to any parent who is looking for a homely nursery environment for their child.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

An excellent nursery, which I would recommend to any parent. Lovely friendly staff who build a special bond with every child. My son absolutely loves it here and they have helped him grow and develop so much.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

What a fantastic nursery.

Child First Banbury feels like a big family. The staff are friendly and helpful, and really can't do enough to make sure that both children and parents have a really positive experience. My 3 year old son has been going to Child First for 2.5 years and loves it. The name says it all really, the child is always put first - they get to choose what they want to do; activities are child-led. And they make great use of an old and interesting building.

They get served great food, they get to help prepare it, serve themselves and help tidy it away too. There's always a great range of things to do and play with, they sing songs, they go on outings, they bake, they play outside, they look after nursery pets, play with their friends and have a blast.

I would not hesitate to recommend Child First Banbury.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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

My son started at the nursery in September 2014 and he has settled in so well. All the staff are so welcoming and friendly, and its lovely that everyone in the nursery has time for him. My son loves his nursery days and is excited to see his key worker. It is lovely to hear that he goes on many walks around Banbury and to the park and canal. The continental breakfast is amazing and with the lovely food the chefs make I know my son has an enjoyable meal. It is so lovely to see how much my little boy has grown and developed at child first.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Nursery Banbury and Pre School? 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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