Rocking Horse Nursery

7 Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming GU7 1LG

Rocking Horse Nursery, Godalming, Surrey
Rocking Horse Nursery, Godalming, Surrey
Rocking Horse Nursery, Godalming, Surrey

Rocking Horse Nursery is Godalming’s hidden gem for childcare, and has a great reputation for high quality childcare and educational provision. The nursery recently had a makeover. They improved and increased the inside and outdoor space; created new rooms for both toddlers and pre-schoolers enabling them to have focussed learning activities and have created a brighter, updated environment for all.
Rocking Horse Nursery is a happy, friendly, safe and secure nursery focussed on offering a home-from-home experience for your child, where care for your child is at the centre of everything they do.

Rocking Horse Nursery run a fun learning and social environment where your child can flourish and grow in confidence. Children thoroughly enjoy their time at the nursery. Children of all ages are happy and confident owing to the good partnership between parents, staff and children, which helps staff to meet the individual needs of the children.

Owner: Robert Trendle

Person in charge: Amanda Goacher (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Surrey County Council

Number of Staff: 13

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

Total Places for Children: 43

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.7 Rocking Horse Nursery has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.740)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Rocking Horse Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 23 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Rocking Horse Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 23 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 4.74 for Rocking Horse Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (206 Excellents x 5) + (63 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 273 Ratings = 4.74

  • 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 Rocking Horse Nursery is based on 23 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 8.6 positive Reviews (43 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 23 Reviews ÷ 8.6 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
    21
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Rocking Horse Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    22
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Rocking Horse Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    21
  • Father of Child
    2

Our little girl has been attending Rocking Horse for fourteen months, started when she was ten months old. She loves the nursery and is excited from the second we pull up. The staff are warm and friendly there is a family feel across all the rooms. This is reflected in the fact the staff are all long time members. Our little girl has flourished in this environment which is what we looked for when viewing local nurseries. Activities are always different and the smile on little ones face at the end of the day is what keeps us here. Keep up the amazing awesome job you all do.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Mt little girl has been at nursery for just over 6 months and loves going, it gives her a chance to play and be around other people without me. The staff are fantastic and the rooms are lovely. This is my second child to go there and would highly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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 son has been attending the nursery since he was 10 months old. He is approaching 3 years old and has grown and flourished in the nursery's environment. The staff are friendly, warm and kind. There is not a high turnover of staff which I feel is important for consistency for the children. I have been happy with my son's care throughout his time there, and feel they have been very accommodating with my work changes etc.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Both of our children have attended Rocking Horse and I could not recommend it more. My children are very different and have both flourished here. This is due to the experience, genuine affection and nature of all the staff. There is always new and interesting seasonal activities arranged as well as music sessions and even Spanish classes. Children are developed in a lovely environment inside and out. We could not ask for anything more from a nursery when we see how happy our children are at the end of the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Rocking Horse Nursery is a perfect place for developing babies, toddlers and young children abilities at all levels. The staff are extremely friendly and professional but most important they understand each child's needs and work closely with the parents through constructive feedback to make sure that each child is happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Rocking horse Nursery is a fantastic nursery. I have experience of 2 nurseries in Godalming with my older child but when the time came to select a nursery for my 2nd child I did not hesitate to select Rocking horse.

My son runs to the door of the nursery at drop off time and barely looks back, I should be offended but I am just delighted that he is still excited to go and see his friends and carers, I think this speaks volumes. He loves playing in the garden and exploring all the games and going to music class, he genuinely loves his days at nursery.

The nursery has such a warm, friendly atmosphere. All of the staff are lovely and my son adores his key workers. The continuity of care is really important to me and this is one of the reasons I chose Rocking horse. There is very little staff turnover, most of the staff that cared for my daughter are still there, I think this demonstrates that the staff are happy and happy staff make for a secure, happy environment for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are extremely happy with the facilities and the learning opportunities that Rocking Horse provides our son. The atmosphere is always a happy one and every child is treated as an individual. The staff have all got to know him and so there are no 'scary' people around! He feels comfortable with everybody and knows that he can talk to or go to any member of staff if he wants to. We feel confident leaving our son in their capable hands and know that he will have an enjoyable time. There is plenty of information displayed around to keep you up to date if you turn up to collect at a busy time. We would totally recommend Rocking Horse.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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

Rocking Horse is an excellent nursery for my son to flourish in. He has become so confident and happy there. He started at 11 months and it has been a pleasure to see him make happy bonds with his carers. The nursery is excellent, homely and a lovely environment for him. He loves the outside space, the activities and is always eating very well. My 4.5-year-old daughter uses the after school club when we need it and she also loves the friendly atmosphere. Thank you to all who have made his nursery journey so good.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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 daughters been at this nursery for 18 months now and loves it. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Very helpful if you've got a reluctant clingy child. It's full of lots of different activities throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My Daughter attends Rocking Horse Nursery 1 morning a week, I can honestly say what a brilliant nursery Rocking Horse is, my daughter enjoys attending nursery and she has come on leaps and bounds since attending. the staff are all friendly and are very welcoming. I also love that they have little books with what the children have been up to that day gets filled in daily and taken home with the child.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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 so happy with Rocking Horse Nursery. The activities are fun and developmental and offer a choice and a wide range that I couldn't offer at home. It feels like nothing is too much for them and it's clear to see that the staff enjoy working there which is very important! I have recommended Rocking Horse to many of my friends, some of whom have now moved their children to great success. I can honestly say that all the staff are great, the handovers at the end of each day are always good, even if I am the last to pick up. Both my children enjoy their time there very much and we feel very confident leaving them there. They have even helped my fussy eater expand his palate from just pasta and chocolate which is no mean feat!

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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

My daughter attended Rocking Horse Nursery in Godalming from the age of 9 months until she went to school and as far as I can tell enjoyed every minute she was there. The family atmosphere at the Nursery was immediately apparent (something I didn't get in other nurseries I visited when choosing) and something that continued all the time. There always seemed to be lots going on and everyone (from key workers to kitchen staff) seemed to know exactly who my daughter was and who her parents were. Rocking Horse Nursery always felt like a home from home for our daughter and you could tell how much she enjoyed it by the tears at the END of the day rather than at the start.
Our experience has been so positive that I have always suggested Rocking Horse Nursery to friends and family (my niece also loves it) and my son now goes there as well (just as positive an experience). I cannot think of anyone outside of my family I would rather leave my children with!

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Amazing nursery with friendly staff who are concerned with wellbeing and development of children. My daughter loves it so much she doesn't want to leave. It's like a small family where they all play together and is not overcrowded like some other nurseries seem

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? 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: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Excellent nursery,made by the caring and friendly staff that make the children feel so settled. My little boy only goes 1 day per week yet he loves it and always talks excitedly about all the fun he has!

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Rocking Horse Nursery is a fantastic safe place for children to be. My daughter attended from 9months until school age, and my 16 month old son is currently attending and will do until school. My daughter learnt so much and gained so much confidence there. The carers are so welcoming nice and very experienced. They helped my daughter meet so many goals in learning and toilet training, walking etc. I knew that my son would go; I wouldn't use anyone else. I feel so content leaving them in their care!

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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 daughter was very upset for the first few weeks when she started but every member of staff really helped get her settled. I find all the staff very kind and very helpful.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter spent three years here and I couldn't imagine my son being cared for anywhere else. A stimulating and fun environment with friendly and motivated staff who obviously love what they do. Each child is treated individually and the range of activities they do is fantastic. The addition of home-cooked meals each day means you can be assured your child is getting the best care and support all round.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our children have been attending Rocking Horse Nursery for almost 9 months after we moved them from another local nursery. We could not be happier and most importantly our children love the environment and the wonderful care they receive from the staff. The staff are very nurturing and provide the children with lots of fun and creative activities; structure; routine; development. The setting is extremely pleasant and very well equipped and staff turnover seems to be very low (we have not noticed any staff move on in the time we have been there!!) Highly recommend this wonderful nursery and we are so glad we moved the children there.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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

Rocking Horse Nursery has a flexible and caring approach to childcare. I feel that my children are safe, cared for and well entertained when they attend nursery. The nursery isn't fortunate to have extensive grounds but the children still play outside daily and are sometimes taken on local outings or field trip which are lots of fun. This is the perfect nursery if you are looking for a more informal experience with a family feel and caring staff. My child and I are very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

We are extremely happy with Rocking Horse they are a small, friendly nursery where children are nurtured and cared for to the highest standard. We love the family feel of the place. The staff are caring and well established and most importantly consistent. Over the five years, we have been associated with the nursery we could not have asked for more.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our children have happily attended Rocking Horse since 2012 and we have always been confident that they are in very safe hands. The professional and caring staff create a welcoming and loving atmosphere and our children's needs have always been met. The team work hard to create strong bonds between the nursery and families.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little one settled in really quickly here thanks to the friendly and inviting atmosphere and excellent staff. My child has serious allergies and the staff have been absolutely outstanding in caring for him and supporting me. This nursery is brilliant in every way and truly trusted child care provider. I would not hesitate to recommend it!

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse 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

I am really pleased with Rocking Horse Nursery. A caring and friendly atmosphere where I know my son is looked after stimulated and really enjoys his days. I love the fact that he plays outside every day and can also enjoy a whole range of activities inside too. Highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Rocking Horse Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

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