Daisies Montessori Nursery School

Village Hall, Low Road, Little Stukeley, Huntingdon PE28 4BA

Owner: Anna Elcox

Person in charge: Anna Elcox (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cambridgeshire County Council

Number of Staff: 4

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 26

Age Range: from 2 years 6 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0900-1500

When Closed: School Holidays

Languages Spoken (other than English): Makaton

Overview

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Daisies Montessori Nursery School 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 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Daisies Montessori Nursery School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 6 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

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  • 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 4.724 for Daisies Montessori Nursery School is calculated as follows: ( (147 Excellents x 5) + (37 Goods x 4) + (8 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 4.724

  • 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 Daisies Montessori Nursery School is based on 6 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 5.2 positive Reviews (26 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 5.2 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.

9.7 Daisies Montessori Nursery School has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.724)

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Reviewer Connection to Daisies Montessori Nursery School

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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Daisies Montessori has been a fantastic learning environment for my son. He truly thrives here! The staff are very caring and know my son well as an individual. They regularly share aspects of my son's day with me which is lovely. Education wise, the Montessori approach is a wonderful way for my child to learn and develop. The staff to child ratio is fantastic and staff spend time helping my child to flourish. I highly recommend!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 16 Apr 2018:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are very proud of our superb staff to child ratios and the resultant time we are able to spend getting to know each child as an individual. We will miss your son when he begins primary school in the Autumn.

Daisies are amazing!
The staff are so caring and professional.
My little boy has grown in confidence and keeps talking about his day.
I would recommend Daisies to everyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 20 Mar 2018:

Thank you for your lovely comments. It is an absolute pleasure to have your son at Daisies and we can’t wait to see how he grows over the coming months.

I found this wonderful place after chatting to some other Mum's at a local soft play area and decided that it was where I wanted my child to go. My child loves going here and has learned so much in such a short time. The teachers are fabulous, very friendly and you can tell they really care for the children. I love the quiet area it's in and the ease of parking is another winner for us. I think the observations on how your child is getting on are great too. I would highly recommend Daisies Montessori Day Nurseries to other parents. We just love it!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 20 Feb 2018:

Thank you for such a glowing review. We do very little advertising, instead we rely on word of mouth testimonials such as you encountered at a local soft play centre. Our peaceful, rural location works hand in hand with our Montessori approach and has enabled your daughter to develop her learning both indoors and out. I am delighted to hear that you enjoy using My Montessori Child to see what your daughter has been up to during her day.

Outstanding nursery, providing brilliant care on virtually a one to one basis. My son came on so well having moved to Daisies from a much larger and less personal setting. My daughter is positively thriving here and being extended in her learning where the staff see her ability to do so. The staff care so much about the children, there is not a doubt in my mind that this is the best setting for my child to be educated and cared for within. I would recommend this nursery to anyone reluctant to leave their child, outgoing or anxious children or anyone seeking the best education and care for their child.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 20 Feb 2018:

Wow! Your superb comments really do mean the world to us. Thank you.

Both our children have been to Daisies (one is now at school and one is still there). The staff are first class - extremely knowledgeable and place the well-being of the children at the core of everything they do. I'm sure the Montessori approach may not suit absolutely everyone, but our 2 children have very different personalities yet both thrived under the guidance of the manager and the incredible staff. If you want your children to learn how to use iPads etc you will have to take that task on yourself - my ratings are based on the Montessori approach to education so I have not marked Daisies down in this area.
I feel like the children are sufficiently challenged whilst learning key life skills to ensure they are well equipped for school.
I would recommend Daisies to any parent wanting the best start for their children from an excellent team who will treat your children as if they were their own.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 02 Feb 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to review Daisies. We pride ourselves on our Montessori approach and both of your children have certainly thrived in our environment. I am very lucky to have such a fabulous team and they will be thrilled with your comments.

My daughter has been at Daises for a year and she has truly blossomed during her time at this nursery! Everything from her social skills to her vocabulary have come on faster than I ever imagined. The staff are so welcoming to both parents and children and easy to address any queries or questions about my daughter's day to day learning. I can't praise all the ladies enough for all their work with my daughter! Not a day has gone by that she hasn't wanted to go to nursery and we look forward to seeing how she grows in the next year!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 02 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your lovely review. It is an absolute pleasure to have your daughter at Daisies and we are equally delighted with her progress.

My daughter left this nursery in July 2015. She loved her time here and so did I. In fact 8 of my 9 children have attended here and I can't wait for the fun to begin all over again when I plan to enrol my youngest child in the spring.
My children, all very different in character, have all flourished at this wonderful little nursery school. My first child was so reluctant to leave me but the care and dedication of the staff were clear as they comforted both him and me, by a reassuring phone call to let me know all was well.
I believe wholeheartedly in the Montessori method of education and it certainly set my children in good stead for starting primary school when the time came. Some of my children had only just turned 4 when they started primary, yet thanks to this great start they seemed prepared!
A high point for our family has always been the Christmas production and the summer sports day.
All in all a home from home atmosphere with fantastic quality educating.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 03 Nov 2016:

Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves in preparing children for school, ensuring that they have the social and emotional skills needed to flourish. Your commitment to the Montessori style of education is wonderful and we look forward to welcoming your ninth child to Daisies.

Our son attended Daisies from January 2015 to July 2016. He enjoyed his time at Daisies Montessori Nursery School and made his first best friend there. We liked that he was able to pursue his interests such as learning about animals and discovering the world ... He is still very passionate about countries in his new school! We have seen many improvements when the new owner took over and we were able to notice how passionate she is about bringing the best to the children in her care. We are convinced that we have been given a very good start to our son's education and we are happy to recommend this preschool to everyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 03 Nov 2016:

Thank you for your lovely comments on our nursery. Your son thrived in our Montessori environment and he particularly enjoyed the Cultural Studies area. We wish your son every success with the next stage of his education.

After having trouble with another nursery we chose Daisies on recommendation from friends. We have been made very welcome and felt comfortable straight away. My son has made so many advances since starting Daisies and is so happy here. The staff are amazing and any concerns or questions are always there to help any time. There are lots of activities for the children to do and lots of opportunity to build on their skills. I would highly recommend daisies.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 26 Apr 2016:

Thank you for your review. Your son has been a wonderful addition to our cohort and we will be so sorry to see him leave at the end of the academic year. His social and academic progress has been exceptional and there is no question that the Montessori approach has been perfect for him, as it is for so many children. The team all wish you the best of luck with your Cornish adventure!

Highly recommend Daisies Montessori to anyone. My son made a good progress in few months after attending the nursery. We had to remove him from another nursery setting because he didn't settle in after a lot of effort. But the smooth and gentle settling procedure at Daisies made the difference and now my son is happy there. The staff is lovely and caring. They always take a good care to fulfil individual needs of the child and the support receive for the family is amazing. So happy we found this Montessori for our son.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 12 Apr 2016:

Thank you for your review. The progress your son has made during his time with us is a credit to him and the whole team at Daisies. We are so pleased to see how well he has settled and delighted that he enjoys his time with us.

My son is a very active 3 year old who needed a lot more variety in his day other than watching his mum clean house. Daisies has been the perfect place for him. Since starting at the school last fall, he's found interest in so many new things and generally LOVES being at school. The staff are very attentive and are always cheery and absolutely wonderful to work with. My older two boys attended pre-school as well, but I'm not sure they ever got the level of attention and care that my littlest does on a daily basis. He really enjoys Daisies and I'm really glad to have found you!

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 30 Mar 2016:

Thank you for your review. Your son has settled so well at Daisies, he has endless curiosity which is wonderful to see. He truly makes the most of the varied Montessori resources that we offer and never fails to have a huge grin on his face. We look forward to the remainder of his time with us.

I had brief experience of this nursery prior to my child starting with new management last October and the new owner and manager now are as fabulous as the staff. The team, ethos and supportive environment at Daisies is very heart warming. The new manager and owner have taken my sons additional needs (he has Down's syndrome) completely in their stride and actually embraces the new skills including sign language to the benefit of all the children and he has become a very confident and chatty little boy who loves his key worker and the whole school experience. The sensory based learning is perfect for a child who is more practical than naturally academic and he has blossomed. I really can not rate them highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 24 Mar 2016:

Thank you for your lovely review, and particularly for your kind words about the staff. It is an absolute pleasure to have your son at Daisies and we are delighted with the progress he has made. All of the children are now learning to use Makaton as an additional form of communication, in fact we signed throughout our Christmas concert last year! We are very proud that our Montessori environment benefits all children and gives them the very best start. We cannot wait to see your son continue to flourish.

This school is not for everyone, especially for active boys. My son is now attending a new school and I need to share as follows:
The only thing my son looked forward to school was his friends, whom he misses dearly.
My son showed no obvious progression nor excitement while attending this school.
This school had much to complain about my son at pick-up on his behaviour and yet nothing was ever mentioned on how they fixed the problem. Their willingness to help and work with me was not ideal. But rather made me feel small and a failure as a mother.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Unlikely

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Average Rating:   3.6 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 11 Mar 2016:

As an Early Years provider we have an obligation to discuss with parents any situation where progress in learning and development is less than expected. We are duty bound to link with, and help families to access, relevant services from other agencies as appropriate.

Our Behaviour Policy encourages children to respect themselves and others and care for their environment. Ground rules are explained to each child. When a child's behaviour is such that they are a risk to themselves and the other children we have to report concerns to the parents to ensure consistency when dealing with a situation.

All of our staff are very experienced practitioners who have dedicated their careers to working with children. They show nothing but patience and devotion to the children in their care and detailed plans are put in place for any family whose child requires additional support.

It is imperative that a setting and parents work together to assist the child so that their future development is not hindered. However, we can only do so if parents are supportive of us and trust our educational experience.

My son has attended this nursery for a little over a year. Daisies was the third nursery we looked at and was by far the most superior. My son and I were both impressed with the quiet, calm atmosphere and the independence all the children exhibited. We adore the caring staff and I am impressed with the changes the new management has brought. I always recommend this nursery to anyone who asks and we will miss the Daisies Family when my son goes to Reception next year.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 28 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review. We will miss your son lots when he starts the next stage of his education. It has been a pleasure to watch his confidence grow.

My son started in this nursery 3 years ago, after being at a different nursery. We have seen the changes in his behaviour and his learning improved greatly. I always find the team pleasant, extremely helpful. They made us feel welcome, they are approachable and easy to talk to. Obviously, we chose to send our daughter too. We always have been happy with everything and we have seen many improvement since the new provider and the new manager took over last year. We didn't know about the Montessori education until we sent our children here but we wouldn't go back to another kind of preschool. My son was an active outdoor child and he always wanted to be outside and we like the fact that he was always allowed to be outside whatever the weather. We feel it's a home from home environment where the staff is caring and give cuddles, they helped our children to settle quickly.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 12 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review. Although I didn't meet your son as he attended the nursery before I took ownership, your daughter is a delight who fully immerses herself in all that we do at Daisies.

This was the best thing I could ever do for my son. My son has improved and grown so much just by going to the nursery. The staff is amazing, they work with the children and they teach them how to be independent. The nursery is just not about playing with cheap plastic toys, it is about teaching them how to learning.

How likely would you be to recommend Daisies Montessori Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Anna Elcox, Owner at Daisies Montessori Nursery School responded to this review on 12 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review. It has been an absolute pleasure watching your son flourish over the last few months.

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