The Old Buttery Nursery School

16 High Street, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5ES

Group: Koala-Kidz Ltd

Person in charge: Edith Jeffrey (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cambridgeshire County Council

Number of Staff: 8

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

Total Places for Children: 50

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

9.5 The Old Buttery Nursery School has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.481)

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for The Old Buttery Nursery 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 8 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Old Buttery Nursery School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 7 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 4.781 for The Old Buttery Nursery School is calculated as follows: ( (75 Excellents x 5) + (21 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 96 Ratings = 4.781

  • 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 4.7 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Old Buttery Nursery School is based on 7 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 10 positive Reviews (50 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 7 Reviews ÷ 10 Target = 0.700

  • 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
    8
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    7
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Old Buttery Nursery School

  • Mother of Child
    8

Both of my children have been to this nursery. The staff are genuine, caring, career professionals in childcare. They are very aware of each child's individual needs and preferences. They encourage great behaviour and developmental progression; from an early age, they learn to tidy up, share toys with others, play nicely with those older or younger than themselves, feed themselves, dress themselves, nappy/toilet training.

They always tell me how the day went. The nursery uses a secure online facility for parents to log in and view videos and photos taken of your child during the day, especially when they meet a milestone. Meals are freshly cooked and prepared on site and ingredients are locally sourced. Although it's not a state of the art facility, there are plenty of toys and guided activities for them, and a great outdoor space for them to get out and muck around. To me, that's much more important than having the latest gadgets. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Many thanks for your kind words.

We do appreciate everything you have said. We feel strongly that the best environment for our children is one where they are socialising with other children in a more natural environment. We feel that our wild areas - the meadow and the forest - together with our large grassed garden provide a fantastic space for the children to learn how to play with each other. This safe environment allows the children to learn how to share and comprise on many levels in a very safe space, preparing them for the real world outside. Skills learnt here form a strong foundation which will see them thrive in the adult world later in their lives.

Many thanks.

My son started nursery when he was 10 months old and I was a bit weary putting him in so early. I needn't have worried, he has settled really well and doesn't even notice when I leave him.
My daughter who is now 7, came here before she started school and there was no option about which nursery to put my son in when the time came.
The staff are all brilliant. They know the children needs and work to the highest standard - I can't fault anything they do.
The barn and outside garden are both very big so plenty of room for the kids to play.
The food is cooked fresh each day and a good variety is always given.
Definitely recommend to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind words.

We are pleased that you chose to send both your children to us. We make a point of organising settling in sessions before children start. This is especially important for young babies - 10 months. We need to ensure that they are happy to be left with us each morning, and won't compromise on this. We have a passion in looking after our children.

The recipes for our meals are very healthy. We spent a lot of time analysing the ingredients and worked closely with a consultant nutritionist to ensure that the children get balanced meals. Parents quite often want to know our recipes, as their children won't eat as well at home!

Many thanks.

Great space both inside and out in the garden and meadow. Staff are friendly and very professional. They always have time to discuss my child's day, which makes me feel comfortable talking to them. My first child went here from 9 months to 4.5 years, and now my 2-year-old has already been here for over a year. Would definitely recommend. I do find it expensive, especially the under 2 years rate, but the level of care and to see the development in my child honestly makes it worth it.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind words.

We are pleased that you chose to send both your children to us. We have a passion in looking after our children. The children do love the great outdoor space.

All our staff make a point of getting to know the whole family and are happy to discuss any matters with our parents. We feel that close partnership and good communication with parents is very important for our children's welfare. Our new system which allows parents to see videos and photos of their children at nursery really helps in this. Everyone loves it!!

Many thanks.

My daughter has been going to Old Buttery Nursery School since she was 9 months old and is now 3 years old. She really enjoys her time there, likes to chat away to us about her day and the activities they’ve been doing when she’s picked up. The nursery has lots of toys, books and space for the children to play, with their artwork on the wall.

The outdoor space available for the children is amazing and a real asset. The staff are excellent, always welcoming and attentive - my daughter knows them well and is very happy attending. The nursery also provides updates via Tapestry which is a great record of your child’s progress and what they’ve been doing.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery 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

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind words.

We all appreciate our great outdoor space. The children especially love the wildlife and visiting the badger family.

The introduction of Tapestry has been a huge success. Parents love to be able to upload videos from their holidays so that we can all see the development the children are making. This two-way communication has enhanced an already very good relationship with our parents.

Many thanks.

My child started nursery 9 months ago as a young baby and is very happy there. The staff are very good, and he is extremely well looked after, I have no concerns about the care and attention he receives while at nursery.
There are plenty of toys for him to play with, and he enjoys the outdoor space in the warmer weather. I think improvements to the look of the building would attract more families to consider putting their children in- but don't be put off by this, as the staff and the care are very good.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind words.

We are pleased that you rate us so highly. We have a passion in looking after our children. They do love the great outdoor space which is a very unique feature in our area. The forested area and meadow are loved by the children and allow them to be exposed to nature and wildlife so early in their lives - they especially love the badger family!

We will take on board your comments regarding our exterior decoration and will put plans into action as soon as the weather improves.

Many thanks.

Our son started at The Old Buttery last June and has loved attending from day 1. At the time he went with his older sister (who also attended for 2 1/2 years and was sorry to leave) but since September has been going alone and is always happy to get there and not keen to leave at the end of the day.

Although the outside exterior looks a little tired the resources inside and personal care are top rates with a very loving family environment that comes with a smaller childcare setting. They also have a great outside area that they put to full use throughout the year. The introduction of the tapestry system last year has been great to see photos and videos of our son enjoying the setting first hand.

I would not hesitate to recommend The Old Buttery, the fact my daughter can't wait to go back next week over half-term speaks volumes. It's definitely an added bonus they will take older siblings during some school holidays.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery 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

Nish, Managing Director at The Old Buttery Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad that have chosen us to look after your children and very happy see that your daughter enjoys coming back to visit us during the holidays.

We will take on board your comments regarding our exterior decoration and will put plans into action as soon as the weather improves.

Many thanks.

My twin boys have been attending The Old Buttery Nursery in Willingham for the past year, and I couldn't be happier. I have seen both boys grow and learn as a direct result of the teaching and care they experience at nursery.

The staff are fabulous - I love them, and my boys clearly love them too. My twins are treated as individuals, and they are developing their own personalities and confidence as individuals.

I can see day by day how much my boys are learning. The nursery has a wide range of toys, and I see variety in the activities they carry out. They do messy play - brilliant, so I don't have to do it at home and spend a lot of time outdoors.

My children are exposed to a wide range of food at the nursery, and as a result, they eat really well. When we have had struggles with difficult eating, the nursery has persisted and I believe they help re-encourage the boys to try new things again.

Couldn't recommend more!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I have now had three children attend this nursery and have seen it change a lot over the years. The true constant has, however, been the high standards of care and affection that the staff have for the children in their care. There is the highest emphasis placed on creating strong and supportive relationships with the children and understanding their development fully. The environment is stimulating with a wonderful outside play area and wildlife zone. I would highly recommend this setting to anyone in or around Willingham looking for childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old Buttery Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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