Silks Farm Nursery School

Silks Farm, St Ives Road, Somersham, Huntingdon PE28 3ET

Silks Farm Nursery School, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Silks Farm Nursery School, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Silks Farm Nursery School, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Silks Farm Nursery School offers a versatile childcare service to local parents, with support tailored to suit each age group and their development as well as a holiday club.

Set in seven acres of private farmland in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the nursery offers purpose-built childcare rooms, wonderfully large gardens, a private nature reserve and play areas, providing the perfect balance of outdoor and indoor space that is ideal for providing the positive stimulation, social interaction, freedom and professional care children thrive in.

What makes them so different?
•        All meals and drinks are 100 per cent organic
•        Open 7am to 7pm
•        Fees are all-inclusive
•        Large private nature reserve
•        Sports field
•        Purpose-built facilities
•        Children’s flower and organic garden
•        Free French, yoga and music lessons

Fees include:
•        Fully organic meals, drinks and snacks
•        High-quality eco-friendly nappies
•        Nappy cream, wipes and other consumables
•        Choice of formula milk for babies

Please come and take a look around Silks Farm Nursery School for yourself. In the meantime, please take a look at their video tour of the nursery.

Person in charge: Sandra Coulson (Senior Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cambridgeshire County Council

Number of Staff: 22

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

Total Places for Children: 94

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1900

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.1 Silks Farm Nursery School has a Review Score of 8.1 (8.097)

The Review Score of 8.1 (maximum of 10) for Silks Farm 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 18 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Silks Farm Nursery School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.4 out of 5 from 2 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 4.741 for Silks Farm Nursery School is calculated as follows: ( (165 Excellents x 5) + (48 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Very Poors x 1) ) ÷ 216 Ratings = 4.741

  • 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 3.356 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Silks Farm Nursery School is based on 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 = 3.25

    2. Target of 18.8 positive Reviews (94 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 2 Reviews ÷ 18.8 Target = 0.106

  • 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
    17
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Silks Farm Nursery School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    17
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    1

Reviewer Connection to Silks Farm Nursery School

  • Mother of Child
    16
  • Father of Child
    2

My little girl has been going to Silks Farm for nearly a year now. The staff are all very kind and welcoming and so are the children. The management and running of the office are great and they always have time to speak with you and never make you feel as though you are an inconvenience to them. My Little girl loves going to silks farm and is so happy there. She speaks about the nursery constantly even at home and doesn't want to leave some days. The ladies in all rooms are all lovely and couldn't be more kind and compassionate.
The outdoor space on offer is fantastic.
It is comforting in the fact that I don't have to worry about her when she is in the capable hands and I'm sure she will thoroughly enjoy the remainder of her time there before going off to school. What a wonderful nursery. Thanks everyone, definitely the best locally in my opinion.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

My little boy only started nursery in September but he settled in really quickly. The staff are great and do a wonderful job at making the children feel safe, secure and loved and are always approachable and friendly. The grounds of the nursery is fantastic allowing plenty of outdoor activities to happen and there is always plenty of things going on indoors. My little boy loves it so much that he never wants to leave, spending extra time in the building and even more time outside visiting the chickens, running around the field and looking at the tractors before thinking of going home. I would definitely recommend Silks Farm Nursery to anyone looking.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

My little boy has been attending Silks Farm Nursery School since about September 2015. He is in the Little Mice room, and I can honestly say our experience with Silks Farm has been spot on. He is always happy to be attending and again always smiley on pick up. While struggling through reflux problems with my child, all the staff have been so very helpful and understanding of the situation working alongside me to find the route of the problem.

The facilities at the nursery are what stood it apart from me. A real connection with the outside using the animals and forest school is brilliant for the development of the children offering them more than just a classroom learning and experience.

The tapestry online journal is a fantastic way to keep the parents involved and up to date with the child's development and just and insight on what their day includes. When we first joined, it was a brilliant way of knowing how relaxed he was after I'd left.

I recommend Silks Farm all the time.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

Our daughter has been at Silks Farm since May 2014 and we are extremely happy with the care provided. Through her time there we have had a lot of support from her key-workers and are kept up to date with her progress. There are plenty of opportunities offered to the children and themed activities which parents/family can attend also. Staff are approachable, friendly, understanding and knowledgeable and are always available to speak to if required. The Forest school and outdoor areas provide plenty of opportunity for the children to let off steam and explore the natural area. We are pleased with her progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? 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: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son is very happy when we enter nursery and he doesn't look back when I'm leaving. He is well cared for and my day at work is stress-free when he is there. Contact with nursery is brilliant. They are very friendly and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

My son attended the rabbits room in Silks Farm for almost a year, I can vouch entirely for the kindness and care given to him by staff. His confidence grew immeasurably and he still talks about it now. The staff in rabbits room are all calm, kind and lovely. They also were respectful of myself as his mother and observed any of my wishes and always gave me honest feedback on his day all of which I feel are hugely important.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has attended Silks Farm for nearly 2 years since she was 6.5 months old. I couldn't ask for a better nursery for my daughter. She is well cared for and loved by the staff. She thrives in the environment and I love the ethos of the place. She has loads of opportunities to be outside and be creative. She is excited to go to nursery every day and I know that she is safe which is the most important thing.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

Our 2 boys now have 6 boy-years in total at Silk's Farm. I couldn't be happier with the nursery, the boys are always up to something new and really want to go. The are always doing something interesting and the recent emphasis on outdoor activities has been really good.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Our two boys have a total of 6 boy-years at Silks Farm and I couldn't be happier with the time that they have spent there. The staff are excellent, it is well run and both boys made excellent progress socially and in pre-school type activities. The extra emphasis on outdoor activities has been good for the last two years.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Silks Farm is absolutely unrivalled in the local area for its outdoor space. The opportunities and environment that my daughter experiences here are excellent. We visited every nursery in St. Ives before choosing Silks and it was by far the most welcoming and exciting nursery. The staff are all very caring and happy (a sign of a good working environment). The food is good and the right balance of healthy to normal items. The outdoor space is vast and the children spend so much time outside they must be very fit. The animals are a great way for her to become comfortable around them. They offer a great range of activities indoors as well and she learns so much when she is there. Whenever she is ill she gets great care and lots of attention. She loves the nursery.
The office staff are very good at keeping parents informed of how they are managing things and if you pop into the office to chat about admin they always greet you with a smile and make time to discuss your issues.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter went to Silks Farm Nursery from July to September 2016. Whilst the care she received was fine, the admin side of things was appalling. When my daughter first started the nursery, one of her sessions was cancelled due to staff shortages. This was a minor inconvenience and I was assured that the session amount would be deducted from my bill the following month. This didn't happen and in fact, every single invoice I received showed that I had not paid for the session. Then I received a bill (that I had paid) 3 times. Myself and my husband spoke to the manager numerous times who repeatedly assured us that we would not receive the bill again. Since leaving Silks Farm I have continued to receive invoices that are for someone else. More phone calls and e-mails and again, the problem continues.

Save yourself the hassle and send your children somewhere else. My daughter now goes to an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery and the admin process there has been nothing but joy!

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 3.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Satisfactory

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Very Poor

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter is so well cared for, she is always so happy when she's there. She is thriving with their help and guidance. Their varied activities, events and experiences that the children are exposed to are brilliant. Thank you for everything.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

Our daughter loves her time at Silks Farm.
All the staff are so friendly, helpful and provide excellent feedback at the end of each day on all aspects of our child's time there.
The variety of organic food is excellent and all the staff are particularly accommodating regarding food options.
Staff are very enthusiastic and cheerful and provide a huge range of activities which keeps our inquisitive little one learning and happy.
The children get to spend plenty of time outside exploring the world and seeing the animals on the farm, which our daughter adores.
Different themed activities occur regularly and staff provide activities geared towards our daughters interests.
We couldn't be happier with Silks farm nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

This is a Fantastic nursery, all the staff are so pleaseant and have helped my little boy no wonders, they always cater for his needs and his little ways. I would totally recommended this nursery to anyone who is unsure where to place there child. I'm so happy I took the him there he is now so confident. The nursery is always clean and tidy and security is fantastic

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

This is a brilliant nursery, staff are very friendly and very supportive.
My child has learnt so much in little time, grown in confidence,
She loves her friends and teachers.
Always happy and comes out smiling.
Always get a report end of each day, how she has been? What she has eaten, and what she has been doing.
Food choices are brilliant, all healthy and yummy.
Would definitely recommend to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

My eldest daughter attended Silks Farm so when the time came for my youngest daughter to attend nursery there was going to be no better place. The settling in period is well thought out and catered to the individual child, the staff are all excellent and I feel completely happy dropping my daughter off with any member of the team. The variety of food my children experience is wonderful, and well the things they get up to during the day is fantastic, if only I could stay there for the day.

All in all a wonderful nursery, in a countryside setting with an amazing team of staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm 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

Both my children have and are still attending Silks Farm Nursery. They provide an excellent standard of care for all ages of pre and post school aged children. All of the staff are very sensitive to all of the children's individual personalities, needs and development and I feel 100% comfortable in leaving my children in their care. The top 10 things I love about this nursery are:

1) The level of care and attention for the children.
2) Food - the food is of a high standard cooked on site.
3) Outdoor space is amazing along with the small animals - brilliant!!
4) Each child's development plan and the way in which they work together with the parent.
5) Holiday club they provide for primary school aged children - brilliant that my now school aged child can attend and be looked after during the school holidays.
6) The fact that they are transferring to a semi electronic system to few each child's development and assessments.
7) Members of staff are all very friendly and can seen to be engaging with the children which I love to see.
8) Activities are fantastic from messy play to toddler yoga, football, french and the in between activities for celebratory days such as: Mothers/Fathers Day, invite a grandparent for tea day, different world celebrations, outdoor activities and simple things such as feeding and helping to look after the animals.
9) On site parking to collect and drop off your children.
10) Price structure

I'm sure there are many many more but overall excellent setting, excellent care and excellent facilities and activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Really lovely & friendly team, even carers who don't work with my son are always happy to see us and are very welcoming.

The staff member in the office has been our main point of contact and has been extremely kind and helpful, with nothing too much trouble.

Our key worker is really great at keeping us informed and ensuring our son is happy and the nursery in general seems very well run.

Our son seems very settled and happy so we couldn't ask for more.

How likely would you be to recommend Silks Farm Nursery School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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