St Ives Nursery

Eastwood House, 15 Needingworth Road, St Ives PE27 5JP

St Ives Nursery is a private day care nursery located in the centre of St Ives, conveniently placed close to both the A14 for access to Cambridge and easy rail links for commuters into London.   

The beautiful converted Victorian house allows them to foster their ethos of providing children with a ‘home from home’ environment. They are open full-time from 7:30am – 6:00pm, caring for children from 3 months to 5 years. They adhere to the strict standards set by Ofsted working within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum.

Their philosophy is that every child they care for deserves a calm, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Group: ICP Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Kim Griffiths (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cambridgeshire County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 81

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for St Ives Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 41 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for St Ives Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 41 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.894 for St Ives Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (439 Excellents x 5) + (52 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 491 Ratings = 4.894

  • 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 St Ives Nursery is based on 41 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 16.2 positive Reviews (81 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 41 Reviews ÷ 16.2 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.

9.9 St Ives Nursery has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.894)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    40
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend St Ives Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    41
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to St Ives Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    34
  • Father of Child
    5
  • Grandfather of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

I am very happy with the St Ives Nursery. My daughter loves all the teachers and food. She learned a lot, like how to write her name, songs and became very independent. I'm very happy that I chose this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend St Ives Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The nursery was recommended by a friend over two years ago, we have not been disappointed yet. Fantastic facilities and if possible they just keep improving. My son really enjoys going, so much so he asks to go at the weekends.
I always recommend to friends and family.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

After being anxious about returning to work and leaving our little boy at nursery, I was completely assured when leaving every day that he was in the best care. St Ives nursery is not only a wonderful environment (especially with the new decor and toys, etc.) but the best part and most important part is the people we leave our child with. They are all supportive, caring and make us feel like our son is a child and not a number.
For this reason, there’s nowhere else we will be sending our daughter!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has been at St Ives Nursery since he was one year old. He is still there now and due to start school in September. St Ives Nursery and all the staff have been amazing consistently over the past 3 years. Friendly, trustworthy staff and overall a great place for my child to grow!

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We are very pleased we picked St Ives Nursery two years ago. Our son likes going to nursery every time. He is well looked after and cared for. Staff is very friendly, including lovely office ladies and the chef. Lovely home-like feel nursery and would recommend to anyone we know.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We have put two children through St Ives Nursery and we have never once questioned our decision. From the first moment seven years ago we put our first child in when she was just six months old, they have helped us raise our children, providing advice to two inexperienced parents and putting up with my demands for bacon sandwiches.
We have recently left the nursery but this is only due to the fact that they don't provide schooling through to the age of 18 otherwise the kids would still be there. They provide such great care but allow the children to enjoy themselves so much that my two always came home tired but happy.
The staff, through each of the age groups, have all been amazing, each developing our children to become more independent. The nursery through the new leadership team will only continue to succeed and improve as they continue to grow into their roles. It has been a wrench to leave but I look back with fond memories and am grateful for having been part of their family.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

St Ives Nursery is full of staff that care and we could see this from the moment we began our tour. The staff go above and beyond to ensure that your child is challenged to progress, cared for and nurtured.

The new renovations make the nursery look like a shop showroom and the facilities are outstanding. Both myself and my husband are delighted with St Ives Nursery and look forward to seeing our daughter grow up there.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our daughter has attended St Ives Nursery for 14 months now and has loved each day she’s been there! A great team, friendly, helpful and most importantly, helping our daughter learn and develop in so many ways.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been going since she was 11 months old (now 4). When I set out to find a nursery for her I knew I was a tricky customer, especially as I am an Early Years teacher. I wanted it all. Somewhere that would nurture my child, feed her nutritious meals, help her make friends, teach her new things, be kind to her, let her be curious and keep her safe. When we looked around I knew we had found somewhere she would be happy. The staff have been nothing but professional, friendly and warm. Not only looking after our little girl but answering numerous phone calls from me, talking me through all my worries. It feels like a home, and she comes home from nursery happy, talking about Barnaby's dinners, what she got up to in the garden and singing songs.
I cannot thank St Ives Nursery enough for the level of care they have given my daughter and us as a family. I often get asked in my role, 'where would you recommend sending our baby', and I always answer St Ives Nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Amazing nursery that has every child’s happiness and needs at heart!
My daughter has achieved so much and all the staff are brilliant.
I am sending my second daughter here so she can benefit from them as well.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am so thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to give St Ives Nursery this feedback.

I have 3 children, now 14, 7 and 4, who have all attended the nursery aged from the ages of 9 months to 4 years old. When I first was looking for nurseries, the minute I walked into St Ives Nursery I knew it was the right choice. The nursery nurses and management staff are exceptional and have provided a happy, safe, loving and stimulating environment for all my children.

The nursery never rests on its laurels and has made continuous improvements throughout my children's time there, creating colourful and safe outdoor space and rooms with gorgeous displays of the children's arts and crafts work.

Most recently, my youngest daughter has been visiting a care home for older people in the town with her nursery class, where they sing and chat with the residents there - what a wonderful experience for all involved.

Thank you, St Ives Nursery for all your years of outstanding nurture and love.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This is our second child to attend the nursery. His elder brother thrived in the nursery environment and he is now doing the same. The recent improvements and refurbishment are amazing and it is great to see the continued investment in the children's future. The staff are friendly and professional and provide an excellent level of care. It's a great nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Overall we have been very impressed with St Ives Nursery from the day my son started at 9 months old. He is now 18 months old and has gained so much through his nursery experience. The staff are incredible as are the facilities and meals. He’s always been happy at nursery and I’ve never once regretted sending him. He is encouraged to try new activities and has a genuine relationship with the nursery workers and lights up when he sees them! I couldn’t reccomend St Ives Nursery enough!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

From the very first visit to St Ives Nursery, it has always been a friendly, homely and welcoming place. The staff are always professional and helpful. Both of my children have always enjoyed going to nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Both of our children have attended the St Ives Nursery from around the age of 1. Our son is currently attending the nursery and our daughter attended until she started school. We were nervous putting our daughter into nursery from such a young age but it wasn't long before we saw how much she was gaining from being at the nursery and she thrived there. So it was an easy decision to have our son go there and once again, it has been a great choice. The staff are incredibly supportive not just to the children but to us parents as well. Our children have developed strong bonds with the staff who are incredibly nurturing and caring whilst also helping with their early years development. It is going to be a sad day for us when our son leaves the nursery!
I would not hesitate in recommending this nursery to other parents, it's fabulous.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

St Ives Nursery is a wonderful Nursery! I love to hear about all the wonderful activities my grandchildren have been doing and they amaze me with the things they learn. The children love all the staff who work there and often talk about them like they’re part of the family. It’s clear the staff all really care. I also hear a lot about the yummy home-cooked food they’ve enjoyed! Highly recommend.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My grandchildren love St Ives Nursery and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff are warm and friendly and genuinely care for all the children and there is a lovely homely atmosphere. Best Nursery in St Ives Nursery!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been at this nursery since she was 10 months old and left in September to start school. Each and every member of staff that has dealt with my 'most prized possession' has done so with such professionalism and made me feel completely at ease when I returned to work after my maternity leave (we all know how difficult it is to choose who will care for your baby whilst you earn the pennies). The staff have been with her through every step of her journey from weaning to walking to getting ready to start big school! I couldn't recommend this nursery enough!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both of my children attended St Ives Nursery and absolutely loved it, the free play gave them both loads of confidence and they always came home with great stories of adventures (along with all the standard things you would expect from a nursery like being super clean and professional) wonderful home from home environment.
I recommend to anyone I can!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I handed over my 4-month-old baby boy and all the girls helped nurture him into the gorgeous, bright, polite and inquisitive 4-year old I have today. I can’t thank St Ives nursery enough for making his time there as safe and comfortable as it could be, I looked for a home away from home and that’s what I found but with the amazing learning and development activities put together for the kids delivered with love and patience.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Have used St. Ives Nursery for both of my children, based on my and my children's experience I wouldn't consider using any other nursery. They have grown/are growing into confident, happy, confident and extremely intelligent little people. I have recommended several people to you already and they are all too really happy with their own experience.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter spent 3 very happy years at St Ives nursery when we first moved to the area and now my son spends 4 very happy days here a week. The nursery is absolutely fantastic and my son especially sees the staff as an extension of his family. I've seen first hand the investment, time and resources that the staff have put into the nursery and the children thrive. The staff turnover is low, the same staff that looked after my daughter are now looking after my son. It is just the loveliest place for little ones, and it makes the guilt of being a working mum that much easier knowing your child is safe, happy and making lovely friends. Can't praise it highly enough!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My 3 year old has been here since he was 12 months old and he loves it!
Of all the nurseries we looked at, this one felt the most homely and I felt the most comfortable about leaving my son here. It is a lovely old house so has different rooms for different ages whilst at the same time, it is open and transparent which I really like too.
The girls are lovely, as are all the staff- the office staff are very professional and friendly and they are always very understanding. The cooks are too and always say hello, it’s like a little family really.
If anything has ever been bothering me or my son the staff have always offered advice and reassurance to us which is really helpful. I would highly recommend St Ives Nursery and some of my friend's children have also chosen this nursery and are very happy.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I have always found St Ives Nursery to be a friendly and delightful place for my children to attend. My son was there for 4 years and my daughter has been there a year so far. Everyone is helpful and my daughter loves attending. She is learning such a lot of has a great deal of fun.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

So satisfying to know that my child in is safe hands and see how excited he is going to the nursery every day.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our 14-month old son will shortly be leaving St Ives Nursery and we're so sad about it. The nursery is well-equipped, warm and bustling. Everything runs smoothly; the ladies in the office are brilliant and they really care about security and keeping parents informed. The nursery nurses in Ducklings are all wonderfully caring and keep the babies entertained. Our son also very much appreciates the homemade food! Highly recommended.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am extremely happy with my son being in this nursery!
The level of care from all the staff members is impeccable and they are all so friendly and kind to all children and parents.
The staff are extremely efficient with all aspects of the nursery; including the children's care and the communication with parents.
I feel my son is in very safe hands here. His learning, especially his speech has improved incredibly since he first began at St Ives Nursery and I know he always enjoys his time there and looks forward to it each day.
I would most definitely recommend this nursery to all parents in the area!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

A fantastic nursery that go above and beyond to accommodate both the parent and child. I'm always sharing our story!

Proud to send my daughter here.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Best Nursery ever!....The environment is lovely, the staff are fabulous and I feel really safe leaving my child in their care!...You can't go wrong!..I love my sons Nursery!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All the staff are amazing, always have a smile and always welcoming. My little girl has been there almost a year and she's always happy to go. I wasn't sure about putting my little one in the nursery at the age of two but she's incredibly confident now in what she does.

If it is naming colours or singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', I always get feedback on what she's been up to, so I never miss a thing.

She is also given a healthy snack so I know she has not gone hungry. I would definitely recommend this nursery to all those parents who want to be confident that their kids are in good hands thank you so much to everyone for there brilliant work.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our three children are very happy at St Ives Nursery and really enjoy the time they spend there. The staff are all fantastic - they really care about the children and are so helpful and supportive. We couldn’t ask for more in a nursery!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter attended St Ives Nursery from the age of 9 months to school Age and my son from 12 months.

The Nursery is fantastic, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Both my children have special dietary needs and nothing has been too much trouble for the nursery staff when it comes to their needs, including my daughter when she had a long-term illness and needed medication daily. It was stressful for me when she was ill but they were so supportive to me as well, as a parent.

Nursery staff have always given advice when requested and give fantastic feedback not only on the day’s achievements and fun but longer-term learning.

Communication with the Nursery is brilliant. The staff always come back to me really quickly and are always willing to help whenever they can.

It’s so hard to go back to work, leaving your baby in someone else’s care for the first time but soon the friendly faces at the nursery became familiar to us and I am so grateful for the support they’ve given.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

All three of mine have gone or going to this amazing nursery. They have each grown and learnt so much here could not recommend enough.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I absolutely adore St Ives Nursery. The staff are amazing. The facilities are well laid out and looked after. The activities are fun and engaging. The menu is well rounded and healthy. I recommend this child care provider to everyone. They love my daughter and she loves them. It feels like I’m leaving her with family.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

The staff at the nursery are brilliant. My child loves the nursery and I feel completely at ease when I am at work knowing she is in good hands.

Her learning and confidence have come on in leaps and bounds.

Could not speak more highly of St Ives Nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am a mummy to two little girls aged 8 and 2 and a half. My oldest attended St Ives nursery until she was able to start school and absolutely loved her time there. My youngest loves her days at nursery and gets even more excited if she does extra hours/days. Staff all lovely, friendly and professional. Wouldn’t send my child anywhere else.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

St Ives nursery has such a lovely warm, kind atmosphere. My little boy loves coming to nursery each week and doesn’t like to leave at the end of the day. All of the staff are very supportive throughout each stage of development including the dreaded potty training! Definitely a 5* nursery all round! :)

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The atmosphere at St Ives Nursery is always friendly and warm. The staff team clearly have a huge passion to provide good quality childcare.
When our daughter joined at the age of 9 months we were anxious about leaving her, however, the girls took time to get to know our daughter and she soon settled very quickly. We felt very welcome and reassured from day one.
Our daughter is now 19 months and each week we enjoy hearing about all the exciting activities she has been doing and the yummy homemade food she enjoyed tucking into! We look forward to all the Christmas festivities she will be joining in with soon.

Thank you, St Ives Nursery!

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

I have been extremely impressed with St Ives Nursery.
After my maternity leave I had a period of uncertainty with my job, therefore I wasn’t fully able to commit to the days/times that my son needed to go. The management were understanding and supportive and were as flexible as they could be in helping me in my situation.
My son can be quite shy and reserved with new people and situations but the nursery seems to bring him out of his shell and I have never felt uncomfortable leaving him.
He really seems to enjoy nursery, all the staff seem extremely pleasant and my son seems to like them all!
They really seem to know him as his reports are spot on, which although they should be, it must be difficult to remember each individual child and their separate abilities.
I already have, and will continue, to recommend St Ives Nursery to everyone. In a small town, there is quite a lot of choice for daytime childcare but I wouldn’t think to look elsewhere.
Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend St Ives Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The nursery have been amazing! The staff are all wonderful and make sure your child/children are well cared for. As a mum of a special needs child, I cannot fault the nursery for giving my daughter the attention she needs. They go above and beyond to learn and understand her condition to be able to care for her.

How likely would you be to recommend St Ives Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

St Ives Nursery has been a lovely "home away from home" for my son. He started there when he was 11 months old and the girls working there have been so good and understanding. They know how to deal with any situation in a calm and caring way. Management has been very helpful and forth coming to me as a working parent; allowing extra sessions, helping me find evening baby sitters.
Low staff turnover, so my son became familiar with all the girls working there.

How likely would you be to recommend St Ives Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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Top 20 Large Nursery Groups 2018

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