Bright Sparks Thurston

Barton Road, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds IP31 3PG

Bright Sparks Day Nursery in Thurston, offers babies and children from the ages of 3 months to 5 years old the opportunity to learn, play and develop in a superb village location. The nursery takes full advantage of its extensive mature gardens with specially designed learning spaces and a newly-constructed 'outdoor classroom'.

With village walks, regular outings and trips, forest schools and swimming lessons on the menu, Bright Sparks strives to offer opportunities for all children in a caring and nurturing environment.

Bright Sparks was rated 'Good' in October 2017.

Owner: Craig Smith

Person in charge: Craig Smith (Owner/Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Suffolk County Council

Number of Staff: 14

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

Total Places for Children: 42

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: Under 2's - £41 Over 2's - £43 per day

Directions:

This beautiful setting is nestled away at the heart of the village of Thurston. Simply go past the local shop and find Bright Sparks opposite the red phonebox - a warm welcome awaits!

Visiting:

Visits are very welcomed at Bright Sparks. Please call, email or simply pop-in to take a look at what Bright Sparks has to offer you and your family.

Parking:

Bright Sparks has a large car park available at the front of the setting.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Bright Sparks Thurston 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Sparks Thurston in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 13 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 4.811 for Bright Sparks Thurston is calculated as follows: ( (148 Excellents x 5) + (30 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.811

  • 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 Bright Sparks Thurston is based on 13 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 8.4 positive Reviews (42 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 8.4 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.

9.8 Bright Sparks Thurston has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.811)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    12
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Bright Sparks Thurston?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • Likely
    0
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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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  • Unlikely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Bright Sparks Thurston

  • Mother of Child
    14
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Happy Son, Happy Mummy! After having a year off work to have my son I was feeling very anxious about returning and having to leave my son with strangers. However, after his first couple of visits and us both getting to know the staff I no longer felt anxious because he had settled so well. I believe this is because of the warm, caring and friendly atmosphere created by the staff. Communication is excellent and the staff always stick to the sleep routines that my son has. The outside area is excellent and this is one of the reasons, alongside the friendly and welcoming staff, that I chose this nursery. A truly wonderful nursery that I am proud to say my son attends.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter is very happy at Bright Sparks Thurston. I receive regular updates via the online system, showing what she has been doing which is lovely.
The staff are brilliant, always welcoming and very caring for the children.
I would recommend Bright Sparks to other parents. I feel confident that my child is well looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Bright Sparks for about 18 months and has been extremely happy there. We would have no hesitation in recommending Bright Sparks. The nursery is always clean and tidy and the children are always happy.
The staff are kind and caring and she has formed good relationships with her Keyworkers.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

After removing my daughter from another place, I was very anxious and nervous leaving her somewhere but this nursery soon took all my fears away and turned it all around.
So welcoming and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble and communication is fantastic.
My little girl is coming on leaps and bounds now in such a short amount of time, it's amazing.
Thank you to the Bright Sparks Team.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our son is very happy at this nursery. I feel his needs are always put first. The outdoor space is great.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Bright Sparks is a well-run nursery. The staff are very friendly and keep the children happy and loved. The manager will do all she can to help busy working parents. Although the premises doesn't give the same feel as some larger chain nurseries, their care is excellent.
I moved my 2-year-old from another setting I'd used for 5 years. I'm happy with our choice despite a lot to live up to.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

We have used the nursery for three years for two children from age 7 months to 4 years old. Staff in all rooms are caring, fun engaged with the children. Outdoor time is very important for all age groups and the outdoor facilities are good. Children do lots of activities and staff use online learning journals to take photos of what they have been doing. Food is very good and children enjoy it. Management staff are excellent - very friendly and approachable.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The nursery is well run, very friendly and welcoming.
My daughter has been attending this nursery for nearly 3 years and I cannot be happier.
I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

An amazing nursery and pre-school. My little boy has been attending since he was one and is now three and a half. The staff have helped him so much in his development into an amazing little boy and I can't recommend or thank them enough. They are professional, friendly and know exactly what they are doing.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic, a really happy place.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

From first visiting the nursery I knew straight away this was the nursery for my daughter. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and made us feel comfortable. We were impressed with everything they had to offer. My daughter started in the baby room and is now in preschool. There is not a day where she turns around and doesn't want to go. My youngest son started a few months ago in baby room and I can already see a massive change in him and he really enjoys it. Nothing is ever a problem, they will always try and go above and beyond. They always tell me what the children have been up and what they've enjoyed and how they have eaten etc. I have never worried about how my children are doing because I truly believe they are in the best hands and they are happy. I highly recommend Bright Sparks Thurston.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Two of my grandchildren have attended Bright Sparks nursery all the way from the Baby Room through to Pre-school. The outdoors area is much larger then other nurseries in the area and they were taken on regular welly walks. The pre-school class even has an annual visit by public transport to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate Chinese New year! Both my grandchildren are now at Primary School and they transitioned easily and are doing very well. Bright Sparks has a real close, family feel about it and I think this is because it's NOT a franchised nursery as several are in this area.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I cannot recommend this nursery enough! The manager and the team have been amazing in welcoming us to the nursery and settling our son in over the period of six weeks. The nursery is clean and beautifully presented, and the activities that they do with the children....wow!
The nursery is arranged over three rooms- Little Explorers, Little Discoverers, and Little Learners, and they completely took our thoughts and preferences when placing our son in the correct environment, even though it made him older than the rest of the children in the room.
Whereas other nurseries charge extra to use our free funding for whole day childcare, everything is included at Bright Sparks and we've spread it over the whole year rather than just term-time only....brilliant!

The garden is great and they spend hours outside, and the lunches and teas are excellent. We are VERY pleased with Bright Sparks!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We were new to the area and needed to feel secure and confident with our nursery choice promptly, we found that security And confidence at Tinkerbells after one visit. There was no need to visit any other nurseries . What we love about Tinkerbells,: There is always enough parking even during peak times, The bungalow provides a homely setting unlike other clinical nurseries , all the staff are warm and have time for you, there is a well built and well maintained outside area which our baby loves, we are assured that our baby is given a healthy meal each day, we are sent pics and updates via emails so we know what she's up to and when, every morning she is pleased to go to nursery and we love receiving her works of art to take home regularly. We love Tinkerbells and so does our baby !

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

After viewing several nurseries in town, I had a heavy heart about where I was going to leave my son. Each of them left me with a niggling feeling; too big; too clinical; dirty; run down; too far across town; the list went on and I never thought I would find one that ticked all the boxes!!!

The first thing we liked about Tinkerbells is the fact that we called in, unannounced and they were pleased to see us! We were shown round and really got to see what the place was like as they hadn't been able to 'prepare' for visitors! We were met with lovely smells from the kitchen of the children's lunches being cooked and happy faces from both children and staff!

My only concern was whether the nursery was too far out, but it takes me under 10 minutes to get there from the Moreton Hall, which is less than travelling across town!

The rooms are separated into areas for eating, play and sleeping and are warm and inviting as well as being clean!

The garden area is brilliant and they spend as much time as possible outside exploring. They have chickens too!

Technology is also great and 'learning journeys' are stored via an electronic platform, so you get email updates with pictures and information on how your child is doing. This has been great for me on the days when my little boy has been left crying - he stops within minutes and I'm sent a photo of him playing and happy so I know all is ok!

I couldn't believe breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks were included in the daily rate. I also loved the fact that I didn't have to pay for 'settling in' sessions and could have as many as we felt were needed.

The care my son has received from the Room Leader and the staff is fantastic and it's great that the owner is always approachable and helpful. We had some issues with childcare vouchers getting through on time, but he was very understanding about it and accommodating, something I think you lose with the bigger providers.

As is evident from my review, I am extremely happy with Tinkerbells and couldn't recommend them highly enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Sparks Thurston? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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