Little Horseshoe Nursery

St Peter's First School, Doniford Road, Williton, Taunton TA4 4SF

Little Horseshoe Nursery, Taunton, Somerset
Little Horseshoe Nursery, Taunton, Somerset
Little Horseshoe Nursery, Taunton, Somerset

ittle Horseshoe Nursery (St Peter's) takes a fun and stimulating approach to early years development and education.

The nursery is managed by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, which actively contributes to the early years sector, while children are supported by a team of qualified and professional staff supporting children in developing a wide range of skills and interests.

Children have the opportunity to learn and develop within a safe, friendly and fun environment, with both indoor and outdoor play areas.

The nursery is fortunate that children can watch the nursery cook at work, developing their skills whilst helping to prepare lunch and snack, discuss healthy choices as well as taking the vegetable peel to feed the nursery guinea pigs.

The nursery is in a time of change with practitioners working to develop the learning environment for children, changing the way they record and celebrate children’s achievements as well as identifying their own training needs.

All activities are planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage and there is a strong focus on healthy eating. Professionals understand the benefits that free-flow play can have on a young mind.

Group: Pre-school Learning Alliance

Person in charge: Rebecca Polsom (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Somerset County Council

Number of Staff: 9

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 1096526

Total Places for Children: 37

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 4 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1700

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

7.9 Little Horseshoe Nursery has a Review Score of 7.9 (7.925)

The Review Score of 7.9 (maximum of 10) for Little Horseshoe Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.4 out of 5 from 7 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Horseshoe Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.5 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 4.405 for Little Horseshoe Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (49 Excellents x 5) + (24 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) + (4 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 84 Ratings = 4.405

  • 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 3.52 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Horseshoe Nursery 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 7.4 positive Reviews (37 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 2 Reviews ÷ 7.4 Target = 0.270

  • 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
    4
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    1
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    5
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    1

Reviewer Connection to Little Horseshoe Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    7

Our 3 year old daughter loves going to Little Horseshoe Nursery. At the beginning, I thought that she wouldn't settle in very well but after her settling in sessions, she absolutely loves attending this nursery.
She has learnt so much and is learning new things every time she goes. I can not thank the nursery enough for all they do. They always accommodate hours if we need to change due to jobs.
I would like to thank the manager and her team.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? 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: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I cannot be happier! My child absolutely loves coming to nursery and I am confident leaving her here. The staff are friendly, encouraging and caring and my child is excelling, I'm putting all of this down the staff and environment. I cannot recommend Little Horseshoe highly enough and look forward to hearing (and reading in my child's book) what they have been doing that day. My child started at 4 months and I have watched her grow into a caring, kind and intelligent child, who is always excited about the nursery and seeing her key-worker.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Having a ten year age gap between my two boys and now my daughter it was all new again. The nursery was kind, helpful and reassuring. They are mostly very good with my child, took three settling in sessions of which was lovely so that she could find her feet.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Put very simply

-Very poor communication with parents
-No special activities anymore -No sports days, Christmas plays, fetes or events to involve the children and families
-Toys and equipment are very tired, and out of date
-Same activities out day after day
-Very expensive, among highest in the area!
-No choice for meals -what they cook is what the kids get!
-No structure, it's a free for all-little phonics, rare continuity and very little teaching-mainly free play
-Management do very little to support hard working families
-No structure to entering or exiting - children have pictures on pegs but not enough pegs for all the attending children and coats and belongings are often thrown across the floor in piles, and if on peg, never the allocated one for your child. What's the point?

Overall we have been very disappointed. I will say that the care of the kids is good. The staff on the floor are obviously well trained and caring.
Our children are now not at Little Horseshoe Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? Extremely Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 2.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Satisfactory

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Poor

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Poor

Care: Good

Activities: Poor

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Poor

Sarah, Digital Marketing Officer at Little Horseshoe Nursery responded to this review on 28 Jul 2016:

Thanks for your review, we value your feedback.

We aim to communicate with parents daily through face-to-face discussion, as well as newsletters and posters which help remind parents about upcoming events and other important information. We are also introducing a parents evening/consultation day in October, to allow feedback to be shared with parents in a more formal manner, in addition to face-to-face updates when dropping off and picking up children from the Nursery.

We take part in a local school sports day which all children have the opportunity to attend, as well as seasonal events such as ‘Mingle Jingle’, where parents are encouraged to join and make Christmas cards and other craft items with their children, a Christmas concert, a Summer fete (held on a Saturday so more working parents can take part), and we also welcome parents who would like to join our Nursery outings, such as woodland walks. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions for events and activities from our families and are passionate about involving parents in their child’s learning.

We were thrilled to be able to undertake a complete refurbishment in August 2014, during which time significant investment was undertaken to replace and replenish resources and equipment. We also set a yearly budget for replacement of resources, and parents are consulted on what new resources they would like to see in the Nursery.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, and plan for the interests, abilities and needs of the children attending. If a child has a particular interest in an activity and it is supporting their development, it may be left out for a couple of sessions to scaffold their learning.

We have recently conducted a review of the fees of other local nurseries, and found our current rate to be very competitive, particularly as lunch and snacks are not charged at an additional fee but included in the standard rate.
We are fortunate to have an on-site cook who freshly prepares lunches daily for the children. These meals include roast dinners, pasta dishes and home-made fish fingers. There is always a choice of vegetables and a vegetarian option is available. Parents are consulted as to the food they would like on the menu, and the menu is displayed on the wall near the kitchen for parents to check.

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage, we focus on learning through play based activities, adapted to suit each child’s interests, abilities and needs. During the Summer term a local reception class teacher works with the children moving to school in September to help prepare them. If there are other children who are at the appropriate age and stage of development where they would benefit from phonics, they are also included in these sessions. All sessions and activities are tailored to meet the needs of the individual child.

We are proud of our commitment to work with, and support, all families, and aim to include parents as much as possible in activities, events and outings. We have also agreed non-standard patterns of care such as allowing flexibility with session times, in order to accommodate working parents so they and their child do not miss out.

There have of course been occasions when children in their rush to get to an activity they find exciting, have put their belongings on the wrong peg or missed it altogether, resulting in some items being on the floor for a short time. We do recognise that having two children sharing each peg is not ideal, and we are purchasing a mobile coat rack to eradicate this issue.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality care and education for each child who attends Little Horseshoe Nursery, and always welcome feedback from parents to help us improve our service. Thank you for getting in touch and sharing your feedback.

I am happy the way the nursery is run. Since my little one has been going there he has really learnt a lot. The staff are understanding and supportive. I think its a lot better that the food is freshly cooked on site and there is a good range from week to week.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The setting has really improved in the last 12 months with the general feel of the place being more positive. A big plus is the home cooked meals on site, which are always a hit and value for money. A key factor when choosing childcare. My daughter loves it here and has made some great friends. Some good activities, play dough is a firm favourite.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been there for 4 weeks now and he loves it there. I have noticed that he says more new words.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Horseshoe Nursery? 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

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