Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners

79 Bridgewater Road, Taunton TA1 2DU

Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners, Taunton, Somerset
Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners, Taunton, Somerset
Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners, Taunton, Somerset

Tops Day Nurseries Mini Mariners offers versatile indoor and outdoor learning environments for children from three months to pre-school age, with versatile booking arrangements to suit the needs of parents.

Child carers respect the values of individual development and take pride in maintaining a safe and happy atmosphere ideal for early years learning goals. Children are encouraged to be creative, while staff understand the importance of practising key skills such as literacy and numeracy.

This nursery is part of a group that provides the most eco-sustainable childcare and education in the UK, being respectful of the environment and acting to reduce, re-use and recycle resources is an important part of the culture and routine for the children and staff.

Tops Day Nurseries provides a number of extracurricular activities such as Tops Cooking School, Tops Forest School, meditation, yoga, Rugby Rangers, Boogie Mites and tooth brushing.

While each child is at Tops Mini Mariners, families are more than welcome to call as often as they like to talk to a member of staff about your child and their day at nursery.

During a child’s day at nursery, staff will record important information to share with families, such as sleep times/nappy changes and information about milk/food intake. This information is added to a daily report which is submitted onto EYLOG.

Tops Day Nurseries has introduced a no-added sugar menu to all nurseries, ensuring children start their time at nursery with a nutritional, healthy diet.

Group: Tops Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Chris Champion (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Somerset County Council

Number of Staff: 26

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

Total Places for Children: 35

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1730

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.6 Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.569)

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners 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 11 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 6 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 4.712 for Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners is calculated as follows: ( (94 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 132 Ratings = 4.712

  • 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 4.857 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners is based on 6 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 7 positive Reviews (35 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 7 Target = 0.857

  • 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
    11
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    11
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    1

My two sons recently started at this nursery. I was worried about my older son as he was coming from a nursery he didn't enjoy. I needn't have worried though as he settled quickly and comes home telling me about his friends and what they have played. I love reading about his learning on EyLog and the staff are great at letting me know how he's developing.
My younger get son struggled settling but in the first few weeks had so many cuddles to get him through. He now runs in shrieking and can't wait to play with whatever is out. I find this varies daily. Sometimes it's dinosaurs stomping in cereal, water play, painting and so much more.

There is a lovely outdoor space for them to use up their energy. We can't wait to start forest school as they run this as well and there are loads of other activities coming up soon.
I'd like to thank all the staff as they have really made my boys feel at home. I couldn't ask for kinder, more friendly people to look after them and help them develop.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? 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

Very good and went above and beyond to support our child with extra needs, the ey log is amazing for communication and the staff are always bubbly and happy. Two key workers have worked wonders with my son, thank you, would recommend this nursery to anyone

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This nursery provides varied and interesting activities for my child to take part in. My child is never upset to go to nursery, although they get slightly upset when I leave them. The staff at the nursery use distraction to calm my child down and they are happy playing after 10 minutes at the most. The nursery always appears clean and tidy. We get sickness notifications and explanations of what will be done to prevent this sickness spreading.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The staff at Mini Mariners are excellent and I know my children are being very well cared for when I leave them - the varied programme is also excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

All the staff have been very good with my son since he started going there. They very good at listening to problems I'm having with him and helping to solve the issues. They are very good with getting him to trying different activities and teaching him things over all very happy with everything they all do.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? 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 nearly 4 year old has been attending Tops since he was 2 and a half and has had come on in leaps and bounds. Staff were concerned about his speech and put things in place to encourage him to talk whilst he was in nursery. Now, staff have told me he doesn't stop talking. He has made lots of good friendships with other children and he talks a lot at home about his friends and the staff. His younger brother is also just started at Tops and is taking a bit of time to settle, but he now does really seem to have a smile on his face when I go to collect him instead he would get upset. I can't recommend mini mariners enough my experience has been a positive one.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has a fantastic time at Mini Mariners - she does lots of fun activities and is very happy there. The success of the nursery is almost completely down to the very dedicated staff - our daughter has a fantastic keyworker who has made all the difference and the other staff are brilliant too. I feel that she is safe and that I can peacefully be at work without worrying about her wellbeing - she sometimes loves it so much she doesn't want to come home!!

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My child has not long started at Mini Mariners but has settled in really well. She loves going to nursery in the morning and sometimes forgets to say goodbye as she so excited to get involved with what everyone is doing. There are lots of varied activities and I feel as though she is safe.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This is a brilliant setting, my children are happy and love spending time here, the staff are amazing. They care for the kids as if they are their own, and there are always plenty of activities to keep the children interested. It's great to hear about how the kids are developing through the reports we receive (by chatting to the staff but also through an online system). The inside space isn't very big but it is managed really well for what they have available! I would thoroughly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

I have recommended Mini Mariners to a friend who has since secured her son a space at the preschool starting in January. I find the environment very welcoming and the staff extremely well connected with the children. My two children love going to Mini Mariners. In particular, I like the eyLog system which allows me to see what they have been doing throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The nursery has been absolutely brilliant with regards to our son and his transition from the baby room to the toddlers. They have let us know using the EY Log that after a fretful drop off he soon settled and got stuck in with an activity. He is always happy and animated when picked up which is a sure sign of a really good day. Thanks Mini Mariners, you do a fantastic job.

How likely would you be to recommend Tops Day Nurseries - Mini Mariners? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

March 2017

Top 10 Large Nursery Groups 2017

Recipient: Tops Day Nurseries

Date: Wednesday 01 Mar 2017

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November 2014

Investors In People Award 2014

Recipient: Tops Day Nurseries

Date: Thursday 20 Nov 2014

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Christine

Christine Champion

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2003

Description:

I started working for Tops 13 Years ago as Nursery Manager at Tops Mini Mariners. During the 13 years of my career I have also managed Tops Musgrove, based at Musgrove Park Hospital before returning to Mini Mariners earlier this year.

I love working and supporting a team that are so passionate and really enjoy their work. I feel privileged to be able to support parents and their families through the transition as their children grow and helping to prepare the children for school.