The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school

The Old School, Nuthurst Lane, Astley, Nuneaton CV10 7QH

The Old School is a nursery set in the countryside between Coventry and Nuneaton.

Part of the Tommies Childcare family, the nursery's qualified and experienced team pride themselves in creating warm, vibrant and interactive environments which allow children to learn and have fun.

The Old School's baby room includes its own messy play area for babies up to the age of two-years-old.

Toddlers and pre-school children have their own spacious room which holds a range of resources and play-rich environments that develop learning.

The nursery also boasts a large garden with a climbing frame as well as an area for growing vegetables.

Group: Tommies Childcare Ltd

Person in charge: Anna Biddlestone (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Warwickshire County Council

Number of Staff: 10

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

Total Places for Children: 26

Age Range: from 0 years 2 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 9.8 (maximum of 10) for The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school 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 28 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school 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 4.759 for The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school is calculated as follows: ( (261 Excellents x 5) + (69 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 336 Ratings = 4.759

  • 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 The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school 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 5.2 positive Reviews (26 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 5.2 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.

9.8 The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.759)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
    5
  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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  • Likely
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Reviewer Connection to The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    6
  • Grandfather of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

I was initially very nervous sending my son to nursery but he settled in straight away. All of the staff are extremely helpful and caring. I couldn't have asked for more.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son loves attending The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-School since day one the staff have been welcoming and professional. There is always a wide range of activities for the children to take part in, so each day is a different experience. The staff always update me on my son's progress and the general communication between us is excellent. I am fully informed and aware of what has happened in the day. I would highly recommend our nursery as it is a wonderful place for children to thrive.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

When looking for a nursery for my 6-month-old (and my first child) I was fairly certain about what I wanted and The Old School Day Nursery ticked the boxes! It is small and personal; I feel like my child is loved and looked after as if she were one of the staff members' own children. It is beautiful inside, with lots for the children to do and not overcrowded. Being a small nursery I feel like the staff who work there (and the other children) have really gotten to know my baby and vice versa, which enables me to go to work and do my job without worrying if my little girl will be OK. I love the surroundings of the nursery and they have really made use of the outside space that they have, with lots of different things to keep the children occupied. The handovers are always thorough and I always feel as if my child has had a great morning. I would highly recommend the nursery to anyone looking for that personal touch as I'm really happy with everything that they are doing. Thank you!!

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Staff are always welcoming. Always helpful. Various activities for the children to do. Encouraging lots of different styles of play and learning.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Since joining 2 years ago, I feel my children (1 & 2.5) have received fantastic supervision, care, guidance and support during their nursery stay. Starting in the baby room, the dedicated area has always been an area of constant change with regards to facilities and sensory items. This was the selling point to join; having a bespoke room for babies. The main room is a good size to accommodate toddlers/pre-school - room for toys, play, painting, and art/craft etc. The outside play area has plenty to offer, lots of equipment, but a very safe and clean environment.

The staffing in the 2 years has gone through quite a lot of change but since the employment of the new current management. Vast improvements have been made in retention, modernisation and overall performance through-out the Old School, which has had, noticeable positive affects on the children. The staff make this nursery!!!
I would fully endorse the Old School to anyone looking for a nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Such a lovely nursery, all the staff are fun, helpful and friendly and they have such great relationships with the children. My child loves going here. It is also in such a lovely rural setting and only has a small number of children to each child carer. I would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my girls have been here for the past two years they have enjoyed every minute. The setting is like home from home. The staff have been amazing throughout. I can't recommend this nursery enough. They have both progressed no end all thanks to all the staff that have cared for them. Thank you all.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Lovely, small nursery with a family feel. The new manager has made an immediate impact and the nursery has recently been refurbished inside and out. The staff make sure the children enjoy lots of time outside and regularly take them on walks in the surrounding countryside. The nursery introduced a new food provider a few months ago and my son enjoys a wide variety of meals.

My son has attended The Old School since he was a baby and has thrived in the baby room, toddler room and now in pre-school. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My grandson has enjoyed his time with the nursery. Always talked and got excited over coming.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Being in the setting has provided our son with a wealth of confidence and has provided him with a fantastic grounding for starting school.
The staff have also taken the time to help develop and nurture his interest in numeracy and literacy and encouraged his learning.
They have recognised his natural abilities and helped to bring these out.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I have taken care of my grandson for the past 4 years and he has benefitted from all the learning and activities that he has taken part in. Very well done to the school for this.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Attended my son's graduation party. Extra friendly staff as usual, great atmosphere and excellent facilities.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My child has attended nursery here since Oct 2012 and he has thoroughly enjoyed himself. He has grown into an adorable, polite, caring, independent little man. Thank you to all staff who have cared for him over the years.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are friendly and helpful and I feel my son is safe. I don't like the parking, not convenient, people block each other. There are not many outings apart from the small yard outside. It would be good to have day trips. The food is not the best. The ingredients are of a low quality such as "value" ham. The choice should be better with more fruit and vegetables.

How likely would you be to recommend The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

My two boys thoroughly enjoy the nursery. The staff are so helpful and tuned into what my boys need. They constantly encourage to be "them" and enjoy their day. Really rate all of the staff, setting and other kids attending.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very happy with the development of my child and the learning she has had from the nursery. Also the care received and the bonds she has formed shows that the attention given from the staff is excellent.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

As a teacher I am impressed with how they cater for all ages. My children thrive and I look forward to hearing their stories.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has attended Tommies from a baby and he's now a confident toddler who is thriving at nursery. He loves the outside space and walks to Astley Castle as well as the sensory play and role play that nursery pit a lot of time and effort into.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Whilst this is a small nursery, I have always felt that this is a positive as it has a happy homely feel and the staff really care about and engage with the children. I love the extra special events the nursery organises, the Christmas nativity, charity fun days for the children at the weekend, Halloween sensory party to name but a few. The staff are friendly and responsive, overall the care my daughter receives is excellent and she really seems to enjoy her time there. Thank you.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son is so happy at The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school. His social skills have rapidly developed by interaction with staff and other children. My son's educational development is supported by variety of activities that are well planned and well monitored. I can go to work safe in the knowledge my son will be cared for and nurtured by friendly, professional and caring staff.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child settled straight away and really enjoys coming. He has built a good relationship with his key worker. Staff readily available to talk to parents and complaints/issues dealt with immediately. A range of activities available for the children and events often arranged when parents can get involved. I would like more access to my child's learning journal to see what he has been learning/activities he has completed.

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

Small but perfectly formed - Tommies Astley is a well run, caring and fun packed nursery. The staff are all excellent at building relationships with the children and ensure the days are packed with educational activities. I was so worried about taking my little girl to nursery. I shouldn't have worried, she loves it!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lovely nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Great nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son was not really to used to being left with people who he did not know and this really concerned me. His transition was successful, the staff made me feel so comfortable and allowed me to contact the nursery whenever I needed to. The staff member in the Baby Room was fantastic when finding out about him and his routines and another member of staff in the Baby Room is equally as fabulous in getting to know my son and helping with his development. He has developed rapidly both emotionally and mentally and has formed excellent bonds. He partaken in different forms of play most weeks and the nursery use new bed creative ideas to help stimulate him constantly! He is definitely excited to be left at nursery leaving you feeling as though you have left him with family. He is well cared for, loved and I am informed of every detail, which makes me feel as though I'm not missing out! The manager is fantastic and quietly but efficiently leads her organised team! Thank you for making going back to work an enjoyable experience for both me and my son!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

What a lovely nursery, great staff team who care about the children who attend.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

It has been lovely to see my shy baby boy turn into a happy confident toddler.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been attending Astley from 9 months old and he is now 4 and due to go to school in September. It is a fab nursery which I would highly recommend, the staff are always friendly and helpful, the manager has made massive improvements since she has been there and all the children always have smiles on there faces. I never have any worries about the care of my child and will definitely use the nursery again I'm the future.

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Anna Biddlestone

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hello,

I am Anna Biddlestone, and I joined The Old School Day Nursery & Pre-school in March 2017. I have over 15 years experience working in childcare, where I originally set out as a childminder when my own children were young. When they started primary school, I began working in a local nursery before heading on to work for a Local Authority, where I then managed an Outstanding graded Children’s Centre.

My degree in Early Years Education Studies has enabled me to challenge my own thinking about how children learn and develop. I recognise the need for children to have opportunities to explore a diverse and stimulating environment where adults can challenge and support their learning.

We have a highly qualified and experienced staff team here at The Old School, which combined with our parent partnerships, enables us to help children meet their full potential.

We provide quality childcare and learning experiences in our beautiful rural location within our unique environment, and we would welcome the opportunity to show our setting at any time.

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Amy Craddock

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

Hello there,

My name is Amy, and I joined The Old School as Deputy Manager in July 2017.

I have worked in childcare for more than 12 years, 7 of which have been as a Deputy Manager in other nursery settings.

I believe in providing children with open-ended and imaginative resources which challenge their thinking and develop their potential. At The Old School, I have worked with our team and our parents to create inviting and homely environments for children to spend their days in.

We’re always happy to show parents our nursery, so if you’d like to pop by, please give us a call.