Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Dryhurst House, Calow, Chesterfield S44 5BL

Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital is situated close to Chesterfield city centre and is housed in a listed building with a fabulous garden. The nursery has been refurbished to offer children from birth to five years a warm, welcoming and stimulating learning environment.

The nursery features age-appropriate rooms and a large outdoor garden with a fort and woodland area, which offers the children a chance to explore their surroundings.

Highly trained and experienced staff undertake exciting forestry school activities, musical funky feet sessions and baby ballet. The children also have access to the local swimming pool and are offered classes by qualified instructors.

A healthy menu is created and prepared by a dedicated chef who develops nutritionally balanced meals and caters for any specific dietary requirements.

Children 1st Day Nurseries has been an award winning, family-run childcare provider since 1988, and are an accredited training centre.

Group: Children 1st Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Sharon Morrell (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Derbyshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 60

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 12 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital 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 49 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 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 4.771 for Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital is calculated as follows: ( (463 Excellents x 5) + (110 Goods x 4) + (12 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 585 Ratings = 4.771

  • 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 Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital is based on 18 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 12 positive Reviews (60 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 12 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 Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.771)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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  • Don't Know
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    46
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    9

A fantastic nursery with fantastic staff. Children are engaged from the moment they go in until they leave. Lots of interactive activities are available to keep children entertained and staff are friendly and very caring to children.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This is one of the best nurseries. Staff are very good and polite. I definitely recommend to anyone. The only suggestion I can give is there should be good ventilation. Windows are always steamed up and quite warm inside. May need some upgrading works.

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

My daughter continues to flourish at this Nursery. All of the staff are lovely and she has a real bond with a number of them. We aren’t well informed about what is happening at Nursery and encouraged to support the subjects at home. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the service.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Our son has come on so much since attending Chesterfield Royal Hospital Nursery.

He only attends two afternoons a week but always comes home happy and keen to tell us what he's been up to.

The staff are incredibly friendly and caring and have gone to great lengths to help him settle in and gain confidence, particularly around other children.

His speech has come on in leaps and bounds and we like the gentle encouragement of his learning and development.

We viewed a number of nurseries and this had the most homely feel by far. We much preferred the small, friendly environment and our son appeared really comfortable here when we first came to visit.

The outdoor space was also a real selling point. It's important to us that our son has plenty of time outside and that he enjoys it. This nursery has a wonderful garden with great facilities and a lovely outdoor classroom.

We know when our son is here he's safe, happy and well cared for.

Would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has been attending this nursery for about 6months, she really enjoys it. All the staff are fantastic and really care about all the children and there welfare. They are really flexible with when we can drop her off and pick her up, which is really handy for us. The nursery has fantastic facilities and is set in really big grounds. Really looking forward to summer so my daughter can enjoy playing outside at nursery. My daughter is really coming along well since she started nursery and I cannot thank the staff enough.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are all friendly and happy to help. I feel that the development of my child both in a social setting and education standing, have improved dramatically over the years. I feel she will be able to adapt to school with ease due to the nursery's hard work, and have no issues making friends in the future. I would always recommend this nursery to anyone.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Breedon House is a lovely nursery, the quality of care is excellent, the staff are always willing to help and a lot of time and effort is put into making memories for the children. The nursery is well managed and it makes going to work much easier with the reassurance that the care of your child is their first priority.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

On the whole I have been happy with the care my child receives at Children 1st. The staff appear to be genuine, caring, open and hard working.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Likely

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

I have been impressed with this nursery for the most part, my little boy has improved dramatically with speech etc since moving rooms and I think teaching is of high priority here.
There have been a lot of staff changes recently which has been a little upsetting for my child, he no longer goes in to the room willingly as he is less used to the staff.
A longstanding issue has been incorrect use of nappies (coming home in wrong nappies) which has been happening since he started.
Overall impressed with management, clearly hold safeguarding at high importance, just maybe look at organisation in room better (clothes missing, wrong nappies).

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Average Rating:   3.9 out of 5

Lovely nursery with great facilities and outdoor space. The staff are wonderful too. My 1.5 year old loves it and all the staff make her feel welcome and safe. I never worry about her.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has a speech delay and recently started speaking. We speak our native language at home and now we are amazed how many words he knows in English. We know that all of it he learnt at the nursery so we are really impressed and pleased how staff been working with him.

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

What a fantastic nursery, my little one loves going to nursery, she loves seeing her friends and the staff and most of all playing, colouring, painting, building. The staff within the nursery are so welcoming, kind and will do anything for your little one (you know they are in safe hands) the overall nursery is bright, clean and run to a high standard. The outdoor space is amazing, my little one loves the garden room, mud kitchen, climbing equipment. I can not fault the nursery, my little one has come on leaps n bounds since starting. What a wonderful place for my little one to grow up in. Your all doing a fantastic job.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital is a fantastic nursery. The facilities are amazing, especially the outdoor space which allows lots of room for energetic toddlers to run around, explore and get plenty of fresh air. All the staff are lovely; really friendly and approachable and most importantly, brilliant with the children! I work full time most of the year and my two boys are both at the nursery 5 days a week. They settled in really quickly and love going to nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am very happy with the service provided currently. I feel that I can trust the staff and that there are a variety of activities to keep my little one happy, occupied and to aid learning.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My 9-month-old daughter started the nursery last month and has settled really well. This was my main worry as she used to cry when I left her with others. The staff have been fantastic at all levels and each and every one of the staff are friendly, welcoming and most of all understanding. My daughter has a named worker who she has formed a good bond with and this helps me to feel reassured when I'm at work. Before my daughter started, a plan of care was agreed where I explained my daughters normal routine, what helps her settle etc.
Each day I have a written and verbal handover of everything my daughter has eaten, drank, the wet and dirty nappies she has had and what she has been doing on that day. There is also an app which is updated so I can see pictures of my daughter playing.
As a nurse, health visitor and most importantly a mum, I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone and it is a feeling of relief that my daughter is in caring hands whilst there. Thank you to all staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter absolutely loves it! She is always happy and knows the staff. Happy to go to them. Highly recommended.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Having moved to the area in May, I spent a lot of time looking for the right nursery for my 2-year-old. (Who loved his previous nursery) from the moment we walked in he loved it and just wanted to play with everything. He especially enjoys the outside space which is great for exploring and learning.

Despite being a little unsettled to start with all of the staff were so patient and kind that he settled in really quickly. He is progressing really well through the great leading techniques they have.

Also, the meals are great and he is eating all sorts of new foods.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Our child started in April 2017 and has settled really well, the staff have brought the best out of him. They keep detailed records of his progression which they feed back to us on a regular basis and since starting at the nursery he has become more sociable and has developed numerous key skills. The only slight criticism I have is that the meal selection has become less "healthy" than when we first went in and checked the menu. That said the staff have been great and have assisted my wife with carrying out our child following her back surgery. Overall we are extremely happy with the nursery and its staff.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I moved my little boy (2) from another nursery - he settled in really quickly and has come on loads - his talking has improved and although he doesn't eat much (fussy phase) he comes home and can talk about different foods and at least shows an interest in what I'm eating!
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Really pleased.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Extremely happy with my child's care at nursery. He learns so much and enjoys the activities he undertakes. Once the upstairs refurbishment is complete, the nursery will be modern and up to date. They have excellent outside facilities and my little one spends a great deal of time outside, weather permitting, which he loves.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I would highly recommend Children 1st Nursery @ The Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Both my children have attended the nursery and have really enjoyed their time at Nursery. The nursery itself is lovely and has a lovely welcoming feeling as soon as you enter. All the staff are excellent, loving, supportive & make all the children feel happy and at ease. I visited many nurseries in Chesterfield and confirm this nursery was my favourite by far. The "outstanding" ofsted report also gives you the piece of mind you need when making a difficult decision of returning to work and leaving your babies.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are great and build a good rapport with the children. Management generally resolves issues quickly and respond to comments in a timely manner. We selected this nursery as a family member recommended it and the OFSTED rating but the outside space was the deciding factor. All facilities either have or are being refurbished to a good standard including outdoor facilities; clearly demonstrating the business is investing in the nurseries future for the benefit of all stakeholders. The eyLog system was a great addition to enable parents to follow their child's progress online. The only comment I would make is I'd like to see more videos or images reflecting the observations. Lastly, I have found the accounts team very helpful when determining account balances and fees due which we made all the more complicated by overpaying through two separate childcare voucher schemes.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I am extremely happy with the development of my daughter. She is a confident, happy and independent child who thoroughly enjoys attending nursery. Nursery staff have a brilliant relationship with her and I am always comfortable leaving her.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I have previously used Children 1st at Chesterfield Royal Hospital for my son many years ago and was so impressed with both their facilities and staff, that when I fell pregnant with my daughter, there really was no question as to which nursery she would be attending when I returned to work from maternity leave. It's really good to see that the standards are still high as they were back in 2008. I would just like to add that all the staff are very welcoming and very very approachable. Keep up the good work ladies!!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are very friendly and I am confident my daughter is well looked after and happy at this Nursery. The staff have been very supportive during potty training and helping my child progress by providing a great learning environment. The only negative is that we have to pay for bank holidays even though the Nursery is closed, although I appreciate the staff still have to be paid.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Really friendly staff who seem to care about our daughter and make her days at nursery fun and stimulating for her. The food always looks to be good quality. Management and staff in the baby room with our daughter are always happy and smiling when I pick her up.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Good friendly staff who seem to know children and parents well, seem to be good meals and nursery is clean,
I was told when looking around in October that upstairs was waiting to be refurbished this is now happening end of Feb so good and fast with promises they make

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

I have two children with a 10 year age gap and both of them have been to this nursery. It is fantastic. I have recommended it several times and at least 2 of the current children have come via a recommendation from me.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The nursery is amazing - both facilities and staff could not be better. I know that my daughter is safe, well looked after, stimulated and taught whilst there. I would (and do) recommend it to friends and colleagues.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Children's 1st nursery at the Royal hospital, Calow is a fantastic nursery. All the staff are attentive to each individual child and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed. The children always look like they are having a great time, there's plenty of space for play and there are a variety of activities from day to day. Communication between staff and parents is excellent, with an individual hand over every day, a written diary as well as updates on the app which include photos of what your child has been up to. They cook homemade nutritious food on the premises. Every member of staff has a lovely manner with all the children and my daughter always comes away happy. Couldn't recommend it enough!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

It took a long time for us to find a nursery that we felt happy to leave our young daughter at and even once we decided, it felt a leap of faith. However, now after nearly a year, we couldn't be happier with our choice. The nursery itself is a safe, clean and stimulating environment with exceptional outdoor space. The staff are welcoming, caring and knowledgeable. The activities are varied and interesting. It is reassuring to know that we know as parents through their detailed daily feedback they understand her personality and whilst allowing her to enjoy the things she loves they also encourage her to develop other skills and interests. My husband, in particular, likes the e-log updates that we regularly receive about her progress and especially the photographs that evidence these. The food is prepared fresh on-site and is varied and high quality. It is fantastic to know that she is being looked after so well while we're at work!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My second child had just started here and already loves it as much as the eldest. The brilliant staff are very welcoming and make sure the kids feel at home in a warm and friendly environment, it gives you a real confidence to leave your children in their care. The outside space is fantastic with large areas for each age group to play in and explore.
Our children have such a fantastic time here - I cannot recommend it enough.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Really great nursery, friendly staff. My daughter loves going there and loves the staff. I have total confidence in the nursery, staff and management and my daughter is encouraged to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually. The nursery environment is welcoming, warm and safe. Staff and management are professional and knowledgeable as well as friendly and polite at all times. Her development in terms of socialising, playing, sharing etc. since going to nursery has gone up leaps and bounds.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The nursery provides a safe, secure, nurturing and yet educational setting for children. My little boy feels safe, happy and loved by the staff in his room. They appreciate each child for their individual traits and skills. Throughout the year there are a range of special days and activities. I have just watched my little boys graduation which was wonderful! The staff also excel at promoting health and self care skills such as dressing, toileting and healthy eating. We can't thank them enough.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am extremely happy with this nursery. I have 2 children here currently and the nursery has helped immensely with their development. All the staff are very friendly and genuinely care for all of the children. The range of activities both indoor and outdoor is more than I could ask. Both of my children are happy to go to nursery and enjoy everyday.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I would recommend this nursery to all my family and friends, without a doubt. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and my little boy is so happy and content. He is developing amazingly and I do believe this nursery has contributed greatly to this to. All round a lovely nursery with lovely staff.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This is a fantastic establishment with a real family ethos. The staff are wonderful and supportive in all areas of child development, attachment, healthy eating and play. I am very grateful that they are able to support my child on growing whilst I am working!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This nursery has such a homely feel from the minute you walk in. All the staff are lovely and although my daughter is still in the 'settling stage' they are so reassuring and friendly. I chose the nursery due to its reputation and facilities and I couldn't be happier with my choice.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are extremely welcoming first thing in a morning as I have to drop my child off at 7am. They provide a swift handover without me feeling like i'm leaving her and dashing straight off to work.

The staff have been wonderful at implementing my potty training regime. My child gets rewarded with stickers on a daily basis for using the potty which helps with positive reinforcement. She is progressing wonderfully and I feel that the staff and the nursery are a key part of this and would recommend to any friends and colleagues.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have used this nursery since 2010 for my 3 children up to preschool age. My third child leaves nursery in December 2010 and I will miss the contact I have with the staff. I have always been more than happy with the love and care given to my children. All the staff work very hard to achieve outstanding results. Nursery is clean. Indoor and outdoor facilities are very good. Food is of good quality. Nursery is very well run, management are very helpful in dealing with queries and try to be flexible where possible.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

Both of my children have attended this nursery, my youngest is still there. They have both blossomed whilst attending! The staff are above and beyond excellent, they are so supportive, friendly and always encourage my children to be the best they can be. As a parent I am always kept up to date and informed on my child's progress via E-log diaries and a chat when I collect my daughter. I feel my children have and are extremely safe and well looked after here. I wouldn't want them to be anywhere else! I would highly recommend this nursery, the grounds are idyllic for the children and once again brilliant staff! Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter loves going to this nursery, they're always very welcoming and helpful and she's made some great friends there. The staff are always pleasant and tell you whatever information you need to know. It's always nice to hear all the things she's done during her day on my way home from work. She's gained so much confidence while being there, which will get her in good stead for school.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Both our children have been to this nursery and we have been delighted with the care and attention given to them both. The facilities are excellent and have just been upgraded, the staff are always polite and the feedback is also very helpful.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I cannot praise this nursery highly enough!
The staff are always enthusiastic and friendly, working so hard for the benefit of the children in their care. There are always a wide range of different fun activities on offer, and I feel happy knowing that my children are learning well through play during their time at nursery. The outdoor facilities - the castle, trimtrail, mud kitchen, little diggers - are fantastic; our boys particularly love the varied outdoor opportunities that nursery offer. Communication with parents is really good; I know from the regular EYLog updates I receive (via email) that my children are progressing well on their Early Years journey.
This nursery offers a real 'home from home' - even the meals smell delicious! I would recommend Children 1st at Chesterfield Royal Hospital without reservation, and feel it is thoroughly deserving of its OFSTED 'Outstanding' status.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Heather Tunnicliffe, HR & training Advisor at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital responded to this review on 16 Feb 2016:

Thank you Wendy for your lovely feedback and comments, it’s great to hear that the boys are enjoying their time at nursery and really benefit from our outdoor facilities. We’re especially pleased that you feel the staff team are supportive and friendly and that nursery is such a positive experience for you and your family.

It’s great to hear that the Eylog system is working well, as we see it playing an important role in our communication with all of our parents about their children’s development.

I will share your comments with the staff team who I am sure will appreciate them as much as I do.

Kindest Regards ,

Sharon Morrell
Nursery Manager

My son is nearly 4 and attended this nursery since the age of 1. I have been very happy with the nursery, the managers and staff are lovely and can't do enough for your child and you, the environment is a very happy one, the food is excellent (including veggie food) and the ground floor refurb has been lovely. I'm looking forward to the upstairs Early Years area being done as I think this will bring the whole nursery up to the same excellent standard of facilities.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Great nursery, and the staff are really responsive and caring to all the children as individuals. My boys are 1 and 4 and both learning so much through their time at nursery. The food is good, freshly prepared on-site and well balanced nutritionally. My youngest has dairy intolerance, and they have been very accommodating of his needs. The outside space is amazing, and I love the fact that the children spend lots of time playing outside and learning about nature in their new outdoor classroom.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Excellent nursery with fantastic staff. Both our children thrive at this nursery and are very fond of all the staff who directly and indirectly contribute to their care. We have highly recommended this nursery to friends and colleagues in the past and will continue to do so.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Excellent nursery with great facilities and lovely caring staff. The outdoor facilities are second to none and such a lovely environment for little one to play and learn. The indoor facilities are lovely, clean and very well laid out for children to get the best of play, rest and learning. The staff are all very professional yet lovely and caring and make an effort to know lots about the children. There is a varied food menu and brilliant environment for meal times with all children eating together and learning about food and where it comes from. The learning and development is excellent with lots of feedback and opportunities to discuss. My little one learns so much and is so stimulated by a variety of activities. We would never go anywhere else.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Both our kids have been here and we are really impressed each time. They have dealt with my sons skin allergy.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital? Extremely Likely

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Sharon Morrell

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2003

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My name is Sharon Morrell and I am the Nursery Manager at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

I have worked for Children 1st Day Nurseries for over 13 years and started working as a Private Nanny in 1997 for 3 years for a 6 week old little boy. I have also worked as a children’s representative for Airtours in the summer of 2000 which was a great experience.

I joined the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Nursery in 2001 as a Qualified Nursery Nurse after qualifying with my NNEB in 1996 at Chesterfield College. I knew from the moment that I walked into the Nursery that it was the place for me and that I would be very happy here.

I settled into the toddler room well and after being with the Nursery for a few years I completed my Senior Nursery Nurse Training with the company. By this point I had established good working relationships with children, parents and staff and knew that I wanted to become the manager of the nursery one day but it would be a long and hardworking journey to achieve my goal.

In 2005 I was given the opportunity to develop myself and transfer to our Newark Day Nursery for 4 months to complete my Deputy Manager training working alongside the Nursery Manager and supporting with the running of the Nursery. I found this move a great experience with challenges and felt it gave me a lot of knowledge and understanding of how the Nursery operated.

Once I returned to my Nursery in Chesterfield at the end of August 2005 I was promoted to Deputy Nursery Manager and then within a year was acting Nursery Manager. My hard work had paid off and I had nearly reached my goal. In 2007 I was given the opportunity to finally become the Nursery Manager and I have never looked back since.

I am a mummy to a 3 year old little girl, who has attended Children 1st since she was 8 months old. I initially found it very hard to leave my baby and go back to work full time and it took a while to get into a good routine. But with the support from the nursery staff we settled into nursery life and my daughter loves every minute of her time at nursery. She has gained confidence and has made many friends. She even has a bigger social life than me!!!!

I am confident that when she starts school this year she will be thoroughly prepared for the new challenges.

I believe that Children 1st Day Nurseries put the child and family first in 'Leading the way and shaping the future.'

I decided to stay with Children 1st Day Nurseries because I feel that they are dedicated to providing a safe, secure and sustainable environment for each and every child in their care. They take pride in developing their Nurseries and this is shown from the moment that you walk into a Children 1st Day Nursery and from the quality that you get from that first impression.

I am extremely happy in my role as Nursery Manager which can at times be very challenging but the most important thing is that it has its rewards and this is shown by the happy and inviting atmosphere that makes my Nursery what it is……... A happy one!!!!