Children 1st @ Clowne

Chesterfield College, Clowne College Campus, Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4JX

Children 1st @ Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Children 1st @ Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Children 1st @ Clowne, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Children 1st @ Clowne is surrounded by lovely countryside and is within easy reach of the town centre. The nursery has been refurbished throughout with bright, open areas for babies, toddlers, early years and 'out of school' children from birth to twelve years.

Age-appropriate rooms create an imaginative learning environment for the children and are staffed by an enthusiastic and highly trained early years team.

The toddler room features an ‘up, up and away’ sensory pod, offering a quiet space where the children can experience a cosy, safe ambience. The pre-school children have access to a split-level mezzanine where they can immerse themselves into role play or hide away for a quiet story in the reading area.

The nursery also features a ‘jungle room’ which provides the children with an adventure full of slopes, tunnels and a ball pool.

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: Rachel Kitts (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Derbyshire County Council

Number of Staff: 32

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

Total Places for Children: 120

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

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.4 Children 1st @ Clowne has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.371)

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Clowne is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Clowne in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 12 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 4.871 for Children 1st @ Clowne is calculated as follows: ( (219 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 248 Ratings = 4.871

  • 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 4.5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Clowne is based on 12 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 24 positive Reviews (120 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 12 Reviews ÷ 24 Target = 0.500

  • 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
    21
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children 1st @ Clowne?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    20
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Clowne

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Father of Child
    1

Both of my children (5yrs and 3yrs) have attended this nursery since before they were 1. I have never had a complaint! The quality of the staff interactions, facilities and education delivered is second to none. I am confident about the good quality of care and knowing that my child is in a friendly and safe environment whilst I’m at work enables me to concentrate on my job whilst they have been enjoying themselves, learning and socialising.
Thank you, Children’s First.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

A wonderful nursery where our son is always cared for with love, humour and encouragement.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter is very happy at the Clowne nursery. I feel she is well cared for and I have seen progress in her social and physical development. All staff are welcoming and the managers make a real effort to ensure they get to know all the children who attend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Good

Excellent nursery with very caring and helpful staff.
A happy environment which aids my Sons development.
Flexible with hours.
Trained staff with qualifications.
Excellent communication skills (Great Newsletters which keep parents up-to-date).

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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: Don't Know

Fantastic with my little boy. The staff take care of him how I would, always there for a cuddle when needed. The staff have been fantastic with his lactose intolerance ensuring his dietary requirements are met.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl has settled in lovely here and all the staff seem lovely. My little girl always seems really happy when I pick her up so much so it hard getting her to leave lol. and I've noticed she's trying to use more words now which is great x

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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: Don't Know

My son joined the nursery a month ago, as a first time parent I was nervous about leaving him and how he would respond, but I cannot praise the staff at Breedon House enough! I can tell already that despite having multiple children to look after, they have taken the time to really get to know my son, his likes and dislikes, his character, and have worked with him to make the nursery a fun and secure environment. He has settled much faster than I expected and that is all down to the amazing ladies who look after him!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

Fantastic nursery and staff.
Forward thinking, great care, fantastic activities and fun for the children!
Love the outside areas and different open spaces for the children to engage.
Great story time and interaction.
My daughter is very happy there!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My daughter has been with Children 1st for a year and a half. I've never had cause for concern or complaint. She loves all her key workers and they have supported and developed her above and beyond my expectations of nursery experiences.
It will be a sad time for us both when she has to go to school! Xx

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

We are very happy knowing our little boy is in a safe and friendly environment at the nursery. He's been going to Children's 1st in Clowne for just over two years and has really grown in that time. The staff are excellent, especially his key workers. He comes home and often teaches us new nursery rhymes or songs.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has loved coming here from the age of 9 months and is now 2. She loves the staff and has bonded well with the teachers. The food is great and my daughter has her 5 a day and plenty to drink. Outstanding childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

Both of my daughters have attended this nursery and I am so glad they did. It is a wonderful nursery with lovely welcoming and friendly staff and even though the older daughter is in school now she loves to visit her old rooms! I can't recommend them enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

Choosing a nursery as a parent is a very difficult decision, however, I have nothing but praise for this nursery. They have supported my son since his first visit almost a year ago. My son has recently moved up rooms and he has found this transition unsettling, however, the staff have worked alongside me and always with the best interests of my son in mind.
I can't thank the staff enough for the continued support and the development of my son's abilities and confidence, I feel proud every time I drop him off or pick him up. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Good

Breedon House and all the staff are fantastic. Following two not so good previous nurseries I could not be happier here. The care, thought, friendliness of the staff is second to none. The facilities are superb, 100% clean and just a lovely place and surroundings for my daughter. In my opinion, a text book example of the best and a clear view of being the best. No need to worry about a thing here, it's fantastic. 100% recommend to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Good

Our Daughter has attended Children 1st for well over a year now. Throughout this time we have received excellent support and care from each and every member of staff within the nursery. Selecting a nursery for our child was a daunting task, however, Children 1st stood out to us from the rest for its professionalism and friendly knowledgeable staff who clearly all love working there.

Our Daughter is our first child, and the staff at Children 1st have been there for both my Husband and I giving us support and guidance throughout her development and progression within the nursery. Now at 3 1/2 our Daughter loves her nursery time, she runs to open the door and play on the many activities inside. We have recently received excellent care for which we are very grateful for around our Daughters speech and language.

We sincerely have no hesitation in recommending Children 1st at Clowne, and we have done, many of our friends now take their children there too and share in our opinion.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

My boy as been at this nursery a year and it's a big part of his growing up. The staff are amazing and the facilities are perfect for his needs. I've noticed him learning so much and he has such fun. I've never once had to worry about leaving my boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

Have have sent all 3 of my girls here.
Boost self esteem.
Happy.
Friendly staff.
Educational .
Variety.
Fabulous environment.
All nursery nurses are very loving.
Food delicious and fresh.
My girls came on leaps and bounds in friendships.
Support with potty training.
Will accommodate any dietary requirements.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My son has been at Breedon House for almost 4 years. He has built some great relationships a made some fantastic friends.
I have had no problems whatsoever with either the staff or facilities. They have supported me as a parent through behavioural problems and I would highly recommend Breedon.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Children 1st at clowne is such an amazing nursery my niece is in the early years room and the staff are all amazing and so caring. My niece adores one staff member and always talks about her at home. The nursery is amazing and I can't thank the staff enough for all the care and love they have given my niece. Would recommend clowne nursery to everyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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

A wonderful nursery. The staff cant do enough to make sure the children and parents are happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

It is a well presented nursery, great equipment, staff are all very helpful and plan fun activities. With my son having Sen, they make sure he is included in all activities and do their utmost for him.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Clowne? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Rachel

Rachel Kitts

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2002

Description:

My name is Rachel Kitts and I am the Nursery Manager of Children 1st @ Clowne which is at the Chesterfield College Campus.

I gained my qualification in Nursery Nursing (NNEB) in 1988 at Clowne College and had my first job in the Day Nursery at the college. I started in a part time post which quickly progressed to full time and became the Deputy of the Nursery.

After working at the Day Nursery for fourteen years it was acquired by Children 1st and moved to a new building on the Clowne College Campus.

I have worked with all age groups of children from 0 – 8yrs and finished my time as a Deputy in the Early Years room before taking on the Nursery Manager post with Children 1st Day Nurseries in January 2005.

Through my role as Nursery Manager I have worked with diverse cultures and families with different needs and expectations, this has given me the tools to enable me to meet their differing needs and make a real difference to children's lives, one of my passions is to be able to offer high quality childcare for ALL children regardless of their status.

My role as Nursery Manager also enables me to work with children with Special Education Needs (SEN) and become a linchpin with families and other members of my Nursery Team, giving our children the best start to their Nursery Education regardless of their abilities or needs.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and satisfaction that working with children has brought to my working life and would recommend working for Children 1st Day Nurseries to anyone thinking of becoming a Nursery Nurse as it is an excellent base to gain valuable knowledge.

I believe in the ethos of Children 1st Day Nurseries and am fully committed to our mission statement of: ‘Leading the way, shaping the future’ and providing high quality day care and education. My role as a Nursery Manager enables me to ensure that the children who use our setting are receiving the very best and I can ensure the quality is there all of the time this is why I have stayed with Children 1st Day Nurseries and will continue to do so.

I like lots of things about Children 1st Day Nurseries the dedication to our small babies that we insist on, the quality environments, the sleeping outside in proper prams, the play experiences that the teams offer, the drive and passion of our teams and the ongoing commitment that we have to achieving the best that we can be.

I always feel proud when I attend outside training events as I know that our provision is up there with the best.

I hope I inspire other Nursery Nurses to be passionate and proud of the work that we do, and encourage new families to make that brave first step of bringing their children to Nursery for the first time to start the education of their children.