Children 1st @ Clowne

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

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: Hayley Fox (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

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (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 4.8 out of 5 from 36 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 4.8 out of 5 from 19 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 4.805 for Children 1st @ Clowne is calculated as follows: ( (347 Excellents x 5) + (73 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 425 Ratings = 4.805

  • 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 4.792 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Clowne is based on 19 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). 19 Reviews ÷ 24 Target = 0.792

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

9.6 Children 1st @ Clowne has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.597)

Average Ratings

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  • Satisfactory
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Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Clowne

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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  • Aunt of Child
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I have used the facilities at Children 1st @ Clowne since both my children were 3 months old, right the way up to them starting school, and they now both go to after school and holiday clubs. They are 5 and 7.
I am sure that their starting out here helped shape them into the bright, confident, sociable boys that they are.
They have learnt a lot and both were fully prepared for starting school.
Whatever age they were at from tiny babies to schoolboys, I can go to work in the confidence that my children are safe and happy.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Friendly staff - the receptionist, the teachers in the rooms, the administrative staff- friendly and helpful.

Freshly cooked meals every day.

My daughter's and my son's key workers and the other support workers in the room are excellent - and pay close attention to my children's needs.

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

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

My twin girls attend this nursery and they absolutely love going. They're always enthusiastic to go and enjoy all the activities that are on offer throughout the morning. If I’ve had any issues the staff have always gone out of their way to deal with them. All the staff are lovely and very welcoming.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This nursery has been fantastic with our daughter. She absolutely loves going and has developed lots of new skills as a result of the staff's excellent efforts.

A big thank you to all!

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Very professional and caring staff. Offering support to both parents and children. I have every confidence that my son is getting the best care, education and stability needed in his life. He loves to be at school and enjoys all the activities and spending time with all the staff and other children.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter is in her last year with Breedon House. She loves going to nursery, we have never had any issues or cause for concern. She comes home and tells me all the activities she does at nursery and about her best friend. She loves all her key workers and is currently enjoying being one of the “big guys”. She has definitely benefited from the learning with her language and writing skills. And as a fussy eater, she never falters at meal times....I’m still trying to find out what makes “nursery carrots” so much nicer than mums!

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My child is settled in nursery and enters the setting very happy every morning. The staff are welcoming and keep you up to date on my child's personal development.

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter has been at the nursery for over 3 years, it is a great place for children to learn and build their confidence. Excellent teachers, excellent teaching activities. I truly believe my daughter has progressed in her speech and her interaction skills through being at the nursery
I fully recommend the nursery, a lovely place with, lovely people.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has come on so much since attending nursery at Breedon House. The staff have been very supportive and are always there if needed. I trust them all very much to do their best regarding my son's education and learning.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Excellent nursery which I would recommend to anyone.
Excellent facilities, lovely safe environment and caring, friendly staff.
Nursery keeps you well informed of your child’s progress.
My little boy really enjoys the time he spends there.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Just amazing, lovely staff, happy child, happy parents. The staff are so accommodating and nothing seems too much trouble.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been attending since she was 4 months old and I don't know where we would have been without the support of the team at Children 1st @ Clowne. I'm self-employed so I needed to get back to work and knowing my daughter is not only safe but happy is a weight off.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very pleased with childcare at Children 1st @ Clowne. My daughter loves her time there, she's gaining confidence, enjoying social interaction with other children and staff and loves doing all the different activities. My friend's daughter attended the nursery years ago. She's 12 now and has very fond memories of her time there.

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

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

My little one has been attending Children 1st @ Clowne now for around 9 months. What I particularly like about the nursery are the people, the nursery staff in the rooms who look after my little one. They really know him, when he's happy and when he's having a grumpy day, all his mannerisms etc. Recently, two of his friends moved up rooms and this unsettled him a little so the workers took him to see his friends and really made his day. It's small things like this that make me feel confident leaving him in their care.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My daughter is extremely happy here, the staff are very caring and friendly. The only downside is an occasional lack of communication. This may be because she is only there a couple of days a week.
On the whole, I am really pleased with all aspects of the nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Exceptional nursery with very pleasant staff that are always happy to help. A warm welcome is always given to both children and parents/care givers with children being called by their name on arrival. Children have a good mixture of outdoor play and crafts along with following their EY curriculum. As a parent, I feel that I am informed of my little one's progress by several different mediums such as a daily book that comes home with my little one to tell me what they have been doing during the day as well as what they have eaten etc. We are also kept up to date via the EY log. A portal that allows you to keep up to date with their progress and view photos of special achievements. The nursery also holds parents evenings from certain ages for a more formal review of progress.

All in all very happy with his progress and a big thank you to all nursery staff that make this happen for my little one and all the others at Children 1st @Clowne.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our son has been attending Breedon @ Clowne since he was 9/10 months old. He settled really well and loves going to play with his friends. He is now 2 and moved up through 3 different rooms, each meeting the changes in his needs as his development moves on. It is more expensive than other settings but I think the extra you pay is worth it. Thank you.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I couldn’t wish for a better nursery. My daughter has only been attending this nursery since September 2017 but she has come on so much with her learning. All members of staff are friendly and very easy to approach if you have any questions or queries.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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).

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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!

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

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Hayley Fox

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2008

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My name is Hayley Fox and I am the Manager at Children 1st @ Clowne.

I gained my CACHE diploma in childcare and education at Chesterfield College. As part of my studies I had the chance to work with children aged between 3 months and 8 years during my work placements which I really enjoyed.

After gaining my qualification I was lucky enough to be able to fly out to Swaziland to stay with family. Whilst there for five months I volunteered at a Montessori nursery working mainly with 2-6 year olds.

I loved meeting all the children who all came from different backgrounds. After five months I arrived back in England where I had managed to secure a job interview at Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul.

I started my first qualified nursery nurse job there in February 2008 working with the Bobtails children. After a year I moved into the Benjamin Bunnies room and a year later was offered the job as senior Nursery Nurse. I was then responsible for over seeing both the Benjamin Bunnies and Peter Rabbits room.

In October 2012 I was offered the job as Deputy Manager at Children 1st @ Clowne to work alongside Rachel the Nursery Manager until May 2015 when I became the Assistant Manager and now manager. During my time at Children 1st I have become more confident and have developed my skills in all aspects of my job roles.

I recently gained my management level 3 in leadership and management to support my team. The best part about my job is knowing every child who walks through my door and them knowing me!