Handkerchief Day Nursery

High Street, Kegworth, Derby DE74 2DA

One of the best features of Handkerchief Day Nursery Kegworth has to be the extensive outdoor area. Highly experienced Forest School leaders provide daily Forest School sessions for children at the nursery. Practitioners support the children to use real tools to chop wood and use the fire pit to cook meals and heat up hot chocolate.

Both indoors and out, children are encouraged to explore a range of open ended resources which create magic, awe and wonder on a daily basis.

Dedicated and highly knowledgeable staff encourage children's natural sense of curiosity and inspire and nurture inquisitive minds in all their key children.

The smell of fresh bread and the chefs famous Lemon drizzle cake fills the air around lunch time as children are provided with healthy delicious meals made from locally sourced products (including eggs from the nurseries own hand reared chickens!)

Owner: Child's Time Ltd

Person in charge: Aimi Drechsler (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Leicestershire County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 110

Age Range: from 0 years 1 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: F/D £52 AM/PM £27

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There is parking onsite

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Handkerchief Day Nursery 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 24 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Handkerchief Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 24 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

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  • 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 4.792 for Handkerchief Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (233 Excellents x 5) + (50 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 288 Ratings = 4.792

  • 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 Handkerchief Day Nursery is based on 24 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 22 positive Reviews (110 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 24 Reviews ÷ 22 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 Handkerchief Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.792)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to Handkerchief Day Nursery

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  • Father of Child
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My daughter has been attending this nursery now for 4 months, at the start she would not settle when dropping her off but now loves attending and waves us off. This is down to the baby team being patient and helping her settle in. They are all very helpful and clearly caring of the children they have in their care. We receive detailed events of her day which always seem jam packed with fun and learning activities along with random emails with pictures during the day of what she is up to.

Our daughter loves attending and, knowing this, we enjoy sending her there.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I would definitely recommend this nursery to my family and friends as it provides a safe, fun and great learning environment for my daughter to grow. The staff are excellent and have been great with both of my daughters.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My son loves going to nursery because all staff are lovely and friendly. No plastic toys is another good point. There is a huge garden right next to the baby room and babies can feel nature all the time.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Outstanding nursery - I cannot fault it.

Our son was 6 months old when he joined this nursery and he is currently 8 months old. In those 2 months, he has developed and grown so much!

The staff in baby room are amazing, nothing is ever too much trouble. They spend time at both drop off and pick up to ask what has been happening with our son during the days he isn't there and what he's been up to during the hours he's with them.

I love the app they use to give updates on progress - especially the adorable photos.

We travel for up to an hour each way to drop and pick up our son from this nursery and we definitely wouldn't do that if it wasn't so great.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone who asks.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The disruption of the extension/building work did cause some initial issues. However, now this is complete, I feel it is an excellent area for the children to be.

I really like the varied activities the team seem to do with the children, from pumpkin carving to tasting of lemons etc and feel this will only get better as my child becomes older.

I would love more photos to be sent, but understand this is not always possible and do appreciate the ones which are sent.

The flexibility of the care staff (ie feeding early when an early pick up is required), is great and the team are very supportive and welcoming.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

The ladies in the baby room are great. They have helped both my son and us to settle in, providing updates/pictures during the day and good feedback when I pick him up. I feel that they genuinely care about providing a safe, nurturing environment for the babies to develop within.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Would 100% recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery! Our little girl has been going since she was 11 months old and loves every min. All the staff are a joy to deal with.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

The nursery provides lovely facilities in a friendly and welcoming environment. The children have a range of activities every day and I really like the fact they get them outside as much as possible. The nursery has an excellent forest school and my daughter often comes home with her all in one waterproof muddy, which I always think is a good sign of fun!
The staff are very friendly and helpful and my daughter has always loved it there.
The food is cooked on site and there are an excellent menu and range of food.
The nursery also provides all nappies, wipes, cream, sun cream and pain relief which is great not having to worry about taking these things in and them running out.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Since starting in the baby room 8 months ago, my daughter has come along in leaps and bounds. She settled in fantastically, the staff were really helpful and friendly, and I really felt like she would be treated like one of their family. Now in the Tweenie room, she is still doing really well and gets the same great level of care. They communicate well with me about any issues and have taken on board everything I’ve asked them to regarding my daughter. The nursery has great facilities, and I particularly like their emphasis on outdoor play and am looking forward to when my daughter has access to the Forest School.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Our daughter really does enjoy her time with the Handkerchief Day Nursery, so much so that today she didn’t want to leave when I collected her! I particularly enjoy the time they spend outdoors and the creative activities the children get involved with. Her older sister often remarks how she would have liked to have gone to Handkerchief Day Nursery and also enjoys finding out all about what her sister has been up to when we collect her!

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been at Handkerchief Nursery from 9 months old, she is now 4 years old. Since day one, my daughter has continued to hit her milestones with the support and aid of Handkerchief, she has developed so well and even at times where extra care was required to achieve her milestones, plans were put in place by the nursery and implemented.
My daughter loves it here, and I don't say that lightly, all staff are consistent in their behaviours and values, even as they move through to different classes as they get older. This nursery and the staff have become her extended family, feeling safe, protected and aided tremendously in her learning and most importantly now getting her ready for school next year!
I cannot recommend this nursery and the staff highly enough and I will be very sad when my daughter has to move on, they have been an integral part of her life at the beginning and I cannot thank them enough for adding such high value to her.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter attended here from 19 months to 4 years old. She loved the staff and despite severe separation anxiety as a baby/toddler settled quickly and enjoyed going and seeing the staff and her friends 3 days a week. The transition was made especially easy by the staff.
My 19-month-old son now attends even though it is now out of my way to take him there due to school drop off and my commute to work. But I couldn’t imagine sending him anywhere else and am very happy with the care he receives. He is especially fond of his key worker who is very caring towards him and makes me feel happy leaving him there.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

The staff are all really friendly and caring and often come up with creative ideas for the children. The outdoor space is great and my eldest child loves forest school! There hasn't been much consistency with management over the last few months but the deputy manager and room seniors are good. Although there is not much they can do, they could do with a little more space in the preschool rooms and cloakroom space.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

After moving to Handkerchief Day Nursery my daughter settled in really quickly which was mostly due to the amazing staff. They are all so friendly and have great relationships with the children, my daughter runs in and hugs the staff when she arrives. There is also great communication with the parents, I love getting emails with photos of what my daughter is doing while I'm at work.
The facilities the nursery have are fantastic, the children have a huge outside space with lots of natural areas to explore, including visiting the chickens!
My daughter loves the food and snacks and often ends up having two portions!
I would definitely recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery to anyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our journey with Handkerchief first started 2.5 years ago when my daughter was 10 months old, she is now nearly 3 years old and still absolutely loves going to nursery. Our son started around 6 months ago and he too loves going to nursery. My daughter has made some strong relationships with the staff and with fellow children. From the moment she started I was impressed with not only the variety of activities on offer, but also the amount they did with the children.

One of the biggest things for me when choosing a nursery was how much outdoor space was on offer and at Handkerchief, it's a lot! My daughter particularly loves forest school and the children are outside most days which to me is so important. The staff at Handkerchief are a credit to the business, they are always so loving and caring and when you are trusting these individuals to look after your children it's extremely important that they genuinely care and at Handkerchief they do.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both my children have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Handkerchief. They have learnt so much during their time there and grown into little independent thinkers and movers! Both my kids felt happy and at home at Handkerchief and made great friends with the other children.

The staff are absolutely brilliant. They are dedicated, positive and supportive and have created a happy and thriving environment for the children to play, learn and develop. There is independent play and also structured activity time and there’s great outside space including forest school as well. There was also additional activities my kids participated in such as little wickets, jo jingles and French.

I was very happy leaving my kids at Handkerchief, knowing they were in very good hands. I would definitely recommend handkerchief nursery to any prospective parents.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic nursery.

My little one has attended for the past 18 months and absolutely loves it. He has wonderful relationships with the staff, particularly his key worker in each room

He is encouraged to progress and is given ample activities and opportunities throughout the day to keep him interested. He regularly comes home shattered from all the fun he has had!
The outdoor space drew me to the nursery as it is far better than any other nursery I looked around which is important to us as he loves being outside. They also have a forest school where they learn different life skills and he adores this experience.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have noticed such a change in our daughter's development since starting at nursery in October. She is content to play by herself or with the other children and the variety of new experiences she has had so far has been great. The staff are all so friendly and seem to genuinely care about the children and ensuring they are happy and well. We are very grateful that we have put our daughter into this nursery and that the girls at the nursery are in her life.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son loves going to nursery and the girls who look after him. He does different activities each day and spends time playing outside which he enjoys. The girls are very caring and they give him the individual attention he needs, playing and teaching him new things.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son started in babies at 12 months and is now in pre-school aged nearly 4. My daughter started the same and is now in toddlers aged 2.5. Both children LOVE nursery. They are well loved and cared for and have built strong bonds in every room they’ve joined. My children have very different personalities and have been nurtured and developed according to their personal strengths and needs. They have been given so many opportunities for carol concerts, off-site trips, craft, baking and above all they love Forest School.

If you want your children to enjoy being outdoors the chickens, fireplace and open learning are the routes forward! The food is varied and freshly prepared and the children are encouraged to try lots of different things.
Handkerchiefs have played a major part in the formative years of my happy, healthy, inquisitive, smart, independent, confident children and I highly recommend them.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Handkerchief have given the best start to my son's learning journey I could have possibly wished for. From when he was a 1-year-old baby to pre-schooling, Handerkerchief has guided him well, giving lots of opportunities to experience life skills. From French lessons and forestry school to learning about the world he lives in, his vocabulary and expressions have come on leaps and bounds.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My little girl (who is 2 years and 4 months) has been at Handkercheif since she was 12 months old.
She has massively developed in this time and loves all of the opportunities the nursery offers. The staff are friendly and attentive and make her feel valued.
I will definitely send my next baby there.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Handkerchief Day Nursery is exactly what we were looking for in a nursery. Since our daughter has been there she has progressed in many aspects and continues to impress us with her language, numeracy and creative abilities - all which Handkerchief staff have nurtured. The nursery is clean and well presented; displays are regularly updated, parent contact is very good and you receive a detailed review on your child's day on pick up. The nursery offers enrichment sessions during the day which include Jo Jingles, French, Tennis, Cricket and they even have a hair-dresser and photographer come in! (Of which you will be notified). They regularly put on events to include the parents as much as possible; these include Christmas markets, sports days, coffee mornings, to name a few! Over all, we are very pleased with Handkerchief and know our children are being entertained and well looked after. The staff are lovely and our children are happy there.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We recently moved our daughter to Pre-School at Handkerchief and my only regret is not sending her from a baby. This is a truly wonderful nursery set in beautiful gardens, with a huge number of additional activities on offer (yoga, music, cricket, French). In particular, Forest School is fantastic and the children spend a lot of time outdoors either in the garden (with the hens and the guinea pigs) or on the bikes in the tennis court - our 3 year old daughter comes home buzzing with excitement (and rosy cheeks) every day.

Activities are planned all day long and the 'grown ups' are constantly interacting with the children. Arriving for pick up after 5pm, often they are just starting a new activity - we were really taken aback that the energy levels of the staff are still so high that late in the day.

I was really struck by the confidence all of the children show and this is testament to the care and nurturing they receive from the staff.

A fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Handkerchief Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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