Children 1st @ Shepshed

55 Forest Street, Shepshed, Loughborough LE12 9BZ

Children 1st @ Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Children 1st @ Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Children 1st @ Shepshed, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Children 1st @ Shepshed is situated near the centre of Shepshed, close to the M1. The nursery has been refurbished throughout; with bright, open areas for babies, toddlers, early years and out-of-school children, from birth to 12-years-old.

The friendly, enthusiastic staff are all fully trained and very experienced, and child to staff ratios are even lower than Ofsted requirements.

Outside there is a garden designed to maximise the potential for outdoor play, and children are encouraged to choose their own activity with a huge variety of options both in and outside.

The nursery offers fully grant-funded places for children aged three and four years. A fantastic nursery school environment, with the added care and attention that comes with a designated early years practitioner, and a ratio of only eight children to each member of staff.

Children 1st Day Nurseries has been an award winning, family-run childcare provider since 1988, and is an accredited Training Centre.

Group: Children 1st Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Claire Emery (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Leicestershire County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 108

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.7 Children 1st @ Shepshed has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.708)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Shepshed 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 20 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Shepshed in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 18 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 4.875 for Children 1st @ Shepshed is calculated as follows: ( (210 Excellents x 5) + (30 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 240 Ratings = 4.875

  • 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 4.833 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Shepshed 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 21.6 positive Reviews (108 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 21.6 Target = 0.833

  • 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
    19
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    18
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    1

Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Shepshed

  • Mother of Child
    16
  • Father of Child
    4

My son has really enjoyed his first couple of months at Nursery. He has really developed his skills and we have no problems in dropping him off each morning. It looks like he has made good friends with the staff and also the other children in his group. We are really happy with everything.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 child started at the end of April and was immediately settled. He has been to two settings previously and even after months in one and years in the other, he would still be tearful on drop-off sometimes. From day 1, my child has been happy to go into Children 1st @ Shepshed! The staff are so welcoming and the environment is nurturing and stimulating. Although my child was only used to being in a setting part-time, he has settled in brilliantly into a full-time place within this setting thanks to the supportive staff and the exciting child-centred indoor and outdoor spaces.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my children currently attend this nursery. It has wonderful outdoor space, which is used all year round, whether the children are in coats and wellies or sun hats and shorts! The staff are so lovely and always do their best to reassure you that your little ones are in safe hands, especially when they first start and can be a little bit tearful when you leave them for the first couple of days. The meals they serve for the children are varied and interesting and the routine seems to work well and my pair always enjoy lunch times at nursery. Upon visiting and looking around, I could see straight away how many lovely activities are on offer for the children and they're always trying new things. It's just lovely and I'm always recommending it to my friends!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 daughter enjoys attending nursery and has been made to feel welcome since she started in late April. She has come on leaps and bounds since starting and I am very pleased. She enjoys the meals and puddings and I think her favorites are the little snack bags made available to her. When we drop her off, she is made welcome every time by a member of staff as she has been a bit aprehensive of me leaving however 5 mins in, I have been forgotten about! When I come to pick her up she is always engaged in an activity, dancing, having a story or playing on the computer and it takes her a few moments to realise that I have entered the room! All in all, I am very pleased with the nursery and all of the staff. I started my daughter here based on several reccomendations, 1 visit and 2 very positive settling in sessions. I am relaxed at the thought of leaving my child at this nursery which is a great thing as I haven't left my Daughter with anyone but my Mum in over 3 years!!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 my children have been to this nursery. My daughter has left now due to being older but she loved her time there and it's made her into a wonderful young lady. My son still goes four days a week. The care they give is outstanding, the girls are always welcoming and are happy to see you, it's like a home from home. All I can say is outstanding care!! My son loves it and he has grown into a lovely little boy. I recommend this nursery all the time, by far the best nursery in Shepshed.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 son is very happy here and has been for the last 2 and a half years. He started off 4 days a week and has since taken up a full-time place at Children's First in Shepshed. He has always been happy to go to nursery, and I feel that as an only child it has made him come on leaps and bounds in terms of his confidence and abilities. The staff are very friendly, always happy to help, and always at the end of the phone for any questions. I often find myself dropping my son off to lovely smelling food coming from the kitchens, and the nursery provides a good range of options for all dietary requirements. There is a range of activities available, including regular additional activities such as Funky Feet that you can sign up for. The outside space is suitable for all ages, and as long as they have the right clothing the kids are out there enjoying themselves throughout the year.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? Extremely Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic nursery - my son is safe, happy and learns new things every day. Staff are fantastic and do a huge variety of activities with the children. Nothing is too much trouble. Healthy food provided, good, stable routines in place and staff who listen to parents and work with them.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 our children have attended Children 1st in Shepshed and we have been happy with the care and facilities the nursery has provided. The staff, in general, are approachable and helpful. The facilities are good, well looked after and seem to be renewed and updated often, both of our boys have especially enjoyed playing and working on the computers. The outside space is fantastic and is what sold the nursery to us, such a large open space with lots of activities to keep the children entertained whatever the weather. Children's 1st first in Shepshed is a good nursery and one that we have recommended and would again in the future.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Lovely, friendly nursery. Staff are approachable and take your child under their wing.
My son and daughter have both been to this nursery and have both loved it. They have a different theme every week, last week it was space themed and we built a rocket at home to take in. My daughter is always coming home with artwork that she's created. The EY log is also a wonderful aspect, being able to have a look what she's been up to today and talking to her about it. She's truly blossomed into a wonderful, clever little girl who is very confident at making new friendships. I have no concerns to her heading into school thanks to the help of children first Shepshed. Thank you

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl has been at this nursery full time since she was 8 months old. We love it and more importantly, she loves it. The staff are fantastic and they are with us every step of the way encouraging and assisting in her development. The things she has learned surprises me sometimes! I would 100% recommended this nursery to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 very friendly and welcoming nursery. The staff are always pleasant and helpful. The activities for the children are varied and assist with their learning. The large outdoor area is great for children to use

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 son has attended children 1st @ Shepshed since he was 9 months old. Throughout his time at nursery, he has grown and developed into the wonderful boy he is today. This is with help from the welcoming, trustworthy and dedicated staff who always make sure that your child and you feel at ease in their home from home environment.
They provide excellent care and have a wonderful range of activities helping the children to learn and be the best that they can be.
I would definitely recommend Children1st @ Shepshed for parents wanting quality care for their children.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 daughter has been attending Children 1st Shepshed since she was 9 months old. She settled very quickly and has always been happy to be left there. She's developing very well and loves the activities during the day. She eats all her meals and continues to be open to new foods at home. I love the app which is updated regularly with her daily activities. The staff are always happy and enthusiastic and very well informed on the day's events. Any issues we have had have been dealt with quickly, discreetly and professionally by the management team. We're very happy with the level of care provided and have total peace of mind throughout the day!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 fabulous team, who have been wonderfully supportive in caring for my diabetic son. They have attended training to learn how to deal with his complex needs and implemented what they have learnt with great success. I can not praise them highly enough. Each day my son attends I trust them with his life and am 100% confident that he is safe.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are very happy with the Children 1st First nursery and believe it has really helped our eldest daughter to grow and learn. Our younger daughter has recently started and she seems to be doing well there too.

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

This nursery is by far the best nursery in Shepshed, I wish I had sent my oldest here too! My daughter loves coming to nursery and playing with her friends, she's always got lots to tell me when I pick her up. All the staff are very friendly and welcoming too!

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

The staff are brill. They always update me on everything, remind me of school holidays and if I need to book him in.
The facility is wonderful also really clean modern loads for the children to do. They are really flexible and helpful. I feel really confident in their service.

The girls also have had to stay late on numerous occasions they never make me feel bad or hassle me (I already feel bad) I always turn up to happy friendly girls.
They are also very understanding and supportive.

I am a single working mother and I have had my son in 3 different establishments and none have come close I am so happy with the service, staff and facility. I constantly tell people.... sad I know.

I also would love to attend myself if only to go down that slide or have a go in the soft play :)

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been attending Children 1st @ Shepshed since his mum went back to work in November and he absolutely loves it! As first-time parents sending your child into a nursery setting is scary but I couldn't be happier with our choice. He settled really quickly and the staff in the baby unit are amazing with him. He has so much fun with all of the activities and resources on offer, particularly the messy ones! It's great to get pictures and observations of what he has been doing, whilst at work, through the online learning journeys. I would certainly recommend this nursery to others!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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 eldest son, 3, has attended for two and a half years and we have always felt he is looked after in the best way. He has learnt a lot in his time at nursery and enjoys going. We as a family have built a great relationship with staff and management. My youngest son, 10 months, has just started at the nursery and has settled in really well. He goes into nursery happy and smiley and leaves the same. The staff are all very professional!!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Shepshed? 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. Very considerate staff. Good learning activities and supportive staff. Happy with everything.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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Awards / Recognitions

March 2017

April 2014

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Recipient: Children 1st @ Shepshed

Date: Tuesday 22 Apr 2014

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Staff Profiles

Claire

Claire Emery

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 1993

Description:

Hello my name is Claire Emery and I am the Nursery Manager for Children 1st @ Shepshed, Loughborough. I have worked for Children 1st Day Nurseries since they acquired the Nursery that I have worked in for 13 years during April 2010.

Since Children 1st Day Nurseries took over here we have seen many changes to the Nursery not only in the way we do things but in the beautiful refurbishments that have taken place.

My passion for childcare started when I was younger and I enjoyed babysitting and moved on to work placements through school and college where I gained my Cache Level 3 in Working with Children Qualification back in 2004. I am now studying again for a Management Qualification alongside other Managers in the company, which will show our ability to run our Day Nurseries and make them great.