Children 1st @ Newark Town

Martin Forster House, Appletongate, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1JY

Children 1st @ Newark Town, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Children 1st @ Newark Town, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Children 1st @ Newark Town, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire

Children 1st @ Newark Town is housed in a spacious and well resourced Georgian building in Newark-on-Trent.

The nursery provides the perfect opportunity for children to learn in small groups in a variety of indoor and outdoor learning environments, including a large garden.

Highly trained early years teachers care for children from birth to five years all year round, including student families and all other local families.

Staff ensure the children leave the nursery as confident individuals with a real enthusiasm for their next stage of development.

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: Alison Holmes (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Nottinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 8

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

Total Places for Children: 80

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 11 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Languages Spoken (other than English): Polish

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Reviews

9.2 Children 1st @ Newark Town has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.233)

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Newark Town 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 10 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Newark Town in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.4 out of 5 from 6 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 4.858 for Children 1st @ Newark Town is calculated as follows: ( (104 Excellents x 5) + (15 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 120 Ratings = 4.858

  • 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 4.375 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Newark Town is based on 6 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 16 positive Reviews (80 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 16 Target = 0.375

  • 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
    8
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    10
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Newark Town

  • Mother of Child
    10

I have been really impressed with Children 1st @ Newark. My little boy has food intolerances and they cater for his needs brilliantly. Any questions/concerns I have had have been responded to very satisfactorily.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I have a 3-year-old with some extra needs so I was unsure about putting him into a mainstream nursery, but I didn't need to be worried as he absolutely loves it. The nursery staff have been so kind and caring to both him, his younger brother and myself and my other half. They have worked very hard to enable our son to access extra funding for one to one care and have filled in, no doubt, reams of paperwork so that they could be up to date with his medical needs training. The nursery rooms are absolutely beautiful and the garden has a lovely range of toys and areas. Thank you so much to all of the amazing staff. I have trust and faith in you.

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

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am extremely happy with Children 1st. Staff are always very friendly any helpful. My children have learnt so much, which will really help them by the time they start school. Also, there is a great variety of activities. My children absolutely love it here. I would highly recommend it.

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

Staff and managers are great. Our son loves it at nursery. During the settling in period, staff were very reassuring and helpful. Staff and managers are clearly passionate and enthusiastic about their jobs. Managers get to know the children as well.
Loads for the children to do and challenge them. Both indoor and outdoor facilities are fabulous.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Newark Town? 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 attended this nursery for 3 and a half years and I have been consistently pleased with the care she receives and the learning environment it gives her to develop in. The staff have been wonderful with her and I believe have helped her grow in confidence and have always made it a place she looks forward to spending time in.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Newark Town is an excellent nursery. My child is very happy to attend and looks forward to seeing the staff and his friends. Staff are caring, friendly and interested in my child. My child's development has progressed very quickly due to time spent at Newark Town. The food is excellent; very nutritious and my child enjoys eating it. I am very happy with the level of care my child receives.

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

Children's 1st - Newark Town is the best nursery I have seen. I spent a while looking for the right nursery, and as soon as I walked through the door I felt at ease. As we were shown around, all the staff showed enthusiasm for children's development and learning, whereas other nurseries in the area I've been to it felt like it was a script. This nursery is everything I would want for my little girl, at 10months old I wanted to find a nursery that is a home away from home for her, a nursery that she will grow into.
Newark Town has so much to offer for her now and when she gets older, the rooms are furnished to an outstanding standard. For me the best part is being able to see her observations, pictures and videos whilst I am at work through an online app or website - this is something I've not seen a nursery do before and I love seeing how happy she is.
She has settled in to the nursery brilliantly and I cant thank the staff enough for everything they do for me and my little girl.

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

As soon as we walked into Children 1st Newark Town I knew that it was right for my daughter and right for us as parents. Our visit wasn't planned but the manager without hesitation, showed us around the nursery and explained the different areas and the philosophy of the nursery. There was a sense of calm in the nursery which we hadn't experienced in other nurseries and which we knew would be right for our daughter. There is also a fabulous outdoor space which we were so impressed by. My daughter took a while to settle in but the staff were wonderfully patient and reassuring with my daughter (and me as a paranoid first time mum!) and I know that they always have my daughter's best interests at heart. She has come on so much since starting at Children 1st and I know that this is due to the range of activities, the interaction with other children and, most importantly, the care and the commitment of the staff. I have no hesitation in recommending Children 1st Newark Town to other parents.

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

Our little boy has been attending Newark Town children's first for nearly two years now after a recommendation from a friend and he enjoys it very much! The staff really are excellent; friendly and professional and I can go to work happy knowing that our little boy will be having a great day! He is developing better social skills and also some really nice friendships which is lovely to see! In early years they have done a particularly good job teaching lots of new things in a really fun environment.

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

Alison Holmes, Nursery Manager at Children 1st @ Newark Town responded to this review on 07 Mar 2016:

Thank you for your lovely review. It's great to see how your little one has grown and developed at nursery. We place a lot of emphasis on building strong relationships with parents and this has really helped to get to know your little boy so well!

We look forward to watching your little one blossom even more.

I will pass your comments onto the staff team who I know will appreciate them as much I do.

Kindest Regards
Alison Holmes
Nursery Manager

I now have both of my children attending a children 1st @ Newark town after the arrival of my second child. Previously my daughter attended the other children 1st nursery in the area. Both settings are amazing but second time round Newark Town with its in tow location was a winner for us. Both of our children adore the nursery and all the staff are very welcoming. It makes leaving them on a daily basis a lot easier when they are so excited is a "nursery day". The facilities they have are amazing..my little boys room with Miss Emily has slide and ballpool in it and my little girl has her very own castle with in the early years unit. The have touch tables, iPads and outside they have a undercover area for rainy days and an amazing mud kitchen. The cook is fantastic everything is made with fresh fruits and vegetables and the children all get a snack bag to take home at the end of the day. Perfect for days when they children are there until late. The Manager is amazing she welcomes all the parents and even has time to help me gather all there things to leave. Pick this nursery and you won't be disappointed!

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

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Staff Profiles

Alison

Alison Holmes

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2014

Description:

Hi my name is Alison Holmes and I am the manager of Children 1st @ Newark Town.

I have worked as a childcare practitioner since 1985 starting with playgroups and play schemes, moving into the nursery as a nursery assistant, I have always enjoyed caring for children of all ages watching learn and grow also to face new challenges at each stage of their development.

I became a Manager in 2007 and faced some challenges myself learning lots of important skills to deal with the everyday running of a Nursery. Extensive training has enabled me to learn and develop new skills like leadership, time management and being a positive role model for the children and staff, I like to think that we are achieving our personal goals together. I am looking forward to new challenges meeting team members and learning every aspect of Children 1st.