Children 1st @ Newark Town

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

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: Lucy Huitson (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Nottinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 13

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

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (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 4.8 out of 5 from 34 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 5 out of 5 from 26 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 4.837 for Children 1st @ Newark Town is calculated as follows: ( (341 Excellents x 5) + (62 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 405 Ratings = 4.837

  • 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 Children 1st @ Newark Town is based on 26 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). 26 Reviews ÷ 16 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 Children 1st @ Newark Town has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.837)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children 1st @ Newark Town?

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Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Newark Town

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    3
  • Godmother of Child
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  • Grandmother of Child
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Overall happy with the nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I've found this nursery has done my son a world of good. He's much more confident in himself. I like the way the nursery runs and deals with any situation that may occur. Would recommend to anyone.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

It's an excellent nursery. My son has developed so much in so many ways since starting. All staff are lovely and my son really enjoys attending.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son is really happy at this facility, he loves being there, he is really attached to the staff. He talks about his friends and the staff at the nursery all the time. He has come such a long way since he first started, they have helped him reach important milestones and work towards planned goals. I'm always happy and comfortable knowing that I've left him in safe hands. Would highly recommend.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We really can't recommend this nursery enough! Our son has a genuine connection with his key workers and knowing that we are leaving him with people he loves (and who love him!) while we go to work is a huge comfort. All of the staff are so helpful, friendly and professional it gives complete peace of mind that he is safe, well cared for and happy, and that to us is priceless.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child loved going to Newark Town nursery! He has learnt so much while being there, and the environment and atmosphere was good. All staff were friendly and so welcoming and I knew my child was in good hands. I always got a good feedback at the end of the day and he always brought some kind of art work home which I loved. The meals were great what was cooked at the setting and a good verity of snacks to take home. I would definitely recommend this nursery to anyone, and often do brilliant setting and an amazing team.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter has been attending nursery now for about one year. She has loved coming and really settled in well thanks to all the staff. She has grown in confidence and become a very sociable and independent little girl who always loves going to nursery. As there is always so much for her to do and see, she will only grow and develop further.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son attended this nursery for 4 1/2 months and during this time I feel that he was provided with quality care by his key worker and other members of staff. I had a good relationship with the staff and was kept well informed of his progress each day. Children 1st have taught him so many things that I thought was impossible to learn or do at his age and for these reasons, I am truly grateful. We miss all of you and wish we were still a part of this nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

When picking up from Children 1st @ Newark Town, all the staff were welcoming and the environment and atmosphere was amazing. My godchild did not want to come home. The activities were really good and always bringing artwork home to show. I would highly recommend to others. Brilliant nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The nursery was very welcoming. Everyone was cheerful and polite. All areas were clean and tidy and lovely activities throughout my daughter's session. Lovely rooms and interesting displays. All staff very well presented. Menu and snacking area clear for all to see. My daughter always enjoyed her time. Fresh food daily and a very good follower of cultural events within mealtimes and snacks eg Chinese New Year and Thanksgiving etc etc.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My grandson loves his days at nursery. He is Always learning new and exciting skills.
The meals are very nutritional and of a good varied menu.
All the staff are very helpful, and very dedicated. Everyone is supported by an excellent management team.

I would be very confident in recommending the nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Staff are all so so friendly and go out of their way to help.
My child has settled into this nursery really well and the nursery are always doing new and fun activities!
Meals and the management are also great! Oustanding nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I and my partner were very sceptical with putting our daughter into nursery after viewing a couple and we weren't impressed. We came to Children 1st @ Newark Town and we were so impressed with how professional and welcoming the staff are here. From the moment we came here, (I never leave reviews for anybody) I must give credit where credit is due. I would recommend this nursery to anyone that asks, our daughter has learnt so much since being here and gained a lot of confidence. A big thank you to all the staff that work here.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter loves coming to nursery and enjoys a lovely, nurturing relationship with her keyworker and other staff. I have been very impressed with her progress in relation to all areas of learning and she is always very keen to share and continue this learning at home. Thank you for taking such good care of her, academically, socially and emotionally.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Recommended by a friend. I moved my daughter from the village nursery - She loves it! If it wasn’t for the need for local links to prepare for school I’d move her completely.
The food is good and I’m impressed by her progress.

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Everybody is nice, friendly and helpful with me and my daughters. I get all the information about my child's development and day-to-day every day. So I very recommend this nursery for every child.

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Such an amazing nursery! My daughter totally loves it there! Very friendly, happy, great food choices, and a good mix of both education and fun! I always recommend Children 1st nurseries if asked and I'll be very sad when we need to stop going. Such amazing staff and it's great having peace of mind that your children are well looked after when having to go to work.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Children 1st at Newark Town has always provided great care and a wonderful environment. My child really enjoys his time at nursery and has made great friends with other children and staff. Learning and development for older children are great and we love that the children are given lots of different opportunities and activities and lots of chances to play in the fantastic outside space.

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

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I feel confident and happy leaving my son at Newark Town. He loves it there. The staff are enthusiastic and know him really well.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child always loves going there - you know that when he doesn't turn around when I drop him off or when it takes ages for him to come when we pick him up. He also mentions the carers' and his friends' names on the days when he is not at nursery.
There are also lots of outdoors activities for the kids to do.
We can't recommend this nursery enough!

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I would definitely recommend Newark Town children first to Parents. I feel very reassured when my daughter is there. The staff are all very friendly and professional and remember my daughter's name every time. I know that while she is there she is having fun and being well cared for.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I can't fault this nursery. My child is so happy to go, has so much fun and learns so many new things each time he goes.
The staff are so friendly and understanding.
Having anxiety myself is an issue but I'm never anxious to bring him because I know how well he's being looked after and I know he's safe.
I recommend this place to all friends because of how well my niece and son both came along after weeks of being there and they never stopped!
It's such a caring, friendly place and seems the staff are like a little family which is always a good thing!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

From the moment we first looked around Children 1st @ Newark Town, we knew that it was the right nursery for our child. Calm and welcoming with a lovely big garden, it felt like a home from home with the discipline and organisation of a little school. It is the right mix for us.

We also loved the individual rooms for each age group. Our child loves coming to nursery to play with the trucks and Playdough. He has made some little friends and is very attached to the key workers who look after him. He loves the food on offer and sometimes has seconds - always a good sign! He looks forward to coming to nursery and is always smiling when we come to collect him.

We also sent our older child to the holiday club at Children 1st @ Newark Town and she really enjoyed herself and has asked to go back during her next school holidays.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Amazing nursery. The care my son receives is really above and beyond. Lots of varied activities and he has made loads of little friends and loves the company of the children and nursery staff. Couldn't be happier with the nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Since joining Children's 1st @Newark Town, my daughter has developed in so many ways. She is more confident and balanced and looks forward to going into nursery everyday. The nursery itself is a fun and bright environment and I think it provides the backdrop for more effective learning.
My daughter loves the teachers very much and the teachers are very approachable for parents.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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

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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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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Lucy Huitson

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2014

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My name is Lucy Huitson and I am the manager here at Children 1st @ Newark Town.
I first joined the company in 2011 at Children 1st in Grantham, Where I began as a level 3 qualified Practitioner with a BTEC national diploma in Early Years.
Since starting with the company I have progressed into many senior positions and have also completed my NVQ Level 3 in Management.
I moved to our Newark Town setting in 2017 after having a son of my own, who now also attends Children 1st.
I love watching all children grow, develop and learn every single day in our care. I am extremely proud to work with Children 1st and to have achieved so much as a company. The standard of teaching, learning and overall quality of care at all of our settings is Amazing.
I have a strong passion for working alongside all families and carers and believe building a strong relationship with all of these is extremely important.
I am honoured to lead such an amazing team at our Outstanding & homely environment here at Newark.