The Beacon Nursery

YMCA Beacon, 25 College Street, St Helens WA10 1TF

The Beacon Nursery, St Helens, Merseyside
The Beacon Nursery, St Helens, Merseyside
The Beacon Nursery, St Helens, Merseyside

The Beacon Nursery, in St Helens, is a purpose built nursery with a Good rating from Ofsted that employs a team of skilled professionals who are fully qualified and all hold paediatric first aid. Staff are passionate that all children enjoy a safe friendly environment that makes the most of their appetite for learning, encouraging self-confidence and autonomy.

A relaxed atmosphere is ideal for those spending their first days in nursery, as The Beacon Nursery believe all children deserve the best start in life. All learning is age-specific with staff having three different rooms and a variety of play resources. A key worker system is in place to ensure all children enjoy and achieve a good transition from home rooms and school. The nursery operates an open door policy for prospective parents to view the nursery at any time. The nursery has a children's gymnasium for staff to promote physical development.

Owner: St Helens YMCA

Person in charge: Lynne Roberts and Emma Ireland (Nursery Manager / Deputy Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Number of Staff: 20

Service Offered: Nursery School (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 517144

Total Places for Children: 96

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 10 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

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Reviews

9 The Beacon Nursery has a Review Score of 9 (8.997)

The Review Score of 9 (maximum of 10) for The Beacon Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 8 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Beacon Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 5 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 4.737 for The Beacon Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (70 Excellents x 5) + (25 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 95 Ratings = 4.737

  • 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 4.26 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Beacon Nursery is based on 5 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 19.2 positive Reviews (96 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 19.2 Target = 0.260

  • 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
    6
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Beacon Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    6
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    1
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Beacon Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    5
  • Father of Child
    1
  • Foster Parent of Child
    1
  • Potential Service User
    1

I went to look around to start my daughter in the baby room as I was due back to go to work from maternity leave. I was made to feel really welcome at the door and was offered a cup of tea by the manager. I was shown around the whole nursery and then taken into the room where my daughter would be. The room is really well thought out and has lots to do, it even has a quiet area with lovely inviting cots for her to nap when needed. The nursery as a whole was lovely and inviting, really clean and staff were well informed to answer any questions I had.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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 full-time at the nursery and is very well looked after. He has developed well in the time which he has spent there (approximately 2 and a half years) and as a consequence is forward in the way he is developing. His communication and social skills are particularly good and this is a good sign and indication of the care/assistance /support he receives at the nursery. Very pleased with everything.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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

My son has been attending one day a week since April 2017 and he seems to enjoy it. In particular, he likes the slide and eating all the tasty food! The staff came across as lovely - I am rubbish with names and it's hard to connect with only speaking to them for a couple of minutes once a week. I find the food diary useful but I would like a write up (brief) of what my son has been doing all day. I do get told but it would be nice to have a record. All in all a very good nursery in my opinion.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son has attended The Beacon Nursery since he was 9 months old. He is now nearly 5 and has returned since leaving for school for holiday club as he loves the staff and the nursery itself.

I feel happy and confident when leaving my son here as he is well looked after. The staff are all welcoming and friendly. My son has a physical disability and the nursery staff helped him and encouraged him to become an independent learner and liaised well with physio, occupational therapy and the portage worker regularly to meet all his needs.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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

I have always been nervous about sending my little one to nursery. I hate the thought of leaving her, but I built up courage and started her off with two days a week at first when I got a new job. Beacon nursery is so warm and welcoming. My daughter loves to go to nursery. She enjoys her time there and is now doing full time. I can ring and ask as many questions as I like, they always listen and have time for me. They are always smiling and are so good with the parents and our children. Best decision I've made. My daughter is happy, therefore I'm happy.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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 are always friendly and helpful. They always check how my son is and ask if there's anything they need to know. I feel my son has come on leaps and bounds since attending nursery. He interacts more with people but he also plays well alone. The staff always advise that my son has eaten and provide details of any minor accidents. I am completely satisfied with the care he receives and would recommend they nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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 started nursery dependent and clingy not speaking, now after 3 months the nursery have brought him up to the stages he should be progressing to. All the staff are amazing in The Beacon.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? 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

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Management very welcoming. Explanation of activities, menu, care and procedures explained very well. Tour of nursery and introduction to staff and room all well promoted. No parking was the only thing putting us off. There is a pay and display but £1.60 per day for a 10 minute drop off is a lot.

How likely would you be to recommend The Beacon Nursery? Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

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