Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes

116 Fairfield Road, Appleton, Widnes WA8 6SJ

Willowdene Private Day Nursery is a caring, happy nursery in Widnes for babies and children aged up to five years. The nursery has been caring for the children since 1995 and has an excellent reputation in Widnes.

Children at Willowdene can play in a safe and secure outdoor area, whatever the weather, and go on regular adventures to Victoria Park, which is directly opposite the nursery. The friendly, experienced and qualified staff provide children with fun learning activities planned around their individual likes and interests. These cover all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Children are provided with delicious, nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks, freshly prepared in the nursery kitchen every day. Willowdene’s varied seasonal menu was awarded the Bronze Catering Mark from the Soil Association in August 2016.

Willowdene’s kind, caring staff hold safeguarding training and paediatric first aid certificates and all team members undergo enhanced DBS checks.

The nursery has CCTV and secure door entry systems to provide added security for its little ones.

Families who would like to explore the nursery and meet the friendly team are very welcome to visit without an appointment.

Nappies, wipes, sun cream, milk and all meals and snacks are including in fees.

Group: Just Childcare Ltd

Person in charge: Joanne Slydell (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Halton Borough Council

Number of Staff: 19

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

Total Places for Children: 46

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Directions:

The nursery is situated on Fairfield Road, directly opposite Victoria Park.

Visiting:

Parents and carers who would like to visit the nursery are very welcome to pop in without an appointment.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes 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 27 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 22 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 4.735 for Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes is calculated as follows: ( (236 Excellents x 5) + (78 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 317 Ratings = 4.735

  • 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 Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes is based on 22 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 9.2 positive Reviews (46 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 22 Reviews ÷ 9.2 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.

9.7 Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.735)

Average Ratings

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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 Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes?

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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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Reviewer Connection to Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    7

A friendly, caring and safe environment created by lovely staff and people. Our daughter loves her time with you. Thank you for taking such good care of her.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Willowdene is such a lovely nursery. All the staff are really friendly and approachable . My daughter who is now 5 went to Willowdene and loved it and now my 11 month old son is there. I would definitely recommend this nursery to friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

This nursery is amazing. My daughter has developed so much since attending. The staff are friendly and attentive, any queries or questions are answered and dealt with promptly. My second daughter is due to start soon and can’t wait.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I think this nursery is the best in my area, all the staff are very kind and friendly, my first child went here and she loved it. When it was time for me to go back to work with my second child I looked at all different nurseries as Willowdene didn’t have any places yet for him but I didn’t feel comfortable in any other nursery, I spoke to the manager and she said as soon as a place becomes available it was my sons, I felt so much better, my son loves it there and my new baby will be going there when he is older too.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My baby boy started at Willowdene in January 2018 and he has settled in extremely well. I was worried before he started as he was very clingy and cried when with anyone else but me. The staff have been nothing but amazing with him and now he no longer has separation anxiety. The staff are very friendly and informative. They helped me introduce solids into his diet and now he loves all different kinds of foods. The different meals on offer always sound lovely! They have given me lots of information about his milestones, such as sitting alone and rolling over. The nursery was recommended to me by another parent who said it was fantastic and she wasn't wrong. My son loves all the different types of play, and so far I've got a couple of items he has made for the memory box. Very family friendly nursery, with great staff and manager who are always happy to help.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my little girls have been to the nursery from the age of 6 months. My oldest is 7 and youngest is almost 3 and attends 2 days a week. Both girls have been extremely happy and have been brought on brilliantly by the hard working and friendly staff. I do not have one bad thing to say and would highly recommend the nursery. Thanks for everything

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Good nursery. Staff good. My son is happy there.

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

My son has attended Willowdene since he has been 9 months old he is now 3 and a half. I have always been pleased with the care at Willowdene. Staff are always welcoming and friendly. My son loves going to nursery, he has made lots of friends here and always has lots of fun.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My 2-year-old daughter has been going here for almost a year now and she absolutely loves it. She's made such an improvement since being at Willowdene and it's all thanks to the staff there.
All the staff we have met so far have been really friendly and helpful and have a genuine interest in my daughter's wellbeing.
They have always been very accommodating of my daughters dairy allergy and still give her a really varied diet with freshly cooked meals.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All my 3 children attended Willowdene ( baby still goes) and I can’t recommend it enough, the staff are lovely & the nursery has a lot of things for the children to do as well as some outside space for the warmer days.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Willowdene is an excellent nursery. They offer great care to my little boy, he comes home having learnt something new each time he is in.
They ensure he is looked after well, using his manners and have helped me to teach him great social skills.
He thoroughly enjoys singing and playing with his friends.
They have been a great help also assisting me in getting him successfully toilet trained.
Highly recommend Willowdene!

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have been using Willowdene Private Day Nursery for the past 9 years for our three boys.
The staff are lovely and helpful and the facilities are well maintained.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Our daughter has grown so much in confidence and knowledge since attending this nursery. A massive thank you to all staff involved in our daughter's care.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

When we came to look at this nursery the manager was very friendly and approachable, she took her time showing us around, and our daughter got to have a little taster session, the staff were great and were very welcoming.
Our daughter settled very quickly and seems very happy there, the staff are great and always give a detailed account of what she has done that day, and are always happy to answer any questions we may have.
Since the refurb, the nursery looks more presentable and has given the children more space. I would recommend this nursery to anyone wanting to send a child there.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter really values her time at preschool and has many friends. I consider this is largely due to the excellent staff who give the children space to learn and develop whilst maintaining a positive and firm approach to discipline. In addition, the general physical improvements to the nursery, especially with increased security and gates, provides me with confidence that child safety is an overriding priority.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My son has been at Willowdene for 3 years. When he started he was shy and clingy. My son has grown with the staff and children at Willowdene. He is now 4 and his speech has come on, he is an outgoing and friendly boy. The staff at Willowdene are friendly, always approachable and helped my son learn and grow. There are always plenty of activities for the children to take part in, eg; making cards, number games, storytime etc. These all help with learning. I can't thank the staff enough for everything in the last 3 years. I know my son loves to go every day and always comes home with a smile and a story to tell about what he has learnt, so thank you.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has attended this nursery since 2015, he is due to start school in September and I know he will miss this nursery very much.
He has made so much progress here and he loves it, along with all the friends he has made.
The teachers and staff are superb, I could not recommend this nursery enough to anyone.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our son has been attending the nursery since 2013 and has thoroughly enjoyed his time there. The key reason is due to the excellence of the staff who really care about the children and who are always trying to ensure the children's experience is a joyful one. The range of activities which the children undertake throughout all age ranges is impressive and this variety helps ensure the children are kept interested and happy.The recent refurbishment of many of the rooms at the nursery has also been welcomed and contributes to the happy environment. Finally, the food (and variety) focuses on healthy eating and the kids seem to love it, whilst also learning about a balanced diet.

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Both my children loved Willowdene. The staff are fantastic, kind and caring. The activities they do with the children are great, such as making cards, painting etc. Another great strength of the nursery is it's very flexible, if you need to do extra days it's never a problem. I would highly recommend.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Clean, well-organised nursery. Staff are exceptionally pleasant and welcoming and always make the children feel special. Accommodating for all children's needs and feedback is regular. Activities are varied and my child often brings things home for mummy and daddy that he has made during the day. Play outside is often and children get involved in good outdoor activities.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Would recommend the nursery to friends/family, pleasant staff, lovely environment for children to grow up in, very accommodating with personal /last minute requests, overall been a pleasant 3-year association with Willowdene Private Day Nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

My son has been going to this nursery for 3 months and he loves it. I've seen a massive change in my son daily, he has come on so much, he's learning new things every day that he then comes home to show us, the staff are lovely to talk to and always on board if you have any concerns! Always welcomed at the nusery, everyone makes you feel at home. Also seen a big improvement in his eating and interest in eating more healthy options.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has attended Willowdene since she was 8 months old. She is now 3. Nursery is always welcoming like a big family. My daughter is always happy and full of stories to tell me about her day. (What she has done, pictures to show me).

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

The staff at Willowdene have been great at helping my baby settle in. As a breastfeeding mother, I worried how my baby would cope without a feed from the breast. The girls were gentle and loving, cuddling him to sleep when he became upset.
They quickly got to know my son and what made him happy. If in doubt about anything they never hesitate to call me. Willowdene has a really family feel about it. My boy loves going and has come on so much since he started.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My twins are very settled and happy here. They seem to have formed attachments to several members of the nursery staff and their confidence has grown in leaps and bounds since starting to attend here.
The staff are friendly, happy to chat about how the children are doing and progressing and keen to share stories about their day. The also treat both children as individuals rather than as one of a pair. My little boy has food intolerances and the staff have worked closely with me to manage this, both in terms of avoiding dairy and soya containing foods and in managing a gradual reintroduction of these food items.
The only criticism I have is that there are often delays in receiving the invoice and I have had to send it back on several occasions due to errors.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Emma Aitken, Marketing at Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes responded to this review on 17 May 2016:

Thanks for your feedback. It’s great to hear that your twins have settled in well at Willowdene. We have just launched a new system across all our nurseries which will minimise any future invoice errors.

Our little girl has been there since aged one. The introduction days were excellent and now at age nearly two she has come on leaps and bounds. The staff are friendly and helpful and the meals are excellent. No fuss with childcare vouchers and good value for money.

How likely would you be to recommend Willowdene Private Day Nursery, Widnes? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My child has learnt so much since starting at the nursery. The staff go our of their way to make me feel welcome.

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