Little Achievers Forest School Nursery

Ramsgreave Hall Farm, Higher Ramsgreave Road, Ramsgreave, Blackburn BB1 9DQ

Little Achievers Forest School Nursery, Blackburn, Lancashire
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery, Blackburn, Lancashire
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery, Blackburn, Lancashire

Little Achievers Forest School Nursery is situated within 120 acres of farmland and makes the most of an attractive and interesting location in which to encourage early years learning and activities.

While offering an excellent Early Years education and care for children age two to four-years-old, the nursery also has its own specialised baby unit. All children are looked after by fully-qualified professionals. The nursery has its own chef and a range of extracurricular activities are available - including access to Forest School Nursery, swimming and performing, shaking and moving.

All pre-school children within the nursery are able to access forest school sessions within their timetable of nursery attendance.

Children experience accelerated learning techniques in a unique environment and develop a new range of skills, communication and improved health and personal development by spending time learning outdoors. This regular time spent in changing outdoor spaces and the accompanying reflective practise, develops a child's resilience and re frames a child's own view of risk.

Providing realistic challenges for children and allowing them to work through tasks themselves supports their development; actively engaging them to understand themselves and each other, promoting communication, problem solving and social skills.

Online learning journey for all children is offered where parents can securely log in to the system via smartphone, PC tablet etc to see the progress their child is making at nursery via photographs, video recordings and written comments/communication.

Little Achievers Forest School Nursery also offers before and after-school care (pick-up and collection from local schools) and holiday care for children up to age 11 years.

Group: Rosy Apple Childcare Ltd

Person in charge: Sabina Ismail (Lead Professional)

Local Authority / Social Services: Lancashire County Council

Number of Staff: 11

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

Total Places for Children: 75

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 7 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: 1 week Christmas

Languages Spoken (other than English): Gujarati, Urdu

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Reviews

9.4 Little Achievers Forest School Nursery has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.357)

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Little Achievers Forest School Nursery 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 10 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Achievers Forest School Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 8 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 4.824 for Little Achievers Forest School Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (102 Excellents x 5) + (15 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Very Poors x 1) ) ÷ 119 Ratings = 4.824

  • 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 4.533 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Achievers Forest School Nursery is based on 8 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 15 positive Reviews (75 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 8 Reviews ÷ 15 Target = 0.533

  • 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
    10
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Little Achievers Forest School Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    8
  • Father of Child
    2

My daughter has been attending Little Achievers since she was 9 months old (now 3) for 2 days a week. All the staff are very kind and caring and have taken the time to get to know her.
My daughter looks forward to her time at nursery and always comes home singing and chattering about the things she has been doing and all her friends. Highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Sharon Alexander, CEO/Founder/Owner at Little Achievers Forest School Nursery responded to this review on 27 Nov 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review, it's lovely when your children let you know what they have been doing through the day :)

The staff are really helpful. My son comes home and tells me that he's had a good day and that he enjoys nursery. Overall very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School 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 daughter is very happy to attend here and always has lots to say about what activities she has done that day. I receive emails with photos and feel like I am kept up to date with what she is doing.
Communication with the manager is good and my daughter seems very comfortable with the staff and her key worker.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My daughter has been going to Little Achievers Forest School Nursery since summer 2015 and my younger daughter is due to start next month. The staff have always been fantastic with my elder daughter and she loves her time at nursery. There is a great range of activities for the children to participate in and the setting is fantastic too - we often have to stop to look at the sheep when I pick her up!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter loves coming to Little Achievers. Her key workers are great, very caring and committed to keeping all the children involved and happy in the setting. The location is perfect for a Forest School and the children love going outside and playing on the swing on the tree, or looking for bugs and insects.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Little Achievers Forest School Nursery is absolutely fantastic! My son loves coming into nursery. The nursery staff and management are excellent and the EYELOG app is great for checking the daily progress of my son and viewing regular videos and pictures of what he is doing is superb!

My son had a speech delay and it is so satisfying to see him flourish, the staff have been great at helping him with his development and it is such a pleasure to see how much he has improved.

The nursery is situated on a farm, so you get spectacular views of the surrounding farmland. It is a pleasure seeing the sunrise on a cold winter morning.

There is a comment about the track leading into the nursery but that has now been fixed.

I would class Little Achievers Forest School Nursery as a hidden gem in Blackburn and would highly recommend it to anybody thinking of sending their child there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School 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 enjoys coming to nursery and I love the friendly staff at the setting, They have many great activities going on at the setting and I enjoy being able to see my sons learning journey online using the EYLOG app. Great tool for communication :)

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School 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 settled into nursery really well with the support of the friendly staff. The staff are very welcoming and approachable, it is nice to see staff from different ethnic backgrounds working together to ensure all the children's needs are being met. The nursery has a lovely outdoors space with a beautiful view of the farm. We are very happy with the repairs of the track and look forward to seeing my son grow up and join in all the fantastic extracurricular activities at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

My experience with nursery staff is brilliant. They are so helpful and are doing a fab job. It's just a shame a male member of staff had to leave because I know the children enjoyed being around him. My boy especially missed him when he left and he still remembers him.

However I am disappointed in management. I have mentioned the access road to nursery on numerous occasions and I have had the same reply that the repairs are imminent. My child has been at the nursery for two years now and I haven't seen any work being carried out. It's just a shame because I feel if I miss a payment you would be quick to act but on the access road there is no progress. At the same time you have lost business because I have recommended your nursery to friends and family but due to the access road they have chosen another nursery. Totally disappointing - I have considered to mention this on your Facebook.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 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: Very Poor

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Sharon Alexander, CEO/Founder/Owner at Little Achievers Forest School Nursery responded to this review on 17 Jul 2016:

Fantastic that you enjoyed the care and education received for your little boy at our nursery. We are always delighted to have feedback. One of the reasons customers choose our nursery is because of its uniqueness, based within 120 acres of beautiful farmland. We have access to the nursery, situated within the farm yard, via a farm track - of which we have no authority from the farmer to alter, it is a track with a speed limit of 5 miles per hour (Love driving down the track when the lambs have just been born) The farmer is doing drainage repairs at the moment, and has been for a while - so I would expect maintenance to be carried out after that.
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery is also the top nursery in Ribble Valley on daynurseries.co.uk.
It was very sad when our male staff member left, he had worked for Rosy Apple for a long time. However, he wanted a career change and to spend more time with his own daughter. It is very difficult to recruit men in to childcare - we are always on the lookout. Thank you

My son (9 months) comes 2 days a week and absolutely loves it. The staff are extremely friendly, the outside area is incredible.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Achievers Forest School 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

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