The Academy @ Almondbury

211 Southfield Road, Almondbury, Huddersfield HD5 8RJ

The Academy @ Almondbury offers children an exciting space to play and learn in, with caring staff who are fully qualified, including four at degree level. Children are encouraged to spend lots of time outside during their nursery day and activities often take place in the Mud Kitchen and Vegetable Garden.


Inside, a range of age appropriate rooms have been fitted with resources and toys that will help children develop both socially and emotionally and educationally.

Person in charge: Jane Erlank (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kirklees Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 43

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for The Academy @ Almondbury 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 50 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Academy @ Almondbury in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 17 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 4.905 for The Academy @ Almondbury is calculated as follows: ( (547 Excellents x 5) + (49 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 600 Ratings = 4.905

  • 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 The Academy @ Almondbury is based on 17 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 8.6 positive Reviews (43 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 17 Reviews ÷ 8.6 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.

9.9 The Academy @ Almondbury has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.905)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    49
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Academy @ Almondbury?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    50
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Academy @ Almondbury

  • Mother of Child
    40
  • Father of Child
    7
  • Grandfather of Child
    2
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Our daughter had been so used to being with me that she struggled a little to settle at first. The staff were so lovely with her and kept me informed and reassured about how she was getting on with regular phone calls. Now she loves attending and has wonderful relationships with the staff. They are all very welcoming and friendly! Our daughter seems to always be busy and I love when she comes home messy or in a change of clothes as I know she has been busy exploring. Going back to work has been made easier knowing that she is well looked after and cared for when I can’t be there. I’m so glad she has home cooked food too!

How likely would you be to recommend The Academy @ Almondbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Jane Erlank at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 18 Apr 2018:

Thank you Ruth and we love having your little one too and thank you for the lovely comments

Our daughter has settled in really well at The Academy and this is 100% down to the staff making the experience so smooth for her. We have been kept informed of all her progress and how she has been every day with a comprehensive end of day report when we have picked her up. The Mrs and I are extremely happy with how much she seems to enjoy being at The Academy and would definitely recommend this nursery to any parent - so much so that we already have as my friends are now taking their child too!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 04 Apr 2018:

Thanks, Chris for your lovely review I will give the staff a copy x

My little lady loves going to The Academy. She always has a huge smile on her face when we get there and when we leave! She is well looked after, and always tired from all the activities they fill their days with. I am so glad I chose The Academy to look after my little girl, they are welcoming, and trusting, making you feel safe that your child/children are well looked after!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 27 Mar 2018:

Thank you, Monique, we really appreciate your review and it is a pleasure looking after your little one.

My son started at the Academy aged 24 months at the end of January when I went full time at work, was anxious as I know he was a late starter and had been looked after by family until now. He was struggling to settle in the two days a week I was sending him and it was heart-breaking for me and the staff to see him this way.
The manager and the team have gone above and beyond in their efforts to settle him. They have got him into a routine in which he knows the layout of the day and that I will be coming back after tea. They have also kept me informed every step of the way in my sons settling in with reassurance telephone calls and pictures and videos of him having fun. There are now no tears which mean a happy child and an even happier mummy. The team at the Academy do a vast amount of interaction and activities with the children to encourage in their development. I cannot wait to see what fun they get up to next.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 27 Mar 2018:

Thank you, Deborah, it is just wonderful to see a happy little man.

Both our kids love it at the Academy. The staff are all so friendly and helpful, always make time for a chat, even at busy morning drop off times. The range of activities are great and so imaginative, with a new theme each week. My daughter is in preschool and loves all the hands-on activities, sewing, painting, craft work, space shipbuilding, planting, veg growing, and looking after the rabbits.
My son is in the baby room and has received such a warm welcome and encouragement to move around independently, he also loves all the messy play activities. Both children love the homemade food and all the staff.
I would and have recommended them to friends. Keep up the good work!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 27 Mar 2018:

Thank you, Nicky, for such lovely comments, and it is an absolute pleasure to look after your two wonderful children.

I cannot rate the Academy highly enough, the extra care and attention that has been given to my son, who has special needs, is above and beyond what I would have expected. Everything from the chef's home cooking to his key person (who he chose) has made going to work each day and leaving him a lot easier.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 27 Mar 2018:

Karen, he is adorable and it is our pleasure to have been chosen to look after and care for him. Thank you for taking the time to place a review.

My wife and I could not be happier with the way that the academy has helped to enhance the day to day lives and the education of both our children. As soon as we first visited we knew that the academy was the right nursery for our daughter and then as soon as we found out we were having a 2nd child we enrolled him too. Nothing is too much effort for the staff and both my children have loved their time here.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 21 Mar 2018:

Robbie thanks a million for your lovely review and we love looking after your children.

Outstanding nursery. My daughter loves going to nursery, the staff make every day exciting for her. The activities they take part in are amazing and my daughter always comes home telling everyone her new adventure. The staff also take the children's ideas for activities into consideration. The staff have also been very supportive to me. Anytime I have needed to speak to them it is actioned quickly and resolved. Can't thank the nursery enough for looking after my little girl and will miss everyone when she leaves.

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 20 Mar 2018:

Thank you, Sarah.

My daughter has been attending here for a year now and I can’t thank the staff enough for all they do. They are all so professional and genuinely care about my little girl. We’re kept up to date with her progress and her activities as well as being given specific and personal feedback about her day, e.g. something she’s said or who she’s enjoyed playing with. Everything we have asked them to focus on with her they have done. She’s disappointed when it’s not a nursery day!

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 19 Mar 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely comments.

My son started this nursery at the end of February and he loves it. I can't believe how fast he has developed since going there, he is like a different baby, he can crawl now which he did not really attempt before nursery.

All of the staff are very welcoming and my son smiles at them as soon as he sees them, you can tell they treat him like he is one of their own. At the end of every day, they write in a book and update us on what he has eaten and done throughout the day. They have so many toys for the children and do so many activities to improve their senses. I would recommend this nursery to anyone!

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 20 Mar 2018:

Thank you, Amy, we really appreciate your lovely comments.

My 8-month-old little boy started 2 days a week at the beginning of Feb and the staff at the Academy have been amazing. He settled very, very quickly and is excited to see all the staff in the morning and comes home happy at night. The food they provide is healthy and homemade and going back to work has been made so much easier because he is so happy at Nursery. Would recommend the Academy to anyone and everyone!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 19 Mar 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to place a review.

I turned up to the nursery at short notice to look around to see if the nursery would be suitable for my one-year-old.
The staff were under pressure to show me around but seemed to be completely unfazed by this. I got the grand tour and met the nursery cook who talked me through the meals. I got to see each room in the nursery and was given an explanation of the rules, the education and the structure of each child's day.
The nursery staff were friendly and answered all my questions. It gave me real confidence knowing that my daughter would be coming here for full days and being looked after by the team I met!
My daughter has now had her first settling in session and I'm glad I chose this nursery above the others I visited.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 25 Sep 2017:

Thank you Sam for your kind words and I am so glad you chose our nursery.

It's a fantastic nursery, my son has come on so much with his speaking and also potty trained now with the help of the staff. My son loves going here and is always happy when I pick him up. After moving him from another nursery he settled in straight away and has enjoyed every minute of been there.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Being a first-time mum, finding a nursery I felt confident and happy sending my little girl to was such a big deal and a bit terrifying.
After viewing other nurseries around the area, I was positive The Academy was the one.
Lovely, friendly and very polite staff put my mind at ease when it came to leaving her for the first time.

A key feature for me about this nursery is how informative they are on my child's development and the feedback I get every day on my child's progress and daily activities.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Watched a play about different fruits etc...was excellent - well organised.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 25 Jul 2017:

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your lovely review.

We currently have two children attending The Academy. One child in the baby room and one child in pre-school. Both our children have flourished whilst at The Academy. The staff are all wonderful, friendly and extremely caring.
The choice of healthy food is brilliant and the activities both in and out of nursery are fantastic.
Our children have always been very happy and settled here.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 24 Jul 2017:

Thank you for your lovely comments.

I have a lot of praise for this nursery. I know my daughter is well cared for and fed nutritious meals when she attends. The nursery has helped her learn and experience new things and her confidence and friends have grown.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We have found the nursery to be very friendly and caring. They are always active with the children and encourage them to develop at their own rate. The culture at the nursery is one of the best I have encountered.

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 20 Mar 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we really appreciate your review and are so glad you are happy with our nursery.

A fantastic nursery would highly recommend.
Staff are incredibly friendly which creates a real "home from home" experience for the children.
My child has special dietary health issues - all of which have been managed to ensure his safety but also to limit exclusion from his group or activities.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 14 Feb 2017:

Thank you, Lindsey, we really appreciate your review.

My daughter has very recently started attending and she loves it. It's been so easy to return to work knowing she really is in experienced nurturing and happy hands. Her day starts with a warm welcome in the baby room where all children are welcomed together for breakfast. She is a fussy little lady and I did worry she might be upset. However, her day is so well planned and the food is so good she has settled straight in. All the Staff have taken the time to get to know her and I see this when she waves and giggles at them. The Academy regularly encourage parents to stay and play and from going and playing in the rooms I know they are a safe, clean environment for her to explore. I have a good relationship with the staff and know they would not hesitate to call me at work if they had any concerns during the day. I would highly recommend The Academy to anybody looking for outstanding daycare for their children.

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 14 Feb 2017:

Thank you, Amanda. It is lovely to see our siblings settle so well, thank you so much for your review.

Our son has been at the Academy for 18 months and really enjoys it. The staff are great and really take the time to get to know and understand the children. Our son is a fussy eater but the staff have gone above and beyond to get him interested in eating - which is finally paying off. There are regular events such as stay and play, and Christmas and summer parties - which keep parents and carers involved. We'd highly recommend the nursery to anyone in the area.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 11 Jan 2017:

Thank you for your lovely comments and our parents are the greatest too!

My son has been at nursery for 3 and half years, since he was 6 months old. He settled in very quickly and in all the time he has been at nursery I have never had an issue with his care. All the staff are helpful, friendly and professional. My son has had several key workers as he has moved through the age groups and various rooms, I have had the opportunity to review his file and look at photos of him undertaking activities, and comments on what he has done and how this fits in with the education guidelines. The nursery have various events through the year where parents can take part in activities - Stay & Play and Parties and this allows you to see the surroundings and meet staff that you wouldn't normally come across. Also, feedback on the food always sounds delicious, my little one often has second helpings so it must be good. The nursery seem to encourage independence and discipline. I would recommend this nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 13 Dec 2016:

Thank you so much for your review and all the help and support you give our nursery as Chairlady of our Parent Committee.

If most young mums were like me and were worried due to anything they had thrown at them, they certainly were professional in making me feel at ease and letting me know that all my worries and concerns were just a mums instinct. I would recommend this nursery to any mum out there, I honestly couldn't ask for amazing staff with great communication skills who are so polite and they do everything for the best for your child. They really are amazing and since my son started I have had no worries or problems x

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The nursery is very clean and staff are friendly and lovely I am very confident that my grandson is very well cared about and cared for whilst there. Highly recommend this nursery to others. The food is nutritious and well made. My grandson loves going and his face lights up when he sees the staff
The other kids there seem happy and are always doing something productive and learning along the way.
The staff are well trained and are a nice mix of ages.

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Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 28 Nov 2016:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review

The staff have a great relationship with each other, children and parents.
The nursery staff always on hand with positive feedback with nothing too much trouble for them.
My son has been going for a few months now and he is learning new things every day, the biggest change being his speech.
The staff are so cooperative in implementing anything I do with my son at home so he has continuity and structure.
He loves to go so much so that I am lucky if I even get a kiss goodbye or a second glance but, I know he enjoys his time with his friends and the staff. He walks inside to go to sit with the others to have his breakfast, he's very sociable and the nursery staff encourage this too.
The only downside on my part is my little boy is growing up too fast and is learning his own little self, which is brilliant for him.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has only recently started attending this nursery after taking him out of another. I am extremely happy with how he has been treated and has settled fantastically. The staff are professional and polite. My son is always well fed and is always happy. Also the food served is always is of a high standard. Think he eats better than I do alot of the time. Already recommended to a friend and she has enrolled her child too.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The staff have a great relationship with each other, parents and the children.
The nursery staff always have a positive upbeat attitude.
My son has been going for 7 months nearly and he is learning new things nearly everyday, the biggest change being his speech.
He loves to go and most days just waves dad off. He walks inside to go to sit with the others to have his breakfast, he's very sociable and the nursery staff encourage this too.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Jane Erlank, Manager at The Academy @ Almondbury responded to this review on 28 Jul 2016:

Thank you Zoe for your lovely comments, Jane.

A fantastic nursery! My daughter loves the activities and the staff. She's made lots of friends and her confidence has really improved. Staff are attentive, supportive and welcome feedback. I would definitely recommend this nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I rate this nursery very highly from the friendliness of the staff to the layout/rooms and the way they teach and children. My little girl has attended this nursery for three years and has come on leaps and bounds during her time in the Academy. Would recommend this nursery to anyone looking for local friendly nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Really pleased with the nursery, on a whole the nursery and its staff are like a second family to out daughter. There are a number of initiatives [Play Days, Themed Events] that will really enjoy getting involved in. We would highly recommend The Academy to any parent in the area.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am so pleased that we chose The Academy for our son's care. He LOVES going to nursery and he is developing brilliantly under the care of the toddler room staff.
The staff really care about the children. They make efforts to plan for my son's likes and dislikes and his personal needs, and I feel that they really KNOW him. It is obvious, when he is talking at home, that he loves the staff and feels happy and comfortable at the Academy.
The manager has an excellent view of the nursery and 'runs a tight ship' whilst being friendly and approachable to the parents.
I would recommend this nursery to anyone.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My baby started in January 2016 and has settled in really well. All staff make a real effort to make my baby feel at home. He now looks forward to going, without crying, when I leave him which is a relief as a parent.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My little boy who is now 16 months old has been going to the Academy nursery for two days a week since September 2015 and he is extremely happy there. He seems to really enjoy the different activities that they do on a daily basis. All of the staff and management and very caring and are willing to chat happily about my little boys day. They always pass on any relevant information about the day that he has had and genuinely care about the well being of my child. He has come on so much since going to the nursery and is now starting to say lots of new words and is learning how to share with others. The staff share my excitement and happiness when he achieves new steps in his learning, for example when he learnt to walk or say some of the staff members names. I have often recommended this nursery to others and will continue to do so. I feel that my little boy is making very good progress and both him and I are happy with him going there.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I often recommend this nursery to family and friends. I'm so impressed with the fun learning and care my daughter receives and the kind, hard working, committed staff who always keep parents well informed and keep children safe and give them a varied, rich education. Today I joined pre-school on a trip to celebrate Chinese New Year! We went on a bus to the library where we read Chinese fact books - the children were challenged to find some Chinese writing. The children then shared a Chinese story book, encouraged to tell the story using the pictures as a prompt. They then looked at and touched a Chinese dress. We then went to a Chinese restaurant where we were greeted by Chinese waiters and waitresses who taught the children how to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese. We then had a delicious Chinese meal consisting of prawn crackers, sesame toast, Mongolian Chicken, egg fried rice, mussels and jelly for pudding! Each child was then presented with their name handwritten in Chinese characters and a fortune cookie to take home. A fantastic, cultural introduction to pre-school children about China. Thank you again The Academy @ Almondbury!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son now attends The Academy 5 days a week. He recently went up to Pre-School and he's come on leaps and bounds. His language and letters have improved greatly and I strongly believe in the curriculum and dedication of the manager and staff at this nursery. The nursery gives plenty of opportunity to see the children in their daily environment through performances and other events, which I participate in at every opportunity.

In short, I feel confident that I'm giving my son the best opportunity to develop and get a head start ahead of starting school.

Most importantly, he enjoys his time at nursery and has made lots of friends.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has really settled in well, all staff are friendly and happy to help in anyway. The menu is really good and everything is made fresh, the nursery is not overly big which is great as not too many children.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy has been attending this nursery since September and absolutely loves it. During his first few months I queried something and the nursery and management were extremely efficient and thorough in getting back to me and ensuring my child's happiness. His key worker is wonderful, and he has a lovely relationship with her, something which puts me at ease when leaving him in the nursery's care 3 days a week. The food is homemade and I am regularly told that he finishes all his food, something which he doesn't do at home! I am moving house in the coming months 5 miles away but I will still be taking my child here until he is old enough to leave.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter is very happy and content at the nursery, she enjoys going to nursery and loves the staff, I have no negative comments to make. She eats a healthy diet and never complains that she is unhappy or upset. The staff deal with my enquiries promptly and resolve any concerns I may have. I go to work knowing that my child is in good care and happy which makes my working day easier. Thank you.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has been attending the nursery since October, he recently attended another nursery. I currently work for this nursery and as parent I was concerned about how he would settle and if I was making the right decision for my son and I. However I can honestly say that all the staff have been fantastic in settling him in and ensuring they treated me as a parent with regards to my son. They have supported me with any concerns I have had about his development. Throughout the nursery the staff are friendly and have quickly got to know my son and his interest for diggers. With this in mind they use his interests to further his development and I can honestly say I have seen a massive improvement in his speech and social skills. As soon as we walk through the door he is quick to be away from me and doesn't look back throughout the day which as a parent and worker has made my life easier.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been attending the nursery since April 2015, he immediately settled in and really enjoys going. All the staff are amazing and so friendly. They do a lot of activities and my son learns something new everyday that he goes. I can honestly say the food that they are given is brilliant, it's proper home cooked food and incorporates a very healthy diet. I would recommended this nursery to any parent.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My 7 month old daughter started with The Academy in Oct 2015 and settled in straight away. All the staff I have come into contact with are friendly and welcoming and she is excited to see them every morning.
The staff give me a detailed hand over on collection explaining what my daughter has done throughout the day. The manager is also very approachable and very friendly and you see her most mornings on drop off which I feel is very important. I have used other nurseries in the past with my oldest daughter (aged 10) but The Academy by far is the nursery I can see my child staying with until she reaches school age.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Academy at Almondbury is an outstanding nursery, my 2 year old son began attending for 2 mornings a week in April 2015 and immediately loved the nursery from his first day. So much so that after the first term he now attends 3 days a week. The staff are amazing, every member of the nursery staff get to know you and your child so well. Both the indoor and outdoor facilities, toys, learning zones are all excellent. My son has come on so much in all aspects of his development, just to name a few, his confidence, social skills, speech, numbers, shapes, independent feeding, toilet training, I could go on all day. Each child has there own school diary so you get a daily report of what your child has eaten, what they have done with their day, the communication between the nursery and parents is excellent. Before attending The Academy as a mother I thought leaving my son would be the most terrifying thing ever but from the first visit I have never had that feeling once, both myself and my son are excited every day to get to nursery and to learn of what he has got up to that day. I couldn't recommend this nursery highly enough, it really is outstanding.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been attending this nursery for three months since he turned one. He settled in very quickly and the team have always been extremely caring and affectionate with him. I feel the nursery is a very safe and happy place for him to be and each day he is able to join in many different activities which are fun for him but also great for his development.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My son has recently started at the Academy. Prior to starting at the nursery it was arranged to attend some settling in sessions the week before he officially started. I feel these sessions have really helped him to settle in. The staff are all very welcoming and friendly. I feel very comfortable leaving my son in their care. There is always a lovely atmosphere and plenty going on. Its great that all the staff are familiar with the children in each room. The staff are very thorough updating you upon collecting your child of the daily activities & meals so you know what your child has been doing and eating. There is a very good outdoor space, which the staff encourage the children to use. They recently had a stay & play session which parents could attend. The session focused on baby massage. It was informative and relaxing and a great way to meet other parents and staff. I also received some useful advice from the health visitors, who were running the session. We are very pleased with the academy and our son has settled in well.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Couldn't ask for anywhere better to send my daughter, she loves it! All staff are lovely and really helpful. My daughter has learnt so much whilst being there, and comes home singing songs she has learnt.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

This is a fantastic nursery in every aspect. My child loves attending here and has grown in confidence. The learning and play is high and the staff have excellent interactions with her and clearly care about every child in their nursery. The nursery is very secure and I feel is very safe for her while I'm at work. They have a lovely outdoor area, which they use as much as they can and my daughter loves helping to look after the rabbit. All the staff are lovely, polite and helpful. Highly recommend.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My granddaughter has attended this nursery since she was 1 and is now nearly 4, she has come on loads and has loads of confidence now. I am very happy that she attends this nursery and I love to watch her in shows that they put on throughout the year. The staff are lovely and helpful, it is a clean and well managed nursery with various resources for the children to learn through play. I feel my granddaughter is well looked after and safe here. I would highly recommend this nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This is a fantastic nursery. All the staff are very polite and helpful and they interact extremely well with the children. My daughter has come along far since she has attended this nursery and her confidence has come on leaps and bounds. She always has loads to tell me when I pick her up and clearly enjoy herself while she is learning through play. They have made the outdoor area even better by adding a mud kitchen. I feel it is a safe and well managed nursery and I would definitely recommend taking your child there.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic nursery in every aspect. Friendly and helpful staff. My daughter is shy but they made her feel very comfortable immediately. They offer healthy, homemade meals. Would definitely recommend to a friend/family member!!!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both of my children went/go to the Academy. It is a fantastic nursery with fantastic, friendly and helpful staff! They offer a variety of healthy meals and always ensure the meals are 100% homemade. Would definitely recommend to a friend/family member. My daughter loves it here!

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December 2014

Food Hygiene Rating 5

Recipient: The Academy @ Almondbury

Date: Wednesday 03 Dec 2014

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March 2013

Ofsted Outstanding

Recipient: The Academy @ Almondbury

Date: Friday 01 Mar 2013

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Jane Erlank

Job Title: Executive Manager

Joined: 2012

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Bachelor of Arts in Early Years
Early Years Teacher Status
Level 6 in Business Management

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Christopher Petrie

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2012

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Early Years Foundation Level 4 in Early Years
Business Management Level 4

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Cynthia Rice

Job Title: Educational Coordinator

Joined: 2013

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Early Years Foundation
Level 3 NVQ in Playwork

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Sonia Namini

Job Title: Nursery Practitiioner

Joined: 2011

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Nursery Nurse of the Year 2013
Edexcel Level 3 in Health and Social Care/ Childcare
British Sign Language (in training)

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Jorja Mitchell

Job Title: Nursery Practitiioner

Joined: 2011

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Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma

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Nicole Andrews

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2014

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BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

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Taylor Strachan

Job Title: Nursery Practitiioner

Joined: 2013

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Edexcel Level 3 BTEC