Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth

West End Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5JP

Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Dolphins Day Nursery is a purpose-built facility, working in partnership with the neighbouring primary school in order to offer parents the benefit of wraparound care. The aims and objectives are to care for each child's individual needs in a safe and secure atmosphere, to work in partnership with parents, to provide continuous assessment and enhanced professional development.

Owner: Nicola MacGregor

Person in charge: Kayleigh Woolger (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Leeds City Council

Number of Staff: 17

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

Total Places for Children: 63

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Christmas & New Year

Directions:

Based on the grounds of west end primary school. We are the green building at the back

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.8 Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.814)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth 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 42 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 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 4.814 for Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth is calculated as follows: ( (410 Excellents x 5) + (89 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 501 Ratings = 4.814

  • 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 Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth is based on 18 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 12.6 positive Reviews (63 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 12.6 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.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    40
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    42
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth

  • Mother of Child
    34
  • Father of Child
    5
  • Grandmother of Child
    3

Dolphins Day Nursery, Horsforth is fantastic. My two year old started six weeks ago and all of the staff have worked so hard to help him settle in. From the cuddles he gets to help him manage the difficult few minutes when he gets there, to the picture of me on the wall he can go to for reassurance, to having his own key worker who keeps a close eye on him, his own peg with his picture on and his own cup - there is lots of effort made to help him settle in and feel at home.

Days seem jam-packed with activity and staff post photos of what he's been up to every day. This ranges from outdoor play to music to art and sometimes even features special activities such as visits from a small animal petting zoo at no extra cost. Interaction with other kids is fostered and his skills development monitored and rated. I also get a verbal and written handover at the end of the day so I know exactly what he's eaten/done and even how many poos he's done!

I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

Just joined a month ago and so so pleased with this phenomenal nursery. It is warm, intimate and welcoming. Staff are clearly very skilled and communication is excellent. Their use of the tapestry app to record progress and what your child does each week gives me no hesitation in recommending them to others!

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I only ever have positive things to say about Dolphins - the staff are incredible and my son loves it - he cannot wait to leave the house on a morning! The feeling you get when you walk in the place is confidence and calmness. The staff, the outdoor space, the food and the activities are fantastic. Dolphins was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so pleased she did. The staff give you confidence, which is really important and helpful when it's your first child - I ask them for advice! I cannot recommend Dolphins and the staff highly enough xxxx

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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 looked at a lot of nurseries before choosing Dolphins. I was so relieved to find it! The setting is lovely and the staff are exceptionally caring and committed. Most importantly for me, my daughter is very happy there - she is always excited to go to the nursery and she evidently loves her carers.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The staff are really knowledgeable, very friendly and caring. I love the nursery setting which is on the very edge of a wood. The activities that the children are offered is amazing and it's wonderful to get instant feedback by way of the Tapestry observations. I would never have known what kind of things happened in a baby room for example.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Don't Know

My eldest started in 2011, the youngest in 2015, so I've known the nursery over the years. It was already a pretty good nursery back then, and it's been improving all the time. They are always plenty of creative, educational and fun activities. Foods are healthy and freshly prepared on-site and even picky eaters eat happily there than at home. Staff are kind, helpful and positive. They always have time for you and happy to talk to you. The staff's dedication and passion are outstanding. Some of them go in out of hours to feed chicks/put up X'mas decor/install new interior decorations, etc. I'm sad that the youngest is leaving for school this summer...

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth is fantastic.
My son has been attending since June 2016 and all I have is praise for the nursery.
The staff are all well experienced and excellent with the children.
My son has learnt a lot since he has started at Dolphins and I'll be very sad when he has to leave to go to school in September.
I have just enrolled my daughter as well, as the setting is perfect for happy, well-educated children.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

We are very happy with this nursery. Our daughter joined in September and I'm glad we made Dolphins our choice. All the staff are friendly, polite and helpful and are fantastic with the children. The children have plenty to play with and are able to make their own decisions about what they'd like to do, for instance, if my daughter wanted to sit and read she can or if she wanted to play in the sand or water then she can etc. My daughter can be a fussy eater at times and recently went through a phase of disliking tuna, a lot. When tuna pasta was on the menu that day, they provided something different for my daughter to have. We feel very welcome at this nursery, the parents say hello to one another, we feel included in things, for instance, we get regular updates about events and what's happening at the nursery via email, and there are also parents evenings too.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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 little girl loves her time at Dolphins! I love the amount of time that she spends outdoors and she is so excited to take part in forest school this year.The staff are friendly and welcoming and truly care about the little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Dolphins Day Nursery has been fantastic with both of our sons. I couldn't recommend the nursery and staff enough, they have been absolutely amazing. Our eldest is now at school and youngest has been at Dolphins for just over a year and he loves it!

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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 loves going to nursery - is not only well cared for - but also inspired by all the interesting activities and topics they do. I like the fact that all the members of staff know her - they don't just concentrate on their 'key' children.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

Throughout my son's years at the Nursery, he has always been cared for and nurtured at Dolphins second only to his family. All the staff know all the children including the cook who provides some lovely nutritious just like home meals and snacks.
At each age fun and developmentally aimed activities are organised for the children and through the Facebook pages and Tapestry parents can see what their little ones are doing even when they're at work.
Through parents evenings and a daily catch-up/handover, every child's individual learning and nurturing are strived for.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Great staff and culture within the nursery. Its outdoor space is also really good. Activities change on a daily basis meaning your child is always kept entertained whilst learning.

Excellent communication between staff and parents with a PTA allowing for parent input into the way things are run.

Activities throughout the year which help to add to the mini community feel that Dolphins has created. An all round excellent nursery where you feel that the staff genuinely care and love their jobs.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Excellent staff.
Lovely environment, always being updated.
Loads of creative ideas and activities.
Forest school, Spanish lessons, drama classes all add something extra special.
Very happy children.
Good quality, healthy food.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

No negatives, just positives. It's a lovely, happy, caring and enjoyable nursery. Great balance of fun and education. Our children have made great friends and always speak positively about Dolphins. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

We have both our boys at Dolphins Day Nursery and could not be happier. The staff are friendly and approachable and really care about the individual children and their interests, strengths and weaknesses. The nursery has a great ethos and promotes good behaviour, kindness and good manners. The children have lots of excellent opportunities, with forest school
A brilliant baby and pre-school room
And lots of outside play.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my children have attended Dolphins from the age of 8months, my son has now left for school and my daughter is due to leave for school in Sept 17. They have both attended 4 full days a week. Both they and we have been very happy and comfortable with the care provided at Dolphins. The range of activities and opportunities are brilliant and the ethos of getting them outside as much as possible is one we value hugely. My son never seemed to be inside whatever the weather which was brilliant for him.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

Highly recommend Dolphins Day Nursery. Staff are so welcoming when we arrive in the morning to drop our granddaughter off. She is currently in the Preschool room and we receive regular updates via Tapestry telling us what she's been up to that day which is lovely to see.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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 exceptionally pleasant and cooperative: nothing appears to be too much trouble. The environment is spotlessly clean and stimulating and my granddaughters have been very happy. The food is healthy and nutritious and the girls have been encouraged to try new flavours.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has just started in the baby room. The settling in process worked really well for us and the girls have been very friendly and accommodating to my babies needs. They have been flexible with the number of settling in sessions she has had before starting, which has been really beneficial and made the process of leaving her much easier. The gradual build up has helped us both readjust to our new routine. The staff are all friendly and caring and the room is filled with really interesting toys. She loves pulling herself up on and exploring the tunnels of the climbing frame and the messy play activities are really great.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic nursery.
Staff are so lovely and friendly and very approachable.
The free play element is lovely.
The garden is nice too.
Really good range of activities.
Both my children are happy here.
Also the few weekend family days throughout the year are really lovely to be able to come and join in their nursery life!

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Staff are extremely engaged and provide a stimulating environment linking my toddler to the wider world. I have selected "good" for outside space- we love the playground and that the nursery is surrounded by green space. I think it would benefit from more astro- turf in the large playground.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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 at Dolphins Nursery almost a year ago. I have always been happy with the nursery. The staff are really friendly and very caring towards my son. They seem enthusiastic about his learning and are creative in their approach to it. The nursery uses an online program called tapestry so that I can track his progress and see pictures of what he has been doing.
My son also has plenty of opportunity to play outside. The food he receives is varied and nutritious. The nursery are also keen to involve parents and families. Activities have included grandparents afternoon tea, Christmas party, breakfast club and sports day.
Overall I feel confident that Dolphins provides a great environment for my son to be in whilst I am at work.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

The nursery looks after and educates my daughter well. I'm happy with the way they approach things and my dugahter enjoys herself at Dolphins. I love the staff and feel happy leaving my daughter with them. I would definitely recommend the nursery and have done!

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Great Nursery. Made my son really welcome and give invaluable information on what he has been doing during the day. He really enjoys going and has made big development steps since joining. They have also been really accommodating with my other son even though we decided not to send him in the end.

Thank you Dolphin.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The nursery was recommended to us when we were deciding which nursery to choose for our daughter and we're happy with our choice. The staff are friendly and get to know the parents as well as the children. The children do a wide variety of activities and really enjoy their time at nursery. I would definitely recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The staff are wonderful and very caring, I always feel like my son is in very good hands. The facilities are good, although a little small outside, they make the most of the space they've got. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my children have attended Dolphins, we have been very pleased and I am always happy to leave my children in their care. The staff are very friendly and caring, my children were always very happy to go.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Lovely nursery set in school grounds surrounded by woodland. My 2 year old has attended the nursery for nearly a year now and really enjoys it, his social skills and confidence have come on lots since attending the nursery and he has started to form friendships with other children at the nursery which is lovely to see.
The staff are very caring and he has developed a real bond with these in his room.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Wonderful nursery with very professional and extremely caring staff. My 2nd child is currently there (my 1st attended too) and my 3rd will start next year.
The management are always updating and refreshing things, and investing in the nursery with new toys, fingerprint entry.
Also good at responding to parent feedback on the menu etc.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Satisfactory

Dolphins is a fabulous nursery I spent an awfully long time researching nurseries for my first child who is now aged 9! I sent my second son now age 7! and now my third who is 2 and half! The staff are very caring and fun and extremely good at taking care of the children. My sons all learned so much and had so much fun at nursery they see it as a home from home and loved the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

We are really happy with our decision to send our son to Dolphins. He is always greeted with a smile and all staff are very caring and friendly. He loves his key carer who genuinely cares about his needs and development. She regularly suggests activities which she thinks he will have a personal interest in - at home and at nursery - and is quick to follow up on her suggestions. Our son is very happy and confident having been at this nursery for over 7 months.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our child has been attending Dolphins for about a year and a half now and she absolutely loves it. The staff are great by really getting to know your child making it easy for her to settle in. My child is currently in the toddler room which has just been redecorated and is full of stuff to keep my little girl busy. The outdoor area is great as well and staff are always encouraging outdoor play in all weathers which is great. I would highly recommend Dolphins to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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 has been at Dolphins since she was 11 months old and now spent time in all three of the rooms. We chose Dolphins because of the setting and the lovely warm feeling we got from the staff when we visited. Since her first day, she has loved Dolphins and become really close to the other children and key workers. As she goes four days a week, it was really important to us that she was in a loving environment as well as a stimulating one-and we found this with Dolphins. Not only do we know the staff care about her development, they care about her personality and emotionally. Throughout each room, she has had a brilliant combination of activities, free play, cuddles and boundaries set that have been a great benefit to her. Childcare is one of the greatest stresses of being a working parent, but I'm so glad we chose Dolphins and am confident our second daughter will be as happy there.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My nearly 3 year old loves Dolphins - and my husband and I love Dolphins.

We love taking him there every morning & enjoying the woodland by the nursery as we walk down the path.

He loves the warm, kind, enthusiastic staff - a feature of every age group's room at Dolphins. He has adventures every single day.. from emergency rescues in the garden to storytelling inside, he is entertained all day and comes home tired with lots of things to tell us.

If we're lucky enough to have another child one day, they will definitely be going to Dolphins too.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Lovely caring nursery. My daughter is very happy there. Key workers have always been very interested and caring. They do lots of creative ideas and activities. They keep me updated using tapestry to share photographs, ideas and development which I really appreciate. The manager is full of enthusiasm for making the nursery a stimulating and happy place for children. The meal choices are excellent and offer double portions as appropriate. The outdoor area is accessed using their own provided waterproof clothing.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

Dolphins is wonderful! My son loves it there and has developed so quickly. The activities look excellent and the staff are always friendly and informative. It's great to see photos and videos of the kids having fun and learning. I highly recommend it!

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

Dolphins allows my child to participate in a wide range of activities which he loves.

The staff are dedicated and regularly give up their own time to plan/prepare activities and rooms.

A recently introduced parents group allows feedback and suggestions and although only one meeting has taken place so far changes were suggested, accepted and implemented.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My two children have loved their time at Dolphin's and it has made it easier for me to go back to work knowing they are happy and looked after in such a lovely environment.

The outdoor space is enjoyed by all and the staff are very caring and responsive to the children's interests. The online learning journal is great for showing what the children have learnt and helps with the conversations on an evening about what the children have been doing!

The staff have always responded helpfully to and concerns, queries and suggestions and have recently made positive moves to increase parental engagement in all aspects of nursery life.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have had both my children at Dolphins over the last 4 years. It is a lovely set up and would recommend to anyone. They both had great keyworkers and enjoyed going. They have plenty of outside play and do a wide range of activities. The Manager is doing a really good job of getting parents more involved and improving the spaces for more inventive play.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

We have been using Dolphins for our 3 children since 2008 and have always been extremely happy with the level of care the staff have given to our children. The quality of learning throughout the nursery has always been exceptionally good especially in the pre-school room getting them prepared to start school. We are always kept up to date with our child's progress using Tapestry the online learning journal and love seeing what they have been up to that day. They have an amazing natural outdoor play area where our little girl loves making the occasional mud pie!! I would highly recommend Dolphins to anyone looking for a nursery in the Horsforth area.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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

The staff are amazing. Friendly helpful and caring. My daughter loves being in the nursery and is always mentioning everyone there.

She learns so much too. Picking up lots of new words and songs.

The atmosphere when you walk in is brilliant. Couldn't wish for a better nursery for her.

How likely would you be to recommend Dolphins Day Nursery Horsforth? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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