Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4LF
Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool (formely kidsunlimited) is located in the grounds of the Furness General Hospital. Providing an ideal childcare service for working parents, it offers a stimulating environment in which pre-school learning can thrive.
The activities that children at Barrow can enjoy have been developed throughout the UK by Bright Horizons, a company founded more than 30 years ago which has achieved many positive results, as well as earning a lot of industry respect.
The entire nursery team is enthusiastic about providing quality childcare and the nursery has a large outdoor areas accessible from all rooms, the nursery layout encourages a free flow environment.
The nursery offers a wide variety of engaging activities, which encourage children to learn and explore. Children are well-prepared for the transition to school with the unique Bright Horizons Ready for School Programmes, including Growing Readers, Writers and Mathematicians.
Person in charge: Leanne Jackson (Manager)
Local Authority / Social Services: Cumbria County Council
Number of Staff: 20
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care
Total Places for Children: 62
Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0700-1830
When Closed: Bank Holidays
The Review Score of 9 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool 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 24 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info
b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.1 out of 5 from 4 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 4.938 for Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (270 Excellents x 5) + (18 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 288 Ratings = 4.938
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:
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.
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.
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 4.073 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool is based on 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:
3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.75
Target of 12.4 positive Reviews (62 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 4 Reviews ÷ 12.4 Target = 0.323
When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.
Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 9 (9.011)
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Esme T (Mother of Child) on Saturday 7 October 2017. Relates to July 2017.
Both of my children have attended this nursery and I have nothing but praise for the work they do and the amazing staff! They are all so welcome and caring, always having the children's best interests at heart! It speaks volumes when your children look forward to going to Nursery! I can't recommend it enough.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Clare R (Mother of Child) on Friday 29 September 2017. Relates to August 2017.
An excellent nursery - the staff are all brilliant, could not speak more highly. My little girl loved her time at this nursery and we have already filled in the paperwork for our baby who is not yet born.
My little girl has just started school and the transition could not have been better, everything is of such a high standard. I would recommend this nursery to anyone.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Rachelle D (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 23 August 2017. Relates to July 2017.
Both my children attended the nursery from 2012-2017. I can not recommend the nursery enough or give the staff enough praise. They are all amazing and do a fantastic job. My children loved going and not once did I ever worry about leaving them.
I felt very comfortable dropping them off and picking them up, with all the girls happy to talk about the children's days and offer any advice.
They were more than happy to help when my little boy had special dietary requirements and made sure he never felt excluded at meal times. Both my children have come on leaps and bounds and have left nursery with the skills necessary for starting school.
I offer the nursery my heartfelt thanks and will always recommend them to friends and family. I could not have asked for a better group of people to look after my little ones.
How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Barrow Day Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Amy R (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 22 August 2017. Relates to August 2017.
My daughter has been attending this nursery since she was 11 months old and I can honestly say I have always been blown away by the attitude and professionalism of every single member of staff. I have never once felt anything other than 100 percent confident that they know what they are doing. The staff are excellent in using their initiative and showing an almost maternal intuition whenever a child is in need of comfort or attention.
My daughter's key worker is someone I would quite happily and proudly describe as effectively acting as a second mother to my daughter - I would trust her to look after my daughter above many family members. While always remaining totally professional, she is also able to harness her personality and empathy to develop a strong and loving relationship with my child.
I could not recommend this nursery highly enough; it has quite simply been a godsend to myself and my daughter.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Anna C (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My son has been attending this nursery in the Baby room for nearly a year now and every single member of staff is absolutely amazing! They are really welcoming to my little boy in the morning, and when I pick him up I always peek through the window first to see what he's up to before he notices me, and the girls are always interacting with the children and playing with them. My mum has also commented on this when she collects my son and has said you can tell they are constantly playing with the kids and looking after them. They work so hard and never seem to stop. The managers I have got absolutely no hesitation in sending our new baby to the nursery and recommending it to everyone I meet!
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Mike T (Father of Child) on Tuesday 7 February 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My child has settled into nursery very well, he loves all the staff and they are very accommodating.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Erin T (Mother of Child) on Friday 30 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
The nursery staff are fantastic and made my 18month old feel right at home. After 4 months at the nursery, he surprises me with things he has learnt and how much he has come on and I know this wouldn't be the case without the bonds and relationship he has with the staff. They took the time to help him settle and I couldn't recommend this nursery more.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Aban H (Father of Child) on Thursday 29 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
My son has been well looked after at the nursery. He is extremely confident and adaptable and I am sure this has been contributed by the efforts made at his nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by F P (Grandfather of Child) on Saturday 17 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
My granddaughter has been at this nursery for just under a year. The way she's grown during this time is amazing to see.
Her speech has come on amazingly and has learnt something new every time I see her. Her confidence has grown and when I have dropped her off she has always walked with a smile, wave and a bye-bye which I think is down to lovely staff members in the room who always welcome us with a smile.
It's lovely to have found somewhere that cares so deeply for the child and families wellbeing. I know my daughter was anxious to leave her to return to work but we certainly made the right decision here, she loves it and is kept busy and most importantly safe. When I collect her we know exactly what she's has done in the day and it's even better that all we need to take is her and a change of clothes. Not having to bundle the house up each day is a blessing, saves me forgetting important things and ending up in trouble with my daughter!
Keep up the fantastic work, a big thank you once again.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Annette E (Mother of Child) on Friday 16 September 2016. Relates to August 2016.
My daughter started the above nursery at 16 months through to 4 and a half years and now my son is there, who is 2 and a half but started at 6 months. No words describe how good this nursery is overall. I have never met such a lovely working, caring team that go out of their way for the children and parents, grandparents, carers etc.
Always very clean and happy place to walk into at any time. My children have both formed strong bonds with the staff, to which my daughter still talks about nursery and I wish she was still here, who now is nearly 6 years old. My son always gets excited even if we just pass by.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by William M (Father of Child) on Friday 16 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
My child has recently started this nursery in the baby room, all staff and management were very friendly and answered any questions we had during settling in sessions. Staff encouraged her to interact with them (singing songs etc) and by the end of the settling in session, my little girl was happy and clapping away. She has settled in the baby room well with thanks to the high standards of care all the staff have shown. My daughter is happy to go to her key person in the mornings and content when I pick her up.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Tony D (Grandfather of Child) on Thursday 15 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
My granddaughter hasn't been attending this nursery for long but our experience so far has been of a very high standard. She is always happy to go to members of staff within her room in the mornings and is happy busily playing whenever she gets picked up. The staff go into great detail about her day upon getting picked up and in case I forget to tell my daughter it's all written down on a daily note which has all information from the day. The women in the building didn't know me at first but a 'password' system that is in place allowed me to pick up my granddaughter. There is a fantastic policy so no children can go home without someone they know. Brilliant nursery. Both myself, daughter and son-in-law are over the moon we chose this one.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Glenys D (Grandmother of Child) on Thursday 15 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
I am proud to say my granddaughter attends this fantastic nursery. The staff and management have been brilliant throughout her settling in sessions when she first started and supported both my granddaughter and daughter with leaving her in their care. My granddaughter is always happy and settled when I pick her up and the ladies in the room are always happy to tell me of various activities she has been up to and what she has had to eat etc. Recommended to all my 'Nanna friends'. Lovely team of enthusiastic staff! Keep it up.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by N M (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 September 2016. Relates to September 2016.
Lovely nursery with great staff, my daughter has settled in the baby room well with thanks to the kind and friendly girls in the room. They are very informative of what she has done throughout the day and how she has been. I am comfortable leaving my baby knowing she is in safe hands. Will be highly recommending the nursery to family and friends.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Jennifer C (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 13 September 2016. Relates to August 2016.
My daughter has been at the nursery since she was 5 months old. From the very first day they have been welcoming, accommodating and extremely helpful. My daughter is in the minority in this area and was exclusively breastfed when she started. The nursery was always happy to have a stock of milk in the freezer, and more than happy to learn about using stored breast milk, as well as conserving mine at times (rather small supplies). They were welcoming whenever I came in to feed her in the day and have continued to be friendly and give me updates when I ring to see how my daughter is during the day. I still feed her sitting on the couch at the front of the nursery, and the staff have never passed comment or averted their eyes and instead just talk to us normally - people often don't know how to react to someone feeding a toddler and the staff are a huge credit to the nursery and their training. She also had a milk and egg allergy when she was younger and this was easily accommodated with no problems at all. She also eats everything and actually sleeps at nursery, which is a big change from home! She's very relaxed and happy there. As she has grown and moved rooms. She has had great support and always had lots of cuddles and love when she's needed it. As a result, she chats about her key worker and the other women in the room, more than other children! She's always unwilling to leave me (even to be with her daddy) but will go for cuddles willingly with a certain member of staff and usually goes with a smile. I'm very happy with this nursery and would recommend it to any parents.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Hannah D (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 7 September 2016. Relates to August 2016.
When my son first started at this nursery I was (as expected) very nervous about leaving him. All the girls made such an effort to make us both feel at ease with it all and now he loves going to nursery and I know for certain it is because of how nurturing they all are. The communication is also one of the things which are fantastic and I couldn't fault. I get weekly emails telling me exactly what the kids are up to during that week and which members of staff will not be in which is fab. It also tells us of upcoming events which are also very helpful. When I pick him up they are always smiling and happy to go through his day and pass on any letters/artwork etc if needed, and vice versa which is great and we can work together to make sure he gets exactly what he needs and to discuss any changes in his routine. I couldn't fault them and I am so glad I chose to take him here as he loves the nursery and I feel very happy to leave him in their care.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Liam H (Father of Child) on Monday 5 September 2016. Relates to August 2016.
The girls are excellent with the kids. My daughter is always happy to go to the nursery and is always smiling when she sees them. The nursery is always clean and tidy. The outdoor play area and all toys are excellent for the learning and development. She is always happy to eat the food there and has never had any complaints. Overall excellent standard.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Helen B (Mother of Child) on Monday 9 May 2016. Relates to May 2016.
We are so delighted with this nursery. Our son has attended since he was 8 months old and we continue to be so pleased with what the staff have provided for him. We are absolutely sure that this is the best place for him to grow in confidence - and the nursery is a safe and happy place for him to be when we can't be with him. This is largely due to the very excellent, well trained, professional, caring and enthusiastic staff who take the time to ensure that all his needs are being met. He enjoys the variety of activities provided and is learning so much about how to be a happy, confident, kind and well mannered person. There are only very good things to say about this nursery and the staff who work so wonderfully with our son. I would recommend it without reservation.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Angela H (Mother of Child) on Monday 21 March 2016. Relates to March 2016.
My child has attended the nursery for a year and I could not be happier. The staff team are fantastic always happy to see me and my child and the handover is great, it means I can leave for work knowing my child is happy and safe. The big bonus for our family was the fact all the staff are qualified with no students, so I know my daughter is in the best hands. I would recommend the nursery for all of us mum's out there that need that extra bit of reassurance.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Heather S (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 15 March 2016. Relates to March 2016.
Our 4 year old has been coming here since she was 9 months old and loves it. She adores the staff and talks excitedly about the wide variety of activities, games, stories, songs and learning experiences she has enjoyed. She has learned so many skills and is full of confidence thanks to the experienced and highly qualified staff team.
The staff have also been wonderful helping our 8 month old to settle in and I'm sure she will come to love it just as much as her big sister. The environment in each room is colourful and appealing with plenty to see and do without being cluttered, and the range of meals and snacks provided is excellent. Queries or concerns are dealt with swiftly and appropriately and our daughter has especially enjoyed getting involved in special events such as fundraising days or space week.
I have recommended this nursery to several friends and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Cheryl L (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 9 March 2016. Relates to March 2016.
Brilliant nursery from all aspects. My child loves coming and is always happy when I pick him up at the end of the day. Every single member of the staff are qualified and also have first aid and safe guarding which is outstanding! Speaking from a mothers point of view my child's happiness, wellbeing and safety is priority. I would highly recommend this nursery it is second to none!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lorraine W (Mother of Child) on Saturday 5 March 2016. Relates to February 2016.
My eldest child attended this nursery and I was very impressed with both the staff and overall level of care she received. Move forward 8 years and I am delighted to say that the high standard of care remains the same. I think the fact that many of the original staff still work there speaks for itself. I like the fact that we are always greeted in a warm and friendly manner and the children always seem happy and busy with lots of exciting activities.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Matt (Father of Child) on Tuesday 1 March 2016. Relates to February 2016.
My child has been at this nursery for 4 months.
She is extremely happy when she goes into nursery and when she is picked up.
The staff are always welcoming and greet us with a smile.
The included meals, nappies and when she was younger formula was a great help.
She's coming along great and it's nice to be able to look in her learning story to see what she has been up to at nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Charlotte (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 1 March 2016. Relates to February 2016.
My daughter, 13 months old, has been attending this nursery since she was 10 months old. She settled very well with thanks to the lovely staff within the room. As soon as we pull up to nursery she has a big smile and is keen to go and see all her friends. She has come along fantastic already coming out with lots of new words from the lovely stories and songs that she joins in with throughout the day.
Every afternoon I am met with a very happy little girl who has had lots of fun throughout the day and I receive a note which details what she has done throughout the day. A helpful inclusion of the nursery is that they provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and snacks throughout the morning. They also provide formula milks until the age of one and all nappies and wipes for the time they need them, that is all included in the price which is very helpful which means I don't need to bundle lots of things with me.
I would highly recommend this nursery to everyone.