The Honest Toun Nursery

11-19 Stoneybank Terrace, Musselburgh EH21 6LY

The Honest Toun Nursery, Musselburgh, East Lothian
The Honest Toun Nursery, Musselburgh, East Lothian
The Honest Toun Nursery, Musselburgh, East Lothian

The Honest Toun Nursery encourages each child's development in a stimulating atmosphere, through a team of nursery practitioners who are passionate in the pursuit of early years learning goals.

The nursery's Stoneybank location is ideal for commuters, with the nursery housed in a former retail unit with large front windows providing light throughout the nursery. Spacious playrooms with extensive resources allow children to grow and learn in confidence, with ample outdoor areas.

For over a decade this friendly nursery has proved to be committed and caring, with an ethos of respect, learning and fun having contributed to many parents and their children.

The nursery offers variable, part-time and full-time sessions, while pre-school funding is available for children aged three to five-years-old. The Honest Toun Nursery offers parents the option of early drop-off and late collection, in addition to NHS staff discount, sibling discount, Queen Mary's University staff and student discount.

Parents and children using the Honest Toun Nursery can benefit from quality early years care and education, a wide range of quality resources and freshly made healthy meals and snacks prepared by the nursery's on-site nursery chef.

Children have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities and classes including: Caterpillar Music Classes, swimming lessons, the celebration of festivals throughout the year, trips in the local community, speech and language therapy, e-learning journals and interactive tablet and a graduation ceremony when children move on to primary school.

Group: Bertram Nursery Group

Person in charge: Amy Black (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: East Lothian Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 112

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Easter Friday & Monday & Christmas to New Year

Fees Guide: FREE Funded sessions available, Sibling Discount %, NHS Staff Discount and QMU Staff and Student Discount %

Languages Spoken (other than English): British Sign Language

Parking:

Ample car parking space.

Vacancies

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Reviews

7.7 The Honest Toun Nursery has a Review Score of 7.7 (7.745)

The Review Score of 7.7 (maximum of 10) for The Honest Toun Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Honest Toun Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.0 out of 5 from 1 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 4.7 for The Honest Toun Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (190 Excellents x 5) + (67 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 263 Ratings = 4.7

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. 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.

    The 3.045 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Honest Toun Nursery is based on 1 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 = 3

    2. Target of 22.4 positive Reviews (112 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 1 Reviews ÷ 22.4 Target = 0.045

  • 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
    19
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Honest Toun Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to The Honest Toun Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    21
  • Father of Child
    1

My daughter has been attending Honest Toun since 2014.

She always looks forward to going to nursery and has formed great friendships with both children and staff.

The nursery provides a safe and fun environment with a wide variety of daily activities for the children both inside and outside. In particular, my daughter loves the mud kitchen !!

Most of all it is great to know my daughter is well cared for and thoroughly enjoys her time there. The staff are a real credit to the nursery. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending The Honest Toun Nursery !!

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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

Excellent start to my daughter's childcare as a baby, she bonded very well with the staff and I fully trusted them with her on going back to work after maternity leave. They cared and made her feel very at home, she really thrived there as she grew with lots of learning and activities plus she made great friendships along the way.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Value for Money: Good

The Honest Toun Nursery is a lovely little nursery with very friendly staff and great play and learning opportunities for the children. I have two children there and they are both happy, contented little boys who enjoy interacting with their 'teachers' and friends. Food is prepared on-site and provides a nutritious and varied menu.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The Honest Toun Nursery is a friendly happy nursery with lots for my son to do, he has enjoyed nursery from pretty much day one and is very happy there. He enjoys playing indoors as there is lots to do but also likes using the outdoor space and again there is plenty for him to play with. All the staff are friendly and I am 100% confident in there ability to look after so many toddlers and my son seems very comfortable with them, it's a brilliant nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has attended for around a year now and the attention and care she received from the staff are excellent. Her key worker is like family to her and I would not hesitate to recommend the nursery to others. The music class in particular is of great benefit to all the children. The recent change of manager has improved the administration side of things.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending the nursery since January 2016, having moved from another nursery. The staff were great with the transition period at that point and also when she moved into the next age room up. She seems very happy there and has really come out her shell, making great friends with both the staff and children in her room and beyond.
The management has changed recently and from a parent's perspective this has been a smooth and well communicated transition. It is great to see staff and management who really engaged with both parents and children to shape the service that they offer.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending nursery both full and part time since July 2014. My second child will also attend in August 2016. I've always felt comfortable leaving my daughter in their care. Staff are competent and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My two daughters attend this nursery and we all absolutely love it! I was a little nervous at leaving my oldest daughter but all the staff were amazing and made me feel at ease. They have never had any problems whilst at nursery and love every minute of it. The girls have came on leaps and bounds since attending and rarely want to leave at home time. The team at nursery meet all my girls needs and more. They enjoy all the activities and love their food at lunch . The menu is very good with lots of variety and meets all their dietary needs. I couldn't ask for a safer, happier or more fun place for my daughters to be.
Would highly recommend this nursery and have done so already to a few of my friends at work! Thanks to all the staff for all your care you truly are wonderful!

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my children love going to the Honest Toun Nursery, both have attended since they were babies. I could not recommend this nursery enough, it has very friendly and welcoming staff, good outdoor areas also.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started at the Honest Toun in September last year and attends 3 full days a week - best decision I ever made. Staff are great with him and he absolutely loves it there. It's wonderful knowing that he's getting to mix with other children, learning to play and share as well as getting nutritional meals and snacks. He comes home with artwork and it's fantastic being able to read about his day to find out what they've been learning.

The staff do a great job in keeping them happy and entertained and endeavour to creating new areas of play for them. They're outdoors as much as they can be (especially in the Scottish summer!) and on occasions take them to the local park or walks out nearby. I have a great relationship with the staff in his room and I'm more than happy to leave him in their care. I've always been a believer that nursery is good for children and the Honest Toun has proved it to me.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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 eldest daughter attended the nursery until she went to school and my youngest who is two is now there. I cannot praise the staff at the nursery enough. The staff genuinely love the kids, my daughter is nurtured, cared for and loves every day at the nursery. The management have gone through a few changes but all have always been friendly and approachable especially the current manager. It is a massive benefit that the nursery provides a hot lunch, the staff are more than accommodating when it comes to fussy eaters like my daughter - they go above and beyond what is expected.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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 Honest Toun is a fantastic nursery with highly dedicated, warm and friendly staff. My son loves going there and has an excellent rapport with his key worker and all the other staff that work there. He is well cared for and given lots of opportunities to learn and develop new skills through various methods of play, as well as being able to play in the garden most days which he loves! My son also receives a hot meal at lunch time prepared on sight as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks.

The management are very keen to receive feedback from parents and they use this to develop the nursery environment. Regular parent focus groups are organised and newsletters sent out to parents which keeps communication flowing. All in all I could not recommend this nursery more highly!

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my son and daughter have attended The Honest Toun Nursery for three years and whilst they made positive relationships with all the staff and felt safe and happy all staff made every effort to make them feel welcomed and reassured me that they were happy and settled. I also think that the food provided to both of my children was of high slandered. I would highly recommend this nursery to any parent and I am very grateful for everything they have done for me and my family. I myself find it very easy to go to the manager with any questions relating to my childcare. The staff members are all very dedicated to the nursery and this shines through their practice.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I absolutely love this nursery and all the staff.
My little boy has been here since July last year and I've never once felt insecure about leaving him, the girls know him inside out and he loves every minute he's there.
It's a great team who seem to work together really well, I'm having another boy soon and he'll be joining the nursery when I go back to work too.
Keep up the great work girls!

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Very helpful at the nursery. My little girl has been attending for a year and a half and loves it. Everyone is very nice and do all they can to help settle children.
Very good variety of foods including stuff i wouldn't have normally given to find she likes it!

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My child has been at the nursery for over 4 years and I feel that the care and attention she has received has been brilliant. Especially at the moment the nursery feels homely with extremely caring staff that develop the kids and ensure the learning and development is suited to their age and ability. I would happily recommend the nursery and I'm confident this is one of the best nurseries in East Lothian.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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: Excellent

My son took a while to settle in but now is very happy and excited in the mornings when going into nursery, as soon as I park up in the car park he realises he is at nursery and can't wait to go in and play.
The staff are very friendly and loving. My son enjoys his meals and loves to play in the garden which contains a great selection of toys.
I did find that whenever I emailed the nursery manager I wouldn't always get a reply back which was frustrating however whenever I have emailed the new interim manager I have received a prompt reply.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

A fantastic nursery where the children absolutely come first. The staff are extremely caring and approachable. We are delighted with the care that our girls have received. I love that the children spend as much time as possible outdoors and the online learning profiles are informative and updated regularly.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Think all the girls are brilliant at their job. Always letting me know every detail about my little ones day. Encourage them to try different foods. Also love how they each have a learning journal which us parents can log in and see what they have been up to with pictures. Would definitely recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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 staff at the Honest Toun Nursery are great, my little one loves going and is always talking about his day when he comes home. I feel like I am always kept up to date with what is going on which gives me peace of mind.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

The staff are brilliant and really friendly. My 2 year old loves going to nursery and is really settled there. They are always doing some sort of fun activity, whether it's going to the play Park, playing in the garden, painting and glueing, which my 2 year old loves. They also get great snacks and lunches, and the care is really great. We're very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Isla Henry, Sales & Marketing Executive at The Honest Toun Nursery responded to this review on 22 Jun 2016:

Thank you so much for your feedback Cara, we're really glad you and your family are enjoying your experience here!

This time last year the nursery were in a very different place. Since their new manager started so many things have changed. The staff are so positive and welcoming. Each evening I am provided with a handover and the daily logs have been introduced. The staff are always finding new activities for my daughter to take part in. She has developed so much and this is encouraged. My little girl loves going to nursery and talks about the staff like they are her friends. It's such a caring place.

How likely would you be to recommend The Honest Toun Nursery? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Awards / Recognitions

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July 2010

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Recipient: The Honest Toun Nursery

Date: Saturday 17 Jul 2010

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Staff Profiles

Amy

Amy Black

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2016

Description:

With a professional qualification in childcare over 7 years of experience working with children of all ages Amy manages her nursery and staff team to ensure we provide a secure family environment where you can feel relaxed and confident in the knowledge that your child is being cared for by dedicated staff in a safe environment.