Little Gems Private Day Nursery

1 Dunlady Road, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1TT

Little Gems Private Day Nursery, Belfast, County Antrim
Little Gems Private Day Nursery, Belfast, County Antrim
Little Gems Private Day Nursery, Belfast, County Antrim

Little Gems Private Day Nursery offers a loving homely environment for your child, having been part of the community for over 12 years with long established management and staff. Little Gems offers full day care for children aged 3months to 10years old. Each room is equipped with age appropriate resources and has a full programme of activities for a fun and stimulating day. Under 3s enjoy a weekly visit from Jo Jingles for music and dancing while Pre-school enjoy Spanish lessons and Debut Tots as part of the Pre-school curriculum. A large garden offers plenty of opportunity for exploring outside, gardening and outdoor toys. After-school care is available all year with a summer scheme and breakfast club. The nursery collects from Dundonald Primary and Brooklands Primary. Everyday carers strive to meet the individual needs of every child in their care, encouraging learning through play, covering all the areas of learning to develop independent and confident children.

Group: Clear Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Rachel McBride (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Number of Staff: 38

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

Total Places for Children: 96

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 11 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Public Holidays

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.6 Little Gems Private Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.615)

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Little Gems Private Day Nursery 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 39 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Gems Private Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 14 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 4.886 for Little Gems Private Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (418 Excellents x 5) + (43 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 466 Ratings = 4.886

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.729 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Little Gems Private Day Nursery is based on 14 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 19.2 positive Reviews (96 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 14 Reviews ÷ 19.2 Target = 0.729

  • 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
    39
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    39
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Little Gems Private Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    28
  • Father of Child
    7
  • Grandmother of Child
    2
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Foster Parent of Child
    1
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We currently have two children at Little Gems. Our son is in wrap-around and told me last week he loves Little Gems. When I asked what the best part was, he said, "all of it!" Our daughter is almost two and appears to have a ball there! We are very happy with the care and would definitely recommend to friends or family.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Good

Value for Money: Good

Excellent care of loving, caring, dedicated staff. I am happy, my boys are there and they enjoy time at Little Gems Private Day Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I cannot recommend Little Gems private day nursery enough! From our first walkabout round the nursery and their facilities to my daughter attending 3 days a week every week, the staff have been so lovely and attentive. My child was basically attached to me when I was off on maternity leave for a year so being anxious herself as well as me when she started, the staff have done their utmost for settling her in. She now loves being dropped off open-armed to the girls there and it has helped me with going back to work full time knowing that when she is at Little Gems she is in the best of care even when she is under the weather, she is getting plenty of cuddles when she needs them. The staff have got to know my child and her daily routine quickly and are prompt in notifying the parents if she has been off that day or unwell. She also loves the food there eating up all her meals and snacks every day she is there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My little boy has been in the baby room since he was 10 months old and he is now 17 months old. He is in full time and as a working mum, I knew I would find it difficult handing his daily care over to strangers. From our first induction hour, my mind was put at ease as he just loved being there and took to the girls who work there immediately. Every morning he just loves going in and is always smiling. The activities organised for the babies is first class, arts and craft, themed play as well as weekly visits from Jo Jingles which my little boy adores.
Having my son at Little Gems, in the care of the excellent staff in the baby room, allows me to work content and safe in the knowledge that all his needs are being catered for and that he is developing his social skills in their caring and nurturing nursery setting.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been in the baby room for a few months and has settled in extremely well. I am very impressed with the settling in period that was offered before I left him in full-time which I believe helped to ease him into the nursery setting. The genuine interest from staff is so reassuring as I know he is well looked after while in their care. I know my son loves going to nursery to see his wee friends and the staff by his big smile as we walk into the building. This makes going off to work that little bit easier!! Thank you, staff, at Little Gems!!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

Little Gems is excellent and our Daughter is so happy when she is dropped off and goes to the staff no problem. When we pick her up she is full of smiles and we can tell she has had a great day. We love reading her little book and seeing pictures of her having fun. We wouldn’t send our kids anywhere else, the staff are amazing and really love the kids!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I cannot recommend Little Gems enough! This is our second time using the nursery, the first was with our son who adored it and now loves being able to drop his little sister off too! Little Gems offers such a friendly and homely environment for kids. The staff are so caring and my daughter settled in quickly and doesn’t even look back when I leave her in the morning. I go to work without worrying about her, all the staff are amazing!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I would count this nursery one of the best (if not the best). My granddaughter is currently at it and my grandson before her. They are very good with the children and most pleasant to speak to. Highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I have 2 children at Little Gems Private Day Nursery.
My son is in the baby room and he has settled so well. All the staff are wonderful and it has such a homely feel. He is happy waving bye-bye to me or his daddy every day.
My daughter attends Little Gems preschool and wrap around care, she has been going to Little Gems since she was 1 year old. She totally loves it, comes home every day with lots of stories. She needs additional care at times and Little Gems have been totally fantastic with this. We live very close by so when we drive past at weekends they both want to go in. Couldn't praise the staff and management enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

From day one I have been very happy with Little Gems. My little one has been very happy since starting and the staff have been brilliant. They are very warm, professional and go out of their way to help meet my child's needs (and mine!). I highly recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

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 niece attends this nursery on a full-time basis and enjoys every day. The staff and management are so helpful and friendly! She settled in so well and when she is dropped in first thing in the morning, she is happy enough to run to a member of staff in her room! She is in wobblers which is still a young age and is showing that she enjoys it!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son loves this nursery. The staff are so lovely and so supportive. I couldn’t have been happier the first day I brought him, after amazing free settling in sessions he had a great first day. My son has been to other nurseries but has settled in this one the best. The staff have helped me a lot with making days flexible if I need him in due to work responsibilities, helping me support him with his speech and language which he is delayed in. They are also so pleasant, lovely, and caring. My son really enjoys going to nursery and I can’t wait to see his journey through the rest of the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter has attended Little Gems for over 2 years and currently attends the pre-school. What makes Little Gems so special is the caring staff. They create a loving environment and our daughter has a great relationship with them all. I would not hesitate to recommend Little Gems.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

My youngest has been going since he was four months old and now attends the pre-school and really loves it. He suffers from febrile seizures and has had a few with them and they have taken the best care of him, even when I had to go with him in the ambulance late one afternoon they took care of his big brother and brought him home to my husband. Wonderful caring staff who really go the extra mile, couldn't thank them enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

Can't fault this nursery in any way. Son has been in every room throughout and currently attends pre school here. He absolutely loves it and the staff are exceptional. Would recommend this nursery without any doubt!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I currently have one child in Pre school and one child just left pre school last year. Both had been in for at least two years. I have tried other nurseries prior to Little Gems and none came close. The staff are like family to the children, very caring and enthusiastic. I know that this nursery has given my boys a great start in their education and social skills. Thank you and keep up the great work!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Just home from seeing the pre school Christmas play at Little Gems. It was fantastic! Well done to all the children and staff for their hard work. The care and support received for my daughter in her first term at pre school have been outstanding. She has a slightly nervous and anxious personality, but has settled quickly and enjoyed extra attention from staff when it was required. This is a loving, caring environment to send your child to. Thank you, Little Gems.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

A wonderful nursery. Our daughter went here from age 1 to 5 and our son is now there too. All staff are fantastic. Both our children love going here. We moved house 2 years ago and this nursery is no longer particularly handy, but we would not dream of going anywhere else.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The staff are great at Little Gems Private Day Nursery. Our son loves it here. Every day there is different activities to get involved in. The menu is really varied and the staff take the time to make sure all the children get enough to eat. Nothing is ever a problem for the staff, and they keep you updated throughout the day if our son is feeling a bit under the weather. You can call anytime for an update on how he is doing. Settling in is really relaxed and taken at a pace that suits each child. Can't recommend them enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic, dedicated and long serving staff who are welcoming, friendly and helpful to children and parents. They can not do enough for your child. Plenty of activities, dressing up, imaginative crafts and entertainment. The nursery is bright, airy and well maintained. The large garden is well thought out and fenced in with each age group having their own area and age appropriate toys to play with. The children are offered tasty, healthy and varied meals. My 2nd child is currently in her 3rd year at Little Gems Nursery. My eldest child who attended for 3.5 years tells me he wishes he still went as he misses being there. I highly recommend this nursery to anyone looking for childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

This is my son's second year at the after school club in Little Gems. He is very happy here and was eagerly waiting all summer to return in September! The staff are amazing! They care about every single child in their care and go above and beyond to understand my son's difficulties and strengths and input accordingly. He is helped with his homework and encouraged to do his best, they provide the support he needs to complete his homework (which I know a lot of other nurseries cannot provide). I really feel a sense of love for all the children there by the staff. A member of staff and management offered support to myself recently during a difficult time, so it does not just stop at the children, I feel like us parents are valued too. I cannot praise Little gems enough for everything they do for my son. I hope by the time my son is 11 years old they will have opened an after school section for older children too, so that he may continue to go here, otherwise he will be one unhappy boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My 1 year old son joined Little Gems 3 months ago, ahead of my impending return to work after maternity leave. The settling period was really well organised and gave my son a chance to build relationships with the staff and other children and get used to his new routine. The management and staff take the time to get to know each child individually and I do feel like my child receives a lot of one-on-one time with the staff, especially during activities such as arts and crafts (He comes home every week with different pictures he has created using handprints, etc!). They also keep me very well-informed of what he has been up to each day. My son thoroughly enjoys his days at Little Gems and I cannot thank them enough for making my transition back to work that little bit easier!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I have been using Little Gems Private Day Nursery for years and for all 4 of my children. Staff are all brilliant and I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of putting their children into childcare. All of my children love going here.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has attended Little Gems since she was 1 year old. She has now progressed through the baby room, 'Wobblers' and now is currently loving toddlers. The staff are all wonderful with the children and help to create a warm and homely environment. My daughter loves going in in the morning and really doesn't want to leave at the end of day!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has attended Little Gems nursery for almost 5 years now. I have always been very happy with the standard of care given. The staff are friendly and always willing to take extra time with the children who need it. The facilities are fantastic, there are always plenty of activities going on no matter what the age. The management is approachable and always happy to make time and act on any concerns. I never have a problem with recommending Little Gems to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I have a 3-year-old daughter and 19mth old son who both attend Little Gems full time. Both of my children have developed with their speech, play, social skills and knowledge, a great deal of which is due to the outstanding care and attention that they receive from all the staff. Both of my children look forward to going in to see the staff, their friends, eat new and different types of food, play with a huge range of toys inside and out, sing songs and develop knowledge. The staff are all skilled, caring, fun, engaging and have the patience of saints!

Working full time is a struggle, but knowing that I am leaving my children in an environment where they are nurtured, developing new skills, challenged when they misbehave and are taught the core values of manners, kindness and curiosity makes life much easier. The staff are fantastic, support a wide range of charities, engage with parents positively and have the best interest of our children at the forefront of their days! THANK YOU!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

Our daughter has been at Little Gems Private Day Nursery three days a week now since January '16 and loves it. All the staff members are great with her and she has made so many friends. They have really helped with her speech development and she is so proud when she gets stickers in her toilet training book for doing well.
Little Gems Private Day Nursery foster a fun, creative, safe environment and we are very happy that she has a place there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I'm writing this review to show my appreciation for the massive change in relation to my previous review.
The nursery and it's outstanding team never fail to put every effort to make positive change and take parents comments into consideration.
I want to mention that the recent changes to the food menu are fantastic. There's a wide variety of meals and snacks over 4 weeks which ensure a good healthy diet for the kids . As well as the new refurbishment to the outside grounds which look amazing.
There's always ongoing development to meet the kids needs on individual and group basis.
Little gems have been a great family and a second home to my son from the very start and put every effort to deal with the individual needs of each child.
Thanks for everything.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

I am really glad I picked this nursery for my son to attend. He absolutely loves all the leaders and children and is settling in really well. His speech and interaction with other kids has come on amazing too. Overall, I'v no complaints and I'm really happy with the nursery

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

I would wholeheartedly recommend Little Gems as a Day Nursery. Both of our kids have attended the nursery since they were very young. The staff are first class and our kids still enjoy their time at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has only started his settling in phase before starting 2 full days next week. I was so nervous leaving him but the staff there are not only amazing with my son but have totally put me at ease as well. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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 transitioned from the "baby room" to "junior preschool" and we are very happy with the level of care she receives and hope to avail of the pre-school when we reach that stage. The excited chat about her day and who she will see, highlight just how happy and content she is. The staff are professional, friendly and very approachable and all the staff make an effort to get to know all the children in the nursery, not just the children they work directly with.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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: Don't Know

We have been using Little Gems full time for our two sons since 2011.
We cannot fault the care provided by the girls. Managers are always innovating and providing new equipment and opportunities for the children. The staff turnover is very low and that speaks for itself.
There's a real family feel and although the cost has gone up substantially (over the last year in particular) we still wouldn't consider leaving as our second son is so well settled here.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both of my children have attended Little Gems from a young age. My daughter is currently in the baby room and the staff are very attentive and care greatly about the children in their care. Warm and friendly atmosphere.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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

My daughter has been coming to the nursery for near 2 years and is coming on leaps and bounds. The staff are fantastic my daughter loves a Tuesday and Wednesday morning when you tell her she is going.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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 Little Gems full time since Sept 2014. She loves it and all the staff are lovely, very approachable and I genuinely feel they really care for her. They are always enthusiastic and all the children seem to be very happy there.
Having previously had both my daughters at another nursery until we moved house, I was keen to keep my daughter into clear day nurseries as both had been so happy there, the managers had been so helpful and welcoming that I had no doubts that Little Gems would be just as good and I've not been disappointed. I have been so impressed with both nurseries and it is such a reassurance to know how well she is looked after and that the girls are giving her such a good educational, emotional and play start to her life, especially with her being there full time. Not to mention the new chef who seems to be cooking up lots of healthy and different dishes :)
I am regularly recommending and singing the praises of all at Little Gems on social media when parents are on looking for recommendations of nurseries.
Thank you to all, and hopefully my daughter will continue to flourish within your care until she starts P1 in 2017.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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 twin grandchildren started this nursery in August when my daughter got a full time job. We visited a number of nurseries in the area but we're very impressed by the friendliness and openness of the staff. I am usually the person dropping off and picking up the children and I can honestly say that I am always impressed by the welcome the children receive everyday. The children clearly love the staff and are happy to be left there. I have never had any worries about the care they receive and am happy to recommend this nursery to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter started at the nursery aged 10 months and moved on to the wobbler room at the end of October (17 months). We have watched her blossom and she is very happy at the nursery. She moved on to the wobbler room in her own time but joined other children whom she had met in the baby room which meant that she encountered familiar faces. There was a 1 week transitioning period during which a carer from the baby room accompanied her to the toddler room.
The staff are warm and appear attentive and affectionate with our child. I have also observed them demonstrate the same affection and attentiveness to the other children.
There are lots of activities every day (colouring, painting, drawing, making Festive decorations, outdoors and indoors play).
Meals are healthy and there is a varied menu each day. The nursery is respectful of our wishes and adheres to our dietary preferences for our child (healthier option wherever possible).
They also feed her her evening meal if we provide it which is quite helpful whenever we are held up in work or slow traffic.
The staff are also knowledgeable about common childhood rashes and ailments and they will look out for these and inform us ASAP. They are usually spot on.
Prescribed medication/antibiotics, as well as over the counter diaper rash creams are applied as per our instructions. Previously, we had a few issues regarding this but there has been a great improvement since the end of October. We felt our concerns were largely listened to.
The nursery accepts child care vouchers however, in our experience, there are a few initial hiccups in processing of payments. However, once this is sorted then the system works efficiently.
Previously we noticed a stale smell that would greet us at the door and clung to our daughters clothes when we picked her up at the end of the day. However, recently (past few weeks) there has been a great improvement and the smell has resolved.
We have not had any safe guarding issues.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I have been using Little Gems for the last five years and am extremely happy with the care and education that my children receive. The staff are professional and enthusiastic in assisting the children to learn and the surroundings are great for accommodating different types of play. I have no hesitation in recommending Little Gems!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Gems Private Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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