Crafty Wizards Pre-School

Forty Foot Way, Avery Hill, New Eltham, London SE9 2EX

Crafty Wizards Pre-School, London, London
Crafty Wizards Pre-School, London, London
Crafty Wizards Pre-School, London, London

Crafty Wizards Pre-School place creativity at the heart of a balanced and thorough curriculum, as the key to fostering positive learning and development while children progress through the early years.

In building up its professional service, the team has placed a strong focus on quality resources, a friendly atmosphere and regular feedback for parents. The nursery has also incorporated interactive whiteboards for high-quality phonic sessions.

Group: Crafty Wizards

Person in charge: Matthew Byrne (Director/Teacher)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Greenwich Council

Number of Staff: 6

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 29

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1630

When Closed: School Holidays

Fees Guide: Free 15 hr entitlement & all childcare vouchers accepted

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.9 Crafty Wizards Pre-School has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.859)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Crafty Wizards Pre-School 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 32 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Crafty Wizards Pre-School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 23 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 4.859 for Crafty Wizards Pre-School is calculated as follows: ( (335 Excellents x 5) + (42 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 383 Ratings = 4.859

  • 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 Crafty Wizards Pre-School is based on 23 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 5.8 positive Reviews (29 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 23 Reviews ÷ 5.8 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
    28
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    32
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Crafty Wizards Pre-School

  • Mother of Child
    23
  • Father of Child
    8
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Crafty Wizards is an outstanding nursery.
I have had experience with other nurseries and they don't even come close to how exceptional Crafty Wizards is.
Their parent/key worker communication is fantastic.
They provide so much information on what they are doing whether it's through letters, their private facebook group or conversation.
All of the staff members are so friendly and approachable.
It's obvious they genuinely care for the children.
My daughter is very happy there and doing so well.
I couldn't ask for anything more.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Crafty Wizards Pre-School is an exceptional preschool that has cared, nurtured, supported and educated both of my children for many years. I feel extremely grateful to the wonderful staff and support workers for the care and attention they have provided to my children. They go above and beyond to ensure the children are happy and healthy. My eldest son has benefitted considerably from attending this pre-school both in terms of his social interaction/social awareness and his academic ability. My youngest son continues to attend the pre-school and is a very happy, sociable and independent little boy which is in large thanks to the team at Crafty Wizards. My son loves it at his 'school' and is always happy to go. He runs in with a smile on his face before I have even had a chance to put his coat away which to me, says it all!

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your spell-binding comments! We are all proud to have cared for both your children at Crafty Wizards. It has been a pleasure to see them grow and progress. We do focus on early communication as a T.I.C (Together In Communication) lead setting for Royal Greenwich. We are looking forward to our new term ahead, look out for new initiatives happening in the next couple of terms including Rainbow Day and take home learning bags. Please let us know how we can get an 'excellent' for food and ICT. Our snack table offers locally sourced fruits and vegetables, milk and water. Unfortunately due to restrictions on our building we can not offer hot foods. We offer our Crafty Wizards ICT opportunities with our interactive whiteboards, tablets, cause and effect toys along with role play opportunities with phones, keyboards, kitchen equipment, along with imaginative play opportunities. Please do help us with ideas if you can. Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely comments.

My second child is currently attending Crafty Wizards and is progressing just as well as the first.

The varied activities and the combination of play and learning provide a really solid basis for progression to primary school.

I have no reservation in recommending this nursery to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas! Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that you feel that your Crafty Wizards have progressed well. We work hard with assessing our children's needs and setting targets, personalised planning and learning opportunities. Our new Wonderous Wizardry sheets highlight your Crafty Wizards next step for the term and whether an intervention group has been assigned to boost your Crafty Wizards progress. Please ask a member of staff for more details. Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review for Crafty Wizards Pre-School.

My son has recently started at Crafty Wizards. We really agonised over where to send him. In the end, he made the choice as he loved it from the moment he walked in. He hasn't looked back! I am delighted to have found somewhere that is genuinely nurturing and committed to the children all learning in a safe, fun, creative, inclusive space. The staff have made the first few weeks, the first time he has been away from me, really easy and I look forward to next term.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your warm words, it is great to hear that your Crafty Wizard settled in well. If you need any support after the holidays let us know and we can send you another social story, set up a transitional object and put out some of his favourite toys. Thank you again for taking the time to write this positive review for Crafty Wizards Pre-School.

This is a wonderful learning place for my son and I really am happy with all the facilities and learning and care which my son gets there. Since my son has previously attended various other learning centres I can judge Crafty Wizards to be one amongst the best with a focus on overall learning of a child. The attention to detail on each child is brilliant.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 19 Feb 2017:

Excellent, thank you for your review! At Crafty Wizards Pre-School we aim to provide personalised learning opportunities through creative play. We are a prestigious Early Years Quality Mark Award holder and work hard to provide challenge and support for our Crafty Wizards in a fun and caring environment. We look forward to our Wizarding Week, Book Week, World book day, Easter Egg-stravaganza and more this term. Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

My son has been at Crafty Wizards Pre-School for nearly 2 years, the staff went out of their way to help him settle in.
He has learnt so much here and thoroughly enjoys nursery both indoor and outdoor activities.
I would highly recommend this nursery, the staff are fantastic and there is a wide range of activities for the children to do, you can tell a lot of thought goes into this to make sure the children enjoy their time there.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Excellent! Thank you for your magical feedback for Crafty Wizards Pre-School, New Eltham. We have a number of strategies to help make settling in as smooth as possible. Ask a member of staff about our new C-R-A-F-T-Y ethos which values parent partnerships amongst other things. Activities and carefully thought out to offer personalised learning opportunities. Check out our online parent portal to see more observations of your Crafty Wizard. Also, watch out on our Facebook private group for parents for details about our Easter Egg-stravaganza coming up shortly! Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we hope that your son's magical learning journey continues to be spell-binding!

My son started at Crafty Wizards in September. He was only ever used to me so was very worried how he would settle. The staff at Crafty Wizards made the separation as gentle as possible. My son now looks forward to his day at Crafty Wizards and speaks happily of his day, Sings songs from Circle Time and copies the actions of 'What's in the hat '. When I ask my son who his friends are at Crafty Wizards, he will tell me the staff names....this shows the special bond the staff have with the children here. Couldn't be happier with the huge variety of resources which accommodate the EYFS.
Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas! Thank you for your magical review! We work hard forming secure attachments with our Crafty Wizards and got Outstanding for well-being for our children. We are introducing a Snuffle Station for children to access a comfort teddy, tissues and wet wipes to aid their independence and to encourage them to manage their emotions. We will also be sending out our Crafty Wizard songs shortly so that you can all join in with our fun songs, including our new Crafty Wizards song! Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

My three year old has been attending here 4 days a week for 4 months. Wonderful preschool with amazing staff. Fantastic communication between nursery and home and my little boy is thriving here. Wish I'd found it sooner, I can't recommend it highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 19 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas! It's magic to hear how happy you both feel at Crafty Wizards Pre-School. Management work had to offer a range of ways to communicate and promote good communication with staff. Have you tried our Parent Zone app yet? Also, our Stay and Play session is coming up this half term and focuses on literacy, please do come if you can to get some ideas for home. We are also starting some home learning sacks this half term that children will get the opportunity to take home, as well as our usual key person, teddy and diary and our Chatterbox. Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

Since my daughter has been at Crafty Wizards she has come along so well with her talking etc and every time I pick her up she loves telling me what she has done ie painting, water garden, drawing, playing with babies and circle time. I'm so glad that I put her In Crafty Wizards when I did, thank you all so much I really am proud.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Excellent all round! Thank you very much for your review. The team will be happy that your daughter continues to enjoy our range of inspiring activities. We do work closely with outside agencies and use BSL (British Sign Language Cards) to support early communication at activities along with Small Talk Card activities, I-Can activities, Makaton signing and symbols. Our Magic Circle Time is a great time when early communication is focused on. Our '"What's in the Wizards Hat Time" is very popular. We are trailing a new Wizarding Quill to give you a more personalised update of your Crafty Wizards goings on at Pre-School. Thank you again.

Our son has been attending Crafty Wizards for almost a year now for two mornings a week. He absolutely loves going and is always so excited when he arrives there for his session. He had just turned 2 when he first started to attend and he was not speaking despite all our efforts. Within 3 weeks of joining he had gained confidence among his peers and began to use words.
All the staff are fantastic there and helped us immensely with his development and gave us tips and exercises to do at home so that we were consistent with them on our approach. We felt confident that he was in the right place from the very start.
His younger brother sometimes comes along when we collect our Son from Crafty Wizards and he wants to join in the fun too, we think he'll also take no time in adjusting when it's time for him to join as the staff are so attentive and caring to the individual child's needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad that our tips and activities for the home have helped in the continued progress that your son makes. It is great to hear that your younger son is enthused by our activities also. Please let us know how we can get an 'excellent' from you with regards to activities, we are open to all feedback, please bring up any ideas at our parent committee. Also please do ask management about the ICT opportunities we provide, we have an interactive whiteboard that the children access daily, tablets that children can access, leap frog toys and role play equipment that comes under the ICT sections of the EYFS such as telephones, keyboards, kettles, oven, cause and effect toys and objects that represent ICT equipment. Thank you for taking the time to write us this review.

My son has grown in confidence since joining Crafty Wizards. He has learnt so many things I thought he had no idea of. The staff are excellent at listening to the needs of each child.

My son has been helped with learning colours so quickly, in a matter of weeks! He was also very well supported during potty training.

The standard of learning is very good as well as arranging excellent activities for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your review. Our staff do try hard to offer personalised learning opportunities and to build strong attachments with our Crafty Wizards. Our daily routine which includes Magic Circle Time promotes this relationship. Thank you for your 'Excellent' for activities and learning, it is due to a great team of staff ad management that ensures that these opportunities are well planned for. We have a contracted cleaner that cleans our premise and all toys are cleaned on a rota (or earlier if needed), along with a twice daily risk assessment and toilet checks throughout the day to ensure the pre-school is as clean as possible despite out love for messy play! Please so let us know by e-mail, face to face or at our regular parent committee in how we can improve your view on the 'good', we strive for excellence at Crafty Wizards. Thank you for your time.

My daughter absolutely loves Crafty Wizards and rushes through the door in the morning! Have seen a massive improvement in how she engages with other children. The staff are excellent and cater for her needs.Our second child to attend Crafty Wizards, would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you enormously for your feedback. It is lovely t hear that you have seen a massive improvement in your daughter's social skills. We work hard with observations, assessments and planning to support and challenge our children to progress. We provide intervention groups and resources to support those children that may have any gaps in their learning. We also give out termly next steps for our Crafty Wizards, now written on our new Wondrous Wizardry sheet in you Magical Moments folder. Thank you again for your time.

My daughter started at Crafty Wizards earlier this month. As she is my first child, I felt really anxious about leaving her for the first time but the staff were amazing and ensured that I felt comfortable and more importantly that she was welcomed and made to feel secure immediately. She is still settling in but I have to say that even after only 4 weeks of attendance I have seen a huge improvement in her speech etc and she looks forward to seeing her key workers.

I love that I am kept up to date via facebook with what the children are doing each day. They change the theme and activities each day and have a great outdoors space for the children to explore. I would highly recommend Crafty Wizards and look forward to seeing how my daughter progresses over the next few weeks.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your positive comments. We now have a 'Must ask questions' when choosing a pre-school/ nursery for your child as we understand that it is a difficult time when choosing childcare for your child. We are so happy that you feel confident in Crafty Wizards already. Please do ask management about our Parent Portal where you will be able to see observations and assessments of your Crafty Wizard as time goes by. You can also post pics/ observations on our Parent Zone app which is really easy to use. We love our countryside setting which provides opportunities to walks to the park, we have recently been for an Autumn walk which our Crafty Wizards loved. Look out for our Easter Egg-stravaganza coming up on Saturday too. Thank you for your time.

Brilliant at letting my daughter excel to her full level by moving her up to groups with older children which I think is amazing. They allow the children to focus on different aspects of learning through phonics, show and tell time, group activities. My daughter would go every day if she could, there are always a number of activities to get involved with each day that helps excel the senses.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your sparkling review! We are very happy to hear that your daughter enjoys the activities that we provide. We aim to provide personalised learning opportunities through our observations, assessments and daily planning. Our Book Week is coming up next half term and every term we now have a Wizarding Week, please speak to staff to find out more or read our fortnightly newsletter. Thank you for your time.

My daughter absolutely loves Crafty Wizards. She's 2 years old and settled in very well after one session, always asking to go back again. The staff keep you in the loop and are always very helpful. Would definitely recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

We are very happy to hear that you think that we are 'Excellent' in Safeguarding, Care and Activities. It is thanks to our strong management team that we are able to provide a range of exciting activities, events and staff training. Last week we all went to the NureseryWorld Exposition where staff attended seminars and carried out thought provoking activities created by Crafty Wizards. We do take Safeguarding seriously and have strict policies and procedures in place. Please do let us know how we can get 'Excellent' for the other areas. We are all reflective practitioners and constantly try to challenge ourselves to think creatively to improve our offering. We are glad to hear that you have recommended us to others. Thank you for your time.

My child been at Crafty Wizards for just over 3 months and was very behind in his milestones. In just 3 months he has learnt so much talking and playing with other children which he never did before joining! The staff are so bubbly and brilliant with all the children.
Every time we pull up at the gates my boy has the biggest smile on his face ready for another enjoyable day!

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your spell-binding review! It is fabulous to hear that only after 3 months he is doing so well and enjoying himself! The F in C-R-A-F-T-Y is fun! Here is our ethos: We have a new ethos now and it's C.R.A.F.T.Y! C = Creativity and challenge. R = building effective Relationships with all. A = Accept, value and respect others. F = offer FUN and personalised learning. T = develop and support Tomorrow thinkers. Y = develop a confident "Yes I Can" attitude. Thank you for your time.

I feel the staff are very approachable and clearly enjoy their jobs and working with the children. Three of my grandchildren have attended Crafty Wizards and having worked in childcare all my life I would happily recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your magical review! Excellent in all areas! It has been a pleasure knowing your grandchildren. It is great to hear your positive comments, particularly as you have worked in childcare. As a Together In Communications provider, we aim to provide the best possible opportunities in early communication. Management always think creatively to inspire both children and staff in the early years. Please ask staff about our most recent staff training in London, briefings and staff meetings! Thank you for your time.

My son has been attending Crafty Wizards since September 2016.

Since joining he has completely excelled in his speech, listening skills and his confidence in independent tasks. I can't praise Crafty Wizards enough, as they are extremely hard working, caring and attentive to your child's needs. From day one they made my son feel like he was in his second home as he settled straight away and absolutely loves every minute he is here. The Manager and her team should feel very proud as they do such a fantastic job and I couldn't be happier knowing my son is in safe hands!

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Magic review! Thank you. We are a prestigious Quality Mark Award holder in early years and management are very committed to ensuring that personalised learning opportunities are inspiring and provided in a safe and fun environment. We work hard on early communications with a Makaton in particular, we teach staff and children a sign of the week. Please ask staff what this weeks sign is! I will pass on your praise to staff. Thank you for your time.

We are pleased with our son's progress since he started Crafty Wizards. Lovely staff, great learning environment. A place very children can thrive. Shame there is no primary school attached to this. The school takes the safety of pupils very highly. Great going!!

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Thank you for your positive comments. We do take safety seriously and constantly review our policies and practices. We now do lock-down drills as well as a fire drill. We even have risk assessment checklists for our children to have a go at completing so that they begin to have an awareness of reducing dangers themselves. The food we provide during snack time is locally grown from our local greengrocer who provides a range of fruit and veg. Unfortunately, due to our small size as a pre-school we are unable to offer hot meals and packed lunch remains the only option at lunch times currently. Thank you for your time in writing a review. We hope that you continue to enjoy the sparkle!

My second child is currently attending Crafty Wizards. I can honestly say they are fantastic and my two year old has settled in so well. She loves the craft activities and has made a huge variety of things, no two days are the same. The staff are incredibly supportive, understanding, creative and are brilliant with the children. We have been kept well informed through chats, paperwork, a 'formal' catch up, what's our daughter does during her time at the nursery and how she is performing etc. My two year wants to go every day and counts down the days until she returns. I have no hesitation in recommending the nursery at every opportunity.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Diector at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas at Crafty Wizards Pre-School! Thank you. We are glad that you have found our termly invites for a formal chat about how your Crafty Wizard is getting on beneficial. Have you joined us yet for our termly parent Stay and Play? Our online Parent Portal should also keep you up to date with your daughters' progress. Please do ask management if you need some help with our app that you can use to update us on any events/ progress/ significant moments at home. Thank you for recommending our small Pre-School to others, word of mouth is the best way for others to learn about what we offer. Thank you again.

We have had two children attend Crafty wizards and will be sending our third there as well. All of the staff are excellent and they really care about the work they are doing with the children, not only to play but also helping them learn in a fun environment.

Can't speak highly enough of the Crafty Wizards team.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas, magic! Thank you for your review. We do aim to make 'Learning Magical Through Creativity'. Thank you for continuing to send your children to Crafty Wizards Pre-School. We want to continue to offer more to our children and families, please do speak to management if you have any ideas. Thanks again.

As a first time mummy, I was extremely nervous about sending my son to nursery, he has now been there for the past month and the staff have been outstanding at settling in my very clingy little boy. Fantastic job the staff are doing!

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Excellent all round - Spellbinding! It is great to hear that as a first time anxious mum that you have been put at ease with leaving your child. We work hard during the settling in process with a social story, transition object, photos on facebook closed group etc. Every term we have a Stay and Play session so that you can see more of what goes on at Crafty Wizards Pre-School. Also, look out for our fortnightly newsletter, our online parent zone and app, Wizarding Week, termly invite for a private review with your key person, end of year report, settling in report, Easter Egg-stravagaza, Winter Wonderland, Book Week....... Thank you again for your time and please do speak with your Crafty Wizards key person if you have any concerns.

Dedicated staff provide a great setting for my children to learn and it prepared my eldest for Reception. They encourage reading, and drawing, exploring the environment, they do Phonics with the children, role play and more. My son loved it, my daughter loves it, and my youngest can't wait to join.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2017:

Excellent in all areas! Thank you very much for your praise and continuing to choose Crafty Wizards for your children. You have seen us grow over time and it is heart warming too see that your children are enjoying the activities and events that we provide. We have a new ethos now and it's C.R.A.F.T.Y! C = Creativity and challenge. R = building effective Relationships with all. A = Accept, value and respect others. F = offer FUN and personalised learning. T = develop and support Tomorrow thinkers. Y = develop a confident "Yes I Can" attitude. If you have ay ideas for us to improve please do let us know. Thank you for your time.

I cannot recommend Crafty Wizards enough. My daughter attended from age 2 to 4 years and she loved every minute she was there. The key workers are fantastic and extremely committed to crafty wizards and the education of the children. The activities are fun but also educational. My daughter started primary school in September 2016 and she is confident in her written and oral communication, which is down to the dedicated work of crafty wizards. I am so happy that I always recommend them to friends and have already registered my one-year-old to attend once he is old enough, as I wouldn't consider sending him anywhere else

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 27 Nov 2016:

This is very heart warming to hear. We strive to offer the best for our Crafty Wizards and to hear that they go on to primary school with increased confidence, progress well and are happy makes all the hard work worthwhile. We hope that you can come down to the Winter Wonderland event on December 10th 10am - 1pm, we will be posting information on Tuesday on the Crafty Wizards past parents facebook group. I will pass on your message to the team. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, as a small Pre-School we appreciate parent word of mouth.

We could not have been happier with our experience at Crafty Wizards. The whole team and setting was perfect for our little girl. Lots of free, crafty play but also lots of structure. Our little girl started primary school in September and I have no doubt that Crafty Wizards played a key role in how she's settled in there. She's doing amazingly well so far and her teachers are really impressed with all she knows already, much of this is all down to Crafty Wizards. So thank you Crafty Wizards team.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 28 Oct 2016:

It's magical to hear that your daughter is getting on well at Primary School. We hope that the glitter of confidence and magic wand from the Graduation helped her! Thank you for your lovely comments. Please feel free to join us or our Winter Wonderland this year and if you have not joined our past parent's group on Facebook, please do so that you can remain connected with us and other past parents. Keep the magic alive!

Crafty Wizards was recommended by a friend. I am so glad I took her advice. It is a fantastic environment for the children and all the staff are great. My child took to all the staff not just his key workers. I have recommended Crafty Wizards to a number of other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 27 Oct 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is heart warming to hear that you were recommended to us and have let others know about our Pre School. I will pass on your praise to our key people and the team. We are rolling out more initiatives this year such as a parent training evening to get the best out of our online parent portal, our new Wondrous Wizarding target sheets, intervention groups to support children and an updated parent communication Wizarding Quill.

Our son has attended Crafty Wizards since January 2014 aged 2, he is now approaching age 4 and has learnt so much from attending. Staff are continuously supportive to both our son and us as parents; we receive daily feedback about what he's learning and feeling etc. We have already said we'd send our daughter when she reaches 2.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 25 Oct 2016:

Thank you so much for your review. It is always good to get feedback. We are bringing out a new 'Wondrous Wizardry' sheet for your Crafty Wizards Magical Moments folder where you will have a clear log of the next steps for each term and information on any intervention groups that our Crafty Wizards might be taking part in to support and challenge them in their learning. We are also starting a new Wizards Quill that should have a bit more sparkle for parents! I will pass on your positive comments to the team, thank you.

Crafty Wizards is a lovely nursery, my son has settled in really well and all the staff are so kind and helpful.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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 had previously attended another nursery in the area and had not settled well there. When my son started in September 2015, I let his Key Person know of the difficulties in the last nursery and all the staff really helped my son settle into Crafty Wizards. It was a huge relief for us that within 2 sessions, he was keen to attend and left with huge smiles on his face. The Key Person really takes time to know what your child likes and give you a report at the end of the day as to what my son has enjoyed or found challenging. We also enjoy the facebook updates/pictures so we can discuss with him what he has done at school today.

My son has really been supported at the school and has really made progress in developing his confidence and speech. We agree with the other viewers that the staff are really welcoming and enthusiastic as you can see on all the children's faces just how happy they are to be there.

We would definitely recommend this school to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 18 Mar 2016:

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We will make sure that all our staff hear your kind words. We hope that we will see you at our Easter Eggstravaganza or enjoy our allotment visits next term and our Reptile day!

This is a very friendly environment where my child is happy and relaxed. He enjoys the many arts and crafts and has learnt good social skills. I can't recommend this pre-school highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 04 Feb 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is good to hear that we are nearly excellent in all the areas in your opinion. Please do ask your child's key person about the range of resources we have and the ICT we use on a daily basis; our interactive white board screen, our tablets, children's camera's and electronic toys, phones, calculators and more. We recently have also invested in Education City which is a programme that is currently used on our tablets for learning in all areas. It is particularly good for aiding phonics and counting. Unfortunately we are limited with what we are able to have in our outdoor area as we rent the property from the Scouts. We do have a mini-beast area, sand pit, wheeled bikes and a range of outdoor toys to develop gross motor skills as well as other areas of learning. Our snack table offers a choice of various fruit and veg with milk and water daily which is accessible throughout every session.

I am actually shocked at how far my twins have come on since starting in September 2015 in the preschool. The difference in their home playing and social skills have improved by so much that I am wondering where my little girls have gone. I cannot wait to see the progress I know they are going to achieve in the coming year. The staff are amazing. They put so much time and effort into each child and treat them as their own. I'm so proud to say my two are in Crafty Wizards.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 01 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review, it sounds that you are 'shocked' in a good way about the progress you have seen. Our new Parent Portal should keep you update on their observations and progress.We look forward to another term shortly where we will be welcoming African snails and will have our Easter Egg-stravaganza.

Small, personal touch and very friendly staff. I love the Facebook updates and photographs; the activities always look well planned and focused on learning. My children are always happy to go. It's hard to take them away! Excellent communication and excellent setting with amazing outside area; with Forest School status. Would 100% recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Crafty Wizards Pre-School? 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

Matthew Byrne, Director at Crafty Wizards Pre-School responded to this review on 01 Feb 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are all happy with how well our Forest School sessions have been received. We have also been bringing the outside in with lots of mud and natural resource activities. We look forward to introducing more initiatives as we continue to expand.

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