Maidstone Day Nursery

Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5SF

Maidstone Day Nursery, Maidstone, Kent
Maidstone Day Nursery, Maidstone, Kent
Maidstone Day Nursery, Maidstone, Kent

Maidstone Day Nursery is located on the A20, to the east of the town centre, at Turkey Mill. This purpose built nursery has a Good Breeam rating. This is an internationally recognised environment performance rating, making it the only “green” new built nursery in the area. The nursery provides six child home bases each designed specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. There are secure external play areas with direct access from the ground and upper floor areas. A team of childcare professionals have many years of experience.

Maidstone Day Nursery believe young children can thrive when having free access to stimulating outdoor environments. The design of the outdoor area has been influenced by the latest research* around the benefits of outdoor play. Staff have drawn on best practice from the UK and Scandinavia to provide children with opportunities to extend their learning through appropriate risk, challenge and adventure. Included in the many exciting features are an observation tower, a raised bridge and a "beach area".

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Jenna Spring Gay (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 96

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.7 Maidstone Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.707)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Maidstone Day Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 37 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Maidstone Day Nursery 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 4.707 for Maidstone Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (334 Excellents x 5) + (89 Goods x 4) + (15 Satisfactorys x 3) + (2 Poors x 2) + (1 Very Poors x 1) ) ÷ 441 Ratings = 4.707

  • 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 Maidstone Day Nursery 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 19.2 positive Reviews (96 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 23 Reviews ÷ 19.2 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
    8
  • Satisfactory
    1
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Maidstone Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    33
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    1
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Maidstone Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    33
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Grandmother of Child
    1
  • Great-grandfather of Child
    1

My daughter is very happy here, and the staff I've met so far in the toddler room all seem very nice and do a very good job.

The nursery is very well organised and efficient, but the environment still retains the homely and relaxed feel we want our daughter to experience. Would recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son thoroughly enjoys going to nursery even though he only attends one day a week, he does not want to come home at the end of the day.
I enjoy picking him up and speaking to his key worker hearing about his day and what he has done.
He has changed so much since going to nursery, he is a lot more confident and his speech is coming on well.
All the girls in both rooms do an amazing job.
I know he is in safe hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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: Don't Know

My granddaughter has recently moved up rooms, earlier than planned but this was the right decision. On picking her up all the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. My granddaughter is always playing and when it's dry they are in the garden getting fresh air.

Thank you to everyone for making this excellent learning space for her to flourish.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 is always excited to go to the nursery and this shows how amazing Maidstone Day Nursery is! We love our key worker and all other ladies as they do a really great job and are very dedicated, friendly and caring. Since day one I knew my child is in safe hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 just moved up rooms. The confidence my daughter has built up within growing explorers is fantastic. They helped me and my daughter with the potty training. I received a detailed handover at the end of each day. The ladies in the room are very friendly and welcoming. Thank you for all your support.

The ladies in her new room have been fantastic, it was a very quick move up as my daughter was completely ready. They have welcomed my little girl into their room and have been very supportive on the days she doesn’t go in well.
I know leaving my little girl at Maidstone Day Nursery, Turkey Mill is the best choice for her. Management are fantastic and very welcoming on both drop off and pick ups. They always know a little bit about what my daughter has been doing throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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: Don't Know

My daughter started nursery at just 6 months old in September. She enjoys going and playing with the girls and her friends in the baby room. The room is bright and plenty of resources. There are a lot of displays within the room and nursery. Nursery sends out memos weekly informing parents of goings on which is nice. They also do communication books which are filled out daily with her routine which is nice to read when at home. I have always been a little nervous about sending my daughter to the nursery where I work but the girls have all supported in her transition putting me at ease. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

Overall, we absolutely love the Bright Horizons Nursery!

Our daughter has become more independent and confident in her abilities. Very caring environment, the nursery itself, is a fun and bright place.
Food provided was a bit disappointing, could be more healthy but overall satisfactory.
We would definitely recommend to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been at this nursery since he was very young, from the beginning he settled in very easily with the help of the staff. The communication was great between myself and his key worker and has been ever since. My son has learnt so much and has gained so much confidence by being here.
We are only moving him now to a more local nursery in order to prepare him for school and let him get to know the children that he maybe going to school with.
I couldn't fault this nursery it has been fantastic and both I and my little boy will miss coming here very much. Thank you to everyone for making my little boy feel so welcome and hope to see you all again in the future.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My little boy has received fab care here in the 'Tiddler Room', he loves all the staff and is made to feel very welcome. He is always happy to come to the nursery and has made lots of nice friendships with both staff and children. They have also been fab helping me with potty training.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 Maidstone Day Nursery since 2014 and she instantly loved the atmosphere, staff, garden and food. Our daughter came along in leaps and bounds. Our son started in 2016 and has absolutely loved every minute. His speech is now fantastic and learns something new every day. He loves his key workers. The manager is amazing and always greets the children with a smile. All in all, a fantastic experience.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Satisfactory

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I chose the Summer Camp for my son mainly due to the incredibly warm welcome we received during a visit and the fact that I wanted somewhere with excellent facilities and lots of outside play space. My son is happy. He always comes home with enthusiastic stories of what he has done and learnt each day.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have found the nursery to be wonderful, my son always seems happy, and loves all the staff. He's always happily playing when I arrive to collect him, and the updates the staff provide give me a real insight to his day. The staff are always keen to make sure my son's needs are met, and I never have to worry about him when he is there.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

From the beginning, all the staff at the nursery have had a very helpful and caring attitude. If there have been any issues concerning my child, they have been very prompt in contacting me or my wife. All the children in class seem very happy. The facilities are first class and hygiene is paramount.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone Day Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The nursery provides a bright welcoming reception each morning. The room is always laid out with lots of different activities to do throughout the day, the children get to help with the setting up too.
The outside space is fantastic and allows the children to explore, play and grow.
The meal selection is varied and the self service element is great for growing appetites.
The staff are friendly and help the children to grow in every aspect.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone Day Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Everyone is amazing at Turkey Mill and the childcare is second to none. My child loves it here and has come on leaps and bounds whilst attending the nursery.
I cannot find any faults at all, love it here.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

The care and support is outstanding. The team have identified areas of support for my child and dealt with it with professionalism and empathy. I feel that my son is getting the best start to his education, this is more than childcare. He has settled in well and the team do all they can to support him.

Without question, I would definitely recommend Bright Horizons.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

Very pleased with the staff at nursery. All staff have been amazing with settling in our daughter, and provided all the information we needed. The nursery is bright and welcoming and our daughter loves attending. We couldn't be happier with the nursery and staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 really enjoyed coming to holiday club. She enjoyed doing the activities set by the supervisor. She would come home full of excitement and look forward to the next day. My daughter is looking forward to coming to the next holiday club.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

Since my two children started at Turkey Mill, they have settled in really well and even ask when they are going to nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 children love going there.

I have a baby and a preschooler and I can notice how they developed there.

Every day they learn something new and come back home so excited to show and tell everything.

The staff are very professional, helpful and take good care of the kids.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My Son has been attending this nursery for just over a year (started at 9 months old) and he really loves it there. He has built a strong bond with his key workers and I love hearing about the fun day he has had when I read through his contact book. The staff at the nursery ensured that my son had enough settling in periods to adjust to his new surroundings and kept me updated with how he was progressing during this early transition period.

My husband and I have found the nursery staff to be very open and love to involve parents by either inviting them in for special occasions, having detailed handover talks at the beginning and the end of the day, and also parents are encouraged to add to their child's learning journal with special events/trips and observations of key milestones at home. It has been lovely to look through my son's book and seeing how he has grown up both at home and nursery!

The food at the nursery is loved by my son too!

This is a fantastic nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

I have always been extremely pleased with the care and dedication showed by the staff and subsequently my daughter's excitement to go there each day. I would have no hesitation in recommending the nursery to others. Any minor issues I have ever had have been dealt with swiftly and I have every confidence in their ability to keep my child safe and happy.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

The best nursery ever, such a relaxed and welcoming place. The staff are so helpful and they are so competent in their various roles. Brilliant menu and various play activities. My children love it and they have made new friends and have learnt so much. It's home away from home, my daughter says Thank you Maidstone Team.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 joined the nursery aged 2 and he immediately had a connection with his key person. She was there to settle him and kept me reassured. She made an extra effort to encourage him into the room and to join in activities before I left him. The room is always set out with inviting activities when he arrives and he is now happy to be welcomed by all staff and settles easily even if his key person is not there. My son always enjoys his time at nursery and tells me about the activities he has done. I am kept up to date with his progress through the records that they keep. I love hearing about what he has done and the progress he is making. The management are very helpful and are always on hand to answer any questions.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 started nursery in April 2016 when he was 1 years old and we love it! So far, we have been in two rooms: babies and growing explorers. It took a bit more time for him to settle as English is not his first language, but I could see the support all the way through. The staff are very friendly all the time, very open minded and supportive, it's clear they enjoy their job as well. There are lots of activities every day and, importantly, time outside. I really like the fact that every child's routine and development are considered individually and flexibility of schedule. It's a bit far from where we live, but that's the only bit inconvenient and obviously our own choice. Excellent nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 thank all girls enough at Kidsunlimited Maidstone for the care they have provided our two boys with. From being a very over protective mum, I struggled to leave my first son, however, he quickly settled and bonded with all the girls. Following my second son's birth I had no hesitations putting him there at 3 months old. The girls have developed our children - Our eldest is so advanced for a near 3-year-old and such a confident, well-mannered boy and our youngest is just the same. If it wasn't for us relocating I wouldn't be moving our children to a different nursery. Their last day is going to be very emotional!
There isn't enough words to describe Kids Unlimited's in terms of how much care and support they have provided us with over the past 2 years and we are truly grateful.
I would highly recommend Kidsunlimited. If you are looking for a nursery in Maidstone - this is by far the best!!

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

We love this nursery, it is very active, structured, with varied activities offered, great outdoor space.
Staff wise, my son has had 3 excellent, committed key workers, over 3 years (consistent which is important to me). Feedback is regular, it is positive though, I don't know if that's because that's what there is to say about my son, or whether providing 'negative' feedback in a constructive way is not part of policy, this would be a shame if this is the case. A fair amount of turnover, but they appear to promote from within which is good for the staff.
His developmental progress is measured and its always interesting to see where he sits on the flower (indicating age ability) and what his natural ability is at this age.
It will be interesting to see how the nursery manage the coming year, where he will be one of the eldest, as he tends to play with older children, but I have no doubt they will have strategies to keep him entertained and interested.
I highly recommend this nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have two children attending the nursery and my daughter has attended for 2.5 years now and I couldn't rate it highly enough. The staff are fantastic and I feel hugely confident that my children are always well cared for. They always participate in a range of activities which they both thoroughly enjoy.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic place to leave your child to be looked after. Staff are amazing, always going an extra mile for the well being of the children. Kept me informed in details when my daughter was settling in, phoning me every morning to reassure me that she is fine. My little girl comes home with something new learnt every day, which shows the amount of activities they are doing all the time! Excellent service!

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 nursery used to be fantastic with a very professional Manager which reflected in the quality of staff and I was always confident my children were being cared for to a high standard. However, over the past year the management has changed, the staff turnover is very high and is continuing to increase and the quality of new staff is not of the previous high standard.
As a parent I find this very frustrating because the setting is ideal for children to learn and develop but it is very disappointing the passion that used to flow within KU amongst all staff, is gone.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone Day Nursery? Unlikely

Average Rating: 

 3.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Satisfactory

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Poor

Activities: Good

Staff: Satisfactory

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Very Poor

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Satisfactory

marketa, Mrkg at Maidstone Day Nursery responded to this review on 19 Apr 2016:

Thank you for your feedback. In order for us to ensure that we are continually providing high quality childcare we would like to discuss your concerns further, please contact parentenquiry@brighthorizons.com.

My daughter joined this nursery in November 2015 in the baby room. I'm really pleased with the nursery and had previously heard it was very good. The girls are always friendly and welcoming. My daughter loves going here. Would highly recommend.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

In nursery key persons always have been very supportive, specially when my little girl moved into the next room. She did have a very good contact with the new key person. I really liked training process, we didn't have any problems change the room and to be between other people. If there was a problem I could talk to a person and problems quickly sorted out, problem was about nappy cream and speaking. After a few days my little girl started pointing and naming words and counting up to 5. The key person has done an amazing job, working with my little girl in small groups. We love the nursery because of lots of time spent outside in garden.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone Day Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been going for almost 2 and a half years and loves every day she's there. All the staff are friendly, professional and nurturing.

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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 worked and had my son at nursery since he was 5 months old. I feel the staff are very good at helping the childrens development. I am very happy with the level of care, my child has been shown. I do feel we need more resources in the rooms as well as for the outside area.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Poor

Care: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Reception desk staffed most of the time - staff here are very approachable and friendly. My 15 month old daughter has been attending since the age of five months and loves it here. It is a very stimulating environment with a well stocked outdoor area that she loves. She is a very demanding child so this environment suits her very well. Her key worker is fantastic and has given me useful tips to manage challenging behaviour. The menus are varied and tasty. I'm very happy with this nursery - it compares very favourably with the nursery my eldest daughter attended which was also very good (although this is my favourite).

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Friendly and approachable staff very pleased with progress made by my child whilst he has been attending the nursery.
Excellent facilities including access to large outside area for the children.
Only downside is that it is expensive and there could be more flexibility re swapping my child's dates over to attend as my employment requires a degree of flexibility with when I may need child care.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I am so pleased to be able to take my daughter to such a fantastic nursery. The facilities, location and staff are all superb. I cannot praise the carers highly enough. They have such warm, friendly personalities. My daughter has a very strong bond with 2 particular ladies in her classroom. They totally "get her" and her little quirky personality. Would be hard pushed to find somewhere half as good!

How likely would you be to recommend Maidstone 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

Marketa, Mrkg at Maidstone Day Nursery responded to this review on 06 Oct 2015:

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that you are happy with the level of care our nursery provides.

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Staff Profiles

Laura

Laura Snare

Job Title: Nursery Deputy Manager

Joined: 2009

Description:

I have been working within the nursery since 2013. I have Level 3 childcare qualification. I worked in all rooms here at Maidstone, which gave me a great experience to work with children of all ages as well as a good understanding of the whole nursery. In my spare time I enjoy spending time, especially baking with my little niece.

Laura is passionate childcare professional and enjoys creating naturally inspiring environments for children at kidsunlimited Maidstone as well as supporting the Nursery Manager in leading a enthusiastic nursery team.

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Jenna Spring Gay

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2007

Description:

I am a Nursery Manager here at Maidstone. Previously I managed Bright Horizons Teddies Tonbridge.

My journey began as a Nursery Nurse before becoming a Head of Unit and shortly afterwards became a Head of Unit. I progressed to a Deputy Manager role in 2006 and in September 2010 became a Nursery Manager.

I have an NVQ level 3 and 4 in childhood studies and have also continued to attend training through the years including Senco training so I can support children, parents and staff to meet the needs of all children and give advice and suggestions when needed.