Muddy Boots Nursery

The Gardens, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6QD

Muddy Boots Nursery, York, North Yorkshire
Muddy Boots Nursery, York, North Yorkshire
Muddy Boots Nursery, York, North Yorkshire

Muddy Boots Nursery in York offers places for children aged between 3 months and 5 years old. A family from family, home from home setting where children are allowed to flourish into their unique selves.

Children enjoy a wide range of activities both indoor and out, planned by highly-qualified and experienced staff who are genuinely committed to caring for children, and seeing them grow to reach their full potential. You can find out more about the fantastic staff team on the website.

The children love it at the nursery and thrive in the positive, family feel that the team creates. Parents know their children are in safe hands, giving them the peace of mind to get on with their busy lives.

Owner: Andy & Anna Nimmo

Person in charge: Mel Shepherd (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: York City Council

Number of Staff: 35

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

Total Places for Children: 90

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: £25.00 Half Day Session, Full Day £50.00, Full week £237.50

Vacancies

Please Contact Us for Latest Vacancies

Reviews

9.9 Muddy Boots Nursery has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.870)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Muddy Boots 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 43 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Muddy Boots Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 21 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 4.87 for Muddy Boots Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (451 Excellents x 5) + (59 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 514 Ratings = 4.87

  • 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 Muddy Boots Nursery is based on 21 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 18 positive Reviews (90 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 21 Reviews ÷ 18 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
    41
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Muddy Boots Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    42
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Muddy Boots Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    33
  • Father of Child
    10

Muddy Boots has taken amazing care of my little girl.

From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by happy, welcoming staff who are not only well qualified but are also committed to treating each child as an individual and ensure they are looked after in a supportive, home from home environment.

They give me thoroughly, honest feedback at the end of every day. They are also great if you have any questions about your child’s care and go the extra mile if you ask them for any support.

Thoroughly recommend. The new building is beautifully designed and well thought out too.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Muddy Boots is the perfect setting for our child.
Its purpose-built facilities are second to none but the real stars of the show are the staff. We feel that our child is genuinely loved and cared for and in turn, he has flourished in the 2 years he has attended.
I feel that Muddy Boots staff support us and him and we are confident in leaving him at the nursery.
I have and will recommend Muddy Boots to other new parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The setting is just amazing. The staff genuinely care and put 100% into everything. They are so thorough with explaining what your child has been up to during the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Amazing. My boy is always happy when I drop him off and happy when I pick him up. Staff really cares for him and he came up in his speech and social skills in leaps and bounds.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 praise Muddy Boots hight enough. My son settled straight away even though he had never spent a day away from me before. Each member of staff genuinely care for the children and it really shows. The location is lovely and the children have plenty of outdoor play, which is very important to me. My baby has thrived.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 Muddy Boots for nearly two and a half years and we cannot praise it highly enough. The staff genuinely care for all the children and the ethos is nurturing, warm and fun. There is a real sense of teamwork, and everyone is friendly and welcoming. The opportunities provided are excellent, with an emphasis on being free to explore and investigate. Both indoor and outdoor provision is fantastic and we know our daughter is gaining a wide range of opportunities. She is very settled and happy which is the most important thing for us. She regularly comes home singing new songs or telling us about the stories they have shared together; as well as the adventures with her friends. We have no hesitations in recommending Muddy Boots.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 had my heart set on Muddy Boots right from when we decided to send our daughter to nursery. I wanted a nursery where she'd be free to play and explore and where they weren't afraid for her to get a bit mucky!

As I'm sure it is for any parent/child, it was difficult at first leaving my daughter with people she didn't know but she soon settled in and now holds her arms out to the members of staff when I take her in the morning.

I love that the children can play how they want - indoors or outdoors and how the nursery is always coming up with ideas to aid their development. My daughter loves it there and is learning so much; her speech, in particular, has been coming on in leaps and bounds and I'm sure Muddy Boots plays a part in that!

Thank you for everything you all do to make my daughter's experience such a nice one (and for making our lives so much easier knowing she is contented while we are at work!)

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My child is still new to the nursery. The team have been so supportive of us both. He is still unsettled for a short time when I leave him and it's upsetting for us both when he's sad. One of the girls will call and say that he's fine and what he has been doing.
I love that they are free to go out so much. It's also lovely that they'll take photos and record their observations on Parentzone. I have an app and can easily see what information they share. It's great! I get a detailed update when I collect my happy boy.
The nursery and the team are wonderful!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Muddy Boots has fantastic facilities and is staffed by extremely enthusiastic people who obviously enjoy what they do. The outside space is exceptional, and it's the amount of outdoors time the children get that first drew us to Muddy Boots, but following the move to the renovated barn, the indoor space is also now very nice and light with plenty of open spaces. An exceptional nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little boy has been going to Muddy Boots since he was 10 months old and he absolutely loves it and so do we. There are not enough words to express how happy we are with everything at Muddy Boots. It’s like a home away from home, the staff are all absolutely amazing. My little boy's key person knows him so well, listens to all his needs and adapts when he grows and changes. With her and the rest of the team, he is developing so much and learning every day. They are all truly lovely, we cannot thank them all enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 started at Muddy Boots earlier this month and absolutely loves it there. It's reassuring to know she's having fun and being well looked after whilst she's there. The menu for the food looks really good too. Great building and great staff to boot!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Professional, consistent, fun, caring and an all round fantastic nursery! My little boy has been here for a few afternoons a week for nearly 2 years now. He loves it and we love it! The new building is incredible too!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Excellent nursary. Our little girl has settled very quickly and loves going. We always get a full report of what she's been up to and the staff are friendly and always willing to answer any questions we might have. It has a great atmosphere and a fantastic ethos.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 would highly recommend this nursery. The facilities are excellent and all the staff are very friendly. It really is a home from home nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Great nursery. My son absolutely loved the baby rooms. They were clean and had excellent facilities, especially in the new building.
The staff were caring and encouraged my son to learn through play and activities.
He especially liked the home-cooked meals they provided.
I would 100% recommend Muddy Boots to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 little boy has been at Muddy Boots since last March and he loves it. He has come on leaps and bounds especially since they have moved into their purpose built setting. I love that they have free flow to the garden all day so he gets plenty of fresh air and I love the activities that he does. The care is fantastic and the staff are like family. They always make you feel welcome and are great with the children and give you a full lowdown on what your child has been doing. I would definitely recommend this nursery to anybody looking for somewhere for their children.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 is very settled and happy at Muddy Boots. He loves the new garden especially running up and down the hill! The staff are really helpful and supportive. They have recently helped us with potty training our son and stuck by the rules that we had made ie sticker charts etc. The nursery has a homely feel, all the staff we have met are very friendly and approachable including the management. I am very happy with the level of care my son receives and would highly recommend Muddy Boots Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My son attends Muddy Boots and loves it;- he has deep connections with the staff and the other children throughout all the nursery. His needs are met and he quite clearly has a lot of fun too!
The new building is just fantastic, the ease of access to outdoor activities in a safe and wholly private setting is a particular highlight. Having a purpose-built nursery is clearly a massive advantage to promote an exciting and safe learning environment and it feels like my son has access to all the things he needs to keep him engaged and happy.

The staff all also worthy of highlight. They have been so welcoming and attentive it's reassuring to a nervous parent and fills me with confidence that this is the right place for my child to develop, with people who have a genuine interest in his development and learning.
The nursery team always keep me well informed about what's happening with all aspects of the nursery and I feel I can approach them with any requests or question I've had.
Happy Daddy!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Muddy Boots Nursery definitely lives up to its values. My son always comes home happy and is always very excited and happy to go. The staff are all lovely and you can see they genuinely care for the children. 10 out of 10!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Love the new building! Facilities are great and the staff are even better. Our son is nearly two years old and has been going to Muddy Boots since 6 months. My favourite parts of the nursery is the variety and creativity of activities that the nursery facilitate and all the other children that my son has got to meet and develop friendships with. World class!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 now been at Muddy Boots Nursery for 16 months and all I can say is what an amazing place. From the staff to the children everyone has a fantastic attitude to making sure this really is the best nursery around. My son absolutely loves going to Muddy Boots and even at 2 talks about the things he has done while there. The correspondence with parents from the nursery is 2nd to none with constant updates of what is happening with the nursery. If anyone in the York area is looking for a nursery to take their child look no further than Muddy Boots Nursery it really is the best around.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Communication is very good. There is a real family feel. They provide lots of stimulating activities. The staff are excellent. My children are very happy there. My daughter comes home singing the songs she has learnt and telling us all about the staff and the other children.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter seems to have really enjoyed her first month at Muddy Boots, you can see the excitement in her when we arrive. Her development is coming along and so are her socialising skills. Those working with her daily are great, they show energy, understanding and support.
I have some small concerns around communication amongst them but on the whole, I'm happy with what we've experienced so far.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Our son has now attended Muddy Boots for almost two months. After understandable early worries about how he would settle, we have been comforted and reassured by the caring, professional approach of the staff to him and the happy, positive time he has there. He talks about the staff when not at nursery and it has now become a place he enjoys going, where he is treated as an individual and his wants and needs are met. We feel very confident leaving him with the happy, positive Muddy Boots team knowing he will have a lovely time and want to tell us all about it. Big thank you to all the staff for making him feel so important and special. Looking forward to the big move to the new site!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter is so happy and settled at Muddy Boots. The staff are amazing with her, they are engaging, encouraging and will happily give her a cuddle if she needs or wants one! The atmosphere throughout is warm and friendly. I couldn't be more impressed or satisfied with Muddy Boots, the staff and the care that my daughter receives. Although I believe that it will be even better when the setting relocates to their purpose built site soon.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Pleasant atmosphere around the setup. Good communication among parents, management and the staff. Very spacious facility inside and out makes kids to be relax and enjoy the day. Keen and skilled staff members makes the place for little ones to explore, experience good ethics.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My child has been attending Muddy Boots since he was 7 months. They made the transition to full time care happen really smoothly. He loves attending and has made some great relationships with both his carers and little friends. He regularly comes home dirty and tired which shows me he is having a wonderful time learning things outdoors. He has grown in such confidence over the past year and a half that he has been attending.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Great nursery with great staff who are friendly and really look after my child. He loves to spend time out in the muddy garden. The menu provided to the children has great variation and caters for all children.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 is excellent, my son has settled very well there and the staff are fabulous. I have no previous experience of other nurseries to relate to however everything I had hoped for has been exceeded. It's fun, the staff are flexible and my little boy is gaining confidence and skills by the day. He's been there since the start of March and he has grown so far. There is space there that I just don't have at home for all the messy play he gets to do.

He gets to try new food, new activities and they have all the learning toys you could think of.

They obviously watch the children well as the two times he has bumped his head he's been well looked after and absolutely fine.

They respond to any e-mails/questions I have in a prompt manner and I couldn't ask for anything more.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

A fantastic nursery with caring and friendly staff and great facilities with plenty of space inside and out. Muddy Boots has gone from strength to strength since we started using the nursery in 2012. I couldn't ask for more from our childcare. The biggest clue is seeing my happy little toddler who's always smiling when I pick him up at the end of the day. You can tell he's had a good time. I love the fact that the children spend plenty of time outside and go for little adventures in the local area. Things can only get better when they get to the new premises just up the road. The management and owners hold regular parents forums where you can hear more about what's going on at nursery and can ask any questions. They have been keeping us up to date with plans for the new site too and we have asked for our input and ideas as well. Can highly recommend this nursery to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Muddy Boots is an extremely friendly and welcoming nursery where all the staff seem totally committed to providing excellent childcare. Our son has been attending for a few months now in the baby room and could not be happier - he has a huge grin on his face as soon as he arrives on a morning and its still there when we pick him up!! Lovely atmosphere, great ethos and a great variety of activities each day. We are delighted with our choice of nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

It was so refreshing to find a nursery that learned towards more natural surrounding. The children get to use their imaginations by playing with cardboard boxes, sand, wooden blocks, bubble wrap, mud! The staff are really friendly and I believe they cater for the individual child. My little girl needs some extra care and they provide it so well and it gives me great peace of mind.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

My three year old attends Muddy Boots twice a week and adores it, all the staff in all the room are so friendly, kind and approachable. My daughter has recently moved up to the Pre School there, the transition was well managed and seamless with my daughter remaining happy and excited throughout. My 10 month is due to start in 2 months and I am relaxed about her settling in with a home visit and settling in sessions already arranged. There is so much space at the nursery and the numbers are purposefully kept lower than they have to be which ensures the children have space and that it is not as busy and chaotic as other nurseries I have visited. I would not hesitate to recommend Muddy Boots to any friends or family members.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 a fantastic nursery with really lovely enthusiastic staff. Our little boy absolutely loves going there each time . I always find the staff to be friendly and helpful. Lots of outside time is perfect for our busy boy.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

A caring, considerate and fun place for my daughter to learn and develop. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and fun. My daughter loves her time there and comes home full of stories about her day. She has made friends for life. We are really happy with their care and attention towards our daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Muddy Boots has been incredibly supportive of our child since she started two years ago. They have eased all developmental transitions and have really looked after her well being. All the staff are approachable, polite and very friendly. Our daughter loves her time at Muddy Boots. Her capability and skills have come on leaps and bounds since she started and a huge success of this has been linked with the activities they do and the time they spend outside.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Muddy Boots is a real home away from home for our little boy. We really appreciate how much the staff genuinely seem to love him. He gets to spend lots of time outside, which he loves. He does a little excited dance when we arrive in the morning.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 grew up in the countryside, my life consisted of Mud pies, dens and lots of play. I didn't want my boy to miss out on this special time being able to get 'stuck in'. From the moment I read about Muddy Boots I knew this would be a good a fit. The current building is basic. It doesn't have the bells and whistles that other places use. It is honest in its operation. What they have gets poured in to the children. It's not about wasting a fortune on toys of the month to satisfy their curiosities, it's about tangible fun. Buying stuff that stimulates the senses today then it is on to something new tomorrow. It's about getting dirty (trust me my son is only 7 months and he is already going through clothes and that is not a bad thing). They go outside everyday weather permitting and they love it, mud glorious mud...
The staff truly care for my son and it;s a second family for him. You can tell they love working there, I credit my sons development to their amazing support. Thank you xxx

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 son loves going to Muddy Boots. They encourage fair play and friendship. My son plays outside every day doing various activities which is very important to us. The staff at Muddy Boots are excellent and really give each child individual care. I feel that the pre-school is the perfect precursor to primary school.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

A fantastic fun environment where my daughter is happy, cared for and enjoys getting muddy! We have been extremely happy with the support and care shown by all staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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 staff are all very friendly. When dropping they are attentive to the child and listen to anything I may need to tell them. When picking up the handover is thorough and they are always clear and aware of who they are speaking about. My child always appears to have enjoy his time there.
They are well equipped and the food looks to be a good quality meal. The cover a range of activities and it sounds like my child always gets a fun packed day. They get to spend time outside which I value highly. I feel I made an excellent choice with this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Fantastic nursery - an all round gem! All the staff are friendly and genuinely care for the children they look after. My little boy comes home happy, well fed and full of stories about the things he has done during the day - from painting, dancing, singing and getting muddy in the lovely play area outside. Everyday is different for him and I can go to work knowing he is happy. The staff all go above and beyond the call of duty and even helped me organise my sons guests for his party. Thank you Muddy Boots for being so amazing.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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

Muddy Boots is a fantastic nursery. My daughter has grown so much in confidence since attending. All the staff know her and they are all so pleasant. All professional, the staff truly have the children's best interests at heart. I will always recommend Muddy Boots. Fantastic.

How likely would you be to recommend Muddy Boots 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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Staff Profiles

Melanie

Melanie Shepherd

Job Title: Manager / Early Years Teacher - Level 6 Qualified

Joined: 2012

Description:

Mel is a fantastic Manager at Muddy Boots and well loved by children and staff. Starting as a Nursery Practitioner, she has progressed onto Lead Practitioner, Deputy Manager, and now Manager, making use of her knowledge and experience of leading teams of previous settings. Mel has worked in childcare for 10 years and has Qualified Teacher Status, as well as Early Years Professional Status. Mel believes a good nursery setting is one which places the children and families at the centre of everything they do, allowing for children to be independent and creative in a safe and caring environment.

"Growing up watching my mum successfully leading teams at various playgroup settings inspired me to begin my own career in childcare. At Muddy Boots I love seeing children learn and make discoveries and I love developing relationships with both children and their families. At home I like to spend time outdoors with my husband and friends, going for walks, going to the theatre or eating out." - Mel

Rachel

Rachel Anderson

Job Title: Acting Deputy Manager - Level 3 Qualified (working towards Level 4)

Joined: 2012

Description:

Rachel has a depth of experience working with young children both inside and outside of work ranging from the ages of newborns up until the age of seven. She is a very outgoing, confident person who enjoys working with and being amongst children. She believes all children should feel happy and safe at nursery, so they can learn and develop every time they attend. Parent's should also feel happy as trust is so important when leaving their little ones! She is extremely hard-working and an asset to the nursery - we are very proud to have her a part of the team.

Rachel is qualified with a Level 3 'Diploma for Young People and Children's Workforce' and is working towards her Level 4 'Young Children's Learning and Development' Foundation Degree.

"I have a passion for seeing children grow and develop every day - through play and encouragement from the team. I enjoy getting messy at Muddy Boots, indoors and out! I also enjoy reading a good book in silly voices at story time. Outside of work I love to shop, go to the gym and reading, and have an interest in anything vintage." - Rachel

Debbie

Debbie Miller

Job Title: Cocoon Room Leader - Level 3 Qualified

Joined: 2013

Description:

Having worked with children for 11 years, after gaining a Level 3 Qualification, Debbie is Room Leader of the team in the Cocoons Room. In her room she focuses on the three 'prime' areas of learning - 'Personal, Social & Emotional Development', 'Physical Development' and 'Communication and Language' and believes that these are key to effective early learning.

Debbie is great at looking after the team, and taking responsibility in every area at nursery. She constantly goes 'over and above' to get things done. She is a fantastically hard worker and a huge asset to the team.

"I have a 13 year old called Daniel, enjoy motorbikes, reading, cooking, and exploring around towns." - Debbie

Samantha

Samantha Hudson

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified

Joined: 2012

Description:

Sam's laid back nature and can-do attitude brings so much to Muddy Boots. Her consistent approach with the children is a great asset to the setting and she is well loved and rated by staff, parents and children. She is reliable, hard working and approachable, and prioritises the children's happiness and safety, ensuring they are enjoying their experience as much as possible! Sam has her CACHE Level 3 in Childcare and Education.

"I love being part of seeing children learn new things at Muddy Boots, and look forward to what new things we will do each day. I have a daughter who attends a couple of sessions a week. When we're not in nursery we like to bake, play in the garden and go on trips to the park or seaside together. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, shopping and going swimming." - Sam

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Triffitt

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified

Joined: 2013

Description:

Anne has worked in childcare for just over 3 years and has been a great asset to the team. She was interested in working with children from a young age, and holds a CACHE Level 3 Qualification in Childcare and Education. She has a passion for working with babies, and works hard to see them thrive, learn and develop in her care.

Her warmth and gentle approach is fantastic for babies in the Caterpillar Room, and she is popular with all the children and team.

"During my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with family, cooking and enjoying food mostly!" - Anne

Jenny

Jenny Georgiou

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified

Joined: 2013

Description:

Jenny has worked with children for 6 years, and got into childcare because she wants to contribute to giving children the best possible start in life. She is qualified to Level 3 with her BTEC in Childcare, Learning and Development. She has a natural affinity and confidence with children which shows in her work at Muddy Boots and is a valued member of the team.

"The best thing about nursery is seeing big smiles on little faces - I find working with children very rewarding. Outside of nursery I like being with my family - I have one 4 year old daughter and two teenage step daughters.

Rebecca

Rebecca Georgiou

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner - Level 3 Qualified

Joined: 2014

Description:

Rebecca is one of our newest team members and qualified to Level 3 with a Diploma in Childcare and Education. She loves being outside with the children, discussing with them about what they are interested in, like or dislike and carefully and thoughtfully planning activities around her findings. She is passionate about creatively thinking of new things to interest the children with, developing new activities and creating excitement for the children in the nursery environment.

"I do dancing once a week, volunteer at the local Rainbows group and spend time with my family and walking my dogs (Sooki a Staffy Cross and Barney a Golden Retriever) in the evenings." - Rebecca

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Anna Nimmo

Job Title: Nursery Owner / Early Years Teacher - Level 6 Qualified

Joined: 2011

Description:

After running local Parent and Toddler groups for two years and bumping into families from all walks of life, Anna and her husband Andy were keen to set up Muddy Boots Nursery to fill a need for great childcare they saw in the area. They have a vision for a dynamic, full-of-life, standard-setting nursery where children can learn life skills from excellent role-models in a positive, safe environment. The name ‘Muddy Boots’ really sums up our whole ethos – to not be afraid to let children learn by getting muddy, exploring, going on adventures and getting out there and having a go! Anna believes in the best for every child, and that every child should be acknowledged as a unique individual and given the opportunity to flourish into their full potential. Anna and Andy have a 1 year old boy who is loving his time in the Caterpillars room at Nursery!

Anna is qualified to Level 6 with Early Years Teacher Status.

"We are always looking for ways we can improve the nursery and would be extremely keen to hear any feedback - if you have any comments or questions about the nursery I would love to hear from you - please do contact me directly on anna@muddybootsnursery.co.uk, any time!" - Anna

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Andy Nimmo

Job Title: Nursery Owner - (Along with Anna!)

Joined: 2011

Description:

Andy is the level-headed one in the business! Although not always seen in the setting, behind the scenes he's working hard to make sure it's all held together. He does pop in every now and again to see how the ship is running - feel free to say "hi" if you ever see him!

"Muddy Boots really is a dream come true for Anna & I, we're passionate about providing the best childcare through a genuinely fantastic down-to-earth, loving team."- Andy