Acre Wood Nursery School

Flint House, 197-199 Woodside Road, Amersham HP6 6NU

Acre Wood Nursery School opened in spring 2012 caring for children in a beautiful, light and spacious environment. Newly refurbished to an excellent standard, Acre Wood offers a variety of play areas, with equipment and activities for children of all ages including computers, creative spaces and its very own dance studio.

The outdoor play area offers an open space for bikes and cars, a large sandpit area, an enclosed digging and growing area as well as an expanse of soft surfaces for babies and toddlers and a beautiful tree house and slide hidden away beneath large oaky leaves.

All of the Acre Wood staff are qualified to a Level 3 grade, all first aid trained and hold Enhanced CRB certificates.

Person in charge: Gemma Coates (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Buckinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 19

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

Total Places for Children: 61

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1900

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Acre Wood Nursery School is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5 from 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Acre Wood Nursery School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 15 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.625 for Acre Wood Nursery School is calculated as follows: ( (123 Excellents x 5) + (66 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 4.625

  • 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 Acre Wood Nursery School is based on 15 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 12.2 positive Reviews (61 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 12.2 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.

9.6 Acre Wood Nursery School has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.625)

Average Ratings

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Acre Wood Nursery School?

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Reviewer Connection to Acre Wood Nursery School

  • Mother of Child
    14
  • Father of Child
    2

We now have our second child placed in Acre Wood Nursery. The staff are excellent with the children and always keep us up to date with our child's progress and development. If there were any issues they would discuss them with us, how to overcome them both at home and at the nursery. Overall we are very happy to recommend this nursery. They are very professional. 5-star service.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 28 Mar 2018:

Thank you for your fab review. It has been a pleasure to care for both of your children. Gemma :-)

Our son has been at Acre Wood since he turned one. He was very clingy to me at the start but has grown in confidence thanks to his key workers. Now in the next room up I can see his language is getting even better and he seems to be learning lots at nursery.

Really like the outside area with lots of toys to play with. The food seems good and he enjoys the fruit and other snacks throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 19 Mar 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely review Liz. It is amazing to see how far your little man has come and we will look forward to continue to see him grow and learn with us. Gemma x

My daughter has attended Acre Wood since she was 6 months old. I have always been very happy with the care provided and the staff are very committed to the children. It is very reassuring to know that my daughter is in safe hands and comes home every day with a smile on her face. It certainly makes going to work that bit easier knowing this. Thank you to all of the team at Acre Wood for all you do.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 27 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much for your feedback, Daniel. It is a pleasure to watch your little lady grow with us.

Good nursery school. The management and staff are all very friendly and helpful. They have a genuine interest in my child's well-being and education. Our son has really prospered since his start at the school. He enjoys his time there. I would recommend this nursery to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 19 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. It has been a pleasure to care for your little man.

Very nice, caring staff.
Happy children.
A lot of space and a big garden.
Yummy menu.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 19 Feb 2018:

What lovely feedback, thank you so much for taking the time to share this. Such a pleasure to care for your little man.

This is a fabulous nursery and my son thrives in this wonderful learning environment.
All the staff are so welcoming which was really reassuring and it's evident they take such great care of my little boy. He has really progressed and learnt a lot so far.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 19 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much Fiona for your feedback. Such a joy to see how happy your little man is.

I was anxious about my return to work after maternity leave and in the lead up to it, spent time researching and visiting some local nurseries. My husband and I visited Acre Wood together and both knew straight away that it was the one for us, even both agreeing we got the same feeling as when we looked around our wedding venue.
My daughter started at Acre Wood in September 17, and I have to say that any worries I had quickly dissipated as my daughter settled quickly and seamlessly into her new routine, massively helped by the attentive and nurturing staff at Acre Wood.
They didn’t mind when I called repeatedly in the early days to see how she was doing and were hot on calling if they had any concerns such as a raised temperature. The online app enables my husband and I to get a real sense of what she does whilst she is at nursery and it is clear from her attitude as we go in and her development that she is happy and getting a lot out of her time there. We are very happy with our choice!

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much for the lovely review. It has been such a pleasure to care for your little lady. We are very lucky to watch her grow with us. Thank you again.

I am very pleased with Acre wood Nursery. My son is fond of his key workers and has lovely days there. He is much more talkative and confident since joining. One area we would like more improvement is in photos/reviews of his day. We are on Tapestry but feel it could be updated more often.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Gemma King, Nursery Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 06 Feb 2018:

Thank you, Hannah, for your review and feedback. I will certainly share this with the team to improve this area. Thank you again :-)

Our daughter loves Acre Wood Nursery! She gets new experiences every day that we wouldn't offer her at home and the staff are wonderful and caring. We feel like she has really progressed since mingling with other children her age.

It feels like the girls at nursery give the children such a comfortable and warm environment with plenty of cuddles and care!

We are extremely happy with Acre Wood Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 01 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much, Helen for sharing your feedback. Your little lady is such a joy and we will look forward to watching her grow with us at Acre Wood.

My daughter has had some difficulties settling in, however with support from her key worker, teachers and the manager, she has been able to settle in. The staff have been very open to using strategies advised to them and excellent in observing, communicating my daughter's daily emotions and interaction skills.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 01 Feb 2018:

Thank you so much Taline. It's so lovely seeing how far little lady has come recently, and it is a pleasure to care for her. Many Thanks again for sharing your feedback.

From the moment the door opened at Acre Wood Nursery School 3 years ago, I knew this was the nursery for my daughter. The staff are amazing, they have nurtured both myself as a mother and my daughter on every level from caring to teaching and the welfare of my daughter. The staff have always been extremely helpful with advice whenever I have asked for help. I have always felt it to be a very safe and caring environment. I feel the staff really do have the best interest at heart for my child and for myself.

Acre Wood Nursery School really do have the balance of learning through play and realising the potential in all the children. Helping them grow as individuals in preparation for Infant School.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 22 Jan 2018:

Thank you so much Tania for your heartfelt review. It is a pleasure to care for your little lady and we will look forward to see her continue to grow. Many thanks, Gemma

My son is now 3 and joined Acre Wood when he was 5 months old, he has and continues to thrive at this nursery. The staff are fantastic, there are lots of additional activities available and he has continued to learn and develop. I can often identify what the children are working on at nursery as my son is keen to share it with me and I then encourage him from home. In all the time he has attended, we have had nothing but positive experiences, he has developed some lovely relationships with his key workers, who all take pride in his development. It's reassuring to know, not only is my son happy here but that the staff are proud of him when he learns something new, and then continue to build on it. My son is not the most confident child but his confidence has grown and he is so much better now, no doubt the staff have helped him with this. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 02 Jan 2018:

Thank you so much Sarah for your lovely feedback. It is a pleasure to care for your little man and we are so excited to see him grow and develop with us here at Acre Wood.

Both of my children have been/go to this nursery and they both have been very happy. I feel a nursery is all about the staff and everyone we have dealt with at Acre Wood have been great. My daughter took a while to settle as it was a new environment but the staff were very caring and even changed her key worker to someone she had a better connection with (I did not have to ask for this.) The activities provided for my son in the younger years room are amazing and there is always something new to keep him interested. On a practical note, the location and parking is really convenient.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Gemma King, Manager at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 02 Nov 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It is very much appreciated and I will be sure to share this with our team :-)

My son has been at Acre Wood since he was 7 months old and is now 2 1/2. I have been extremely happy with the nursery and will send my second son there later this year.

All the staff are extremely friendly and know all the children's names so everyone feels welcome. My son has developed hugely in the time he has been there and has been happy there from the beginning. A huge effort goes in to settling them in at the beginning and then when they go to each new room as they progress through the school. There is great communication with parents about their development through an online learning journal with photos of them enjoying activities throughout the day. The food prepared on site is varied and nutritious.

All in all, I cannot fault the nursery, I don't worry about my son when he is there because I know he is being well looked after and having fun and I would recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Amanda Massey, Owner at Acre Wood Nursery School responded to this review on 09 Aug 2017:

Thank you for your lovely review.
We do our upmost to ensure all of the children within our care are happy and enjoy their days with us at Acre Wood.
It is a wonderful privilege to care of your little one xx

Lovely nursery really warm and caring staff. Lots of great toys and activities with an excellent range of things for the children to do every day. Really good settle in sessions helped make the transition to going to nursery easier, so my son settled in really well at 9 months old and loves his nursery, he's been there nearly a year now. Staff are excellent very professional and helpful.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Lovely setting and very friendly staff. My son has recently joined the nursery and he has settled quickly. The reports that I receive on his day is great and I know that he will develop well with the planned daily activities. Overall really happy with our choice of nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Acre Wood Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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April 2018

Millie's Mark

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Date: Wednesday 04 Apr 2018

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November 2013

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Date: Saturday 30 Nov 2013

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Amanda

Amanda Massey

Job Title: Nursery Owner

Joined: 2012

Description:

Amanda has been working with children for over 25 years. Qualifying in 1989 and working as a Nanny for a number of years before moving in to the nursery sector where she progressed to nursery deputy before making a decision to open up her own nursery school.

Amanda has owned her own nurseries since 2001 and has seen many children thrive within this time.

Qualifications:
NNEB
ADCE

Continuous training in:
First Aid
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