Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)

74C High Street, Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JD

Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon), Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon), Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon), Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The first Big Top Pre-School setting opened in 2002, since then the organisation has opened another Pre-School and Day Care Nursery and provides care for 230 children over the three settings.

The Big Top Nursery has been open since July 2013. The setting offers a safe and stimulating environment for children to play and learn. They are recognised by Ofsted as a ‘Good’ (2014) Early Years provision.

The nursery offers care for children between the age of 12 weeks and four years, and is open for 51 weeks a year.

Group: The Big Top Nursery Ltd

Person in charge: Sylvia Robinson (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Buckinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 18

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

Total Places for Children: 56

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays, 1 week between Christmas & New Year

Vacancies

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Reviews

8.7 Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) has a Review Score of 8.7 (8.720)

The Review Score of 8.7 (maximum of 10) for Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 7 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.8 out of 5 from 3 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 4.952 for Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) is calculated as follows: ( (79 Excellents x 5) + (4 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 83 Ratings = 4.952

  • 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 3.768 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 11.2 positive Reviews (56 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 11.2 Target = 0.268

  • 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
    7
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    7
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)

  • Mother of Child
    6
  • Father of Child
    1

Our daughter has been going to Big Top for more than 2 years. On our initial visit, we were impressed by the outside space and the children seemed happy and comfortable with the staff. We have never doubted our choice of nursery. The outside space has just got better and better with more facilities/activities added, including animals and planting. The staff are friendly, helpful and above all, the children have great relationships with them. Indoor activities are also varied regularly and freshly prepared meals provided.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The manager and her team run a fantastic nursery. They are organised and motivated and the children are stimulated throughout the day. I have been very pleased with my son's care at Big Top Nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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 twins have been in Big Top since they were 18 months old and they are now 4 getting ready to leave for primary school. They have absolutely loved going to nursery and love the staff. I can't say enough positive things about the nursery. The manager and her team are brilliant! I always feel they have the children's best interest and development in mind. My children have really grown in knowledge and confidence. Their facilities and outdoor space are lovely. I would and do recommend Big Top nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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

Sylvia Robinson, Owner at Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) responded to this review on 26 Jul 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It has been a pleasure to have the twins with us, and we are very sad to see them leave for school. We wish them all the best at school, please do keep in touch.

I would very much like to say a very big thank you to Big Top Nursery Waddesdon team for the warmth and standard of care my daughter has received since she has joined in April 2015. I have nothing but praise and gratitude for the way the whole team works, from the way we were greeted to the wonderful things they had done with the children to help them develop. I cannot recommend this wonderful team enough - my little girl will miss them dearly as she is now all grown up and ready for the big school. Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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

Sylvia Robinson, Owner at Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) responded to this review on 28 Jul 2016:

Thank you for your very positive comments about the nursery - we wish your daughter well as she goes on to her next learning journey at school! You are most welcome to come and visit at anytime.

Fantastic nursery and pre-school. My boy has been so happy there, made some great friends and the staff are all wonderful. Nothing is too much trouble. He has taken part in a huge range of activities and as parents, we have been regularly informed of his progress via EYlog. The atmosphere is very caring-each child is treated as an individual. We shall be really sad in a few weeks when our boy leaves but incredibly grateful that he gained so much from this outstanding place.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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

Big Top Nursery is one of the most wonderful educational establishments I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with. The ethos is exceptionally positive and our son enjoys attending so much that he often asks to go to nursery when it's a day off. The staff are welcoming and supportive, and communication is excellent, via face to face feedback and the online system. In my view, everything about Big Top Nursery is outstanding, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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

Sylvia Robinson, Owner at Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon) responded to this review on 19 Jul 2016:

We very much appreciate your positive comments about our Day Nursery, we strive to have a good standard of communication and excellent care for all children.

Returning to work after having my son was a huge and difficult decision, however, Big Top Nursery have gone above and beyond in supporting my son into settling in there. Big Top Nursery provides a safe, caring and simulating environment and I have complete trust that my son is well cared for. All the staff know and understand him as an individual, and genuinely care about his well-being. His Key Worker has been amazing at supporting his development and we feel very well informed with everything he is doing on a daily basis and communication is excellent. All the staff are incredibly approachable and always take time to speak to us during pick-ups and drop offs. My son has thrived since starting at Big Top and has learnt so much, every day is packed with lots of activities and from the videos and pictures that are emailed to us, it appears he loves every minute! I really couldn't ask for anything more.

How likely would you be to recommend Big Top Nursery (Waddesdon)? 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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Sylvia Robinson

Job Title: Owner

Joined: 1986

Description:

Sylvia has worked with children for over 20 years. After taking on a pre-school setting in Aylesbury 12 years ago, Sylvia started her journey of studying for her qualifications. Sylvia graduated from University with a BA Degree in Early Years in 2012 and gained Early Years Professional Status in May 2013.