Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans

Nuffield Health St Albans, Highfield Park Drive, St Albans AL4 0AH

Nuffy Bear Day Nursery, located in St Albans, has a skilled team of professionals with a considerate attitude working with parents to ensure children’s learning needs are met.

Childen are supported in a friendly, caring and secure environment.
As a result, they are able to develop pre-school skills via educational resources, exciting activities and well-informed staff.

At Nuffy Bear in St Albans, staff provide mini-football classes and French classes to all the children.

The nursery has two outdoor spaces and two indoor spaces for physical play.

Children have lots of fun in the forest garden, taking part in soft play and using squash courts.

Group: Nuffy Bear Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Rebecca Moore (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 11

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

Total Places for Children: 48

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week over Christmas

Fees Guide: Morning session £37, Afternoon session £35, All Day £62, Extended All Day £65, Early Drop Off £4, Late Pick Up £4

Languages Spoken (other than English): Filipino

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans 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 18 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 13 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 4.63 for Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans is calculated as follows: ( (149 Excellents x 5) + (56 Goods x 4) + (9 Satisfactorys x 3) + (2 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 216 Ratings = 4.63

  • 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 Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans is based on 13 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 9.6 positive Reviews (48 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 Reviews ÷ 9.6 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 Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.630)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans?

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Reviewer Connection to Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans

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    16
  • Father of Child
    2

My twins started Nuffy Bear in the Creche at 4 months old and became nursery children at 18 months. Over the nearly four years we have attended Nuffield, we have seen a huge amount of improvement. The quality of learning experience is excellent with not only all the eyfs covered but also Football, French and swimming lessons included in the program. We have found Nuffy Bear to be very caring and nurturing, whilst flexible to support our family and work commitments. The facilities are fantastic. It would not suprise us to see Nuffield awarded Outstanding at its next Ofsted.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our daughter has been to Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans since she was six months old and she loves it. The nursery has seen many changes and yet the staff have remained unconditionally committed and positive throughout. They have kept Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans an interesting and inspiring place for our children to flourish and grow. They have been consistent in maintaining high standards in education and fun! I'm always amazed and in awe at what my daughter achieves on a daily/weekly basis. I can always ask for advice about changes in my daughter's behaviour and I never feel as though I am on my own. The staff are reassuring and kind and I wouldn't have confirmed in my highly stressful/long hour's job without them and of course my husband!!

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both my sons have used Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans. Both didn't want to go to the crèche to start with but after their first time, they both loved it. I always came back to happy faces of excitement when I collected. The staff are warm and friendly and interact with the children through play and learn. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

I was really nervous to leave my baby at the nursery, to begin with. As soon as I visited Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans, my view changed.

They were all so warm and welcoming. My son has settled there really well now. Would recommend this nursery to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

The nursery is a nurturing, fun environment and both my children are flourishing there. The children are encouraged to develop and grow from the moment the start.

The food is varied and nutritious.

There is s forest garden and an outdoor, undercover soft play for the children.

Weekly French lessons are held for children of all ages and once they are over 3 they also have swimming lessons.

It's a wonderful environment and I have two happy children enjoying their nursery journey.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both children are very happy here. Friendly staff and caring.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our little boy is very happy at nursery. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

He eats well and sleeps at nursery which is great. We are very happy and the activities are varied and materials are good.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My daughter's carers are super. They explain to us every night when we collect her what she's done, eaten and how she's slept. Very informative.

My daughter is always happy when we collect her. Good experience overall and happy she is at this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son is very happy at Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans. The care he receives is fantastic and he has never had a day where he doesn't want to go. The staff are approachable and the food is varied and healthy. I strongly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been going to Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans for the past 12 months and she absolutely loves it. I feel she has really benefitted from the relaxed, warm and amazing staff. She loves creative messy play and soft play outside.

Overall, she settled really well and became a confident little girl.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Both my children (4 years and 3 years) attend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans. Both thoroughly enjoy the activities, space and staff.

Very happy and would recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Initially hesitant about using a nursery inside a health centre, but all the staff have been excellent. Management very responsive and my daughter enjoyed being there. The end of day feedback was excellent, I liked their system of capturing how my daughter had been feeling/eating etc. I attended one parents evening, which was very comprehensive and I was impressed with how much they wrote down on her progress. Also excellent value and easy to park!

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both of our children have attended Nuffy Bear since they were 9 months old. The nursery has great facilities e.g. access to nature garden and soft play as well as being able to use some of the Nuffield Health gym's facilities including the swimming pool. They also bring in external teachers for subjects such as French and football. The staff have always been great with our children and they have always enjoyed attending.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Me, my partner and of course our daughter are extremely happy with the love, care and attention our daughter receives at Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans. We have watched our daughter be encouraged to grow and grow on her time at nursery. Helping her build from milestone to milestone. All staff members always ensure they meet not only our childs but other childrens needs. The staff make time and effort to see how our child is or have been and always give a good full end of day communication/ feedback. The staff encourage children to be involved in different activities and encourage them to explore new activities that they may be unsure of.
i.e - messy play which can consist of - flour, jelly, wet/dry sand play, play foam, cornflour, painting, sticking etc.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My wife and I are delighted with the care Nuffy Bear (St Albans) Have provided our son.

He is offered a huge range of stimulating activities (true in every room/age group he has been in). They also make excellent use of the facilities they have at their disposal at the gym (squash courts for play, swimming pool etc.).

The staff are approachable, knowledgeable and clearly enjoy their time with the children. I have never seen anything other than smiles and energy emanating from the staff. In addition to this, they have a real bond with our son.

The management has been excellent in all our dealings with them and couldn't be more attentive, polite and friendly.

Ultimately, our son absolutely loves going to nursery and he comes home well fed, well entertained, making progress, extremely well looked after and safe. What more could you want?

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been looked after extremely well and has enjoyed doing lots of new activities. Her confidence and grown lots as a result of the support and care from the nursery staff. I feel relaxed and happy knowing she is in good hands!

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

In our time at Nuffy Bear they twice misused their debit permissions overdrawing from my account money they were not owed. It took a month on the first occasion to get my money returned. They have a few outstanding staff members and a few mediocre ones. Management seemed constantly stressed and/or absent when needed. Processes and communication lines were flawed. I felt children were safe but at the preschool level under stimulated and not properly prepared for school. This may have been partly due to staffing problems in our time there. Outside space seemed good as it had a great covered soft play area but on several occasions it wasn't used as they were understaffed or similar. There are much better places especially for older children.

How likely would you be to recommend Nuffy Bear Day Nursery St Albans? Unlikely

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Average Rating:   3 out of 5

My daughter absolutely loves her time here. The staff are very friendly and professional and I find the daily feedback sheets most informative. It is obvious that the staff care a lot about the children and do their best to make the time that they spend at the nursery both stimulating and fun.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

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