Apple Daycare, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Apple Daycare, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Apple Daycare, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Apple Daycare is a modern and forward-thinking nursery, located within charming scenery. During their time at the nursery, children will be able to develop key skills in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, while having positive behaviour promoted and a wide range of activities to enjoy.

There is a strong focus on professional safeguarding and providing parents with a confidential service. Staff understand the values of learning through play and look to support individual interests.

Owner: Samantha Baker

Person in charge: Samantha Baker (Owner/Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

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

Total Places for Children: 32

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

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Reviews

8.4 Apple Daycare has a Review Score of 8.4 (8.420)

The Review Score of 8.4 (maximum of 10) for Apple Daycare 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 14 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Apple Daycare in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.6 out of 5 from 2 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 4.857 for Apple Daycare is calculated as follows: ( (145 Excellents x 5) + (22 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 168 Ratings = 4.857

  • 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 3.563 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Apple Daycare is based on 2 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 = 3.25

    2. Target of 6.4 positive Reviews (32 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 2 Reviews ÷ 6.4 Target = 0.313

  • 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
    14
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Apple Daycare?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    14
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Apple Daycare

  • Mother of Child
    14

An excellent nursery. My daughter settled very quickly here and she looks forward to attending her sessions twice per week. She has made loads of progress since starting in the areas of language development and in her confidence to interact with others. The staff are friendly, approachable and professional. I would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our daughter attended Apple Day Care for approximately 3 years and we can honestly say that in that time she was nothing but content and happy. As a parent feeling that confidence in the place where your child spends a large proportion of her time is priceless. She was supported both educationally and emotionally and the all round package of care was exceptional. Our child left Apple as a happy and confident 4-year-old and we will always be grateful for the substantial part Apple played in that and would therefore, have no hesitation recommending Apple Day Care.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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

Fantastic nursery. The staff are so friendly and caring and I am completely confident that my daughter is well looked after and is being engaged in fun, developmental activities. The opening hours are handy and the house has a lovely environment.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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 child has settled in very well to Apple Daycare, which has made returning to work following maternity leave much easier. He goes in smiling and comes out smiling. The online journal of his day with photos is great and often cheers me up on the train home from work. The hours are very good and we love all the outdoor activities he gets involved with. It's great that as he gets older he will get involved in so many more of the fun activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Apple Daycare is a fantastic, homely, well-run nursery. My child loves it and wants to go at weekends. She is so much happier than at her previous nursery and there has been a massive improvement in her social and overall development. There is a real emphasis on outdoor activities - walks, adventures in the woods, gardens, outdoor play etc. It is extremely structured and the online journal shows you what they have been up to almost hourly. Staff are great and the manager, in particular, is brilliant.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I feel so lucky to have found Apple Daycare. What a wonderful and unique place. A real home from home, with amazing outdoor facilities. My daughter has flourished in this supportive and nurturing environment and has had a fantastic time enjoying country walks, and many outdoor and creative activities. The staff are brilliant: so accommodating and thoughtful. We are so grateful to them all. They treated our daughter with understanding and respect, and her confidence has grown so much as a result. It has provided my daughter with the perfect transition to big school and we are all so sad to say goodbye! She will certainly be back for holiday club! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this fabulous nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has just left Apple Daycare to start school, my son is still at Apple Daycare.

My daughter has had a wonderful time at Apple Daycare, they have managed to build a home from home environment. It feels like you are dropping your child off to a favourite aunt or a friends house rather than a regulated official establishment.

The team are all friendly and reassuring with some real superstars. There is a variety of age and experience, which makes a good blend.

Children learn the 'standard requirements' as anywhere else, but in a very hands-on way, with loads of time and focus spent on being outside and having freedom. Space is certainly not an issue. I especially love the country walks and pony riding.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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

I cannot recommend Apple Daycare highly enough. My twins have been there since they were two years old. I feel so privileged to have found such a wonderful, nurturing environment which has given my children such an incredible start to life. From tennis to horse riding, to mud cake making, swimming, baking, to long winter walks, trips to the theatre and the everyday drawing, cutting, sticking, dressing up and musical instruments. It has opened their eyes to new experiences and helped shape them, turning them into confident, rounded and caring little people with enquiring minds and a thirst for knowledge.
But most importantly, this development is set in the backdrop of a family home, with home cooked nutritious meals and even a pet! It is a house full of happiness and love, where learning is slipped in for those of 3+. As a parent you are updated daily of your child's adventures and achievements with pictures and observations. Every member of staff genuinely cares about the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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

Apple Daycare is a wonderful nursery for children and offer a unique home from home environment which my young children thrived in. From home cooked meals, days out in the holidays, fun ways to learn and achieve the milestones associated with Early Years Foundation Stages - Apple provided a structured yet fun day which has given my children the perfect foundation for their transition into school.
The professional, friendly and caring staff leave you reassured to know your children are in the best hands. As soon as I arrived at Apple Daycare I knew my children would love it there and indeed they did.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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 can't praise this nursery enough!!!
My daughter has grown into a very confident, bright, social, independent, inquisitive little girl and I can safely say most of the credit goes to Apple Daycare!
She regularly talks about her happy days at nursery, whether it's horse riding with friends, cuddles with the staff, finding bugs, playing in the garden, building rockets, lava lamps, finding special stones, walks, the cricket club, Newgate street activities, tennis, swimming in the pool, the list is endless!
They have made her more than ready for big school and I'm excited about her future!
Thank you Apple for the amazing memories you have given to my daughter to build on for the future.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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

Apple Daycare is a fantastic nursery in a wonderful location. There is plenty of outdoor play, big variety of play activities and caring staff that work there.
My son was 10 months when he started and they were fantastic at settling him in and he always came out smiling from having a fun day!
Fresh food cooked on site by the staff, a good variety.
I also like that there were male staff there as well as female which is quite uncommon in nurseries!
Been very happy here and only removed him because I'm on maternity leave so no longer need the childcare!

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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: Good

The Manager and the team have cared for my two girls since Sept 2011. It has always had that home from home feel with the social benefit of it being a nursery. It was so important to be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that the girls would have a fulfilling fun day, that reflected their own routine with good wholesome home cooked food. The after school club I found really helpful as it has great space for the children to play and getting homework done with the teams support is encouraged. Both of my children love creativity and there are always ample supplies of craft for them to get stuck into. We were sad to leave Apple Daycare (both girls older now). But as always you have to move on! An amazing nursery just feel lucky to have found them!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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 elder son first went there last year in the summer at the age of 3-4 for 1 year. He loved it! He has now started school.
Apple Daycare was very accommodating for our needs. Pick ups from nursery school, last minute messages, extra days and I like change of times for pick ups. Secret passwords were always kept on. I have every trust in them to do the right thing, always reporting back when collecting them and sending photo's and messages on a website later. I now have my two year old there, he is very happy and it has really brought home into his own with play and socialising. They have both been very happy. Friendly staff. Great learning in their own time.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? 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

Fantastic day care nursery. Friendly and caring staff offer a fun and educational environment for the children to learn and develop their skills. Great setting in a relaxed home set up with nearby trails and woods for exploring. I feel very lucky to have such a great nursery close enough for my daughter to attend.

How likely would you be to recommend Apple Daycare? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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Staff Profiles

Samantha

Samantha Baker

Job Title: Owner- Manager

Joined: 2010

Description:

My name is Samantha Baker and as an OFSTED Registered child minder, I am graded as Outstanding in all areas.
In addition to being a Child minder, I am also registered to provide Childcare on a Domestic Premises which is to be graded by April 2014.
I also operate the Cricket Club in Little Berkhamsted as an Out of School club. It was graded as Good, in July 2013.
I have extensive childcare experience, including having 2 children of my own. I offer a professional childcare service in a relaxed, homely environment.
Before I had children, I worked as a singer/song writer and makeup artist. I studied theatre and creative arts at the Guild Hall London. I have many skills as a musician and performer, which I incorporate into my practice. I am qualified to Level 3, holding a Cache Diploma in Children’s and Young Peoples Work Force and I am Paediatric First Aid Trained.

Lawrence

Lawrence Baker

Job Title: Manager

Joined: 2010

Description:

Lawrence is a fabulous cook and has a catering company, called the-galley catering co. He has a level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.
Lawrence holds a Cache Diploma, Level 3 in Children’s and Young Peoples Work Force and has progressed to Level 4 in Early Years where he is midway through a Foundation Degree at The University of Hertfordshire where in 2014 he will rise to Level 5.
He is also Paediatric First Aid Trained. Lawrence’s main responsibilities include the implementation of the EYFS (2012), staff training, accounts and Learning Journals.
He also is a very talented performer playing guitar and piano.

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Samantha Hart

Job Title: Duty Manager

Joined: 2013

Description:

Samantha is qualified to Level 6, holding a BA(hons) in Special Educational Needs.

The extra courses she has completed are;

Introduction to the EYFS.

Safeguarding children,

Peadiatric first aid