Active Learning JW3 Nursery

341-361 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

Active Learning JW3 Nursery, London, London
Active Learning JW3 Nursery, London, London
Active Learning JW3 Nursery, London, London

Part of the Bright Horizons, Active Learning JW3 Nursery provides an ideal environment for the development of early years skills, staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of qualified professionals. Within happy and secure play areas key curriculum goals are supported, with staff keeping parents up-to-date with each child's progress.

Sound early years education, nutrition and physical play makes a crucial difference to each child, while a professional team offer parents confidence and peace of mind. The nursery values its local reputation and ability to prepare children for the challenges of full-time education.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Susan Sacks (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Camden Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 86

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Between Christmas & New Year & 4 Jewish Holiday dates

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Reviews

9.2 Active Learning JW3 Nursery has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.197)

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Active Learning JW3 Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Active Learning JW3 Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 9 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 4.674 for Active Learning JW3 Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (109 Excellents x 5) + (21 Goods x 4) + (8 Satisfactorys x 3) + (3 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 141 Ratings = 4.674

  • 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 4.523 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Active Learning JW3 Nursery is based on 9 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 17.2 positive Reviews (86 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 17.2 Target = 0.523

  • 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
    9
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    11
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    1
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Active Learning JW3 Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    2

The carers in the nursery are great and generally whenever I come to pick up/drop off the place looks organized and tidy and the ladies seem to follow a program.
Having said that the front end staff is simply unfriendly and almost rude. Whenever I drop off and I'm anywhere between 3-10 minutes early, I am made to wait - even if the nursery has the ratio to support another child.
Communications are worded in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I think that the service my baby is getting is probably great, at the same time I think the service that I am getting as a client is pretty poor.

I gave safeguarding poor because of a couple of disease outbreaks in the last month, whilst those are sometimes not the nursery's fault I think when more then one room is affected they do have to carry some of the responsibility.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Neither Unlikely or Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Satisfactory

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Poor

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Poor

Value for Money: Don't Know

We are very happy with the nursery. The staff are caring and loving.
We always felt that our daughter gets the best of the well educated and trained teachers.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Poor

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Don't Know

Excellent nursery. Our child is very happy and stimulated and we are very pleased with the choice. Staff all caring and genuinely interested in developing the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

This is an excellent nursery for many reasons:
- Friendly, really caring staff. Children run towards their teachers to cuddle them in the morning!
- Very responsive and fast acting management.
- Really good kitchen: children get freshly cooked and well-balanced meals.
- High teaching standards.
- Safe, warm rooms and good outside playing facilities.
- Security check on entrance, cameras in the nursery, password procedure if a child is collected not by parents. I feel my child is safe there.
- Multiculturual groups, children are informed and celebrate various cultures festivals, brilliant early jewish education, learning traditions, festivsls, songs.
- Music and sport are taught to a high standard. - Children learn at the nursery and then sing all those songs at home, show how they do yoga, etc.
Every morning my child can't wait when he gets back to his school to play and learn.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 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

Very caring staff. My daughter joined the nursery at 7 months and her bonding with the caretakers and other kids was very quick. She experiences new activities every day from painting and singing to the sensory room. I am always reassured to leave her in such good hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Perfect place for children to work on their social skills and slowly be introduced to education in a fun and playful but structured way.
2 kids from baby room up to pre-School.
Their individual needs are being considered.
Good and open communication with the staff.
Management is great.
Well done JW3.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our daughter joined shortly after her 1st birthday and we have been very happy with the nursery to date. She loves being there and the carers are very attentive and warm.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

We have been very happy with the nursery so far. Not only does our baby love it but the staff have also been extra accommodating in terms of working with us regarding feeding issues and allergies. Also, there are tons of super fun (and messy!) activities such as painting that you cannot easily do at home. The babies have a strict feeding routine which is very important to create good eating habits early on. Finally, all the babies look very happy and well taken care of and the staff are very dedicated!
The only downfall is that if the baby has lots of allergies (as we do) there is another constraint regarding the food they can eat which is that the nursery doesn't give them meat (but they do give them fish). Also, the usual trade-off applies that kids get sicker more often when they go to nursery.

Having said that, I would still prefer this particular nursery over a nanny any day and I am very grateful for the fantastic care that all of the staff provides for my baby!

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We are really happy with JW3 and feel that our daughter receives an outstanding level of care. The staff are highly attentive and caring and our daughter receives a lot of individual attention. She is really happy to go to nursery and, as such, I would highly recommend JW3.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Excellent nursery overall - the staff are all outstanding and go out of their way to provide a warm nurturing and loving environment for my son. The feedback loop is also excellent, with a full debrief each day about what he has been up to. The place is modern and clean with first class facilities. Sometimes the admin side of things can be a bit slow but that is my only gripe!

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

The first thing I found very appealing about this nursery is the long hours. I am a full time working mum and most nurseries would not fit my needs. Also I feel confident that the food my kid is served is always healthy and varied - very important as he eats all his meals 5 days a week in nursery. Another great thing is the variety of structured and stimulating activities they offer daily with dedicated staff (music teachers, sports teacher, art teacher, early years teacher).
The staff are caring, attentive and always show a positive and happy attitude - and they are incredibly patient! Although there is no green outside area, the terrace is properly designed and full of plants and greens that the kids grow in the warmer season. The indoor facilities are great with big and bright rooms - very happy with this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 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 son has consistently been very happy here for the last year and a half. It is a delight to see him playing so contentedly each time I go and pick him up. Often he will take me by the hand and proudly show off his room, the toys he likes to play with, a piece of artwork on the wall, the musical instruments. He is always excited to tell me about his day and thoroughly enjoys all the activities, music, art, sport and zumba. I couldn't recommend this nursery more highly.

How likely would you be to recommend Active Learning JW3 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

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Nicole O’Shea

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2007

Description:

I joined the Active Learning Family in 2007 as a Nursery Practitioner in our Crouch End Branch. I was promoted to room leader and Third in Charge a year later and remained at Crouch End for 5 years.

I then took a year out to travel around the world and returned to Active Learning and joined the exciting new JW3 Team where I resumed my Third in Charge position. I then got promoted in April 2016 as the Deputy Manager during an exciting period of change over to Bright Horizons.

I have been working in childcare since 2005. I have worked in a variety of settings and studied the Montessori philosophy in Early years.

I have a great passion for working with children and feel very privileged to be part of such a vibrant organisation that offers so much to their staff, children and families.

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Susan Sacks

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 1997

Description:

I am a dedicated childcare professional with over 25 years of experience in the early years having initially qualified as a Montessori teacher. After working in many different settings over the years I recently enhanced my practical knowledge by completing a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood (with the Montessori pedagogy) followed by a Degree in Education. I believe in treating each child as an individual and that good quality education puts the needs of the child at the heart of its practice and therefore with this in mind I will endeavour to ensure that your child receives the best nursery experience possible. I look forward to welcoming you to our wonderfully equipped and welcoming nursery in the JW3 building.