Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury

Ivy Lane, Harbury, Leamington Spa CV33 9HN

Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury is a thriving, village based, family owned nursery, that prides itself at being at the heart of this exceptional village community.

In a caring and loving environment, children experience a wide range of learning initiatives, including messy and sensory play, with a strong focus on interacting with the outside world. The approach is to closely respond to children's interests, which has seen the arrival of a full size fork lift truck as part of a construction project, and the teaching of pizza making and basic Italian lessons as part of a multi-cultural project.

The passionate, experienced and caring team provides a safe and loving environment for children aged three months to five years. There are three rooms - under two's, toddlers and preschool. The nursery is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm for 51 weeks of the year, offering full day and half day sessions (7.30-1 or 1-6.30)

CCTV is installed in all rooms and operate a biometric finger print entry system, ensuring the safety of the children. The nursery offers two home-cooked hot meals each day.

Group: Banana Moon Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Elizabeth Humphreys (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Warwickshire 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: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

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The nursery has its own car park

Overview of Review Score

The Review Score of 9.8 out of 10 for Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 23 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury 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 24 months.

Detailed Breakdown of Review Score

  • 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 4.76 for Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury is calculated as follows: ( (218 Excellents x 5) + (49 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 275 Ratings = 4.76

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 24 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 24 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 48 months. 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 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; 3.00 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 24 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 48 months. 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 Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury is based on 15 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3.00 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 11.2 positive Reviews (56 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 11.2 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.

9.8 Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.760) out of 10 and an Average Rating of 4.8 out of 5 from 23 Reviews over all time


Average Ratings

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury?

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Reviewer Connection to Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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We have been very happy with Banana Moon Harbury, from babies room through to preschool, for 2 of our children. The staff are excellent, and go above and beyond to give the children a happy learning environment. The management really try to help where they can with being flexible with childcare hours for life’s unforeseen scheduling dramas, eg hospital visits with other family members! The food is excellent and my children eat more there than they do at home, I need their meal ideas! We really are very happy with every aspect of this fabulous nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lucy Nealon at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 12 Sep 2018:

It is great to hear such lovely feedback on all aspects of the nursery. Being a family run nursery, we totally understand the day to day chaos that daily life can bring so try to be as flexible as we can and always try and see things from a parents point of view. Thank you for your review. Lucy.

The team are lovely. They are engaged with the children and are always helping them to develop. I completely trust them. My child is very happy at Banana Moon. The staff have also been helpful on a personal level with myself.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Lucy Nealon at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 12 Sep 2018:

Getting the right team members is crucial to me so great to hear your feedback. Thank you for writing a review. Lucy.

Our daughter has been attending Banana Moon nursery since March 2017 (she turned 2 that following June). When she first started her speech was somewhat a concern to us and mainly babbled nonsense to communicate with people. We noticed instantly the improvement in her speech. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds thanks to the amazing staff at Banana Moon. She is a happy go lucky little girl very chatty (with full sentences!) and entertaining to all. The feedback that we get from all the staff about our daughter is always heartwarming and the positive comments that we get is in part a reflection on what a great experience our daughter is having at Banana Moon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in running Banana Moon. It is truly an amazing nursery that I wouldn't hesitate in recommending to anyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Lucy Nealon at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 12 Sep 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback. Our absolute priority is the children are safe and happy in the setting but it is also crucial, through play, that they develop so great to hear about your personal experience. Lucy.

Excellent standard of care from all the staff on site to the children. Robust, competent and effective procedures in place to ensure safeguarding, and well-equipped facilities. A happy place to be and I am confident that I am leaving my child in a safe and nurturing place and they take every effort to make my child's experience well tailored, specific and suitable for him.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 19 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your review. The health and safety of the children is paramount to everything we do so great to hear your feedback.

Banana Moon is a lovely nursery. The staff are caring and creative to provide a nurturing experience for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 19 Feb 2018:

Thank you for your lovely feedback and taking the time to review us.

Excellent nursery.
Varied menu, great selection of activities, equipment etc.
Always a thorough handover at the end of each day, all written down for when you don't have time to concentrate!

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 16 Feb 2018:

We believe communication and feedback are really important and help to build relationships with parents so great that you experience this. Thank you for completing a review.

My son started Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury last September. The staff have been fantastic in helping him to adjust to the change in his routine. He really enjoys his days at nursery and I have no doubt it is down to the care and attention of the staff. All of the ladies in the Baby room know my son and his little ways. He has the opportunity to complete many different activities and is thriving. Can’t recommend it enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 16 Feb 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is fabulous to hear that parents really appreciate how hard the staff work to get to know and develop every individual child.

An excellent setting complete with friendly and caring staff. Since coming to Banana Moon our daughter has developed lots of important skills and more importantly has been able to make friends and mix with children of her age.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 01 Nov 2017:

Our aim is to create a family friendly environment so great to hear such lovely feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us.

A fantastic nursery I could not recommend highly enough. Both staff and management are caring, professional, friendly and flexible - the nursery is run with the parent in mind and they really take the time to work with you, which makes a huge difference. A safe, clean, happy environment, where I feel very secure leaving my little one. The best decision I ever made.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 05 Oct 2017:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We try to run a family friendly nursery and be flexible to meet the needs of every individual so it is great to hear that this is what you experience.

Banana Moon Harbury is excellent. So much care, attention and thought is put towards our children and us as families. My youngest currently attends and loves it. He has progressed so much already. My daughter left in August this year and flourished during her time. I only wish it had been open earlier so that my oldest son could have attended. Couldn't recommend it more.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 05 Oct 2017:

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We strive to deliver the best childcare possible and provide an environment which enables children to develop.

Very happy with the care, environment and staff looking after both our children. I am confident they are looked after and never have concerns with the running of the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Lucy Nealon, Director at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 10 Oct 2017:

Great to hear your feedback, thank you.

We are extremely pleased with Banana Moon. All the staff manage a lovely balance of being very personable whilst remaining professional. We are very happy our son is in good hands. The organisation and management are exemplary.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Really pleased with the nursery. My son has settled in well and I am impressed with the staff, facilities and activities offered to the children. I can drop him off and know that he is in a safe environment. Highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Banana Moon in Harbury is a great nursery which my daughter attends 3 full days a week. The staff are lovely and I always feel I know what has happened throughout the day with her with how they keep us informed at the end of each day. My daughter loves going and has not cried once when we have left her there!
Great family ran nursery which I highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Banana Moon Harbury full time for over 6 months.
Every day she comes home having learnt something new and has a beautiful relationship with the Banana Moon staff.
In my opinion, the level of care is outstanding. I have full confidence in the manager and her team to deliver daily a nurturing environment for my daughter to develop and grow in.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter and son have both been to/ currently attend Harbury Banana Moon and I would and have recommended it to others. The nursery is always clean and toys are well looked after. The outside space is well equipped and has a covered area so that children can have some shade from the sun or cover from the rain. The team are always welcoming and enthusiastic and ensure my son is welcomed into the fold every morning - especially on those occasions when he isn't quite so happy to be left. He is always happy when I collect him which reassures me he's had a great day and the feedback from his key worker on what he's done, eaten, slept etc. is always thorough. I'm particularly impressed that the children receive two hot, home cooked meals each day. The nursery owner is always keen for parent feedback and more importantly acts on that given. A very good value and well run nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fabulous nursery, there's always something new to keep my pre-schooler excited about coming. The nursery is brilliantly run and will always bend over backwards to help. Childcare staff are warm and enthusiastic - I'd recommend Banana Moon Harbury in a heartbeat.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter is extremely happy at Banana Moon, Harbury and her development has come on leaps and bounds since starting.
The communication is excellent, the staff are very caring, the food is yummy and the facilities are brilliant!
Couldn't be happier.....

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Carly Garrett, Franchise Operations Manager at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 25 May 2016:

I am sure Lucy and her team will be very happy to hear that your daughter loves Banana Moon especially the food!!!

Brilliant nursery that has allowed our two boys to thrive, they love it. The staff are so friendly and helpful and make us all feel very welcome.
Outdoor space is limited but they don't shy away from visiting the local park or other facilities.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Carly Garrett, Franchise Operations at Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury responded to this review on 25 May 2016:

Thank you for the lovely feedback Sarah!

This is an excellent nursery. My child enjoys the time spent at the preschool! All the children well behave. The staff prepares a lot of different activities everyday and the children never get bored. I feel my child is really ready to go to school thanks to the nursery. The staff pays attention to the abilities and interest of each child and prepares an individual development plan for each one of them. The food is fresh and cooked by them. The toys are all new including board games and role area prepared by the children (including the writing!). The children get involved in a lot of group activities indoor and outdoor. Every week is different from the previous. I really recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

One of my sons is currently at Banana Moon and the other was there until starting school last September. Both started at the nursery within a month of it opening. This was a very frightening leap of faith for us. We moved our eldest from a different nursery, where he was happy, so that he would be in our village and make friends he would go to school with. For our youngest this was his first experience away from home. I am delighted, and enormously relieved, to say that we haven't had any regrets. The team at Banana Moon are fantastic and the atmosphere they create is welcoming, nurturing, fun and safe.

Both of our boys have been happy to be left at Banana Moon on a morning and are happy, and usually engrossed in a task or game, when we return. They talk about the staff as much as they talk about their friends, and have formed really great bonds. There is always a great variety of activities, healthy meals and plenty of time spent running around and exploring outdoors. The nursery has also made an effort to be involved in the village, for example getting the kids in the carnival parade. They also prepare the older children for school really well.

Despite our best efforts to be entertaining our eldest often complained that 'Nana Moon' wasn't open at the weekend! Now that is a good endorsement :)

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I had a huge problem, trying to find a nursery in Warwickshire, which offered long hours, home made meals and high security.
Harbury has all of these requirements, in addition they do not serve processed foods. Initially the nursery did a few settling in sessions, my daughter could not wait to start, she now asks to go in at weekends, as she is so happy at this nursery. Always welcomed by staff, my daughter is clearly comfortable in approaching the staff with any needs, she loves the meals; and there is always a selection of activities each day, including outdoor activities. Her speech, manners and organisational skills have improved immensely, since starting nursery.
On collection, I am given a breakdown of activities, food, nappy changes, nap time and any concerns. There is always a senior member of staff/management on shift, regular news letters and diary of events are e-mailed. I feel very reassured leaving her in there care; my daughter has attended 'Banana Moon Harbury', for approximately six months.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Absolute gems at Banana Moon, recently moved to this nursery and she is ever so happy. We are very pleased with her transition to Banana Moon as we were anxious she would not settle after being at her other nursery for so long. No tears and loves going in the morning with lots of smiles and that is a fantastic reflection of the girls hard work and caring nature and patience. Lovely atmosphere very welcoming and staff very approachable. Happy parents, even happier toddler xx

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery Harbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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Lucy Nealon

Job Title: Nursery Director

Joined: 2014

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The first thing for you to know is that I am a mum to two young children; a daughter Millie and son, Ted.
As a parent having already researched an awful lot of nurseries for my daughter, and found one that I loved (the very first Banana Moon!) I had a firm idea of what I was looking to achieve when I opened my own nursery. I wanted a loving, caring, educational and fun environment for children, and importantly, a nursery that was at the heart of its community.
I spent over a year looking for the right space for the nursery, and were thrilled when I secured this building. I was lucky to be able to approach the design with a blank sheet of paper, meaning every element of the nursery has been thought through by me, from a parent point of view, and the children. The physics of the nursery structure are only part of the story however. For me, far more important is striking the right atmosphere; one of love and inspiration.
With the emphasis at Banana Moon to see everything from a child’s point of view; every stage of your child’s development, quality of care and learning will be to the highest standards. It is with this in mind that I have recruited an extremely experienced and well qualified team, all of whom are extremely passionate about working with children.
I well remember the emotional rollercoaster that I went through when I first looked for a nursery for my daughter. Everything I do at the nursery is in light of my experience as a parent, and most importantly the nursery has to be of the highest standard that I am happy enough for both of my children to attend.

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Elizabeth Humphreys

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2014

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I have worked in childcare for 21 years, covering a wide range of roles and positions in establishments such as private schools, day nurseries and as a private nanny. I have worked my way up from a nursery nurse into senior positions before taking on management roles. The roles I have taken have helped shape my experiences and given me a wealth of knowledge which I share with my staff team, helping and supporting best practice.
To further extend my knowledge I undertook my degree in Early Childhood Studies with the Open University, qualifying in 2013. This has led me to understand and lead on a wide range of pedagogical approaches and support, not just the children in my care, but also my staff. I am extremely passionate and committed in my role as a practitioner and Manager and I aim to lead by example to give all children the best start in life alongside mentoring and supporting my team.
My goal is to create a setting that cares for and nurtures children, parents and staff. My door is always open for everyone.
Outside of work I love cooking and listening to music, but my biggest passion is reading. I can get lost for hours in a good book......any recommendations welcome!!

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Dannii Smith

Job Title: Nursery Deputy Manager

Joined: 2014

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I have worked in childcare settings for the past 14 years; I have been lucky enough to cover a range of roles including senior supervisor, being part of the management team and Pre School teacher.
To further my career I went on to complete my Early Childhood studies at University of Warwick, I qualified in 2011.
As an Early Years Coordinator I enable the children to gain higher quality for early years’ experience and lead on a range of pedagogical approaches and support all the children and their individual needs.
I am extremely passionate about what I do; I adore all messy and creative activities and have a real thirst for outside play.
Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and I love to bake cakes and with practice I am getting better especially with the help of my goddaughters.

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