Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans

Prime House, 14 Porters Wood, St Albans AL3 6PQ

Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans is a modern nursery which has a large indoor and outdoor play area for children to play and learn in. The newly built building provides a safe and exciting environment and staff make sure children get the most form their days at nursery. The nursery values parents input and takes its responsibility very seriously when looking after children aged between 0 and five years old.

Nutritional food is served to children to ensure they maintain a healthy diet while at the nursery. Parents have the benefit of 20 parking places where they can pick up and drop off with ease.

Group: Banana Moon Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Kerri Woods (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 9

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

Total Places for Children: 79

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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Reviews

7.2 Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans has a Review Score of 7.2 (7.246)

The Review Score of 7.2 (maximum of 10) for Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.5 out of 5 from 15 positive Reviews in the last 2 years. (A 2 year period has been used as there were no 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 4.771 for Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans is calculated as follows: ( (142 Excellents x 5) + (34 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 179 Ratings = 4.771

  • 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 2.475 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans is based on 15 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4 then divided by 2 = 2.000

    2. Target of 15.8 positive Reviews (79 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 15.8 Target = 0.949 , then divided by 2 = 0.475

  • 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
    12
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    13
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    3
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

The nursery is large and spacious with big windows allowing in huge amount of natural light which so important for the children, especially during winter months. Excellent indoor and outdoor facilities with varied activities for all age groups.
Experience staff and management is clearly demonstrated with all aspects of children's care.
I would definitely recommend this nursery to my friends and colleagues.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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

The staff are very caring, consider and experienced. The management take great care in implementing all regulations and make sure that the staff follow all rules strictly. I feel absolutely at ease and know that my child is in very good hands.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

Choosing a nursery can be a daunting prospect, and in our case, we visited about four before deciding on Banana Moon and we could not be happier. Each child is different and Banana Moon understand this, in our case, our little one was very shy and needed a lot of one to one attention. We thought she would never overcome this, fast forward 18 months and she has blossomed, so much self-confidence.
This is down to the staff at Banana Moon, we can see how relaxed and happy she is around them and this is all down to how they interact and care for the children. They have the right mix of play and structured learning and the little ones are always engaged in a new theme or topic. Overall, we could not be happier with Banana Moon, it’s the staff that make this place and along with the facilities and the large airy rooms make for a great environment.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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

Our daughter started at Banana Moon at 8 months old and has been there nearly a year. She absolutely loves it - regularly asking to go and cheering at the door, which makes drop off a much more pleasant experience. We looked at lots of different places and chose Banana Moon, because although it doesn't look that appealing from the outside, inside the purpose built facilities are far more spacious, light, clean and versatile than any other nursery we visited. We also felt that the staff were genuinely caring and interested in looking after her - not just ticking boxes to look good on paper. They do a really wide range of different activities (including lots of messy ones - don't send in clothes you like!). Access and parking is really easy. Food is varied and nutritious. Only negative was that she initially had quite a few changes of key worker but this seems to have settled now and I am happy that the new team are settled and committed. We have highly recommended it to several friends.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Banana Moon St Albans has always had a great ethos and atmosphere for the learning and well-being of the children it has in its care.
I have always been impressed by the friendly and caring staff they have in the nursery and my daughter enjoys her time there and the learning activities they provide.
The nursery have been very good at communicating with parents, I particularly like knowing what the children are learning about, and the learning objectives. They have also been very welcoming of parents feedback.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We are extremely pleased with Banana Moon, St. Albans as a childcare facility for our two year old boy. The nurturing environment has ensured his developmental and emotional needs are met. He has recently successfully transitioned from the baby room to the over two's. My son is very comfortable in his new surroundings.

Activities are varied within the children's age appropriate rooms and the nursery benefits from a well utilised outdoor space, indoor/outdoor room encouraging the children to be active whatever the weather.

Children are provided with two snacks and two hot, nutritious meals that are varied. These are revised frequently and ensure children the are getting their 5 a day.

Feedback and interaction with staff is at an appropriate level, with daily diaries being discussed on collection, development folders available for us to take home and discussed as parent teacher evenings. I feel that I can access staff when ever I need to if anything arises outside of these times.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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

Both of my children have attended Banana Moon. They love it. Staff are engaging and the kids love them. You can see their development so much more than another nursery we used to go to.
The food is very good with an in-house chef, so there is plenty to go round if the children want more - which happens frequently with mine!
Management are very friendly, informative and aware.
You also get daily feedback on the kid's activities for that day which is really helpful.
Would highly recommend Banana Moon to all!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic nursery. My son loved it here, he's now at school but my daughter still attends. It's bright and spacious for the children and the garden space is great too. The staff are lovely. They are always smiling and having fun with the children as well as teaching them.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I would without hesitation recommend Banana Moon in St Albans to anyone with children looking for daycare. My son has been going for 4 months and adores his time there. The nursery engages him in all sorts of different activities on a day to day basis, offer him kind, warm and compassionate care and really make him feel at home. My son grows in confidence and ability every day that he spends there.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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

A wonderful nursery, our daughter loves attending and has learnt so much already. I know she is well cared for there and gets to do lots of activities I would not think of doing at home. She always eats well and they have a lovely menu on rotation. The staff are very caring and always look after my daughter's needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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

We found the review very informative and helpful. Every question we asked was answered in the best way.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I've always found the staff to be committed, focused and driven. They have understood the needs of my child and helped his development accordingly. My child always enjoys his days here.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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: Excellent

We have had a really positive start to using this nursery. We are first time parents but have found the whole process very rewarding. The nursery staff constantly communicate strengths and next steps for our child and we have seen our child progress in a number of areas. We are happy that our child spends time doing various activities throughout the days she is in the nursery including plenty of outdoor time and messy play which our child loves. Each day is reported via a report card that is very substantive and the key worker is always happy to discuss our child's development on collection if required.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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 find my daughter very much enjoys her time at nursery. The staff are very dedicated to her care and learning and are open and friendly. The nursery is always clean and welcoming and has lots of space for play. All the activities planned for my daughter are based around her interests so she is always keen to take part. All in all I am very happy with the nursery and it's staff team.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Poor

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Gayle Entwistle, Manager at Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans responded to this review on 14 Jan 2016:

Thank you for your review we are currently looking at recruiting a cook so they would have experience in the kitchen. We have been looking at our menu's and changing them in order to suit the children's needs and likes and ensuring they have a balanced diet.

My son has been attending Banana Moon for a year now and my daughter has recently started there. They're in different rooms (Under 2s and Over 2s) and they both really enjoy their time there! The staff are all friendly, qualified and caring – they take a genuine interest in each child’s development, learning and personality. It took our youngest a few weeks to settle in, however the staff were wonderfully attentive and showed a fantastic level of care to her and reassurance to me. They are happy to work together with any specialists that a child may be seeing and they make learning and developing fun for the children and involve parents as much as possible, providing really useful positive feedback about our children’s progress and great suggestions of how we can continue the development at home. The rooms are spacious and clean with lots of age appropriate toys/activities to keep little ones busy and happy. Meals and snacks are all balanced and nutritious, our children are often eating the healthy veggies which they tend to push aside at home! It is a very happy, positive environment overall.

How likely would you be to recommend Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans? 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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October 2015

Good Ofsted

Recipient: Banana Moon Day Nursery St Albans

Date: Monday 26 Oct 2015

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