Woodcroft Nursery School

Dorset Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 9UB

Owner: Woodcroft Nursery School

Person in charge: Sally Brisley (Headteacher)

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 28

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Local Authority Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 156

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0715-1815

When Closed: School Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.3 (maximum of 10) for Woodcroft Nursery School 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Woodcroft Nursery School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 15 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 4.861 for Woodcroft Nursery School is calculated as follows: ( (156 Excellents x 5) + (23 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.861

  • 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 4.481 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Woodcroft Nursery School is based on 15 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 31.2 positive Reviews (156 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 31.2 Target = 0.481

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

9.3 Woodcroft Nursery School has a Review Score of 9.3 (9.342)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    15
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Woodcroft Nursery School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • Likely
    0
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Reviewer Connection to Woodcroft Nursery School

  • Mother of Child
    15

I was highly recommended the parent and toddler group at Woodcroft Nursery school. Lovely resources set out in creative ways and friendly staff who I was able to chat about childcare with. I have taught in early years education myself for just over 10 years and had visited a few different settings but I really enjoyed the open day that Woodcroft held and I Just knew that it was the right setting for my child.

Amazing outdoor space that the children use in all weathers. My child especially enjoys the forest school sessions and the fact that there are chickens and now a rabbit who they help to look after. Photos are shared with parents on an online learning journey system which is lovely, so I was able to see my child taking part in lots of activities including toasting eggy bread on the fire outside during a forest school session. I cannot recommend this Nursery highly enough, my child is making so much progress and most of all he is happy here. Thank you, Woodcroft.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Wonderful, child centred nursery with truly experienced teachers. The things I love about Woodcroft are:
1. The emphasis is on the child-led play, and the environment is really rich: children can wander around where they like (inside and outside) and there are lots of engaging activities.
2. The teachers are truly calm, warm and nurturing, and the turn-over is very low, and they are all very experienced. You yet a sense that the staff here really enjoy their work (which is certainly not the case at most nurseries).
3. Qualified teachers work here alongside experienced nursery staff.
4. This is a place that treats children as individuals and doesn't expect them to all be the same. The settling in process can be very gentle if you like, and the needs of each child are clearly taken into account. They are very accommodating and you can choose age sessions which work best for you, including how many you do.
I highly recommend this nursery. It's really a gem and I'm so glad we found it.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I chose this nursery as it is local to me and also because it provides a beautiful and spacious outside space with a variety of activities. My daughter loves been outside and exploring. I particularly like that they give some freedom to the children like you would at home so they are free to spend more time outside if they wish or do more activities indoors. They only provide snacks and you have to provide lunch, which for some may be a downfall. My daughter is getting quite fussy, but I know if she was given a meal at nursery she would probably eat it more willingly if everyone else was. Overall a lovely little nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Amazing nursery! Staff are so lovely and welcoming! I will be sending my other children here too! They are always so keen to help and have definitely helped my son with so many things and are very understanding. Highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My eldest daughter has attended Woodcroft Nursery School since September 2016 and I have nothing but praise for the staff. They have an experienced team who work hard to ensure each child’s individual needs are best met by working closely with parents/carers. The setting is fairly unique in that it is actually true to the EYFS ethos. Children have free access to the large outdoor areas and are encouraged by staff to extend their interests by choosing the resources that appeal to them. The staff are very approachable and the children are very well cared for. I honestly recommend it to all local families, it is fab.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I love this nursery! My son attended Woodcroft from 2012-2014 and when my daughter was born in 2014 we started in the baby group. She will leave this summer and I will be sad. Woodcroft offers the children a wide range of experiences and activities, and both my children have loved going there.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I have been thoroughly impressed with Woodcroft. The setup and structure is so child-friendly. My child has grown and grown since she has been there. The staff genuinely care and are interested in seeing your child thrive. I couldn't rate the place more highly.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My daughter enjoys her time at Pre-school and the care and support the staff show at all times is great. Such a fantastic environment for her to play and learn in.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Love the ethos of the learning at Woodcroft.
All the staff are qualified teachers. This is important to me as their experience is so important.
The outside areas are so large and varied. Haven’t come across another outside area as good.
Forest school is a huge positive and my son loves it.
Systems are simple with the app.
The social occasions and fayres, fundraisers etc. are really well done, and the staff are so involved and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Woodcroft Nursery school is a fantastic safe nursery school. I love the facilities and outdoor space it offers. My daughter loves the Forest school activities, as well as the never-ending play opportunities. I previously sent my son here, who has medical needs, and found the staff and Senco team kind, understand and reassuring. Excellent place to send your children.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has attended Woodcroft for the past year and loves everything about it. The staff are so professional, very experienced and well trained. The environment is safe, well equipped and the outdoor space is huge - the forest school activities are brilliant.
We have used breakfast, lunch and after-school clubs at various points, without which childcare would have been impossible. On top of all of this, as a maintained nursery school, they do actually offer the government’s 30 hours free childcare (unlike most other providers it seems). I can’t recommend highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic nursery with great staff. The place where every child is treated as an individual. Superb outside area, the children have an opportunity to learn through play in a professional and loving setting. All concerns are always addressed and solved. I could not recommend it enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Sally Brisley, Headteacher at Woodcroft Nursery School responded to this review on 19 Jan 2018:

Thank you for the lovely review Joanna.

Great early years setting, particularly for children with complex needs. The kids have space and freedom to explore inside and out, and there is a sensory room for those quieter moments. Amazing, experienced, professional key workers and SENCO. Great relationship with the children's centre. My boys love it there!

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I have had all four of my children attend Woodcroft over the last nine years and it has always been the most exemplary preschool. From the Toddler group right through the nursery, I’ve always felt the staff really care about my children as individuals, and offer so much help and support for my child and for me. The outdoor space is brilliant and the free play session time is great for letting the children explore and choose activities. The nursery is well-equipped for varied play and learning. My youngest is still there at four after deferring his primary school entry for a year, and he has been given individual attention to prepare him for school in September. Any problems we’ve had have always been dealt with fairly and quickly, but there really haven’t been many! I can’t recommend Woodcroft highly enough, it really has suited my children very well and prepared them for primary education.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I felt I should take time to comment on how wonderful all of the staff of Woodcroft Nursery School are. The school staff and head have gone way above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate my needs in a very difficult situation, and in turn, eased my stresses. Having put my elder daughter in two different nurseries when she was pre-school age, I have to say Woodcrofts attitude and caring nature, makes them stand out from all of the rest.

I can't thank them enough for all that they have done for me and my family. They truly do deserve an outstanding status, I only wish I had found them years ago, and brought my elder daughter here too. The head takes the time to engage with the children and is an extremely caring individual, which, I believe, makes a world of difference. I feel so lucky to have my youngest here for the next few years before she starts school. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to all of my friends and family. They truly are THE BEST!!!!

How likely would you be to recommend Woodcroft Nursery School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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