Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath

Avon Heath Country Park, Brocks Pine, St Ives, Ringwood BH24 2DH

Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath, Ringwood, Dorset
Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath, Ringwood, Dorset
Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath, Ringwood, Dorset

Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath has been established with a vision of connecting children with nature during their early years education and development. The nursery is located on a site of outstanding natural beauty, making the most of outdoor green spaces.

The learning objectives are pursued by giving time and space to the child, with professionals allowing skill-based experiences to flourish, assisted by quality observation.

Group: Kids Love Nature Ltd

Person in charge: Kate Smith (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Dorset County Council

Number of Staff: 10

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

Total Places for Children: 35

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1700

When Closed: Bank Holidays Only

Vacancies

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Reviews

7.4 Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath has a Review Score of 7.4 (7.400)

The Review Score of 7.4 (maximum of 10) for Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath 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 10 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.5 out of 5 from 10 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 4.9 for Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath is calculated as follows: ( (108 Excellents x 5) + (12 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 120 Ratings = 4.9

  • 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 2.5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath is based on 10 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 7 positive Reviews (35 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 7 Target Reached = 1 , then divided by 2 = 0.500

  • 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
    10
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    10
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
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Reviewer Connection to Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath

  • Mother of Child
    10

My son has only been attending the nursery for 3 months. He has settled in really well. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming. They have been great in helping my son adjust to a new situation. It's lovely to hear on our way home in the car, the fun things they've been up to during the day i.e. the ranger walks, swinging in the hammock, playing in the sand, collecting the chicken's eggs, reading, drawing and even cuddling up for a story are just a few. It makes my day at work more comfortable knowing my son is in good care, learning and having lots of fun.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The teachers, as we like to call them, are all happy to listen and understand your child's individual needs. All questions are answered in a kind and knowledgeable way. My daughter loves heading into school with a minimal time of uncertainty whilst settling in at the start.
She is always telling us about the fun she has had painting, feeding the chickens etc.
I'd recommend this nursery to anyone that is not bothered by a few dirty clothes!

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Having visited a couple of open days at the nature nursery, and having visited numerous other places, I was adamant I wanted to send my son here. I purposely looked for a job not too far away from the nursery purely so he could attend!
Initial settling in was, as I expected, quite difficult for both of us as we had been together all of the time for 2.5 years. The staff, however, were excellent and quite happy to answer my numerous phone calls during the day to ask "is he ok?". He is now happy and settled and I know he has had a fabulous time as he comes home covered in mud and paint!
It's great that children are allowed to be children at the nursery, it's a lovely natural calm environment where the children are encouraged to use their creativity.
My son LOVES the ranger walks the chickens, and the nursery dog "Wilbur". He is able to take calculated risks and try things out (under supervision).
We are very happy that our son has the chance to experience this great start!

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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 are extremely pleased with Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath. Our son loves the activities both inside and out (painting, cooking, ranger walks, cleaning out the chickens, playing in the mud kitchen, climbing on the pirate ship etc). We like the fact that he is involved in activities which involve risk in a controlled setting e.g. helping saw wood with supervision, climbing on tree trunks, helping to cut bread etc). What really strikes us is the dedication and kindness of all the staff. I feel confident that my son is well cared for and nurtured whilst at the nursery. He has tried a range of organic foods which he wouldn't normally eat at home and snacks are nutritious. Our son will be starting school next September and we are so happy he has had the opportunity to spend time in the fresh air in all weathers! We cannot recommend this nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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

So far we are very pleased with the Avon Heath nature nursery. The staff are lovely and demonstrate a genuine warmth towards the children. The nursery has been extremely flexible in accommodating my work hours and I am pleased with the level of feedback I get regarding my child’s progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This is the best nursery by far my children have attended. My daughter is nurtured and cherished and I am so grateful to the staff for helping her grow up and develop. The staff are also very supportive to parents too.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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

An amazing environment for toddlers to grow and explore. I wish there had been something like this when I was little!
The staff are fantastic, they are really caring and lovely. The setting is fantastic, vast areas of outdoor space which must feel endless to budding explorers!
My son absolutely loves it here, talks about his adventures at 'jungle nursery' all the time!
I could not recommend this nursery highly enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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

Children's Nature Nursery provides a positive and encouraging environment for children to grow and develop. My son loves going to nursery and misses it when he's not there. The staff are very friendly and accommodating to the children parents needs. I love the fact that they have different activities to do and are allowed to work at their own pace and it has laid a foundation for his future schooling.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Best nursery ever!
My little one started in January, I was worried how she would settle in but the staff were amazing and made her feel so comfortable!
Her confidence has grown so much and she absolutely loves it, especially the ranger walks! I've noticed a massive change in her in the last few months and couldn't be happier!

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been attending since October and has come on leaps and bounds. The staff are fantastic and caring. My son loves the ranger walks and helping with the chickens. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Avon Heath? 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

Kate

Kate Smith

Job Title: Manager

Joined: 2013

Description:

Kate has been the manager since 2014 having previously been both a practitioner and the deputy manager. She loves to see children thriving in really interesting learning space, supporting the teaching team and sharing these experiences with parents. She holds a first class honours degree in English Literature.