Child First Pre School

35 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury HP20 2RT

Child First Pre-School is an Aylesbury facility that makes the most of a spacious free flow environment, looking to inspire early years learning and imagination.

Professionals plan a range of stimulating activities each day and understand the benefit of learning through play.

The nursery has its own sensory room and wet room, while the garden enables children to learn about the natural world.

There is also a strong emphasis on good nutrition and children get the opportunity to cook every day, learning about ingredients and where they come from.

Group: Childfirst

Person in charge: Sara Foster (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Buckinghamshire County Council

Number of Staff: 29

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

Total Places for Children: 80

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: £6.50 an hour 30 hrs funding available

Overview

The Review Score of 9 (maximum of 10) for Child First Pre School 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 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Child First Pre School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 5 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 4.718 for Child First Pre School is calculated as follows: ( (202 Excellents x 5) + (47 Goods x 4) + (12 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 262 Ratings = 4.718

  • 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 4.313 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Child First Pre School is based on 5 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 16 positive Reviews (80 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 16 Target = 0.313

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

9 Child First Pre School has a Review Score of 9 (9.031)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
    4
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Reviewer Connection to Child First Pre School

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    19
  • Father of Child
    3

Lovely nursery. My daughter attended from 2013-2016 and did so well at both the nursery and preschool. Now my son attends, started in April 2017 and he is thriving there. I love that staff upload pictures onto the tapestry app. The staff genuinely care. They are always happy to chat. They are friendly. I thought the nursery was great when my daughter attended but feel it is even better now. The only thing I think would help me personally would be name badges for the staff and even though I know them I don’t know all their names. But this is only a minor thing, everything else is great. Also, I’d like to add that my son is a terrible eater at home but eats loads and often two helpings at nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My boy has been going to Child First since November 2017 and he has come on leaps and bounds since he’s been there, with his communication skills and confidence. All the staff are amazing and so lovely. Very happy to have my son going here.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attended Child First since he was a baby. He has enjoyed his time there and developed confidence and socially, finding friends and learning about manners and routine.
Any issues have been easy to talk about with staff.
The preschool has so much going on for a child to do. I liked how my son was allowed to move through the building and outside independently. Lots to cater for each child's interests.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Lovely staff. My daughter started when she was only 5 months and never had a bad experience at all.
Will be very sad to leave, as everyone was so helpful and lovely with us, so don't have anything bad to say about Child First. Will definitely recommend it to anyone and will come back if we decide to have another child.
Thank you for all your help.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Sara Foster, Manager at Child First Pre School responded to this review on 05 Jul 2017:

Thank you so much for your review.

The first time I walked into the nursery, I had a really good impression and this has never changed.
The staff and the management team at the front desk are very good, they listen and help all the time.
Each time I pick up my son, I receive feedback on how he was during the session, and how engaged he was. I can't fault this place. A big thank you to you all.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My son got upset when I left but the teachers helped him settle in and he now goes in fine. There are lots of activities and rooms to play. My son has made lots of new friends. He enjoys playing in the sandpit, kitchen, the reading area and outside the best.
They do lots of activities such as painting and making things. He has learnt a lot and come out of his shell since he's been there. The teachers are lovely and caring. The pre-school is clean. He eats well there and I'm glad I chose this pre-school. My son enjoys going and learning.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I love this preschool and can not praise it enough.
I will be sad when my little boy leaves to go to school in September. They have given him a great platform to move to primary school.
They've encouraged him and helped him grow in confidence.
They are flexible and supportive and the activities and interaction are fantastic!
Thank you, Child First Pre-School!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

A fantastic pre school. The staff are incredible and provide an amazing environment for the children to play and learn. It is spacious and well kept with plenty of activities for the children to take part in.
All of the staff are friendly and approachable and they provide an excellent start to learning and a great foundation for starting reception.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child attended the nursery and now the preschool. I am so impressed with the varied range of activities they engage the children with and the learning through play method suits all aptitudes.
My child has been extremely happy here and the level of care that is received is exceptional. I would highly recommend both the nursery and the preschool for the staff, facilities and the food is also freshly cooked on site and the children benefit from a great menu which is healthy and tasty.
A+ Childcare in my opinion.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Child First Pre School is a fantastic setting with a variety of resources for all children. The staff are welcoming and approachable to parents and children. They promote learning in a fun, adventurous way to meet everyone's needs. My child has loved his experience at Child First and has built many strong relationships. I would definitely recommend!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very positive settle in for our second child at Child First Pre School.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Childfirst has been a great preschool for both my children. They have always been flexible meeting mine and my childrens needs. The staff are amazing and I can't fault them for anything. My little boy loves it here and loves all the staff.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have 2 children that attend child first, my eldest is now at school and I couldn't be happier with the way he's developed! I love the independence children have in the setting they are able to free flow to and from the garden and chose what activities they want to throughout the day - my daughter is able to learn and develop through all the play offered. The preschool is big and open planned with lots of natural lighting and resources which I find ideal for 3-5 year olds! They make the most of the garden space they have and always have the option to go outside in all weathers! The staff are all so bubbly and have the children's best interest at heart, the variety of food available is also great and meet any dietary needs and requests. Overall I would highly recommend child first, both my children love it here and always get excited when its time to go to preschool!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Overall as a parent I am happy with the care provided by the Child first. The only issues I've noticed are: very often children are left running around unattended. They can access changing room and go through each others belongings. Also some inside and outside facilities could be replaced (modernised) and garden made look tidier and more looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Likely

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Average Rating:   3.5 out of 5

Sara Foster, Manager at Child First Pre School responded to this review on 09 Mar 2016:

We are a free-flow setting and promote independence. All areas of the building are fully staffed and we work above the government ratio. Children have access to the cloak room as we want them to be prepared for school and unfortunately things are misplaced but we try to ensure all lost property is quickly found. We are always looking to improve the nursery and the garden is currently under development ready for the spring/summer.

My daughter is so happy at the preschool, they have been supporting for parents and really worked on her development.

She is a very happy child, one of the amazing benefits is the food menu for the children, locally sourced goods and all homemade, I feel confident that the right nutrients and being provided.

I think more investment on the car park, in door floors and furniture is required on a regular basis and heating in the reception area is low quality in the winter months.

Staff are amazing!

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

A wonderful, fun and safe environment for children to learn and develop in. We have always had full confidence in the staff, who have always been excellent and our children have flourished under their care.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Everyone me or my child have had contact with at the nursery have been very professional, polite and friendly.
My child has been made to feel very welcome at the nursery she has learned a great deal and she always has wonderful things to say about her time spent at the nursery.
She especially loves the cook and her cooking lessons.

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Child first is one of the best nurseries around. It's a very safe place for a child. My daughter loves it and the staff is very friendly and professional. My daughter is grown to be confident in herself and has made friends. I can be at peace knowin she's in good hands.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Our son has thrived since joining Child First nursery. He is a practical thinker and all staff members have continuously encouraged and pushed him to build, draw and think for himself. The staff members are very hands on and informative. We can see how much our son enjoys attending. The facilities and opportunity for our son to grow and learn are on point, we're happy his first insight to an educational and social environment is with the staff and children at Child First.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

All the staff are lovely, they are professional and very helpful. My son loves going there always has lots of fun and loves to tell me about what he has been up to. I feel like they always have lots of fun activities planned & the food menu is really good.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

All of the staff are extremely helpful and kind and have my sons interest at heart.
My son has thrived being at this school every day and has met some lovely friends along the way.
All the staff are also helpful with any queries or concerns you may have.
The Pre School also keeps you up-to-date with any activities they have planned for the future.
It was be extremely sad when he leaves to go to big school

How likely would you be to recommend Child First Pre School? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

My son loves going to Child First. He's been attending for 2 years now; initially he only went a few hours a week but over time this has increased to full time! I would (and have) recommend them highly!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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