Safari Childcare

79 Halstead Road, Lexden, Colchester CO3 9AD

Safari Childcare is an established family-run day nursery located in Colchester, Essex and offers high-quality childcare and education to children aged between three months and five years.

A friendly, qualified and experienced team of early years professionals provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment for each child to explore, play and develop in.

Safari Childcare understand the importance of supporting the parents needs as well as the children’s and have introduced an iWatch service. iWatch enables parents of the setting to securely watch their child through live images of CCTV, enabling them to join in with their child’s day.

A healthy and nutritious menu is frequently rotated to ensure the children try a variety of foods. Staff that prepare and handle food have all undertaken a food hygiene course to maintain hygiene standards.

Owner: Safari Childcare Ltd

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 12

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

Total Places for Children: 50

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Safari Childcare 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 9 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Safari Childcare in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 9 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 4.657 for Safari Childcare is calculated as follows: ( (71 Excellents x 5) + (37 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 108 Ratings = 4.657

  • 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 4.9 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Safari Childcare is based on 9 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 10 positive Reviews (50 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 10 Target = 0.900

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

9.6 Safari Childcare has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.557)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    7
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
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    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Safari Childcare?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Safari Childcare

  • Mother of Child
    8
  • Father of Child
    1

My son has only been going to nursery for just over a month but he has already settled in really well. All the staff are friendly and caring. They take the time to discuss his day when I collect him and he always seems to have enjoyed his day.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our son has been extremely happy at Safari and his development has been greatly improved by the team. All staff are very friendly and helpful. They are all really caring towards our son.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

Safari are an excellent care provider to our son. He has attended since January 2017 when he was 14 months. They have a shoes off policy when in the rooms, which helps to keep things hygienic. They have an on-site Cook who cooks meals daily. The biggest compliment is that every single staff member knows our son by name.
The keyworker and Room Leaders know our son very well and are always keen to hear about what he has been doing since his last session. We would recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My daughter has been at Safari for over two years. It has been an amazing experience for us. To watch her confidence and personality grow in such an enjoyable environment makes us so thankful to all the staff. We are updated regularly on her progress through daily reports, the online tapestry learning journal and face to face at the end of every day as well as parents evenings. The food is varied and healthy, the outside space has been built for the children to make the most of all seasons and the rooms are big and bright with lots of varied activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter attends here 3 times a week and loves it. The staff in preschool room are very good and she has built a very good bond with them. We are always informed of what she has been up to each day and can see her progress using the tapestry online learning journals. Having the cameras for you to watch are also a very good idea, we like to log in now and then and see what she is doing. We are very pleased with her progress so far while attending Safari.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I looked at a number of nurseries before choosing Safari. I liked Safari as it's a smaller and more homely surrounding for young children, particularly babies. I particularly like their iwatch camera system. I can log on anytime when my children are in attendance and can see they are ok and being looked after and having fun. It's very transparent. They always phone if any problems (accident, illness etc). Both my children attend here and have settled really well. They are well looked after and my daughter's confidence has grown so much. She has developed and learnt so much in her first year. My son has settled already after just a couple of weeks. He is always smiling when I collect him. All the staff are friendly and welcoming. So pleased I chose this nursery for my children. I drive across town past other closer nurseries because I liked it so much.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I could not have picked a better nursery for my daughter. She's come on amazingly since starting at Safari. Her confidence, her speech, her numbers are progressing well, it's thanks to the staff there. My daughter is always excited to go, never wants to leave and completely adores her room's staff. I feel they're very informative if anything happens. Someone's updating you straight away. You can tell they all genuinely care.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, I feel my child is cared for well with lots of activities and things to do and nice varied meals.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

A brilliant nursery with lovely caring staff that go out of their way to help you and make you feel welcome. A loving, caring and fun learning environment. Incredible food that the children love. Well run and organised I cannot fault them at all.

How likely would you be to recommend Safari Childcare? Extremely Likely

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Awards / Recognitions

October 2017

Top 3 Nursery in Colchester

Recipient: Safari Childcare

Date: Monday 16 Oct 2017

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Staff Profiles

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Sophie

Job Title: Manager

Description:

Sophie has extensive experience in managing day nurseries. Sophie has great understanding and knowledge of the early years sector which enables her to ensure her fellow nursery practitioners maintain the high standard of care which Sophie strives towards with the whole the Safari Team.