Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool

Building 402 North Site, Monxton Road, Andover SP11 8HT

Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool, Andover, Hampshire
Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool, Andover, Hampshire
Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool, Andover, Hampshire

Dandelions Nursery and Preschool opened in 2003 and is located at the army headquarters in Andover close to the A303. The nursery has three specifically designed rooms for babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

The environment in the age-appropriate rooms is safe and secure so each child can play, discover and develop all of the skills needed to become a confident, positive and well-rounded individual.

Highly qualified and experienced staff teams offer high-quality care and inspiring early years education to support each child's holistic development.

The nursery features a large outdoor space including a bike track, large tyre climbing area, a playground, a tree trail, a physical area, military area and sound garden, which offer the children boundless opportunities to explore the outdoors in all weather conditions. The nursery also has a fully qualified forest school leader.

Nutritionally-balanced menus are prepared by the on-site chef who uses fresh ingredients to support the growth and development of each child.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Katy Goodship (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hampshire County Council

Number of Staff: 21

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

Total Places for Children: 40

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.9 Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.864)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool 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 11 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 8 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 4.864 for Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (114 Excellents x 5) + (18 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 132 Ratings = 4.864

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool is based on 8 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 8 positive Reviews (40 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 8 Reviews ÷ 8 Target = 1.000

  • 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
    11
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    11
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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Reviewer Connection to Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool

  • Mother of Child
    9
  • Father of Child
    2

Dandelions nursery provides outstanding care for my 2 year old. The nursery has had new management staff from the beginning of 2017 and they have added to the already cheerful and professional environment.
The staff are great at explaining thoroughly what the child has done during the day and keeps track of all their creative efforts for you. In addition, the nursery has lots of successful events: sports day, stay & play for parents, jeans for genes day, breakfast bags for parents... super staff and a lovely nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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 have been extremely happy with the care my daughter receives at Dandelions Nursery and Preschool. The staff are professional, cheerful and motivated. A lot of thought goes into programmes developed for children and I can tell my daughter enjoys her time there which eases my guilt slightly when I head off to work. The management team really engage with parents and children alike and are keen and willing to try out new things.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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

My daughter has attended the nursery for 1 year from age 7 months. It's the hardest decision trusting other people with your child, but I can go to work happy in the knowledge she is safe, having fun and is loved by those looking after her.

Her development has been incredible through this time and it never ceases to amaze me the things they learn at nursery. The food is fantastic and she has a wide range of meals through the week- the chef is brilliant with allergies too. They tailor activities to suit each child's interests and spend a lot of time outside. They also cater to busy working parents by storing the nappies you bring in, wellies etc which helps not having to bring them in daily.

We can't recommend the nursery highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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 absolutely loves going to this nursery. He has come on so much with his development since he has been here and that is down to the excellent staff. All staff are friendly, welcoming and brilliant with all the children. They are always professional and do so much with the children to make them grow.

The nursery itself is always clean and great space for the children to play and express themselves. Management are fantastic, always greet you with a smile and happy to help with anything you ask them to for your child. I would recommend this nursery to anyone as it truly is the best in the area.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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

My little one has been with Dandelions since he was 6 months old. He turned 3 last week and his development since he started with Dandelions mentally, emotionally and physically has been exceptional and credit goes to the hardworking staff of the nursery.
The way his face lights up when he sees me in the afternoon to tell me how his day went gives me a reassuring and comforting feeling that he's being well looked after.

The staff go over and beyond to attend to his needs and I thank them for their patience and understanding. My son also enjoys the delicious meals prepared by the nursery that rarely he doesn't have seconds. The meals are healthy and well balanced. I am confident that when he starts big school, he has been well prepared by Dandelion.

I'd recommend Dandelion Nursery to anyone who is looking for a nursery for their little one. You can be assured that they will be well looked after and also have with other kids and the friendly staff who are also professional in their own right.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter goes to Dandelions Nursery and she loves it a lot. The staff there are very friendly and helpful. I love the amount of space available at the nursery for the children to run around and I find the nursery clean as well. The staff at the nursery have also been helpful during those times when I needed extra hours because I needed to rush to the office. I love the nursery and will definitely recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

We have 2 children in Dandelions. Both love going to Nursery such is the caring and exciting environment that the staff create at Dandelions. The values and standards we instil in our children at home are mirrored by that of the nursery so there are no fundamental conflicts in their conduct which is really important as our children grow up.

Our children love being outside and they have ample opportunity to get out; the garden and wild areas are a popular area for them. The children get a good varied diet and get to try things they wouldn't otherwise try at home. A recent change is management has had a positive effect on the nursery.

The bottom line is, the staff genuinely care about our children, and that matters most.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The staff at Dandelions are exceptional. They work tirelessly to ensure the service they offer is personal for each child. My eldest has been with the nursery for almost 2 years and he is flourishing and still runs down the path with excitement each day. My son is currently toilet training and his key person and all other room staff know how we're approaching the training and make sure he is praised and encouraged throughout.
I feel supported, reassured and happy with the care of my children.

My youngest has just started and throughout her settling in sessions, the staff have been keeping me informed of her progress, reassuring me and recounting detailed stories of what she's been doing and how she's enjoyed it. I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone. All of the staff are approachable, knowledgeable, caring and truly wonderful! This nursery provides that personal touch and it is a fabulous environment for my 2 children. Thank you everyone, you're amazing at what you do.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our daughter has been at the nursery for nearly 4 years, so we know the staff & facility well. We've always been very happy with the great value, care and education at Dandelions. All the staff obviously care about the children & show a sensible approach to comforting children with plenty of hugs & smiles.

Food choices are varied - our daughter seems to enjoy it. Activities seem to be well planned & varied too- giving children the opportunity to try lots of things & get a head start on early years learning: writing, reading, maths, ICT, science, forest school, cooking etc. Learning is supplemented with visits by music for children, ZooLab etc.

Facilities are second to none outdoor space & use made of it is best of all the nurseries we visited.

We would absolutely recommend this nursery and if we had to choose again we would still use Dandelions- it has felt like a very nurturing, safe and fun place for our daughter, and I know she will miss it terribly when she leaves this summer.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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 have had our daughter here for over a year now and are have already booked our son in to start at 10 months old. The staff and facilities are excellent and our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her time so far. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? 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

Dandelions has been fantastic for both our children who have attended here over the past two years. The staff are fantastic- they truly care for the children and my boys have loved attending and been very happy here. Worthy of particular note are: the time spent outdoors (lots), the menu (varied and healthy) the attention given to each child (lovely) and the continued drive to improve. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Dandelions Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

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Staff Profiles

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Katy Goodship

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2017

Description:

I have worked at the nursery since August 2017 but have worked for the company and our Farnborough nursery since March 2010. I started as a nursery nurse and worked my way through to Acting Manager within my time in Farnborough. I enjoy all aspects of the nursery manager role and working so closely with all the staff, children and parents.

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Sophie .

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2011

Description:

I have been at Dandelions since August 2017, but have worked for Bright Horizons since December 2011. Before starting here at Dandelions I worked for one of our other nurseries within the company called Little Stars in Didcot, where I worked my way up starting as a nursery practitioner, room leader and then being third in charge of the nursery. I particularly enjoy working alongside all of the families that we have, building a trusting relationship and seeing the children grow and develop to their full potential.