Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton

263 West Drive, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 2RX

Group: Adventures in Learning Ltd

Person in charge: Emma Rathbone (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Lancashire 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: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Fees Guide: £36-£40 per session

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Reviews

10 Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton has a Review Score of 10 (10.000)

The Review Score of 10 (maximum of 10) for Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 11 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 5 for Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton is calculated as follows: ( (192 Excellents x 5) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 5

  • 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 Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton is based on 11 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). 11 Reviews ÷ 10 Target Reached = 1

  • 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
    16
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    16
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
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Reviewer Connection to Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton

  • Mother of Child
    12
  • Father of Child
    3
  • Grandmother of Child
    1

Returning to work is a scary experience leaving your precious child in someone else’s care for the first time but everyone at Little Explorers has made this so much easier through their friendly but professional manner. Our daughter has bloomed at Little Explorers Nursery. She is growing into a strong independent, free- thinking child. We put this down to the care and attention she has received at the Nursery. I feel the nursery is an extension to our family home. It is warm, nurturing and always buzzing with excitement. The staff always go above and beyond to make each child feel special and don’t ever rush time with us as their parents. I’m always in awe of the activities in place and how special everyone who works there is. We’re lucky to have such an amazing place.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

I have seen and experienced first hand the amazing setting and strong team. They put the child's needs at the forefront of their planning and deliver outstanding care to every child- AMAZING, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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 grandchild loves going to nursery. The staff are friendly and know all the children, parents and carers. She has come along in leaps and bounds in terms of social skills and her learning. She particularly loves the outside playing/learning area which was a main consideration of our choosing this day nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

When my daughter first started, it took a good while to be allowed to leave her. This changed, in the first week, completely the opposite in fact and doesn't want to come home!

This is a fantastic nursery, with every little detail thought about. It is safe and secure, but remains a fun and uplifting place to be!

My daughter loves going to this nursery, and all the staff love her back!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Absolutely fantastic nursery, my daughter adores her new friends. The staff are brilliant and truly seem to care deeply about their little visitors, each child is encouraged through play and my daughter has come on leaps and bounds since January. The fact she always wants to go even in days she doesn't go and doesn't want to stop playing to come home says a lot. The nursery is well staffed, well maintained and their safety is very good especially as the ethos is to allow the children to find their limits. Challenging behaviour is nipped in the bud albeit respectfully and fairly and all the children seem to get along wonderfully.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Truly excellent nursery with first class facilities (indoor and outside) and most importantly an enthusiastic, warm, highly trained team, who adore the children.

This nursery should form a best practice model for others. My daughter is happy, stimulated, well-fed and nurtured. What more could I ask for?

The owners continue to significantly invest in training, toys, equipment and technology. I wholeheartedly recommend this nursery and feel very privileged that my daughter attends.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Love, love, love, this nursery, my little boy goes in with a smile and doesn't want to leave when I get him. It's such a relaxed environment which the children feed off, so when you walk in you feel at ease that your child is being well looked after. The owner and manager are so approachable and do such an amazing job.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Amazing nursery with amazing staff and owners (no I'm not related to them!).

My son has been coming to this nursery over a year now, we moved him from a different nursery and I'm so glad we did. My son is always coming home exhausted and dirty which in my opinion means he has had a great day.

Being able to play outside all day every day in any weather, has been my son's favourite bit and the walk to the woods is an amazing experience for them, rather than being stuck inside all day.

My son is starting school in September and he is very prepared for starting even though he has just turned 4, all thanks to this amazing nursery. I will be sad to see him leave next month as the nursery is such an amazing experience for them.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Amazing nursery with amazing staff!
My daughter has been going to this nursery for nearly a year now and she loves it. She has come on leaps and bounds in the last year! Couldn't ask for anything more! Staff go above and beyond!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

You know it's a good nursery when you go to pick your child and they are curled up on the sofa with two members of staff reading a book. The staff are like my sons 2nd family, he is just so settled with them all, which is something I have not seen when sending my eldest to nursery. The outdoor area is amazing, my son loves that he can play outside all day long no matter the weather.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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 daughter loves it. The leadership is inspirational. Constantly involving parents. It feels like a real family. The progress she is making is fantastic.
She comes home full of stories about the fun she has had. I wish they would open a school!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

Amazing and inspirational place. My child settled so well and is thriving. She didn't settle well at another nursery but the staff made her feel so cared for.

I love hearing from her key worker what she gets up to.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

A great nursery with lovely, friendly, welcoming staff who adore children. My little boy absolutely loves going and doesn't want to leave! The garden is amazing, far better than anything I've seen at other local nurseries. They always have great activities to keep the children well entertained and they take them on excursions to local woodlands to explore- what more could you ask for? I highly recommend this nurseryfof this looking for a unique learning experience for their little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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

You must go and see for yourself. Even I want to play there! The outdoors is so unique. We love everything about it as does my son. The staff really settled him well his speech is already improving too

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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 delighted with the nursery. Having two teachers owning it made us feel very comfortable. Also we love the Forest School approach. The setting is clean light and airy. The staff, well they are just so lovely. My daughter is happy settled and loving every session, thank you to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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 enrolled our little boy as we were not only impressed with the forest school ethos but also the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the staff. We have not been disappointed and are thrilled with the nursery. Our son comes home with tales of trips to the woods, hide and seek and searching for creepy crawlies. The staff are wonderful and the whole place has such a happy and stimulating atmosphere. This is a very special place that really stands out from the crowd.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Explorers Nursery and Forest School Thornton? 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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