The Ivies, Haslemere, Haslemere, Surrey
The Ivies, Haslemere, Haslemere, Surrey
The Ivies, Haslemere, Haslemere, Surrey

The Ivies Nursery is a fun and vibrant setting where playing is taken seriously!

Days are carefully planned to stimulate children’s social, physical and intellectual growth while maintaining a real sense of fun and enjoyment. Children enjoy full access to an outdoor play area as well as a range of facilities at the school such as the gym and extensive woodland area.

There are fun packed sessions every day with specialist activities including: Forest School, swimming, ballet, Little Linguists and Crafty Chefs.

All activities are included in the fees, there are no extra charges for special activities.

The nursery has a 'Stay and Play' every Thursday from 9.30am - 11.00am. Term time only.

Owner: St Ives School

Person in charge: Lesley Whittle (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Surrey County Council

Number of Staff: 3

Service Offered: Nursery School (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 312080

Total Places for Children: 36

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 4 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1745

When Closed: School Holidays

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Reviews

8.8 The Ivies, Haslemere has a Review Score of 8.8 (8.800)

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for The Ivies, Haslemere 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 20 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Ivies, Haslemere in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.9 out of 5 from 3 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 4.883 for The Ivies, Haslemere is calculated as follows: ( (212 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 239 Ratings = 4.883

  • 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 3.917 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Ivies, Haslemere is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 7.2 positive Reviews (36 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 7.2 Target = 0.417

  • 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
    19
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Ivies, Haslemere?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    20
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to The Ivies, Haslemere

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    2

Both of our girls have been at The Ivies, Haslemere for 4 years in total. They absolutely love it. The little one does not want to leave the nursery at picking up time! The teachers are very experienced and kind. They do lots of activities. They have a structured approach, a thing which suits our kids. Our kids developed a warm and loving relationship with other kids and staff. They are good at spotting if any areas need further development and know how to do it.

Surely the best area around we think!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The Ivies staff are knowledgeable and caring. Care and development for our daughter has been specific to her needs, which was important to us. The range of activities on offer is extensive and the resources the nursery has access to helps develop the children significantly.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

The nursery is a wonderful, caring and nurturing environment. My son has settled really well and very quickly and this is the result of calm, patient and considerate teachers who have gone out of their way to settle our son in his new environment. The nursery setting is absolutely lovely and the children are encouraged to explore and experience all different activities. What most attracted us to the nursery is the flexibility in terms of the children not being hindered by an overly strict routine but given the space to develop in their own way. There is of course always led activities and support on hand to assist the children in their activities. There is also plenty of outside space and the forest school is a real hit. We are very happy with our choice of nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The Ivies is just a really special place! I have two daughters both who attend and love it. The staff there are creative, sensitive, fun and caring and really look after the children making sure that they are safe and secure but also developing skills, curiosity and a love of learning. Development is centred around play, and activities are fun, diverse and really focus around the needs of the children. The communication with home is excellent and I love seeing comments, photos and snapshots on the superb App. The Ivies also has the benefit of being part of a super school. This means that actives such as ballet, PE, forest school, cooking, French all happen and there is opportunity to mix with older girls and feel part of a community. This also comes into its own when thinking of the transition from nursery to school. My daughter knows the teachers in the school and they know her, it is friendly, warm and really knows it's stuff when it comes to child development.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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: Don't Know

Both my daughters have attended St Ivies Nursery and have been /are very happy. It is a very caring and loving environment and all the nursery staff are very calm and patient with the children. The younger children are separated from the older children (ducks and ducklings) at certain times of the day which enables more focus on age appropriate tasks. The staff are excellent at preparing the children for school in the last couple of terms - children attend assembly. There is good outside space with plenty of toys and role play areas to encourage imaginative play. A wonderful nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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 which has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. I have had two daughters attend for their preschool years and would highly recommend it. It's a fun, caring nursery where both my children were extremely happy. The level of activity is pitched just right for the age groups and it's a great preparation for the start of school. The facilities and position is excellent. The staff are wonderful, caring and enthusiastic. A wonderful nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

Really nice nurturing environment, in lovely setting.
Most important is how much my daughter loves it there - so much so she often doesn't want to come home! It was the same for my son who went to this nursery a few years ago, who had been to various other nurseries before this one - he settled in so quickly at this nursery and thoroughly enjoyed his time there.
Some of the extras are really good too - and not offered at other nurseries we had been to. For example - forest school, swimming lessons and ballet.
The overall package that this nursery delivers is great.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter started in The Ivies in 2009. From the moment she walked in, we knew she was in good hands. She has never looked back and, now in Year 5 in the main school, we are approaching a very sad day when she will have to move on to another school.
St Ives has provided my daughter with the happiest start to her education and I don't think she will ever forget the fun filled days she has had.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

Two of my daughters have gone to this nursery (one of them is there currently). I couldn't be happier with it - the staff are all great, the atmosphere is lovely and relaxed and the children are all very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I would highly recommend St Ives Nursery to anyone looking for a happy, caring, nurturing environment in the Haslemere area. My daughter enjoyed a fantastic two years in the nursery and the amazing staff helped her to grow in confidence, social skills, life skills and academically during her time there. The children love St Ives Nursery, they make strong friendships and enjoy a huge range of activities such as cooking, singing, music, swimming and PE. As the nursery is linked to the school, they can enjoy the facilities that the school has to offer. When my daughter left having just turned four, she was fully ready to start school, she was confident, could read simple books and swim a short distance. Thank you St Ives!!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

Our daughters experience of 'The Ivies' nursery, and therefore ours, was a complete joy. The moment she completed her taster session we were hooked. We didn't need to look elsewhere. We felt completely confident leaving her in their loving and nurturing care and she thrived. It is welcoming and a home from home experience set in stunning grounds.
Our daughter moved into St Ives school which was a seamless and natural transition from the nursery. The added bonus is that she still gets to spend time with the wonderful nursery staff through the Pre Prep After School Care arrangements.
This really is a hidden gem of a nursery that I can't recommend highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

St Ive's Nursery is a wonderful Nursery. My eldest daughter also went to the nursery and I feel it has the highest standards of care. Nurturing of child led development is fantastic. Both my girls happily took off to nursery without a second glance. Wonderful I love it!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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: Satisfactory

Both of my children have attended The Ivies Nursery and thoroughly enjoyed their time there. It has a wonderful outdoor space, lots of afternoon activities. Staff were always friendly, kind and supportive. I felt confident as a parent leaving my children in their care. Wonderful lunches!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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 had to move my son from another nursery because I was extremely unhappy with the level of care he was getting and he was not liking it. From the moment he started at The Ivies he has been really happy. The staff are excellent with years of experience. He always comes home clean and well fed!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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 son attends St Ives, and I couldn't speak more highly of it. My son skips in telling me how much he loves nursery and when I pick him up he asks me "when can I come to nursery again, Mum?" He is so happy there. There is a warmth at the nursery that I didn't experience at others and there are Happy children running around being creative and expressing themselves, its lovely. The warmth extends to outside the nursery too, if you see anyone around the grounds, you are always greeted with a big hello and and a kind smile- there a real sense of community. The staff at the nursery are so attentive and caring, and put so much thought into what the children do. My son is always coming home with wonderful treasures that he has made. my son, like all boys needs to get outside and be physical and the outdoor space at St Ives is an adventure park with lots of space to run and wonderful views, for him to run around in. I highly recommend this wonderful nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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 daughters attend this nursery with pleasure. They love all the teachers and feel happy and confident there. The extra activities abound and they love to take part in cooking, French, music, ballet. They don't enjoy swimming but then that's their preference.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

We are 100% happy with our choice of The Ivies. Our daughter loves going to nursery and is full of excitement on nursery days. She loves the afternoon activities. Ballet and Crafty Chefs are firm favourites. She loves the fact that there is lots of outside play, as well as Forest school. This week she started telling me about how they say Hallo in French. She is so interested in keen in everything and the Ivies have such a wide range of things to do, and learn there is no chance of boredom! The garden area is well equipped and the children get good use of their wellies and waterproofs at the Ivies come rain or shine, which I think is a massive bonus! Our main reasons for choosing the Ivies were to do with the lovely calm feeling inside. Even on a busy day, there always seems to be a calm atmosphere, with happy busy children who are getting on with all sorts of activities, enjoying themselves in this warm, caring and calm environment. The level of one to one relationships is great too, and the staff are always available to talk in person or by email (which as a working mum is really useful). We’ve seen how much our daughter’s confidence has grown in just a couple of terms and feel that The Ivies has played a large role in this. The Ivies is a top choice!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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

This is a wonderful, homely, nurturing nursery run by kind and hard working staff. Children are very well known to all and given individual attention. The grounds are stunning. Outstanding activities and facilities include ballet, swimming (off site), forest school, music and French every week. My son absolutely loved his time here and my daughter is thoroughly enjoying herself at the nursery now. You can't go wrong if you choose The Ivies.

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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 couldn't be happier with our choice of nursery for our son. There are many positives; the daily afternoon activities (forest school, cooking, ballet, etc) was one of the main deciding factors when we chose The Ivies, but it's really the staff who have exceeded expectations. You really get a sense they genuinely care about each child, know what they are interested in, and notice when they need support.

If ever I stay a little longer at drop-off, I'm amazed at how well these small children play together, sharing and showing awareness for others. I think it's mainly down to the attitude of the staff, who seem to explain and reason with the children rather than raise voices. I really like that the 2-4 year olds are not segregated into separate rooms by age, because I think the younger ones learn a lot from the older ones, and the older ones learn to be patient with the younger ones.

The biggest measure of how good it is here is the size of the smile on my son's face when I pick him up - he's buzzing with excitement and full of stories of what he's done at nursery that day, proud to show me his artwork. He even asks to go nursery at weekends! I'm pleased his waterproofs regularly come home covered in a healthy dose of mud; I would much rather he be poking a stick in a muddy puddle than poking at the screen of an iPad!

Another thing I'm pleased to see every day is the different array of activities set up on the tables; be it a sensory bin of a tactile substance and figurines or a fresh batch of play-doh, there's always something interesting to get stuck into.

The only thing I'd add is, as a working mother, holiday cover!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The Ivies Nursery is such a special place, my daughter blossomed under the incredible care of the staff in the Ivies. The Nursery staff in the Ivies are truly the most patient, kind and a wonderful team and every single member of staff genuinely cares and nurtures your child. The Nursery is in a lovely setting and it is the only Nursery in the area that seemed like a home from home - soft toys, cosy corners, books and the most amazing toy cupboard that you have ever seen. The Nursery benefits from having the facilities of the main school, including Forest school, with teachers popping in for French, music, PE and all sorts of fantastic lessons and experiences. It also has a superb curriculum with covering a vast range of topics as well as an introduction to phonics, maths and writing. During the afternoon sessions there are wonderful activities and my daughter adored her ballet, cooking lessons and sport sessions.

I cannot praise The Ivies more highly - it is Haslemere's best kept secret! It has prepared my daughter for reception brilliantly and it was also such a simple and easy move into Reception at St Ives as everything is so familiar. The Ivies and St Ives just creates a magical environment that results in happy and contented children, who just love to learn and want to learn - not sure that you can ask for more than that?!

How likely would you be to recommend The Ivies, Haslemere? 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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Lesley Whittle

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2010

Description:

Lesley has worked at The Ivies for five years. Having achieved a degree in Early Childhood Studies from London South Bank University in July 2006, Lesley went on to study Child Development and Education at Kingston University where she was awarded Early Years Professional Status in March 2008.
Lesley has had a twenty year career in childcare, in both day-care and sessional settings as well as bringing up two children of her own. During this career Lesley has had a special interest in speech and language development. Whilst working in Early Years settings Lesley has worked closely with the Advisors from Surrey Early Years and Childcare and has been involved in producing training videos demonstrating outstanding practice - this being the standard of practice she presents at all times in The Ivies.
Lesley also manages the After School Care and is a great advocate for children having the freedom to explore their world through free play during which they learn to share, work together, support each other and overcome problems.

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Catherine Roberston

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2013

Description:

Catherine has worked at The Ivies for 2 years. She originally trained at The Norland College where she was awarded a NNEB Diploma and a very impressive Norland Diploma with Distinction. Catherine worked as a nanny for several families before moving to a nursery to work in the baby room. A year later she married and spent 9 years at home raising her two sons.

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Deb Bowler

Job Title: Nursery Assistant

Joined: 2011

Description:

Deb has worked at The Ivies for four years. She has a Level 3 Cache in Childcare, and has additionally attended multiple training courses on many aspects of the nursery environment. Before joining us, Deb worked at her village nursery for ten years. She lives in Chiddingfold with her two children.