Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead HP3 8RP

Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School is a purpose built day nursery for children aged six months to four years. It is situated next to Abbot's Hill Prep School.

Rated outstanding in all areas of its Independent Schools Inspectorate report in March 2017, the nursery provides full day care, all year round.

The modern and spacious nursery is contained over one level and provides children with free-flow access to the nursery's outside space.

Children have access to three main age-specific areas, all of which have resources that have been carefully selected to enhance learning and development.

"Children are extremely happy and feel safe and secure in the nurturing environment." - ISI Report, March 2017

Owner: Abbot's Hill School

Person in charge: Jo Watkins (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 61

Age Range: from 0 years 6 months to 4 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays, 1 week at Christmas & 1 week in the Summer

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School 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 33 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 32 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 4.929 for Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School is calculated as follows: ( (368 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 395 Ratings = 4.929

  • 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 Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School is based on 32 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 12.2 positive Reviews (61 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 32 Reviews ÷ 12.2 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.

9.9 Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.929)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School?

  • Extremely LIKELY
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  • Likely
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  • Don't know
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  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
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  • Unlikely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    10
  • Grandmother of Child
    1
  • Uncle of Child
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Abbot's Hill nursery provides a child a very secure, cheerful and nurturing environment . The added benefit of being attached to the school they get to enjoy Ballet, French, PE and Music which my daughter thoroughly enjoys. As a parent I can work better because I know my child is being looked after well.

How likely would you be to recommend Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I would highly recommend this nursery. The staff are very caring, helpful and supportive. The facilities are excellent. My child has really developed well at this nursery and is extremely happy there. The communication from the nursery is also very good, especially the developmental log which they send to the parents.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My niece attends your lovely nursery and absolutely loves it. She is extremely happy, learning very fast and I enjoy watching the milestones and achievements made via the nursery website. The staff are all so caring and the environment is loving and encouraging. I highly recommend the nursery because of the team and facilities. Thank you for doing such a great job and taking such care of the children.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My granddaughter attends your excellent day nursery. The facilities are wonderful and the staff are excellent. She is encouraged daily and is very happy here. The size of class and location of the classrooms are also commendable, including security for the children (eg when a family member is collecting them, with permission of the parents, they must have the correct password and give their signature on the form). There is a good sized parking area reserved for nursery drop off/collection.

The play area is welcoming and safely contained. The nursery setting in the beautiful grounds of the main school means the children are close to greenery and nature. I would recommend this nursery to everyone.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter absolutely loves her time at nursery. She adores ALL the members of staff and she has really progressed during her time here. In particular the staff were great at working with us to achieve potty training, they provide us with ideas of what we can develop with her at home and our daughter comes home every week having learnt something new!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I have two children at the nursery and both have made giant leaps forward in the year they have been there.

All staff are friendly and show genuine affection towards the children providing a safe and supportive environment.

An excellent nursery in all areas!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our eldest daughter started at Abbot’s Hill Nursery when it first opened. There was no competition, the nursery offers everything you could want for your child. The staff are happy, welcoming and most importantly care for the welfare and education of the children. The nursery is clean, bright, airy, well organised and complete with all the necessary tools and aids for the little ones to enjoy the activities. We now have our second child in Tiny Toes and look forward to both girls moving into the school. I’ve always felt at complete ease leaving my girls at nursery knowing they are in safe hands. All the staff are exceptionally knowledgeable and our key workers have been totally amazing with our little ones. Totally recommend this nursery to everyone!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic nursery with great facilities and staff. Have genuine care for the children and ensure that parents are constantly informed about the childs development and wellbeing.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter has just moved up classes. She has had the pleasure of being in the nursery for the last 12 months and not only loves it but thrives there. The staff are ALL outstanding and the one to one time they spent with the children is priceless, this is one of the reasons why our daughter is beyond her years in terms of interaction & social awareness. The facilities and cleanliness are superb and meals freshly prepared/cooked on site.
My wife and I have already recommend the nursery to a friend of ours and fortunately their son has managed to get a starting place next month.
This really is an outstanding nursery, I cannot praise it and more importantly the staff highly enough. I would HIGHLY recommend Abbots Hill nursery to all nursery parents.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Ever since we moved our daughter from another nursery to Abbots Hill, we couldn't be happier and neither could she! The staff have been incredible and value our daughter and her abilities and needs in a way we couldn't have even expected. She has settled in wonderfully and looks forward to every day she gets to go. They communicate with us daily with pictures and descriptions of what she is doing and her progress. Their attention to detail and care about the whole child is invaluable to us. We can't wait for them to welcome our son in a few months! Between woodland school and French lessons, they really are providing a wholistic early years curriculum.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff at Abbot's Hill made us feel welcome and comfortable from the start and have continued to do so over the years. They are not short on providing information on what the child has done while with them and how he or she is progressing. They also have a clear structure of how they advance the child through the learning stages. With all of the above I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a day nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child has been attending this nursery since it opened its doors from the beginning. We as parents are extremely happy with the level of care received for our child. The level of attention, play and learning is very much tailored individually and the daily feedback is excellent. The regular updates on Tapestry on our child’s development, next level learning and goals are just fantastic. Developmental Learning is almost received in real-time due to this application. It’s also something we as parents can contribute to.

All the staff are caring and friendly and genuinely take an interest in each child regardless if they are in their class or not. In the early days as a new parent, it was really reassuring to get a advice from staff at Abott’s Hill Nursery on my child's development. They have answered all my questions and concerns professionally.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our son has been attending Abbot's Hill Nursery since he turned one and we are delighted with every aspect of the Nursery. The facilities and surroundings are stunning. Having visited numerous nurseries in the area, Abbot's Hill far exceeded all the others. The care that all staff take of our son is outstanding and the designated 'key person' continually challenges and offers new opportunities which is clear in his consistent development. Every staff member knows him by name which demonstrates the caring nature of the nursery. A daily log of his activities throughout each day is recorded and provided upon pick up. We also receive regular updates of his activities via the online/app tapestry platform which is very detailed and informative. Our son loves every day he spends at nursery and regularly talks about the staff and other children glowingly. We cannot recommend Abbot's Hill Nursery highly enough and we consider the staff and facilities to be of the highest quality.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have been using the nursery now since our little one turned a year. We’ve been very happy with all aspects from her key worker, the updates we get given, her development, varied activities each day, and the nutrition. Generally, we are really very pleased we choose this nursery and would happily recommend to others.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We moved our daughter to Abbot’s Hill Nursery due to issues with the previous nursery she was in. This place is worlds apart, the building is new, clean, bright and airy. The staff are friendly, genuinely interested and engaged with the children. The activities offered stretch the children are varied and interesting and due to its location, they can offer walks within the grounds and visits to woods. After a previous potty training failure, the staff recognised that she was ready and were supportive and encouraging, enabling her to be dry within a week. Thank you, Abbot’s Hill.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter loves coming to Abbot's Hill. The staff here are very friendly and caring and they seem to put so much effort in to occupy the tiny tots throughout the day. They are doing an absolutely amazing job. Since my daughter has been at the nursery, I can see a vast improvement in her, thanks to our staff at Abbot's Hill. Big shout out to our daughter's key person, she's been wonderful. Thank you!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

A fabulous nursery, with amazing staff. Our daughter is flourishing here and we look forward to her moving up to the junior school in her years ahead. I really can't fault the nursery, the manager and her team are fabulous.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The nursery itself is a fun and bright environment and I think it provides the backdrop for effective learning. Our daughter and our son have had the most amazing time at nursery– had lots of fun and loves the teachers very much.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I'm really pleased with the level of care at Abbot's Hill Day Nursery. My daughter loves her nursery days and runs into the room smiling. The staff genuinely care about her as an individual, both in terms of nurturing her educational development, social interactions and also showing her kindness if she's poorly. Any queries are dealt with swiftly and I'm kept informed of progress and any concerns. The facilities are great, and my daughter is exposed to a wide range of activities from art projects, cooking, being out in the woods and role play.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter has been attending Abbot's Hill Nursery since she turned one and we are utterly delighted with every aspect of the Nursery - the facilities and setting are stunning, the care the staff take of our little pride and joy is outstanding. Having visited and researched several nurseries in the area, Abbot's Hill and the services offered far exceed the others. Our daughter's 'key contact person' takes such great care of her, continually challenging and offering her new opportunities. We receive daily updates of her activities and are encouraged to be part of her 'nursery life' as much as possible. We particularly love how every staff member knows our daughter by name - whether they have daily contact with her or not and it puts our minds at rest to see how much she enjoys her days at nursery and the relationships she is developing there. I can not recommend Abbot's Hill Nursery highly enough and we consider it a privilege that our daughter is able to attend!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy has been at Abbot's Hill Nursery for over a year now and his progress has been remarkable. They are engaged and conscientious with lots of care and consideration to his development. There is a wonderful array of interesting activities. Facilities are immaculate and comprehensive. Lovely team with all members genuinely interested in children.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Abbots Hill Nursery for just over one year and we have been delighted with it. All members of the team are extremely professional, knowledgeable and very caring and friendly. The setting is beautiful and our daughter has really enjoyed the playground, outdoor mud kitchen and the walks taken with her peers.
The food is varied and well enjoyed!
I would most definitely recommend the nursery to anyone considering it.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We got a really good feeling about this nursery from the moment we viewed it and it has lived up to our expectations. All the staff are really friendly and caring - our son loves it there and settled in very easily due to the fact he received the individual attention he needed and sometimes that it just a good cuddle from one of the lovely staff!
Always a very caring attitude from all the staff. Our son has developed loads since joining there and yet we always feel fully informed of any developments through their online journal Tapestry, updating us on all the different activities they do each day. Great nursery - highly recommended.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Abbot's Hill Nursery ticked all the right boxes for us when we were searching for suitable nurseries for our daughter. She settled in with ease and we never looked back over our decision. The environment is colourful and welcoming, clean and tidy. Staff are all very friendly, would definitely recommend.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our two children attend Abbot's Hill Day Nursery and we couldn't be happier with this setting. The staff are incredibly professional, enthusiastic, organised, warm and caring. Both children settled really quickly. The home-nursery communication is excellent. We would highly recommend Abbot's Hill to other parents.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our son attended nursery for nearly two years. He had such a great time whilst at the nursery. He developed and grew in such a warm and stimulating environment. We would like to highlight that the nursery really helped the children prepare for school. This was invaluable and has made the transition to reception really easy. The teachers and staff are really focused on the children. You can trust they are receiving the best care and structure during the day. We highly recommend Abbot's Hill Nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We are delighted with the care that our child receives at Abbot's Hill. Our daughter absolutely loves it there and the team are all fantastic. Her development and progress in the time she has been there, has been amazing and a lot of this is down to the attention and care she receives.

The room she is in is light and spacious with plenty of space to play and lots of things to engage and interact with. We are very happy with our choice of nursery!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The staff at Abbot's Hill Nursery are brilliant! The nursery manager has created a great environment with a great bunch of people that work in her team. A special shout out to a carer in Tiny Toes and another in Stepping up for their excellent commitment - always wearing a smile and engaging with the children!
We’re in no doubt that we’ll be bringing our second child to the nursery next year. Please ensure you invest in your current staff to retain them - they really deserve it and are the differentiator with other nurseries in the area.
Only minor negative is the infrastructure/support that the nursery gets from the school - parking has been terrible recently, but hopefully that’s just a blip and will be quickly addressed - don’t let it put you off!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Rebecca Juster, Deputy Manager at Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School responded to this review on 13 Oct 2017:

Thank you for your kind words, it is greatly appreciated by the nursery. Your comment about the staff will be passed onto them-they are a fantastic team who work incredibly hard to provide the high quality of care that the children receive with us. Parking is a slight issue at the moment, as the main school is in phase 2 of their campus development. This means there are major building works taking place on site and some parking has been restricted to allow for building deliveries and machinery to move around the site. We are incredibly lucky to be part of the school and the campus development will only add to the quality of the environment that the children have access to.

Lovely, small, personal nursery. All staff are consistently brilliant. Our daughter loves being there, and we feel so comfortable leaving her there. The use of technology at the nursery - such as fingerprint scanners for security, and an App so you can get updates on what your child is doing, are all brilliant.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our son has been attending Abbot's Nursery now for over six months and he has never once resisted being left with the lovely staff there. I have full confidence in his well-being and safety, and I absolutely love the online updates that we receive each week with his developmental milestones. The food is probably better than I can make at home and my son is cared for with the utmost expertise at all times. I've recommended this nursery already to my peers and I continue to speak glowingly about our experiences. The nursery is always incredibly clean and tidy - and each day I'm given a full update on our son's experiences. Highly recommended. Thank you.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This is a lovely nursery in a great location with attentive staff. At the end of my child's day, there is a thorough appraisal and I feel as if any concerns I have are well listened to. My son seems to be very happy - he especially loves his key worker, the food and the daily activities. I would not hesitate to recommend it. One more bonus - it never ever smells like a nursery - it is always clean and fresh!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

We feel extremely lucky to have found Abbot's Hill Nursery and to have secured places for both our daughters. The facilities are excellent and that it is set in extensive private grounds is a real bonus. However, the thing that sets Abbot's Hill apart is the calibre and dedication of the staff. Whilst the team has expanded and changed during the eighteen months my eldest has been attending, the management clearly takes time and care over recruitment decisions and we are delighted with the care our child receives.
The breadth of activities is very impressive and my daughter is always excited to attend. Communication between the staff and parents is very good. Updates on my child's progress via the 'Tapestry' system are both informative and the highlight of my working day!
My youngest daughter starts at Abbot's Hill Nursery in a couple of months and I'm confident she will also thrive there.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Overall I cannot recommend this nursery and staff on a higher level than they already achieve at this moment in time. The nursery being new with all the equipment and technology as in tapestry helps me see my child's progress during the day and how he is learning whilst playing. After three nursery's at last we have found one we can trust to look after our son like us. The regular changing is done as promised and our child has never been sore or red like other places that have looked after him. The cook also does lovely food in which is often better than we provide at home, overall we are very happy.

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Ofsted: Good

Recipient: Abbot's Hill Day Nursery & Pre-School

Date: Thursday 08 Sep 2016

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