ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school

Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent, Bexley DA5 3JB

ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school, Bexley, London
ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school, Bexley, London
ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school, Bexley, London

ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school is an early years provider that focuses on child-led outdoor exploration and learning.

This nursery has a hands-on, forest school approach, with an emphasis on nature, focusing little minds on their natural environment, animals and their habitats.

The Ofsted registered provision is fully qualified to handle animals, and there are animal days out for little learners to enjoy and discover new things.

Owner: Animal Days Out CIC

Person in charge: Alice Pinwill (Programme Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Bexley Council

Number of Staff: 5

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 24

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas. Preschool runs term times but we do also offer holiday clubs at either this site or a local nearby Ofsted registered site

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Reviews

10 ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school has a Review Score of 10 (9.954)

The Review Score of 10 (maximum of 10) for ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 9 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 9 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 4.954 for ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school is calculated as follows: ( (103 Excellents x 5) + (5 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 108 Ratings = 4.954

  • 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 ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school 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 4.8 positive Reviews (24 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 4.8 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

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    9
  • Good
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  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school?

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    9
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Reviewer Connection to ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school

  • Mother of Child
    9

My 2.5yr old daughter has been going to this wonderful nursery for a month, having transferred from a "traditional" nursery setting. I was nervous about such a big change, but I really needn't have been!

The staff are welcoming and informative, you can see they genuinely care for the children. Communication between staff and parents is brilliant: face-to-face contact, a book updated by hand every day and also via an App called Tapestry where pictures and videos are uploaded.

My daughter's vocabulary has improved drastically, even in the short time she has been attending, and she comes home every day very chatty, full of enthusiasm and so, so happy. Her confidence is growing and so many areas are being nurtured - teamwork, practical life skills, creativity. Campfires, animal experiences, sleeping in a roundhouse, the mud kitchen, scattering woodchip for the wet weather ... you never know what the day will bring!

I would not hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone!

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Victoria, Director at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 30 Nov 2017:

Hi Laura,

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide a review. It was really lovely to read your glowing feedback and I will ensure this is passed onto the team directly.

With regards to the "good" on resources, we just want to reassure you that there are heaps of natural and traditional resources that parents/carers do not often see as we rotate what we put out for children to ensure it is still child led and forest school based so their imaginative play is not stilted. On the ICT front, we have even got some funky technology including number turtles that record the children's voices and still cope underwater and in mud (we will see how long they last!) and we have just added a new child tablet to their technology box which has walkie talkies and digital camera for example, so we work to include all those important areas of learning of the EYFS that traditional settings work to as well.

Absolutely loved reading that she comes home so happy and you are feeling she is developing more quickly with her language since she has been with us. As you say, we do genuinely care about all our children and families and I know you will make the team proud as am I. Thanks again

I can't praise this pre school enough. It is a gem and my son loves it. I would highly recommend this nursery to every parent.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Victoria McHolland-Pilcher, Director at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 29 Sep 2017:

Thank you Margot for taking time to submit such a lovely review. We love having your son with us and being part of his learning journey. His acting impression to convey a muddy puddle will stay with us long after he leaves for primary school!

My son absolutely loves his sessions at ADO. The environment is friendly and welcoming with lots to explore.

The staff are extremely competent and nothing is ever too much. The children get a written record of what they have done each day and you are able to see your child's progress through Tapestry.

Since my son has been attending, he has made brilliant progress in all areas of the EYFS.

Would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 28 Sep 2017:

Thank you for your wonderful review, Fay! All of the ADO team try our hardest to ensure the Mini Explorer Garden is exciting and engaging and helps to support all areas of the EYFS :)

The staff at ADO are amazing. I have never seen a kid crying there, kids are always happy and my son never ever said I don't want to go nursery. He was very bad at eating his breakfast and I used to say ''no nursery today as we are late'' and the plate will be empty within seconds.
Every day there was something new and interesting - campfire, marshmallows, walk in the woods, playing in the mud kitchen and believe it or not when it rains, oh ... the fun they had jumping in the puddles. A new adventure every day.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 28 Sep 2017:

Thank you for your kind words Marina, we are touched! We would love to be able to say that none of the children ever cry, but we do of course have some children cry on occassion - you may have missed those days :) However, being an outdoor setting, the overall sound level is far less than that of an indoor one.
We're pleased to know that your child was so excited to attend our preschool! There certainly is a new adventure to be had every day!!

ADO Mini Explorers Preschool offers such a unique setting. My son and all the children at the preschool are all in their element playing, exploring and learning in the outdoors. My son comes home and speaks with so much enthusiasm about what he has been doing during his time there.
I have never known a group of staff who are all so kind and caring. So much care and attention is given to the children to develop their self-confidence.
I couldn't recommend this preschool highly enough - I just wish it was around when I was a child!

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 28 Sep 2017:

Thank you so much for your lovely review Debbie, the whole ADO team are touched by your kind words! It is an honour to be able to spend time with each of the children and watch them grow and learn with nature. We're so pleased to know that your child talks enthusiastically about his day with us and tells you what he has been doing!

This is an amazing and unique nursery. The experience my daughter had there was incredible. After just a couple of weeks of being there my daughters vocabulary noticeably improved. She experienced things there that she would never have got anywhere else - bugs, exploring, hairdressing, building with 'real' materials.
The staff there are welcoming and go over and above to show an interest in every child and help them to extend their learning and take risks. ADO Mini Explorers has helped grow our little girl into a confident, outgoing, fun-loving, creative young lady who is very ready for school.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 28 Sep 2017:

It was so heartwarming to read your review, Ruth. Thank you very much for your kind words. We're so pleased your child had such an enjoyable time with us and that she benefited from the wonderful experiences we strive to offer and provide. We hope she is enjoying school and we hope to see her again soon!

My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her time at Mini Explorers. She comes home after every session excited to tell me what she has done and to read what the staff have written in her book. The staff at Mini Explorers are so caring and know my daughter so well. They are so approachable and you can tell they really love their job.
My daughter absolutely loves playing in the mud kitchen, in the sensory tray, in the sand pit and making her own shoes up using the stage area. The staff take them on regular trips to the local shops and woods where they have picnics.
I know of no other preschool in the local area like it. Who can say that in a morning they've met a bearded dragon, sang songs and eaten marshmallows around a campfire, made mud pies, jumped in muddy puddles, made a car out of wood, bottle tops and nails and eaten their lunch in a roundhouse!
My daughter absolutely loves it!

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 28 Sep 2017:

Hi Amanda, thank you so much for your glowing review! I know the team will be so touched to read your kind words. We're pleased to know that your child is excited to tell you all about her day and how much she enjoys Mini Explorers. We also thoroughly enjoy the shows she performs on the stage area!

Our son has been attending Mini Explorers for over a year and we feel that he has been privileged to be part of their provision. He has had some incredible experiences that he would not have had the opportunity to do in many other settings.
They have nurtured his personality, discovered his natural skills and interests and we have seen him grow and learn from his time there. We love the setting's focus on adventure and creativity - many early years settings focus wholly on academic development but Mini-Explorers is holistic and activities are designed and prepared to develop and practice social, emotional, communication and interpersonal skills.
They have helped create a firm foundation for school. We love Tapestry, the parent app which helps us to stay connected to what he has been doing and is a great communication tool. They have been flexible with the hours we use, offering after-school and before school provision and moving days around when working arrangements have changed.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Sep 2017:

It was so great to read your lovely feedback Mary, thank you so much! I've shared your kind words with the team and know they'll be touched.
Your feedback rating has also given us the idea to provide parents with more information about the lunchtime meals the Mini Explorers are eating via our social media site. We've loved seeing your child grow and learn with us and are pleased we can be part of his journey!

My child absolutely loved this nursery and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor play and interaction with animals. She always came home smiling and happy and stories of the activities they did.
I was very happy with the care she received and believe what she has learnt will always stay with her. I highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school? 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

Eloise, Operations Assistant at ADO Mini-Explorers Outdoor Pre-school responded to this review on 26 Sep 2017:

Thank you for your lovely feedback, it was so nice to read and share with the team!
We've had lots of lovely additions to the Mini Explorer's Garden since your child left and we are continuing to grow :)
We hope your child is enjoying being in Reception class and we hope to see her soon!

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