Children 1st @ Buckinghams, Leek, Staffordshire
Children 1st @ Buckinghams, Leek, Staffordshire
Children 1st @ Buckinghams, Leek, Staffordshire

Children 1st @ Buckinghams was rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted (October 2015) and is a very popular nursery conveniently located on Buxton Road in Leek.

The nursery has large, well resourced learning environments designed for babies, toddlers and early years. The environments provide the perfect opportunity for children to learn in small groups. The nursery also benefits from a large, outside space which is very popular with children.

Nursery staff are trained and supported by a designated early years teacher to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and they work hard to ensure children develop into self motivated and enthusiastic learners.

Group: Children 1st Day Nurseries

Person in charge: Dawn McCusker (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Staffordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 18

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

Total Places for Children: 82

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.8 Children 1st @ Buckinghams has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.775)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Children 1st @ Buckinghams is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 38 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children 1st @ Buckinghams in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 38 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 4.775 for Children 1st @ Buckinghams is calculated as follows: ( (367 Excellents x 5) + (75 Goods x 4) + (9 Satisfactorys x 3) + (3 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 454 Ratings = 4.775

  • 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 Children 1st @ Buckinghams is based on 38 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 16.4 positive Reviews (82 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 38 Reviews ÷ 16.4 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
    32
  • Good
    6
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    34
  • Likely
    4
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Buckinghams

  • Mother of Child
    35
  • Father of Child
    3

As a parent, I am very pleased with my child's attitude to Children 1st nursery. They have settled in with other children, staff and routine of the nursery very well, they love to play with their friends, eat their meals and learn new things all the time with members of staff. I do recommend Childrens 1st nursery to be value for money.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 actually done this. I recommended to a colleague at work who was moving to the area. She took up on this straight away without looking at any other nursery's in the area due to the comments I made. Well deserved. My child is cared for in all her needs very well.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Extremely happy with the care my child receives. She loves her days at Children 1st @ Buckinghams and it’s clear to see why all of the staff members are welcoming and can’t do enough for you. The outside area is a hidden gem which again my child loves. The nursery is clean and secure and the staff cater for all dietary requirements which all the staff have great knowledge in. Thank you for making my child’s early years full of fun!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Our son loves going to nursery here and all the staff know him, even those working in other rooms to his. He is learning so much here and his time spent is invaluable. We're very happy with the care here.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The girls here are amazing. My son is well looked after and is encouraged to do well. The food is fantastic and my son is offered seconds if he wants it. We are always asked if he's slept well during the night and if he needs breakfast in the morning. They also encourage the use of the potty even though our son at the moment choosing just to sit on it. There's story's, painting, sand and water play and lots of cuddles to go around. Keep up the good work everyone

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 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: Satisfactory

Really pleased we chose this nursery. Always available to talk to and always very responsive to questions.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Everyone at the nursery are very helpful and care a lot about all the children and the parents too and we get to be involved in things too very very happy with the nursery

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

The nursery is amazing, the staff, environment and atmosphere of the whole organisation is top drawer and I would defiantly recommend this nursery to other parents. I have used other nurseries in the past with my other children and believe this to be the best yet! The emotional warmth the staff show the children is second to non and they always have time for the children and are very thoughtful and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

The staff make this nursery fantastic. They are all so friendly and are lovely with the children. My daughter talks a lot about what she’s been doing and who she sees. When I pick them up they always want to go back to the nursery so they must have some good fun! Everything is ran so well.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

I have always found that my children are very safe and enjoy nursery life at Buckinghams - Staff were very helpful when my 2 &1/2 year old son has become potty trained.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My son has been genuinely cared for and time has been taken; particularly by the manager to ensure our whole family has been welcomed.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our Twins started Nursery at Buckinghams at 7months. The staff have been fantastic, they put my mind at easy from the first visit. They really care about the babies in the care & try their upmost to get to know them. They give regular updates on progress & share the happy times of the day with us when we collect! I/ we couldn’t ask for more, very pleased with everything about Buckinghams. Thank you very very much, you made returning work & leaving my babies a very positive experience.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son and daughter both love coming to Buckinghams nursery the staff are amazing. The care given to the child is always person centred the staff always go the extra mile to make sure the children are happy I love this nursery

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

The staff and level of care at Children' 1st @ Buckingham's are beyond excellent and I feel very confident in knowing my son is happy and well cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 child has been at bucks for 2 years. They are loving and carrying and bring him on better than I can. My child has special needs and I have not been impressed by the knowledge and support for his special needs. It has made me realise that I can’t expect that kind of support from nursery and have to do it all myself. I feel that Bucks is a good nursery if your child has normal development but not great for special needs. That said I think miss my son's keyworker who is absolutely brilliant.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Satisfactory

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Poor

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I have twins and they have only been in Nursery a week and I’m very very happy with everything that Children 1st @ Buckinghams offers as a nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

My son loves attending nursery, but recently his baby brother has been in hospital which has obviously affected him. His key worker and the whole team have gone out of their way to make an extra special fuss of him, to ensure he has always been too occupied to worry about his brother. All the nursery staff are great but I feel for us personally, they have shown an even deeper level of care to our whole family during December and January.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl has been going to the nursery since she was 8 months old. She loves the nursery and the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My little peanut has settled in so well since starting in October 2017. The building is purpose built so the outside area provides a great and safe place to play and I always feel reassured that she'll get some time outside every day she's there. The rooms are lovely, lots of great toys, engaging wall displays, genuinely well thought out. The toys don't look tired or well worn - which used to depress me when visiting other nurseries when I was researching where to send her before I went back to work.

The staff are wonderful. The reports I get in her diary each day are super insightful and they really bring her on. She's 18 months and thanks to Children 1st @ Buckinghams has already started potty training. They really look after her comfort too; she's never come home with a sore bottom because great care is taken to change her nappy when needed not just at routine times of the day like some nurseries do.

I truly feel happy with the care Children 1st @ Buckinghams provide for my most valuable treasure.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Lovely nursery with a lovely atmosphere! My daughter loves it and has settled in so well. Thank you for all your hard work!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Highly recommend Buckinghams! All staff are kind, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Our little girl absolutely adores going and does lots of varied activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Fantastic nursery. My daughter always enjoys going and she has come on leaps and bounds since attending. All the staff are friendly and professional and caring, they all work really hard to provide for all the children. Can’t fault the nursery at all.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Both our children have attended Buckingham’s Nursery and our experience has always been a positive one. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the range of activities the children experience is fantastic. I am always so impressed with the staff and the effort they put in to make sure that the children have a great start in their learning. Leaving your children at a setting is never easy but I have never been disappointed with the care and service. The EYLog has been great for us to keep up to date with what they have been doing and to read about our child’s journey.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 can’t recommend Childres 1st @ Buckinghams nursery enough! The team are brilliant as is the nursery setting. My daughter loves it.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 nursery is great, the staff are wonderful and do a great job with my little boy. He has been going since last year and has come on wonderfully! I really like the EyLog system they now have installed as I can check my son's progression.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

It’s a great nursery. I have tried others and this one is the only one that stood out to me. The staff are very friendly, the kids have a varied and balanced diet which I think is really important and my children have learnt an awful of a lot since attending this nursery. It’s brilliant! 5* rating!

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

All the ladies at Children 1st @Buckinghams have been excellent with my daughter who has been attending nursery there for just over a year now. My little girl loves attending and gets excited as soon as the car pulls into the drive and she realises where she is! It's huge peace of mind to know she is happy and well cared for whilst I'm away at work all day.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 son attends this nursery 3 days a week and I would highly recommend, in fact, a work colleague is changing provider to this nursery based on my recommendation and having been on a tour. All the staff are approachable and I am confident I am leaving my son in the best care. They have been flexible with me when I have requested an ad-hoc day and are happy to accommodate when they can. The building is lovely and the outside space is excellent. The meals provided are of a high standard and are varied week on week.
The daily diaries are fully completed so I know what my son has been doing throughout the day. A great nursery, the best in Leek.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 has attended Children 1st @ Buckinghams full time for the past 18 months. The staff are amazing with all the children. I find each day my daughter comes home with a new skill. Lots of activities each day, along with the handfuls of pictures to take home.

Food is excellent, homemade and of a great variety. Overall an excellent nursery, the staff should all be very proud of themselves. Excellent job children’s 1st would highly recommend to all parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 has only just started at Buckinghams, and I will be honest, I can not fault the staff or the level of care my daughter receives.
This is the first time I have put any of my children in a nursery and I will admit I was a bit wary, due to the fact my daughter is very clingy and has only been around myself or my husband all day every day since she was born.
We did have a few issues with my daughter crying and screaming at the beginning but with the help of the fabulous staff, she is getting better after each session.
When I go to collect my daughter in the evening, the staff always inform myself or my husband about what my daughter has eaten, what her day has been like and her last bottom change. She always comes out of nursery with a smile on her face and she is always very clean and tidy.
I would definitely recommend this nursery to anyone who is after childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 baby boy has attended Buckingham's for 2 months now. He seems very settled and there is usually no problem with handing him over in a morning, he seems to be very content with his key worker(s) and will happily go for a morning cuddle. The staff are very friendly and attentive to the children in their care and from what I have seen they adapt the care to suit the needs of the individuals with ease. There is a brilliant mix of activities available and it's quite exciting getting the end of day update to see what your little one has been doing in your absence. In the short time he has been attending the nursery, I have already noticed positive changes to his confidence and social skills.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 think the nursery is very good, a good friendly welcome, children like the carers a lot. Always ring to solve any problems/queries. Also, I find them very helpful if I have any problems. My kids enjoy going and I think my kids are learning and adapting to changes very well. Highly recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Very welcoming, friendly nursery. Staff are lovely and helpful. Quick to update me on my son's progress. I know my son's in safe hands and he very much enjoys nursery. I will also be sending my girl soon too. Can't thank the staff enough for the great progress I've seen with my son.
Fantastic outstanding nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Leek first school is a very good and reliable nursery. The girls are very good and pleasant.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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

Great staff, friendly and helpful. Lovely curriculum and a fully adapted environment.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 child is perfectly happy when he attends Bucks Club before and after school sessions.
We are disappointed with the choices of food and drinks that are available only water for breakfast and two kinds of cereal or toast (no jams etc) The snacks are always the cheapest supermarket variety! Invoices are not itemised. There is no flexibility if we want to change the requested sessions but we still have to pay.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Poor

Management: Poor

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Cathy Griffin, Director at Children 1st @ Buckinghams responded to this review on 01 Jun 2017:

Thank you Mum (Joanne) for the opportunity to discuss the comments raised in your review, allowing us to resolve them to your satisfaction. As a company, we welcome all feedback and strive to continually offer the very best service to our children and families. We welcome your ongoing custom and would like to thank you again for your feedback.

Fantastic nursery with friendly, cheery, helpful staff. Very clean, positive atmosphere. Modern.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? 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 the holiday club at Leek First School which is run by Children 1st. He totally loves his time there and looks forward to the school holidays and the time he spends with the carers and children there. They provide a varied range of activities and there is a variety of toys to suit all ages and interests. The standard of care is second to none, I never have a worry leaving my son in their care.

How likely would you be to recommend Children 1st @ Buckinghams? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Dawn McCusker

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2006

Description:

Let me introduce myself, I am Dawn McCusker, Nursery Manager at Children 1st @ Buckingham’s. I started my career way back in 1993 after gaining my NNEB qualification at Stoke on Trent College. Over the years, I have gained a great deal of experience working within the Early Years sector. I also hold a NVQ Level 4 in Nursery Management and have successfully held my position as Nursery Manger since 2006. I have overseen three consecutive ‘Outstanding’ reports from Ofsted, the most recent being October 2015.

Buckingham’s was recently acquired by Children 1st and together, we have a clear vision for the future in raising the standards for all children. I have high expectations in driving the Children 1st ethos forward, ‘Leading the way, shaping the future’ and our dedicated team are embracing the fantastic new journey that lies ahead. Here at Children 1st @ Buckingham’s we have built good relationships with parents and the local community, where our friendly yet professional approach has always achieved success.

I consider that every child is important and that they should all receive the very best care and education available – providing fun and engaging activities for learning through play. I believe that I have the drive and vision to contribute to making a difference in this wonderful Early Years setting, providing the highest quality care, so children can reach their full potential. I feel that the dedicated, hardworking, team ethos at Children 1st @ Buckingham’s would provide the perfect setting for your little one(s).