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

9.6 Children 1st @ Buckinghams has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.599)

The Review Score of 9.6 (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 4.9 out of 5 from 12 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 4.7 out of 5 from 12 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 4.867 for Children 1st @ Buckinghams is calculated as follows: ( (131 Excellents x 5) + (7 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) + (2 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 143 Ratings = 4.867

  • 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 4.732 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children 1st @ Buckinghams is based on 12 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). 12 Reviews ÷ 16.4 Target = 0.732

  • 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
    11
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    11
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Children 1st @ Buckinghams

  • Mother of Child
    11
  • Father of Child
    1

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

All of the staff are just wonderful! They are so friendly and welcoming. My children settled quickly and now love going to nursery. The activities they do are great and it is always nice to read the children's daily diary to see what they have been up to. I am very happy with the care that you provide and can give you 100% as a nursery across the board. Well done, keep up the good work!

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

Friendly, professional, trustworthy nursery. My eldest daughter (now 8) and youngest (3) both attend(ed) Buckinghams and I wouldn't think to send them anywhere else.

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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