Little Bears Day-Care

Whiteley Village Cricket Club, Coombe Lane, Walton-on-Thames KT12 4EL

Little Bears Day-Care, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Little Bears Day-Care, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Little Bears Day-Care, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Little Bears Day Care provides childcare from the age of two-to five-years-old, offering an environment that is calm, welcoming and will nurture each child during their social and emotional development.

At Little Bears, staff believe that children's natural curiosity should be encouraged. Children learn best when they’re having fun and are given the chance to indulge the urge to explore.

Little Bears is a secure atmosphere where learning, exploration, and playtime are combined.

Set in large private grounds, with access to the great outdoors, a safe outdoor play area and a large inside learning space, every Little Bear will be safe, comfortable and engaged at Little Bears Day Care.

Owner: Little Bear's Day Care

Person in charge: Nina Farzaneh (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Surrey County Council

Number of Staff: 6

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

Total Places for Children: 30

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Languages Spoken (other than English): Persian (Farsi)

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Reviews

9.9 Little Bears Day-Care has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.946)

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Little Bears Day-Care 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 14 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Little Bears Day-Care in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 14 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 4.946 for Little Bears Day-Care is calculated as follows: ( (158 Excellents x 5) + (9 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 167 Ratings = 4.946

  • 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 Little Bears Day-Care is based on 14 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 6 positive Reviews (30 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 14 Reviews ÷ 6 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
    14
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Little Bears Day-Care?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    14
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Little Bears Day-Care

  • Mother of Child
    13
  • Father of Child
    1

It is going to be nearly a year since our daughter started attending this nursery. We are extremely happy not only with the nursery but with how much she loves going there. Before this, she was attending another nursery and although she looked happy then and there, now we can see that Little Bears has made a big difference in her life, she is a much happier little one, and of course, we are delighted.
I strongly recommend this nursery, hardworking people with loads of love for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 started at Little Bears in July and I was amazed at how quickly he settled in. He was so well taken care of, cuddles where given when needed, which I always found very reassuring. Now he loves it so much he says bye to me as soon as I drop him off. The surroundings are lovely with lots of outside space and greenery. There is so much on offer for the children here. I highly recommend Little Bears.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 has settled very well at Little Bears. He has loved going and separates easily from me.
The standard of care is excellent and the staff are kind, nurturing and caring.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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

We have had a wonderful experience at Little Bears. Our daughter has been through three moves in the last year due to unforeseen circumstances and we were worried about how we were going to get her settled into a new place. Little Bears welcomed her with open arms and helped us ease her into another new environment. Three weeks in and she was waking up at the weekends asking to go to school! The team are so lovely, warm and caring and they show the kids so much patience and love. We are very happy with our choice of nursery. Thank you, Little Bears!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 child has been attending Little Bears since March 2017 and we couldn't be happier. He is currently there 2 days a week and absolutely loves going. He's so excited on nursery mornings and I struggle to get him to leave at the end of the day!
Communication is great, the girls listen to everything we mention and nothing is ever forgotten. And at the end of the day you are given a full run through of what they've done, what they've eaten, how long they've napped for. We really are so pleased that we have Little Bears on our doorstep, and have found that our son has thrived and developed so well since starting at Little Bears 4/5 months ago. Would recommend to anyone (and have done so to many friends).

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Little Bears is a very welcoming and nourishing nursery. My 2-year-old daughter loves it! The leaders are so good with the kids and my daughter learns so much. I would rate this setting 5 out of 5 and highly recommend!

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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

Our daughter (3) attends Little Bears twice a week and we couldn't be happier with the care that she receives. We chose this nursery on the basis of the fabulous setting within Whiteley Village with more than adequate indoor & outdoor space for little ones to run around in. The fact that it was relatively smaller than some of the other local nurseries, thus providing a more nurturing and inclusive environment, and our confidence in the staff after meeting Nina and listening to her ideas and intentions with regards to the development of Little Bears from a start-up nursery. We haven't been disappointed on any counts; our daughter has thrived since she started (Feb 2017) with a notable improvement in her general understanding and confidence and has developed a great relationship with all of the staff members, a testament to their pleasant, caring and attentive nature. There is a great balance between learning and play and the facilities are fantastic. I would highly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 son has been attending Little Bears Nursery since March 2017. From day one when we went for our settling in sessions, I have found Little Bears to be a warm and welcoming place with such a great open space both inside and outside. The staff are warm, friendly and attentive to my child's needs.
Little Bears provides a wonderful learning environment. The nursery is well equipped with quality toys and resources, everything is looked after very well and the nursery always looks fresh and clean. The outdoor space is lovely with lots of ride on toys, mud kitchen, teepee and is constantly being improved to enhance the children's learning experiences.
The nursery provides a good balance of free play and structured learning. There is always great communication at pick up time and staff provide some lovely details about what my son has been up to that day.
Having not settled well in a prior nursery, he is excited to come to the nursery which I think speaks volumes for this fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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

We have been delighted with Little Bears since our son joined in February 2017. Little Bears is tucked away overlooking the picturesque cricket green in the heart of Whiteley Village. Inside the space has been very well planned with areas for toys, role play, a reading corner, and separate chill out area/nap room. Custom built children's bathrooms are also easy to navigate from the main room, making it perfect for potty training. Each day a variety of activities are set out in clusters in the main room for the children. The experienced team are positive and organised and successfully strike the balance between giving me peace of mind as a parent (safety, security, continuous learning and development, genuinely creating an individual approach for my child) as well as a fabulous free-flowing, fun, nurturing and friendly atmosphere. We saw an immediate improvement in language skills and general happiness of our son who is really fond of the staff and setting.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We were (I believe) the first new client to start our 2-year-old with Little Bears in Whiteley Village. I have nothing but praise for all of the staff, whose warmth and kindness made our little boy's start so much easier. The activities he enjoys are many and varied from making cakes, painting, water play and lots of toys, but most excitingly, he has access to the wooded grounds surrounding the nursery - where the staff & children enjoy nature walks. It really is a truly unique setting and the staff take the time to nurture my child, which is such a comfort. I would highly recommend all parents to visit Little Bears.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 am so happy and pleased with the quality of care that my son receives at Little Bears. Every morning he is excited to go there and he thoroughly enjoys his time at the nursery; always wanting to stay longer! All the staff are extremely friendly and professional in their approach. I feel very comfortable and confident leaving my son in their safe hands every day.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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 been attending Little Bears nursery since November, my partner and I have noticed a huge change in her speech. They are very good at getting the children to become independent and have them doing everything they are capable of. The staff are amazing and very on the ball with all the children. They have them doing all sorts of crafty bits and bobs and I must say they are very creative!

The first thing that drew us to choose this nursery was the location. I don't feel like my child could be in a safer environment with a huge cricket green on the doorstep of the nursery which is well kept and I believe the children make use of this space too, which in my eyes is a massive bonus.

My child is quite a fussy eater but somehow the staff here manage to get her to eat everything I can't and that I will be forever thankful for.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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

I am a parent of a child at Little Bears. Since my son has joined Little Bears, I have noticed a huge difference in his attitude, he enjoys coming to the nursery, he loves the new friends that he has made and he is very excited to see the staff every day.
He is usually a fussy eater but since joining Little Bears, he is eating more and it has helped with his speech, he is behind other children his age with his speaking, however, I have noticed that he is trying to say a lot more words than before.

I am so very happy that we chose to put him in Little Bears at Whiteley Village, he enjoys it there very much. The staff are very friendly. I would definitely recommend other parents in placing their children there.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? 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

Little Bears is a lovely, intimate nursery that is located in the very peaceful and quiet setting of Whiteley Village in Surrey.

Our daughter has formed very strong relationships with the staff, who are all very kind, caring and attentive.

The children enjoy a wide range of activities and are able to go for walks and explore the grounds, which is quite unique for a nursery.
I would highly recommend this nursery to other prospective parents and children.

How likely would you be to recommend Little Bears Day-Care? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Staff Profiles

Nina

Nina Farzaneh

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Description:

My name is Nina Farzaneh and I am the nursery manager for Little Bears Nursery at Whitely Village. I have built up considerable experience in the day to day operations and management of both new and established nurseries, having worked with children for 15 years and my role over the last ten years as a key decision maker and member of the senior management. I am also a parent and so fully understand the importance of choosing the right nursery with the right staff team. We also recognize the importance of our partnership with the parents and children in achieving the best results.

My qualifications include the level 5 diploma in Early Years and Childcare as well as a degree in English studies. I have been fortunate to have spent the last 15 years working in a variety of settings with different Early years philosophies and teaching approaches, different people, cultures and management styles.

This invaluable knowledge and experience has helped to shape the Little Bear’s methodology:
•   At Little Bear’s, my team and I will create a loving, nurturing and safe environment;
•   At Little Bear’s, we create experiences and memories for your children;
•   At Little Bear’s, children will be encouraged to develop so that they flourish and achieve their potential.

We are extremely passionate about Little Bear’s and therefore have invested in a staff team that is fully qualified. This ensures that our setting meets all the Early Years requirements at all times and provide high quality care to children and their families.

We hope that we can demonstrate our vision and approach to childcare by welcoming you to our nursery.

Katie

Katie King

Job Title: Director & Human Resources Manager

Description:

My name is Katie King and I am the Human Resources Manager and Director of Little Bears. My background has most recently been in the care industry which has given me the knowledge and experience to understand what constitutes quality care. The vision and values of Little Bears emanates from the perspective of us as parents, ensuring we would be comfortable and happy knowing the children at Little Bears are being well cared for in a loving and homely environment.

Our aspiration is to consistently exceed your expectations by providing truly outstanding care for your child with continuous improvement is at the heart of the Little Bears ethos.

To achieve this, we aim to recruit well – qualified practitioners who have a wealth of different skills and experience and who most importantly display a genuine passion for children and an absolute dedication to providing the highest standards in quality care.

Ami

Ami Collman

Job Title: Director & Operations Manager

Description:

My name is Ami Collman and I am the Operations Manager and Director for Little Bears. I am a registered nurse, with a passion for all areas of care, and am fuelled by enthusiasm to deliver truly outstanding childcare. We established Little Bears with the aim to provide everything we, as mothers ourselves, feel like-minded parents would want for their children.

As part of the Operations Team at Little Bears, we pride ourselves on truly knowing the children in our care as individuals and understanding their specific family circumstances and emotional needs. We respect the fact that all children think, feel, behave and develop in different ways and at different rates and therefore we aim to enable children to express their individuality and to set their own pace.

Katrina

Katrina Hadaway

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

My name is Katrina Hadaway, Early Years Practitioner, I am Level 3 Qualified and I have been working within childcare for 6 years. My favourite activities to do with the children are; reading stories, any arts, and crafts. I enjoy watching them reach their goals and seeing their reactions when they have achieved something they have been trying hard at.

Anna

Anna Moore

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Description:

My name is Anna Moore, Early Years Practitioner, I am Level 3 Qualified and I have been working within childcare for 3 years. My favourite activities with the children are outside activities, I enjoy growing with the children and seeing what we can find and create outside with natural resources.