Little Bears Day-Care

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

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)

Overview of Review Score

The Review Score of 9.9 out 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 26 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 13 positive Reviews in the last 24 months.

Detailed Breakdown of Review Score

  • 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 4.926 for Little Bears Day-Care is calculated as follows: ( (288 Excellents x 5) + (23 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 311 Ratings = 4.926

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 24 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 24 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 48 months. 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 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; 3.00 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 24 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 48 months. 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 13 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3.00 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 6 positive Reviews (30 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 13 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.

9.9Little Bears Day-Care has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.926) out of 10 and an Average Rating of 4.9 out of 5 from 26 Reviews over all time

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.7 out of 5

My twin boys have just completed their time at Little Bears. They had an absolutely wonderful time. It is an extremely caring, happy and nurturing environment. The staff were always ready to speak to you about your child and I found that very valuable and reassuring. They were also very helpful during
the potty training process.
Within a couple of weeks’ of attending Little Bears, my children were settled and walked in each morning very happily. They were kept well entertained throughout the mornings that they were there and were fed well. They also very much enjoyed playing with the other children who were there. I would very much recommend this nursery. We were extremely sad to leave!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

Our son attended Little Bears and has only recently left due to him starting school in September. When we first visited we knew it was the right nursery for him. Our experience there has been nothing but outstanding. The staff are so friendly and caring and it was always a pleasure to speak with them.
The grounds are fabulous with such an amazing space that the nursery make good use of. Food is prepared and cooked on site. You’re also able to see not only what your child ate but how much. Key dates are celebrated giving the children, parents and staff the opportunity to get together. The nursery will continually keep you up to date with your child’s progress. Overall our son loved going in and always enjoyed his time there. He went in with a smile and always came out with a smile. I can not recommend Little Bears enough. Thank you for making his stay so memorable.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

My daughter absolutely loves Little Bears!
Such a friendly atmosphere, excellent staff, constant entertainment and learning, brilliant activities and amazing food.
All this plus being in such picturesque surroundings that the children can enjoy and explore.
My daughter was shy and clingy when she
started at Little Bears but how she is outgoing and independent.
I would recommend to anyone to take their child to Little Bears!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

I moved my daughter from her previous nursery as Little Bears was more convenient, I was very worried about moving her and unsettling her, but she settled into Little Bears straight away and loves it!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.9 out of 5

I am delighted with the care and support my twin boys receive from Little Bears. We have never had any issues with the boys refusing to attend and they are always excited to go.
I am particularly impressed by the nursery staff's attention to detail - the Halloween decoration and party looked amazing
when I dropped the boys off.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

My daughter settled really easily and the staff were so caring and kind. My daughter can't wait for her nursery days and it is lovely hearing about the huge variety of activities each day. The outside garden and having such a large outside space to explore within secure grounds was one of the reasons
we chose this nursery. I would definitely recommend this nursery and have done to friends.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.6 out of 5

I have had a very pleasant experience with Little Bears. My son loves going to nursery, he enjoys spending time with his teachers. He is excited about all the new things he will do for the day. I would definitely recommend this nursery.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.7 out of 5

After a bad experience with a local nursery, we moved our son to Little Bears. He settled in so well and we have been delighted with the whole Little Bears experience.
It’s a fantastic setting and the holistic approach to learning brings in so many different elements. From the mud kitchen to cooking
with the chef, from little group learning sessions to big adventures in the local surroundings.
Our son has received the highest level of care and attention. The Nursery workers are a professional team who have a genuine connection with the children they teach. The management are caring, approachable and always available to help and to listen. We will be incredibly sad to leave.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending since Jan 2018 and absolutely loves going! She even wants to go on the weekends.
She participates in so many different activities and brings beautiful creations home. She has built great relationships with the staff and enjoys seeing her friends every day.
The food is
also fantastic, so healthy and nutritious, my daughter has seconds most days!
I’m very happy we chose Little Bears, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

My twins have been at Little Bears Day-Care for 5 months and they've settled in so well. The staff are so attentive to their needs and really encourage the boys to progress in all areas. I love the online eyLog so I can get up to date photos and comments about what they have done each day. The management
is extremely accommodating and flexible and does everything they can to make life easy for parents and children!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

Little Bears nursery is absolutely fantastic, our daughter started Little Bears in June 2017 and the staff at Little Bears have been amazing, they are all so kind and caring. All the staff know the children so well and provide such person-centred care to all of the children.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Little Bears since September 2017 and she settled in so quickly. On non-nursery days she always asks if she can go and when I pick her up I sometimes struggle to get her to leave! The staff are attentive, informative and caring.
The facilities are good and my daughter's
eating habits have improved significantly. I would highly recommend this nursery.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.9 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.9 out of 5

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!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.9 out of 5

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).

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.8 out of 5

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!

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Average Rating:  Average rating  5 out of 5

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.

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Average Rating:  Average rating  4.8 out of 5

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.
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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.

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Nina Farzaneh

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Nina

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 King

Job Title: Director & Human Resources Manager

Katie

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 Collman

Job Title: Director & Operations Manager

Ami

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.

Karen Cooper

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Karen

My name is Karen; I joined Little Bears in 2018 as Deputy Manager and Hedgehogs Room Leader. I hold a Degree in Early Year’s Education and Development.

I have worked in Early Education for over ten years and have a passion for children’s learning and development. I love to create learning opportunities for the children; both indoors and outdoors. I especially enjoy using open-ended resources for outdoor activities.

Outside of the Nursery, I enjoy spending time with family.

Katrina Hadaway

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2016

Katrina

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.

Tabitha Gibbon

Job Title: Room Leader

Tabitha

My name is Tabitha and I am a new member of the Little Squirrel’s team. I have worked within Nursery settings for four years; working my way up from Nursery Assistant through to completing my Level 3 Qualification and becoming part of the Management team.

I mostly enjoy working with 2 – 5-year olds; helping them progress in different areas of learning. I feel passionate about children’s learning and development. I am a creative person and love to help children explore their creativity – indoors or outdoors.

Maria Ros Garcia

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2018

Maria Ros

My name is Maria Ros Garcia. I have studied Primary School Education at the University of Murcia in Spain and have a Teaching status. During my four years of university, I worked with children between 3 - 12 years of age as part of my teaching practice. I have also worked in pre-schools in the UK and have gained experience of settings and EYFS.

I consider myself to be kind, enthusiastic and creative. I love teaching and helping them grow.

Andrea Peralta Garcia

Job Title: Early Years Practitioner

Joined: 2018

Andrea Peralta

My name is Andrea Peralta Garcia and I am originally from Spain. I joined Little Bears Day-Care in June 2018 as an Early Years Practitioner. I studied for four years at Granada University in Spain; where I completed my Degree in Primary Education - meaning I can teach children up to 12 years of age.

My Spanish Degree is the equivalent to a Level 5 Qualification in England.

Also, I have been working as a volunteer Teaching Assistant in various different schools for a wide range of student's of different ages in both Spain and United Kingdom.

I really enjoy working with children and seeing how they progress step by step. Outside of the Nursery, I love being with my friends and to go travelling.

Gloria Jimenez

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Joined: 2019

Gloria

I am from Spain and hold a degree from the University of Navarra Pamplona in primary education specialising in special needs education. I have worked as a primary school teacher and have extensive experience in working with children of different ages. I am very hard working and have a passion for teaching. My other interests in life are arts and history which I pursue in my spare time. I also spend my free time with friends and family and love socialising.

Paula Williams

Job Title: Nursery Chef

Joined: 2019

Paula

I have been working in different early years settings and gaining plenty of experience in creating menus, promoting organic kitchens and cooking food that children enjoy. I have completed various catering qualifications at the same time. I am also a qualified nursery nurse and greatly enjoy spending time with the children and leading cooking and baking activities. I am an animal lover and spend a lot of my spare time walking dogs. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.