Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo

Tompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JY

A nursery in a zoo? That is right! Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo is situated next to the penguin and giraffe enclosures within Marwell Zoo.

Accessed through its private entrance via the overflow car park, making drop off and pick up easy, the nursery features two stunning classrooms, an art studio and music/sleep room.

There is also more than an acre of outdoor play area with a supersized sandpit, a pond, vegetable garden, water play area and mud kitchen.

Twice daily, groups of children head into the zoo for mini-zoologist sessions where they learn all about the animals, their habitats and the importance of the conservation projects undertaken by Marwell Wildlife.

At the same time, Nature School sessions are also taking place in the nearby forest involving den building, mini-beast hunting, fire building to name but a few woodland activities.

What more could a two-to-five-year-old want?

Group: Kids Love Nature Ltd

Person in charge: Hayley Doncon (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hampshire County Council

Number of Staff: 15

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

Total Places for Children: 70

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

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Reviews

7.3 Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo has a Review Score of 7.3 (7.257)

The Review Score of 7.3 (maximum of 10) for Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo 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 9 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 2.3 out of 5 from 9 positive Reviews in the last 2 years. (A 2 year period has been used as there were no 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 4.935 for Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo is calculated as follows: ( (100 Excellents x 5) + (7 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 107 Ratings = 4.935

  • 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 2.322 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo is based on 9 positive Reviews in the last 24 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4 then divided by 2 = 2.000

    2. Target of 14 positive Reviews (70 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 14 Target = 0.643 , then divided by 2 = 0.322

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

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    9
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
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    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    8
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
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Reviewer Connection to Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo

  • Mother of Child
    9

I have been so impressed by how well the staff have helped my son to settle at this nursery. After 18 months he was still having difficulty settling at previous setting and it has been very different this time. I believe this is down to the welcoming atmosphere, the nurturing, experienced staff and the exciting activities. It was important for us that he is somewhere that promotes independence, confidence and a love of exploring the outdoors. He comes home muddy and tired out but extremely happy and eager to tell us all about his day learning about giraffes, picking lettuces and building dens. He is always excited to go back. We can't wait for his little brother to start next year. What a fantastic way for them both to spend their pre-school years.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 01 Dec 2016:

Good Afternoon,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review.
Best Wishes

My daughter started at the Nursery when it opened in September and we both struggled with separation anxiety which was very distressing for both of us. Very quickly I was invited to a meeting to discuss how we could move forward to make drop offs easier for us both and I can honestly say with their help, two drop offs later my daughter was waving goodbye, barely glancing back, skipping in with her key person.

My daughter loves this nursery and talks about her day with such enthusiasm. We can't wait to hear about her trips to the zoo, or building dens in the woods, picking salad and preparing it for dinner, or having a quiet story with her friends.

Their methods, facilities and staff are outstanding and I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 07 Nov 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to put together this glowing review. We are so pleased that drop offs have become easier and your experiences so far has been wonderful.

My little boy missed going to school by 3 weeks and was very ready to go. We chose Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo for him to have lots of fun and enjoy being outside and learning. He has settled amazingly well and has loved learning about nature and the animals at the zoo. I can't compliment the management and the staff enough for the dedicated time they give my little boy and he's having an amazing time.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 04 Nov 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to put this review together. We are so glad your experience has been so positive.
Thanks again

My son started at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo a few weeks ago (October 2016) having attended another local setting previously. I wanted to do dual setting with this nursery and the old setting but he loves Kids Love Nature so much he is now only attending this setting. My son has settled in brilliantly and after over 18 months of clinging to my leg at the previous setting he has happily gone in with little problem.
On the few occasions, he showed signs of a wobble at drop off time the staff were over and distracting him immediately. My son has really enjoyed his trips to the zoo and walks in the woods and the outdoor space is amazing. Likewise, there is lots of space indoors and bigger rooms than I've seen in any other setting. The staff seem very well trained, friendly and all connect well with the children. The manager also addressed a few concerns promptly and effectively. I am very positive about this nursery and would not hesitate to recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 03 Nov 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review. We are extremely happy to hear your experience with us has been so positive.

A fantastic setting with wonderful staff. I chose this nursery based on its location and facilities, but have also been beyond impressed with both its methods for helping my young daughter grow and develop and the experienced and caring staff. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 02 Nov 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review.

The staff create a positive atmosphere at the nature's nursery, my daughter's vocabulary has expanded greatly since she has been spending time with them and her interest in mindfulness particularly relating to the environment is much greater. She very much enjoys being outside and is loving attending the zoo.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 02 Nov 2016:

Thank you for taking the time to review our setting. It's great to read such positive feedback.

We just started two months ago and I have been extremely happy with this nursery on all levels. First off, the staff were very caring, understanding and competent dealing with my daughter settling in. Each day when I collect her, she says "that was nice" and is always very excited to tell me about the things they did.
I love the methods of this preschool and can't really recommend it highly enough. When I compare it to other preschools it is head and shoulders above. I'm confident that it's a place that helps nurture my daughter's love of learning and exploring the world and I couldn't ask for a better foundation.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 31 Oct 2016:

Thank you for your very kind words.

Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell is wonderful! My son is very much an outside boy and this is the perfect place for him to get his needs met. He has learnt so much already and all staff are enthusiastic and friendly!
I would definitely recommend to anyone that is looking for something different for their children.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 31 Oct 2016:

Thank you for the fantastic review.

Our son has attended the Marwell Zoo Nature Nursery/Preschool since it opened in September 2016.
During this time, we have seen his confidence, language skills, behavior and interest in the outside world improve beyond belief!
The manager and her team of handpicked key workers are friendly, dedicated to their roles and to the children, and always have time to talk to anxious parents.
I would recommend this preschool to any parent - your child will thrive there.

How likely would you be to recommend Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo? 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

Hayley Doncom, Manager at Children's Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo responded to this review on 31 Oct 2016:

Thank you for your wonderful review.

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Hayley

Hayley Doncom

Job Title: Manager

Joined: 2016

Description:

Hayley has extensive experience managing nurseries in the local area and has helped to successfully launch Nature Nursery at Marwell Zoo. She is full of enthusiasm and commitment to make everyday extraordinary for the children attending the nursery.
She holds a BA Hons in Early Years.