Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin

44 St Swithin Street, Aberdeen AB10 6XJ

Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Part of Bright Horizons portfolio, 44 St Swithin was proud to receive the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) award in April 2016.

The nursery has a fantastic outdoor play area allowing children to extend their learning outdoors.

The team of enthusiastic childcare professionals create a warm and welcoming environment and help support children on the transition from home to nursery.

The nursery's own chef prepares nutritionally balanced menus for the children using fresh ingredients.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Vicky Bowman (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Aberdeen City Council

Number of Staff: 28

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

Total Places for Children: 65

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0745-1745

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.8 Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.775)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 19 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 Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin is calculated as follows: ( (178 Excellents x 5) + (47 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 227 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 Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin is based on 19 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 13 positive Reviews (65 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 19 Reviews ÷ 13 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
    17
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Father of Child
    4

My son has recently transferred over to 44 to attend the pre-school department. They have been so welcoming and caring towards him and his needs. I am so pleased with how the transition has gone and how happy my son is to go to nursery every morning! They do some amazing activities/learning for the children and my son is so keen to learn. The staff are all so friendly and always smiling!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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 husband and I are very pleased with our daughter's care at 44 St. Swithin's. We believe that her time at the nursery has provided her with plenty of opportunities to explore her interests, to engage with things outside of her interests, to have meaningful social interactions with other children and to foster her independence skills.
We believe that our daughter has blossomed into a confident little girl in her time at 44 St. Swithin's.
Finally, the care that our daughter has received at the nursery has been very good. The ladies really care for the children and this is especially evident with our daughter as on days off, she will be asking for her key workers at the nursery! She is very happy and truly enjoys her time there.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We have been extremely happy with the time our two children spent at the nursery. The staff there are very friendly and helpful - I always felt I could discuss any concerns I had with them. They were very supportive during toilet training with our first child.
Our children got to take part in lots of creative, and sometimes messy (!), activities which has helped them both learn and develop. The nursery really has given them both a super start in life!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We visited several nurseries in Aberdeen City before choosing this one. The vibe and atmosphere we got when being shown around by the staff was excellent. It is compact and with a balanced ratio of staff to children, and with plenty of activities. It was the obvious candidate for us.
The staff are really friendly, and evidently, care a lot for the children they look after. Our son has developed excellently with the support of the nursery and their development programs. And most of all he absolutely loves it there and is always happy.
Our son has gone through the baby section and is now midway through the infant's department. We expect him to stay here for the full term of his pre-school.
We thoroughly appreciate the job done by the nursery management and staff, and will recommend to our friends with young children.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

All the team at 44 St Swithin have made us feel very welcome since our son started in August. They have kept us informed of his progress and always have a professional approach.
He has settled in very well and he enjoys his days at nursery which is great!
We would recommend 44 St Swithin. Thank you.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our family have been in Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin nursery for the last 8 years (with our daughter and then our son). We are extremely grateful for the hard work and enthusiasm of the nursery staff (right from the Babies into Pre-school groups), teachers, carers and management.

The kids have been having plenty of variety of activities, have been learning a lot academically, gained social skills etc. It has been amazing to see how much kids manage to do during the day. There is a great environment, very happy and safe!

This is an absolutely great nursery and I have already recommended to the few good friends of mine (and their kids are now in the same nursery), I will keep recommending this nursery.

Thank you all the staff for being the part of our lives for the last 8 years!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My wife and I were delighted when we managed to secure a place for our daughter 2 years ago. We had heard of its reputation and its proximity to the primary school which my son attends. From day one, my daughter enjoyed the experience, growing in confidence every day and developing a quick flair for the spoken word, which was slow in our household as it is bi-lingual. Each child is nurtured individually so that they can perform at their best and work well in a group environment. They are fed good nutritional food and enjoy lots of activities both within the nursery and the outlying areas in town. Both ourselves and our daughter were sad to see her leave, but she has now started primary school along side her brother! We would heartily advise anyone looking for a nursery to make this one a priority - I believe there is no other better in this town!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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 attend this nursery and we have been very pleased with staff in both departments. The staff have a good knowledge of our children, give good feedback at the end of each session and organise a variety of activities week on week.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Having had our eldest go through nursery here and knowing how happy he was, and how well prepared he was for school, we had no doubts where number 2 would be going.

Our youngest is very happy and has moved from Babies, to Infants and is now in Pre-school. At each step of the way, he has been met by a warm and welcoming environment. Carers who actually care and facilities that are top notch.

The range of activities they do each day, the play equipment, the variety of learning opportunities are all fantastic.

A safe outdoor area and loads of walks close by are regularly used and loved. The menu is enjoyed, and the table manners have been greatly improved.

So in summary, it really is a great nursery, one which I cannot recommend enough - hence why both my children have attended.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Very nice and professional staff. Children have a lot of activities every day such as songs, painting, playing outdoor, etc. The nursery pays attention to education also. The rooms are very well equipped with real wood furniture and toys.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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 daughter has been going to the nursery from 13 months old, so has been to babies, infants and is now in preschool. The level of care is fantastic, our daughter settled in very quickly and has moved through the departments very easily. She always looks forward to going to nursery. The staff are excellent, they are really good with the children, and this has been our experience across all of the departments.

The children are always doing great activities, learning new things, going on adventures to the park or exploring the surrounding area/environment. I always look forward to picking her up at the end of the day to hear what she's been doing, and how much she's enjoyed her day.

The nursery has a great way of keeping track of the children's progress/development, and I always look forward to our review meetings with her key worker.
44 St Swithin is a fantastic nursery, which was recommended to us, and is the one which we now recommend to our family and friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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 been through babies and infants departments and he is going to preschool soon. I am very happy with the care of our child. The staff are very friendly, attentive and professional, which I believe is extremely important for a great relationship between parents/children and staff. The nursery is well managed and the nursery manager has been always attentive and kind. I know that our son is safe and well looked after. For those reasons, I have been recommending the nursery to friends who are also very satisfied.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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

The nursery provides a myriad of activities from sensory experiences both indoors and outdoors to hand and eye co-ordination with nursery rhymes. I know when my child comes home with a change of clothes that she has had a busy day playing in the water tray, digging in the mud kitchen or getting messy with "gloop" - things that I would love to do at home but just haven't the facilities to do so! The staff are always attentive to the babies and when my child started gave particular attention to ensuring her transition was smooth and as easy as possible for her.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I have a child in both the babies and in the preschool departments. We are very happy with the care of our children, we know that they are safe and well looked after. Our son in the babies department has settled in so well and loves the staff. Our daughter in the preschool department has been through babies and infants, all of which has provided excellent care. The teaching level is very appropriate for their age and supports their development perfectly. The staff are great and the nursery is well managed, thank you all for your hard work. It is one of the more expensive nurseries and I'm not sure if we get full value for money as I have nothing to compare it to, but I have no complaints.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I would like to leave a review about the baby department - my youngest daughter just recently moved up to the infant's department, but both my children have attended the baby department in recent years and I could not be happier with the care that they received there. The staff are all so kind and helped both my children settled in so well that they soon felt like it was their second home! The staff do wonderful, fun, creative activities and play with the children, but also give them lots of attention and security, as babies/young toddlers require. My youngest child has had a seamless move from the baby department into the infant department and that is largely a credit to the staff for helping her to feel secure and confident with the change. It is wonderful to watch my children progress through the different departments in the nursery and the excellent start that they have both received in the baby department has given them social skills and confidence to set them up for life! :-)

I have always been extremely satisfied with the care that they have received. The staff in all departments are very professional and trustworthy and the nursery manager and deputy are highly organised and attentive. I feel lucky to have such an excellent care provider for my children - when I leave them at the nursery I know that they will be safe and well looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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 are very pleased with the nursery. Our daughter is at the "Infants" group and she loves going to the nursery. It is clear to see that a lovely relationship has formed between her and nursery staff. The staff are very kind, professional and friendly, and always happy to help and tell me all about my daughters day. She is kept entertained with different activities and at the pick up she is always happy and excited to tell me what has happened during the day.
Thanks for whole Infant team.
My reasons for high rating is safety and excellent care, cleanliness of facilities, tidy and bright rooms, the variety of activities, separate dark room for naps and outdoor area.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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: Excellent

I am really happy with the excellent care provided. The staff are so friendly, caring and genuinely interested your children. There is an excellent system for providing feedback at the end of the day and the staff take the time to let you know about the interesting and fun things your little one has been doing as well as details about eating and naps. They are very good at picking up on your child's particular interests as well as encouraging them to try new things.

One of my children has severe multiple food allergies and the approach of the management and all staff has been fantastic with this. They have been able to address all the safety issues around food, possible cross contamination and reactions from the environment but in a way that also allows my child to be part of the group, get stuck in and have fun with the other children. My anxiety about leaving my child has been totally removed by their helpful and proactive approach.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter started in the baby department in March and I'm extremely happy with the nursery. The staff are fantastic and made it so much easier leaving a one-year-old who had previously spent very little time away from me. My daughter seems to really enjoy going to nursery and is exposed to many different things to aid in her development. I would definitely recommend this nursery to any parents looking for a loving and nurturing environment for their little ones.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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

Our daughter absolutely loves nursery. They do so many different things with her. She has come on leaps and bounds. The girls are excellent with all the children, who are all treated the same. They encourage our daughter to do things eg. building a tower of bricks. The girls all have time to tell you about the day our daughter has had. We certainly cannot fault the service provided and cannot praise them highly enough. Well done girls!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons at 44 St Swithin? 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

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Staff Profiles

Vicky

Vicky Bowman

Job Title: Nursery Manager

Joined: 2005

Description:

I have been working at 44 St Swithin since 2005 and completed my Children's Care Learning and Development Level 4 Qualification in 2009. I am really passionate about childcare and strive to make the nursery a fantastic environment for the children in our care, parents and carers alike. It is also a priority to ensure there is a positive atmosphere within the nursery for the staff to work in. It is a real joy coming to the nursery and getting to know the parents, children and staff. It is a pleasure to watch the children grow into independent individuals as they prepare for their next steps to school.