The Play Factory

87 York Road, Ilford IG1 3AF

The Play Factory is Ilford's only Psychologist led day nursery. They've been working hard over the past year to refurbish the setting, achieving a 'Good' Ofsted award in August 2017, and are now ready to take on new students.

At the Play Factory the aim is to offer children the chance to develop skills and interests that will lead to a lifetime of positive choices and interactions.

The nursery setting is continuously evolving, and Montessori (child led), Experiential/Behavioural and EYFS methods are utilised to ensure that every one of their students is engaged and developing regularly.

There is an open door policy and all parents and carers are welcome to take a look at the nursery website, and call or visit the setting to learn more about this unique approach to child development, health and nutrition and getting ready for 'big' school.

Parents: Regular feedback and assessments will keep you informed of your child's progress and you also have access to the skilled leadership team for a range of issues from cognitive and social skills development to family counselling.

Owner: In Bloom Industries

Person in charge: Trina Shoat (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Redbridge Council

Number of Staff: 7

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

Total Places for Children: 84

Age Range: from 0 years 6 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: 1 week between Christmas & New Year

Languages Spoken (other than English): Arabic, Spanish; Castilian, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Punjabi, Urdu

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for The Play Factory 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 17 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Play Factory in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 17 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.857 for The Play Factory is calculated as follows: ( (174 Excellents x 5) + (29 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 203 Ratings = 4.857

  • 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 The Play Factory is based on 17 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 16.8 positive Reviews (84 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 17 Reviews ÷ 16.8 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.

9.9 The Play Factory has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.857)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to The Play Factory

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Father of Child
    2

My daughter has been attending since she turned 1. Her development over the last year has been amazing and I can't thank the staff enough. She is happy to go every day and has made some 'best friends' too! The staff are always welcoming and give very detailed feedback on how she has been all day. The standard of care provided by the nursery is fantastic and I am so pleased that my daughter is growing up in such a fun and happy environment.

How likely would you be to recommend The Play Factory? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son comes here. I am extremely happy with the staff they are quite nice and helpful in any manner. This nursery is very good. My son was not responding before but when he joined this nursery right after 3 months he started to respond to me. His learning skills are very good, he is learning a lot. I am happy and will recommend to others as well.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Since joining the Play Factory Nursery my son has developed in so many ways, he is more confident and balanced and looks forward to going to nursery every day. It's a very caring environment, before joining the Play Factory Nursery he used to refuse to drink milk but know he drinks milk on his own, including encouraging them to eat all their lunch. We are very pleased with The Play Factory Nursery. All the teachers are "brilliant". Special thanks to the staff.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The staff are looking after my child very well. They are trying different activities with the children and discuss with the parents about their development regularly, so parents know the stages of the children. Always fresh, cooked food.
Any issues we can reach out to the staff and management any time! Overall, very good childcare.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son loves to go to the nursery. He loves his friends and teachers. He has been active at home also. I initiate many things which he learnt there.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter started this nursery full time. I was very much worried about her getting settled but The Play Factory staff make this happen, giving her the homely and loving environment and the best part now, she gets ready even on Saturday and Sunday to go to school. Now I'm 100% confident my childcare is in the right hands.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lovely and welcoming staff! My daughter settled very quickly and she is enjoying now. She has picked up lots of rhymes with actions, which I felt very satisfactory. I would recommend this nursery to the people I know who is looking for a brilliant nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

As a parent who has two children at the nursery with one child still at the nursery, my children have received the best possible standard of care and support. There is no other nursery in the country that comes close to the services and expertise provided by The Play Factory. The owner is honest, professional and has a genuine interest in the outcomes for all the children in his care, which is very difficult to find in a nursery nowadays. First class staff, food, activities, care and facilities for my son, with the outstanding benefit of being value for money. What more could any parent ask for!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This is a well maintained, well-run establishment. They focus on child development with structure and routine in mind. We have seen the benefits and we wish them all the best and a continuing relationship.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

This is the best nursery in this area. After many months of looking for a nursery for my son, I found the one I loved from my first visit. My son has been here since January and he is so happy. He has improved socially and academically in such a short period of time. That’s all thanks to fantastic management/staff who takes their job very seriously.

They are most professional and friendly among all the nursery I've been to.
Food is amazing, healthy, fresh and very tasty and the nursery is clean and very cosy.

The Play Factory is a place that parents are excited rather than worried to leave their child.
I’m so happy that my son is part of it.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I recently started working after a long gap, having a super clingy 3-year-old daughter, going back to work was a nightmare. That's when I read about Play Factory and decided to visit them. I felt comfortable in my very first visit. This is my daughter's 3rd week at Play Factory, and believe me, I have never felt this happy. The staff took so much effort to settle her in. They are so good at handling kids. My daughter did cry, was super cranky when settling in, but she always ended up telling me with teary eyes "MOM SCHOOL WAS FUN". THAT'S PLAY FACTORY! Their activities are really educational, she has already started singing new songs. Food is great and the staff take individual attention to every kid's diet needs. These guys understand what parents undergo when they leave their little ones at child care. Great work, team PLAY FACTORY!

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The Play Factory really does rock!!

My story.... I came across this amazing nursey at the end of February 2018 whilst looking for a full-time place for my son who is two and a half. I planned to go back to work and was anxious to find the right place where my child was going to feel like he was at home - basically safe and happy. I visited numerous nurseries in Ilford but it really was a blessing to walk through the door at The Play Factory and to be greeted by a great bunch of amazing people. I could see they genuinely and passionately cared about children. The structured learning through play is fantastic and the daily feedback on the child is unique and incomparable to anything I've seen. My little one is showing confidence in a number of areas and in a very short space of time, I can see my son has developed but most importantly I have a very happy boy who I can see is cared for extremely well. Credit to the manager and all the wonderful staff who do a fantastic job.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I was a little sceptical about sending my little one to any nursery in the beginning but as this nursery was nearby I was hoping I would like it. When I made the initial call I was very happy the way things were explained but still, I didn't want to send my child there just because it was convenient. I made more calls and a visit. I am so happy with the nursery and the staff members are so lovely. It's my child's 3rd week and he is loving it and he is usually a very reserved child. The Manager mentioned this will become their second home. It's so true it seems the play factory has become his second home. I could write a lot more.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Since joining The Play Factory my daughter developed in so many ways. She is more confident, social and balanced. The nursery has a fun and bright environment. We are very happy with the teaching she has received. She recognises lots of things, can count numbers and different colours in a very short space of time. Very good staff members are approachable to parents as well. Overall I am very pleased with the nursery.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I’m extremely happy with this Nursery. My child is progressing in leaps and bounds due to the fantastic staff team giving excellent care and activities. The learning is fun and extremely creative. Fab communication and a solid management team who are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

What a fantastic Nursery! 5* treatment at a 5* Nursery. My son absolutely loves coming to nursery each morning and most of the time I don’t even get a goodbye- but I do not mind as it means that I can go to work knowing that my child is not only incredibly happy but is being given high-quality care and his development is being fully supported.
The playrooms are clean and the layout changes each month as per the theme. I get as excited as my son, to see what is coming next.. it is fascinating to see what is coming next.
As a parent, I am completely involved in my child’s developmental “next steps” which is fantastic- especially hitting the hard toilet training time.
The Director, Management team and Staff are extremely passionate in what they do and are dedicated and professional.
The Nursery food is OUT OF THIS WORLD! If only I could eat as well as my child does. All is fresh and homemade.
Overall, I feel The Play Factory is part of our family and thank you for what you do.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The best decision we made was to move our little girl to The Play Factory! She’s been there for just over a month and has not only settled in but is much more happy and confident. Staff and leadership are super creative, fun, warm and welcoming. She's learning and developing new skills every day and I know she is being looked after by a team that really cares.
Our daughter, at 19 months is involved with arts and crafts, tending her own plants, taking care of pets, learning about nature and baking.
Going by The Play Factory ethos, the kids not only eat a healthy varied diet they also get to learn about the foods they eat. I was taken aback when our little one asked for broccoli for dinner! :)
Personal touches like being able to access your own educational psychologist and willingness to help families is awesome.
They are new and unknown.....get a place now before everyone finds out about this little gem of a setting.

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