Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool

32B Jacks Straws Lane, Oxford OX3 0DW

Bright Horizons Jack Straws Lane Nursery and Preschool provides childcare for the benefits of staff, faculty and students at the University of Oxford.

***Only employees and students of the University of Oxford are eligible to apply for places***

Situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building the nursery has easy access to large outdoor spaces in addition to the spacious, well-equipped nursery rooms. Jack Straws Lane benefits from an onsite woodland which all children have access to on a regular basis.

The passionate staff team work closely with all families ensuring every child has a fantastic experience. Rated as Outstanding, the nursery prides itself on its philosophy of education in young children, reflected perfectly in the inspection report.

To establish working with parents as partners, communication between parents and staff is paramount to Jack Straws Lane. The nursery's aim is to complement your approach to caring for your child, particularly when they’re learning new skills and emerging new milestones; such as weaning, potty training, walking, reading and writing. From experience, the closer staff work in partnership for your child, a richer and consistent approach to individual development is created.

Group: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Person in charge: Sue Aldridge (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 29

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

Total Places for Children: 62

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & between Christmas & New Year

Overview

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 11 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 10 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 4.667 for Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool is calculated as follows: ( (100 Excellents x 5) + (20 Goods x 4) + (12 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 132 Ratings = 4.667

  • 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 4.806 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool is based on 10 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 12.4 positive Reviews (62 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 12.4 Target = 0.806

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

9.5 Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.473)

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Reviewer Connection to Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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The nursery staff (Bunnies room) is always warm and professional. Our child is being carefully looked after, taught new things, and is allowed freedom.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

We have been extremely pleased with all aspects of care that our daughter has received at Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane. In particular, we know she has got a lot out of the extensive outdoor facilities which the children have access to and the woodlands area most especially. The food at the nursery is also notable for its quality and for its wide variety. Above all else, however, we value the superb staff at Jack Straw Lane at all levels. To a person, we have found there to be absolutely first rate. In both the "bunnies" and "hedgehogs" rooms, keyworkers have made such a positive impact on her (and she loves them), not to mention the rest of the staff in the room. There is a real sense of them working as a team and a wider atmosphere of the nursery being a genuinely positive, supportive and nurturing environment.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We are a bit disappointed with the preschool class, as we had a good experience at the previous class. Even after several months in the new class, our daughter is very reluctant to go to the nursery (while she had no problem before) and doesn't seem settled.
In addition to that, the information we receive about her day is usually prompted by us and it feels a bit scattered.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Neither Unlikely or Likely

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Average Rating:   3.3 out of 5

Katherine O'Brien, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool responded to this review on 14 Feb 2018:

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We welcome all feedback and I will ensure your comments are passed on to the Nursery Manager in order to address going forward. Please do speak to your Child's key worker in person so they can work with you and ensure you are both getting the best of your nursery care.

Kind Regards.

Jack Straw nursery is a lovely nursery with a great outdoor space. The staff is caring for the children and flexible to parents' wishes. They provide a diverse range of activities to engage the children following their development milestones. Highly recommended.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane is a great place for babies. The nursery school teachers are lovely and they take care of the babies amazingly. It's like to be at home.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane is a fantastic nursery providing great and very personal care. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I would recommend this nursery to everyone, the staff is all were prepared, organised and really friendly, they take care of our children really well and I feel they treat them as one of the family.
They have lots of toys and encourage them to be creative.
They follow all the policies and that makes me feel sure about the security of my kids.
It is a lovely place, very inclusive with great staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter who is currently in pre-school at Jack Straw Lane loves it! She joined 2 years ago when her brother was in pre-school at the same nursery. Both of them enjoyed Jack Straw Lane very much.

My son especially loved all the craft that was abundantly done in pre-school. The environment is loving and all the staff have a lot of patience in teaching the kids. They approach each situation with tact and care. The activities proposed are fun, varied and stimulating. The outside area is large, well arranged with a lot of games and an especially nice sandbox.

The cherry on the cake is the woodland area attached to the nursery that the kids visit once a week. I feel this is an opportunity not many children have to be exposed to nature in a safe surrounding with their friends. The staff organise games within the woodland area that makes it more exciting. All in all, I warmly recommend Jack Straw Lane that has helped develop the creative, inquisitive and playful nature of my children.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

As a father of two small daughters, I have found this nursery to be extremely helpful and amenable to my needs. The staff are always helpful and kind and are willing to go that extra mile which with children is always appreciative. The atmosphere is friendly and they do lots of things throughout the year to keep the parents engaged. The management is willing to follow up on requests, especially if they need someone else to offer advice. Staff retention is generally good which is always a good thing to ensure continuity of care.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

The Jack Straw Lane Nursery has been a great place for us and our child. Both management and staff have been very accommodating, nice and friendly. It is obvious that they care very well for the children. They provide a safe and at the same time exiting milieu for children, helping them to develop according to their own abilities.

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Jack Straw Lane for 14 months and it’s been clear for a long time that she has lots of fun.

Jack Straw Lane is a welcoming nursery, parents are greeted upon entry, and all staff are friendly and happy to help. It has been a pleasure to see my daughter form wonderful bonds with the staff, and it’s comforting to know that she is being cared for by a great team.

I love how management keep parents up to date with relevant information, events and other useful information relating to the nursery. The weekly newsletters are great, and the inclusion of photographs is fantastic.

I believe the well-planned activities are focused around the learning needs of the children, and this has had an extremely positive impact on my daughter's learning, physical development, social skills and confidence.

Lastly, the food which always smells delicious, I’m sure has contributed to her being an adventurous eater!

How likely would you be to recommend Bright Horizons Jack Straw Lane Nursery and Preschool? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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Staff Profiles

Lois

Lois Smith

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2009

Description:

I joined the Jack Straws Lane family in July 2009 after gaining my Level 3 CACHE diploma at Oxford College and have since gained lots of experience with all ages. My love is the Preschool age children where I initially spent over 3 years as a Nursery Nurse and then progressed to room leader.
Myself and my team made fantastic progress in this room and supported the whole nursery in gaining our Outstanding OFSTED inspection in 2013. Through JSL and the excellent support from my management team, I was promoted to deputy manager in January 2015 and then further gained lots of managing experience in supporting the whole nursery when I stepped up to a managers role for a temporary period to September 2016.
I am now completing my Early Years degree and thoroughly enjoying my role at JSL as the nursery SENCO and Keeping Everybody Safe REP.