Doncaster Mumbler Awards Nominees so far: Favourite Day Nursery/Pre-School, Sponsored by Families Information Services
The Doncaster Mumbler Awards nominations went live on July 1st and although we don’t usually publish the nominations and comments, I thought that every single person who receives a nomination deserves to read their messages of thanks & support at this time as things start to reopen.
It has been a tough time, so I hope that these comments show Doncaster’s Day Nurseries and Pre-Schools how much you are appreciated by Doncaster families!
Remember nominations are open here until 31st July and the 5 nominees with most nominations go through to the final for the shortlist vote in September.
In alphabetical order – I’ve taken one nomination comment for each business that has been nominated:
Apple Tree Day Nursey, Sprotbrough
Apple Tree have just celebrated 25 years of providing the best childcare, 19 years for my own children. Every child, and their parents, becomes part of the family. Throughout lockdown the “Apple Tree Ladies” have provided care for keyworkers’ children and kept in touch with everyone else through newsletters and a new, secure, social media group.
The staff are amazing who the children adore
Auckley preschool caters not just for the local community but they provide support for the children of surrounding areas. All the staff are caring, friendly, supportive and go above and beyond their day to day work not just for the children but also for the parents/carers of the children.
Bright Beginning Day Nursery and Pre School, Balby
Providing a fantastic, warm educational environment for children where staff go above and beyond in their duty of care and community, donating supplies during the flooding and keeping staff and children safe during lockdown.
Bright Sparks Day Nursery
Supported my 1 year old during this unpredictable times.
Building Blocks Montessori
Always utterly devoted to enriching our littlest ones lives
Canon Popham Nursery
Miss Simpkin the nursery teacher is absolutely adored by the children. The effort she has gone to during lockdown has been amazing
Cavendish House Day Nursery
This nursery is absolutely fantastic! I hadn’t left my sons side from birth till he started at 17 months old! And of course he screamed and screamed! By his 3rd day he absolutely loved the place! They go above and beyond to make children and their parents feel comfortable! And I didn’t take advantage of this but they were open throughout lock down so big thumbs for that too! I know some people will have been so grateful!
Charlotte’s little learners
Charlotte is so loving and caring towards all the children at her setting. The amount of fun they have is immense. Nothing is a trouble to Charlotte. She will make parents just as happy as the children. My son totally adores her.
Coneygarth Farm Day Nursery
A beautiful setting, with amazing staff who have achieved an outstanding ofsted report.
They are brilliant with my son, he loves going every week. They are like his family
Epworth Primary School Nursery
For creating an outstanding learning environment for my child in a supportive and nurturing place.
Fledglings day nursery
This is a fab nursery both my children have been, friendly staff they all work hard to meet the needs of the children, makes the children feel welcome and parents couldn’t of asked for a better nursery
Flying Start Day Nursery, Finningley
Everyone is so friendly but also so good at their job. I can’t believe the difference since the new manager took over last year. Obviously everyone’s had a tough time with Covid but the directors were fab and keeping everyone informed and updated. They’ve been so helpful settling the children back in, even put some videos together on tapestry to show the kids at home to prepare them. All through them being closed they shared fun activities to do at home. Fab fab fab!
Hill House School Nursery
Providing the best foundation and experiences for pre school children.
Hoglets at Austerfield
The staff are fantastic caring and compassionate. They have been massively supportive of our family with both parents being key workers during the pandemic. We are able to leave our two children without any worries. The forest school and outdoor activities amazing and our children have thrived in this environment. Can’t recommend enough!!
Holly Grove Childcare
The children truly are the heart of everything they do. The girls make the children and parents happy from day one. It shows how great they are when my child doesn’t want to come home when I pick them up.
I learn education crowle
I Learn have transformed the previous nursery in Crowle into a fabulously interactive setting for the children who attend. They have supported the children there to adapt to the changes from the more traditional toys and play activities to the new Forest school approach. The life skills my little ones have picked up are not only useful and educational but delivered in such a fun way they haven’t realised the knowledge they have picked up. I mean who doesn’t want to learn about fire safety and what to do in an emergency while roasting marshmallows over a camp fire in a safe controlled environment?! I have been impressed with the team since they took over the nursery at the end of 2018 and their approach to the Covid crisis has further cemented that. They have been open for key workers throughout and even opened their doors to children whose usual settings have closed to ensure vital workers could still work. The packs regularly delivered to all the children not attending plus the support and activity on their ParentZone App (for attending children only) and their Facebook page (for anyone), all for free, have really helped give ideas for entertaining the little ones during this strange time. Mine are integrating back to nursery now and their approach and flexibility has been brilliant. I Learn has a brilliant concept of encouraging children to embrace and understand nature, encouraging exploration and play with more natural resources. I worried when the nursery was taken over but this was unnecessary as the nursery and it’s fabulous staff have delivered such high quality childcare, which is so flexible and covers long hours all year round, that I would recommend them to anyone.
Jumping Jacks day nursery, Edenthorpe
They are great with my children and are regularly changing the facilities available to aid children’s development. They have been marvelous in supporting children and families by putting new procedures in place since the 1st Jun. All the staff do a wonderful job I’m glad my children attend that setting
Leaps and Bounds Rossington
Leaps and Bounds reopened this week and have gone above and beyond to ensure that any concerns have been put at ease. The whole team is friendly, professional and exceptionally caring which is evident in my daughter’s excitement to return. The have been completely transparent in safety measures being taken, happy to answer any (and many) questions as well as putting return packs together to show the children including photos of the nursery as it is with the new measures and the staff. In addition to the above they deliver fabulous education and have the children’s best interests at the heart of everything they do.
Little Einstein day nursery Wheatley
They are simply amazing and everything they’ve done and worked hard for during this pandemic deserves some recognition.
Little Einsteins Day Nursery Ltd Denaby
Little Einsteins are a fantastic nursery who look after there little ones perfectly. The welfare and happiness of there children is there most important thing. Both ny children have enjoyed attending here.
Little Learners Day Nursery
My daughter loves going there. The room leaders have a deep care for each of the children, and it is a wonderful space for play and learning. They’ve especially taken care to provide a fun yet safe environment during the pandemic.
Little Oaks Day Nursery
Throughout the whole of the Lockdown they have remained open to care for key worker children. Also helping within the local community with food parcels. Within normal times this nursery chain are there for parents helping families not only within the realms of care of the children. But take a full holistic approach to caring for the family. They have excellent staff who are friendly approachable and just care Lesley, Toni Becks and the team are fantastic.
Little Rascals Day Nursery, Edenthorpe
Lovely, friendly staff who are so approachable and easy to talk to and clearly love what they do. My daughter loves going here and has had a brilliant basis for learning before starting school in September.
Little Stars Nursery, Cantley
My son has attended here since he was 9 months old and he absolutely loves it. Dawn and Amy and the rest of the team have really done everything to make my boys son there the best it can be.
Little Oaks Childcare
This setting always goes above and beyond to help the families in their care from providing flexible rotas to providing advice and help for families in need. The staff are happy to hear about and undertake any courses to aid and extend their knowledge in providing a better service to the community and they are always willing and happy to lend a helping hand. They are very caring, happy, smiley, friendly and just a great people. Alongside Lesley Clark and her Co Partner and Long time friend Toni Foerman, provide a brilliant and friendly service to all that seek them out and they often come highly recommended by friends and other people in the community. All the staff work hard for the business and community. They are always to providing the best childcare service they can.
Loversall Farm Day Nursery
They provide a wholesome nursery environment with lots of outdoor play, and great meals for the little ones. Each and every member of staff is superb, and the management is spot on.
Making friends Nursery/Pre school
They go above and beyond to create fabulous childcare and support young chrildren .
Mexborough Day Nursery
My daughter has attended ever since she was 7 months old and her care at every stage has been so responsive to what she needs. The service is really personal and friendly and we couldn’t do without them.
Mrs Doubtfires, Epworth
They learnt sign language to communicate with my son when he first started going. For no reason other than to be able to talk with him, keep him included and just being lovely x.
Paskals Day Nursery
Wonderful staff giving the highest standard of care to the children.
Pollywiggle day nursery, Mexborough
Great team Lovely environment and setting for 2-5 yrs
Saint Norbert\’s Catholic Primary School – Crowle
My little boy goes to this nursery. The teachers are so caring and kind. The school and nursery have remained open during lockdown so key workers children can still go to school. The teachers have put their own health at risk to do this. They have strict procedures in place go ensure the children are safe. They have kept online learning active, where a new task is set each day for the children to do. My little boy is 4 and this has really helped him keep focused and in a routine. They have a blog on this forum where the children can keep in touch with each other and the teacher adds little messages too. The teachers have been a great help in lockdown. The nursery have a fantastic transition between classes and this helps the children transition with fear and worry. It really is a great nursery.
My daughter has only just started and they have been amazing settling her in. It’s a lovely little nursery!
Small world day nursery
For getting through big changes from the end of last year to this year. A lot of changes have been made which makes the nursery safer for children. The children enjoy going to Nursey and there is always new activities for them to do. They bring crafts home which is nice too see and parents can see what the children have been doing through there new programme blossom.
Smiley faces day nursery
Just for being so wonderful and supportive to parents.
St Aidans Day Nursery, Wheatley Hills
Great management, fantastic staff! My child has been there for a few years after having to leave another nursery due to certain issues. I would absolutely not leave my children with anyone other than them. Baby room staff especially caring and professional – Lindsey, Emma, Laura and Anna.
St Mary’s Day Nursery
They have been a fantastic support over the COVID-19 outbreak. Myself and my husband are key workers and all the staff at St Mary’s couldn’t have done enough for us. They have kept their spirits high and ensure the children had a wonderful time. They also set up story times and activities via Facebook live for those that weren’t at nursery. Lockdown started within months of an influx of new staff and new management so a huge well done to them.
St Oswald’s Academy
The outstanding service received. From dropping a shy 3 year old boy off at school in December to now a confident boy who truly loves to be there is an incredible change. I can only praise the place every member of staff is helpful, going above and beyond consistently. An example being a full school trip was scheduled however the nursery were too young so the staff managed to get donkeys, an ice-cream van and even fish and chips from the chip shop for the children who were too young or didn’t want to go to the beach.
Resilient good staff and non judgemental
Starlight’s Pre School
The passion and commitment shown by Becky and Lisa and their team is incredible. They really care for and facilitate each child and their family and go above and beyond.
Sunny Bright Day Nursery, Sprotbrough
Outstanding ofsted 3 times in a row & you definitely know it’s true from the moment you enter the building. It’s fantastic all the staff are lovely, their approach to the children & learning is amazing. Couldn’t fault it!
Tall Trees Day Nursery
They’re a fantastic group of hardworking people that have provided my little girl with a loving home away from home, not just a safe and fun learning environment
They go above and beyond to make sure every child is happy and safe. Total peace of mind when you leave your child with them.
Tiddlywinks Pre School
Always have the Children at the centre of all they do. Great Family support, SEN and a lovely happy atmosphere everytime I go in.
Toybox day nursery
They always go above and beyond, both my children loved and loves all the staff and both settled in from the get go.
Warmsworth Community Preschool
My daughter thrived here. They treat the very young with such care and love and provide the best home from home experience they can give. My daughter learnt routines quickly and came on in leaps and bounds especially with her speech. They run the preschool as a charity and don’t make a profit which I find unbelievable as they really could. It just shows where their intentions lie.
Waterbabies – Doncaster College
Excellent staff, great place for young children
Wilsic Road Day Nursery
Fantastic staff who tailor the service to each child. I especially love that they take the children out into the community that they are growing up in. Throughout Covid they have communicated fantastically with the parents and my daughter is SO happy to be back!
Wriggles and Giggles
They are amazing, my daughter is 17 months old and has been going there around a month all in all due to COVID 19, but she has settled right in and never wants to come home when being there. Can’t thank Carla and Gina enough due to the whole procedures of being back at work. I’m classed as a key worker ,they have been so patient and understanding with me allowing me to be able to make it a safe environment for my little girl… they need to win this as they are the best.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to nominate and well done to everyone who has a nomination so far. I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading the comments.
Nominations are open until 31st July HERE. The 5 Day Nurseries or Pre-Schools with most nominations go through to the shortlist.