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A very forward-thinking Nursery
Our son Joshie very much enjoyed his years at Reflections, and especially Forest School. Apart from giving him the chance to socialise with his peers, he learnt a great deal, and developed into a very well rounded, inquisitive boy. Excellent preparation for his early school years and the future.
We would definitely recommend Reflections to anybody.
Reviewed by Jeff Talbot on Oct 09 2013
Our daughter went to Reflections for 2 years and only left because we moved away. She started at 9 months old in the baby room and I would say she enjoyed every minute of it. The staff throughout the nursery are brilliant and I always felt comfortable to leave our daughter there. They have got a great outdoor area which the children love and most important the practitioners seem to actually care!!! Very important to us. I would not hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone.
Reviewed by Sandra Haufe on Oct 04 2013
Reflections, An Excellent Nursery
Both my son (now 7yrs) and daughter (5yrs) attended reflections part time from the age of about 11 months. During this time, I have seen the nursery continually improve facilities and opportunities for the children to develop and learn. Their Garden is amazing and both my children really enjoyed forest school. The staff are incredibly friendly, taking the time to get to know the children and really listening to them. From my experience, I would not hesitate to recommend Reflections Nursery. Both my children have left confident and settled very quickly into school.
Reviewed by Becky Thomas on Sep 18 2013
I really recommend this nursery
My son started at Reflections at 10 months old and has just left there aged 4 for school. He has skipped straight into school without a backward glance which is a testament to the confidence he has gained at Reflections. I choose this nursery because I liked the fact that there was no separate room that the babies slept in they all stayed in the same room where they played. It was very open which felt safer to me than some nurseries that had small dark rooms where the babies slept in on their own. I also liked that there were baskets everywhere with things like pine cones and everyday objects to stimulate them and their imagination. They have different rooms set up for different activities like a sand room, dressing up room, art room where when he joined they were making perfume! The garden also is amazing. They grow their own vegetables and play outside rain or shine. He even made chutney one day! Even the babies go outside which is so important I think.
I also recommend Forest School which is a chance for the children to go to the woods to learn and play. It broke up the full day my son was there nicely and he loved it.
The staff are friendly and I always felt relaxed they were looking after him. The couple of times he was unwell they phoned me immediately and I know he was safe. He loved going which I think says it all. I now have another son which I will be sending there soon as well.
Reviewed by Shelley-Ann Flanagan on Sep 11 2013
My son has recently left Reflections to attend school having been there since he was 10 months old. I cannot praise the staff enough for the care they have shown him and he has adored them in return. The activities on offer have been wonderful and the garden is a great space for children with a lot of opportunity for fresh air and exercise. Forest School is excellent and my son grew in confidence from his weekly trips to the woods.
I would highly recommend Reflections to others, they are constantly striving to improve the experience of the children who attend and I am confident that they will continue to do so in years to come. My son was very sorry to leave.
Reviewed by Jenny Knight on Sep 08 2013
This nursery is definately the best in the area. Our daughter attended here for 3 1/2 years and loved it. She has only recently left to start school.
I found the staff to be very helpful. It was amazing to watch our little girl grow and develop those vital social skills by interacting with with lots of other children. The outdoor garden space is just fantastic and so much has been added to this area since our little girl started.
I would definately recommend this nursery :-)
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 06 2013
An inspiring nursery
Amelie enjoyed Reflections from the day she started until her last day when she left for 'big school'. She has become a confident, sociable, curious, creative little human being and that's exactly what we hoped for her to be prepared for the next step. The garden and building is AMAZING and inspiring, she loved being outdoors there. She loved all the staff and they were always very easy to talk to. A big thumbs up from us!
Reviewed by Kary Fisher on Sep 05 2013
My son attended Reflections from the age of one until he started school. The minute I walked into the nursery I knew it was the place where I could happily leave my son; the friendly, relaxed atmosphere is the first thing that you notice, all the staff are caring and professional.
Reflections allows your child to be themselves and my son has certainly experienced many different things that other nurseries do not offer. My son loves to be outside and the wonderful garden has allowed him to do so as and when he wants; a beautiful water feature has just been completed which was a project the children were involved in. When the children are older they have the chance to attend Forest School where they go into the forest learning how to build dens and make camp fires in a safe environment.
Reflections communicates very well with parents in many different ways and will always listen to comments and concerns; we built up a great relationship with Reflections who are like an extended family to us.
Reviewed by Sarah Moss on Sep 04 2013
Perfect Early Years Care
Reflections nursery have provided excellent care for my son from age ten months right through to his starting school. Through each stage of his development they have tailored their care to his needs and personal attributes as well as providing exceptional facilities. The staff are all clearly well trained and well chosen and my son has formed close relationships with a number of carers/ teachers. The nursery also offers a number of facilities above and beyond the norm - specialist creative staff and forest school to name but two. The forest school facilities have taught my son a mountain of skills (problem solving; group and creative play; independance to name but a few) not to mention being the most fun you can have EVER !!!!! - and lets face it, what are the early years for if not to have fun. I am sorry to see him leave but am sure they have equipped him with all the skills necessary to move ahead in the world. Brilliant nursery - can't praise it enough.
Reviewed by Lydia Oulds on Sep 04 2013
Our twins attended Reflections nursery from August 2010 through to August 2013. From the very outset we always felt that they were safe and well provided for by all staff members. The communication between the nursery and parents is excellent, keeping you up to date with all the various activities and events, and detailed specific information regarding your child. We always felt that we could contact the nursery at any time to raise any questions or concerns and we would receive a detailed response.
The twins excelled from the outset and their social development combined with educational development was increased and it was noticeable when compared to children who didn't attend nursery or other nurseries.
They started in toddler room, transitioning to Preschool 1 and then eventually Preschool 2 in preparation for starting Primary school. At every transition, we were informed and it was discussed with us and every child is individual. They only move the children when they feel that the children are ready for the next stage, never pushing the children in a way that is detrimental.
The children are the primary focus, and they are always looking for ways to develop the children's experiences. The garden alone provides many opportunities with a water feature, greenhouse which the children are involved with, sand area, play house, wildlife walk, the list goes on. My children always wanted to be in the garden.
What probably stands out the most is the genuine affection that ALL of the staff from Kitchen to Management have for the children.
We would wholeheartedly recommend Reflections and have done on numerous occasions to friends of ours.
To sum it up: Caring, Safe, Developmental, Communicative, Reliable.
Reviewed by Annabel Harris on Sep 04 2013
The place to be !
Thomas spent 3 wonderful years at Reflections allowing him to live everything a child can dream to live at that age. His favorite activities: Forest school, to do gardening with the garden atelierista and play outside in the marvelous big garden. This place is a paradise for a child who can explore a lot of concepts by himself. To sum up, I will repeat the words of Thomas' teacher: "He is a very creative and imaginative boy." Reflections definitely contributed to nurture this creativity. MERCI++
Reviewed by Anonymous on Dec 07 2012
Excellent childcare provider
Our daughter attended Reflections from the age of 18 months old until she recently went to school. We saw her develop very quickly and as she progressed through the nursery her changing needs were catered for brilliantly. Now that she is at school, she misses the staff and nursery and has very fond memories of her time at Reflections. I thoroughly recommend the nursery, especially the forest school, to anyone and cannot speak highly enough of the team who helped our little girl develop.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Nov 11 2012
Friendly and creative care
My daughter had a fantastic time at Reflections. At Forest School, children go to a local forest to learn all about the natural environment. While with me she had never been a risk taker and wouldn't walk very far. Once she had been attending Forest School for a few months I saw a big change, she became more physical, was more eager to climb trees, hold worms, walk round the park with me and get muddy! Martin is a fantastic leader of the Forest School programme and the Reggio Emilia approach.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Nov 01 2012
My son started at 'Reflections' when he was 6 months old and left just after his 4th Birthday to start school. He loved every day he was there, made lots of friends, and' rugby tots' was one of his favourite activities! He's doing fantastically well at school and we owe a lot of that to 'Reflections'. The team are absolutely brilliant and all looked after him so well. We are looking forward to our new baby going to reflections next year.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 16 2012
Quality and very caring staff
I have 3 girls 4,5 & 9 that have been involved with this nursery since they were 3mths old until they left for school at 4yrs. They have never refused to go and have always come out happy. They enjoy it so much that they still go to the after School club and School holiday club.
Reviewed by Danielle Kerkhove on Oct 15 2012
Well what can I say that my daughter went to Reflections Nursery for about 1 1/2 years and has such a Lovely time there and all the stuff were very helpful and friendly every time that I came to pick my daughter up from there
I liked the fact that they has loads of different activites going on for the children to learn and my daughter is now at school and she same days she still misses it but I would reccommed this Nursery to any of my friends.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 13 2012
Safe, caring and fun nursery
My daughter went to Reflections for over 3 years and absolutely loved it. There are always different activities and experiences going on which the children are encouraged to join in with but don't have to if they don't want to. She has just started school and misses nursery so much that I've decided to send her to their holiday club for a couple of days just so she can see everyone again! My son started in the toddler section about 6 months ago and seems just as happy there.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 13 2012
A complete nursery, absolutely brilliant.
Our daughter was at Reflections for 2 years and enjoyed every moment of it! The nursery is like no other and the moment we visited it for the first time we knew it was the one we wanted her to go to. We thought it was brilliant that Martin (the owner) got involved in the day to day activities like forest school but not forgetting all the staff at Reflections that make it was it is! Our newborn will be going there as well. I would recommend to anyone and definitely worth the extra few quid!
Reviewed by Helen Thomas on Oct 12 2012
Creative, bright, modern, friendly, brilliant.
My son was at reflections from 2 until he recently started school, he loved his time at the nursery he especially enjoyed forest school, time in the garden and the creative activities. I felt very happy he was in very very good hands. It was lovely to know he was eating home cooked food made at the nursery. The extended hours were a real help for me because I had to commute for an hour each way. A brilliant nursery and when we have another one i will be putting their name down :)
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 12 2012
My son really enjoyed Reflections and there wonderful garden. The forest school is a fabulous experience and my son loved every minute of exploring the copse, building fires and learning about life in the woods. I can not recommend Reflections nursery enough and the level of care is second to none.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 12 2012
My son attended Reflections from a baby through till he was four. He always looked forward to going which is usually a good sign. They provided him with a safe and stimulating environment where he was encouraged to play and explore in a way that was suited to him. When he started school he was a very confident, independent and sociable child and I would like to thank Reflections for the positive input they had in his early years of development.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 12 2012
Innovative, friendly and very reliable.
In the 3 years our son attended Reflections he made great progress there. The management are friendly yet professional. They are forward thinking and always put the children's needs first. The staff are great & Josh loved all of the practitioners who looked after him. They keep track of the progress the child and have regular parent evenings. They also have a lovely garden where the children plant fruit and veg. It also gave us peace of mind knowing it is very secure. To sum up-a great nursery!
Reviewed by Anonymous on Oct 12 2012
My daughter couldn't wait to start the day every time she was due to go to Reflections. She had the most amazing experiences at Forest School. Even now, just over a year later I still see the effects Reflections had on my daughter through her love of learning, which really helped her transition into school.
The staff go above and beyond the call of duty. My daughter still loves to talk about Martin and Shelly.
We can't wait to send our son once I go back to work.
Reviewed by Victoria Natarajan on Oct 12 2012
Thanks a lot for the lovely comments - we've missed you all. I hope R is doing well at school. I see you've signed up for the Professional Development Day on 20th October - Looking forward to seeing you there. Best wishes, Martin & the Team
PS If you get the chance can you rate us as well :)
Replied by Reflections Nursery on Oct 12 2012
Fabulous nursery & after-school club
My daughter started at Reflections at the age of 1 in July 2008. 4 years later, she is now at Cafe Zone, the breakfast and after school club.
The staff, facilities & setting are fantastic and the level of care provided is superb. Need I say more! Go see for yourself!
Reviewed by Deborah Pitt on May 22 2012
Excellent, exciting, friendly and welcoming
My daughter joined Reflections when she was 2,5 years old and stayed there till school. We've been very happy with this valuable time in her life, which gave her a great opportunity to develop her skills, mind, emotions and phisical abilities. I would say it's changed and widen the way she looks at the surrounding world, showing its fascinating side. We enjoyed together plenty of thematic activities like light, paper, wire workshops as well as a huge garden and its plants nursery. Thank you!
Reviewed by Anonymous on Mar 11 2012
Welcoming, fun, friendly, excellent standards
My eldest son joined reflections at 6 months old and left just before he started school. As parents we were impressed from the minute we stepped into the building for first visit. The staff are very involved and have bags of knowledge and energy. The management work closely with families and have always been professional and flexible. Our experience with Reflections could not have been more positive! We have a new baby and are really looking forward to him joining Reflections soon!
Reviewed by Isabel Simoes-Spavins on Mar 09 2012
Innovative, Caring, Professional, Nature, Art
My son Iggy attended Reflections (Pre school) for one year, after moving into the area from London. He loved it especially Forest school and the creative skills that are encouraged in the Art department. He now attends the nursery for after school club and also holiday club which are very well organised and the trips out are brilliant.
My second son is now at the nursery and thriving. I feel happy leaving my children, in the knowledge they are getting the best of care.
Reviewed by Isabella Davies on Mar 08 2012
The ratings say it all
By virtue of the fact that this new ratings website has been populated so readily and so highly by Reflections parents is a testament to how strongly parents feel. It is a fantastic nursery that has grown from strength to strength. For all the niggles (that any parent naturally feels when leaving their children) there are a hundred plus points. Just don't get too big or less focused in this difficult economic climate. My daughter has very fond memories of her time at reflections.
Reviewed by Charlotte Scutt on Mar 07 2012
Nurturing and Exciting
Reflections has helped me look after both my children, they both really enjoyed going and their development came on leaps and bounds. All the staff make the effort to make sure you and your opinions are listened to and acted on. I cannot recommend this nursery enough. It deserves it's status as the best nursery in the UK.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Mar 07 2012
Large private nursery
My son attended this nursery for a year. The premises are large with a superb garden. My son enjoyed the garden the most. He also attended the forest school which was fantastic and had the added benefit of being supervised by Martin (the owner) who is great. Nursery staff are really nice however I did feel that I didn't really get enough information about what my son had been doing during his session and whether he had eaten his food etc.. the feedback seemed a bit standardised.
Reviewed by Kim Samson on Mar 07 2012
Thanks a lot, Kim
Thanks for your lovely comments and the more-than-kind reference to Martin:) And thanks for letting us know what we can do better - we had much discussion about the best ways for sharing information with parents at the recent Parent Forum meeting and have instituted a few improvements. Best wishes, Martin & the team
Replied by Reflections Nursery on Mar 13 2012
Nursery care for pre school
We had our 2 children at Reflections for almost 5 years. A safe, clean and friendly experience for all concerned. I was never worried that our boys would be unhappy at this nursery. They had loads to do and made lots of friends. Staff were very good and took great care of our boys. I would highly recommend this nursery. It's not the cheapest but worth the cost in comparison to others.
Reviewed by Nicky Sudds on Mar 07 2012
My daughter loved her time at Reflections and we have always been really happy with the care and opportuntities she received there, including Forest School, which she wouldn't have been able to experience elsewhere. I have and will continue to recommend to everyone.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Mar 07 2012
Best start for my children
I couldn't be happier with the quality care provided for my 2 children that attend Reflections, it is like no other nursery I have seen, the facilities and opportunities provided for the children are inspired, the staff are dedicated and always make us feel very welcome as a family.
The cost is reflective of the service provided.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Mar 07 2012
Very Good care provider
I have been very happy with the level of care provided, in particular with the development activities and work that all the staff put into it. I have been really impressed by this! Since we moved my daughter to the Reflections Nursery, from another provider, we have never looked back.
The only thing I could suggest as an improvement is from a cleaness point of you, they could make a little more effort.
Other than that we have been Very Happy with them.
Reviewed by Monica Rossi on Mar 07 2012
Many thanks, Monica
Thank you so much for taking the time to add your review. I am sorry that your experience of Reflections was that our cleanliness needed improving. We will work on that immediately. I trust Ella is doing well at school. With best wishes, Martin
Replied by Reflections Nursery on Mar 07 2012
Friendly, caring, fun and focused
From the day my son started I felt comfortable and very happy leaving him there. He settled in very quickly and even though he didn't have many sessions there he loved it and was always happy to go. The staff are very friendly and approachable - my son loved them all. His day had a little bit of structure but mostly he just had fun and played with his friends. His favourite part of the nursery was the garden, they have an amazing garden and he was out there as much as he could. Great fun.
Reviewed by clare browning on Mar 06 2012
I personally felt reflections was more interested in ticking boxes than in individual children needs. It is very clean and the staff were nice but they took the babies outside twice in 7 months and stayed in the same room the rest of the time. Whenever I picked him up, he was always playing alone and I felt more time was spent getting him to eat with a spoon at 7 months than what he was interested in or developing social skilis. A good nursery but huge and therefore I feel slightly impersonal.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Mar 06 2012
Thank you for the feedback
I am saddened that in your experience your son went outside so infrequently. This is certainly no longer the case - babies enjoy the garden most days of the week. I am sorry too that you found us 'impersonal'. We strongly oppose 'box-ticking' - our approach is to value each individual child. The nursery building is large but children spend time in small groups and are cared for by the same adults who make time to get to know the children in their care. Thank you again for your feedback. Martin
Replied by Reflections Nursery on Mar 12 2012
Reflections is a fantastic nursery that really lets children be children. The staff are very dedicated and there are some that really go the extra mile. Forest school from the age of 3 further captures the childrens imagination and enthusiasm allowing the children to naturally achieve the nurseries ethos 'learn through play'. The owner plays a very active role, which I believe, is key to its success. My Daughter really grew in confidence and I would thoroughly recommend the nursery to anyone.
Reviewed by Charlotte Scutt on Mar 06 2012
Excellence throughout. The best experience.
My daughter started when I moved to the area and she was 2 1/2, and went full time straight away. She settled in without any issues, and was well looked after from day one from all of the great staff there.
I noticed fantastic improvements in her development throughout her time at Reflections and she was given so many experiences that other nurseries could not have offered her, including the amazing forest school. She found transitions between rooms easy, and also enjoyed her time at Cafe Zone.
Reviewed by Ben Case on Mar 06 2012
Innovative, Committed, Quality, Friendly, Caring
The environment is second to none, with friendly and committed staff who want the best outcome for each child. Very thorough parent/carer consultation, I knew exactly what my little girl was doing and when. Attention to detail, my little girl enjoyed her time there and bonded well with the staff.
Reviewed by Clare Hussein on Mar 06 2012
The best Nursery in Sussex!
I have 2 children who have both attended Reflections and who now still return for their school holiday club. Both my children adore Reflections and do not want to go home at the end of the day. My youngest has just started school and I have been told is the most articulate in his class and put a lot of this down to Reflections support and work. They use new ideas and explore ways for children to learn without just supervising children in a room full of toys! I would reconmend Reflections to all!
Reviewed by Hierlei Nash on Mar 06 2012
My son was only at reflections for 6 months due to moving home, but I loved the nursery and staff, it was a shame that he could not have stayed longer as they have excellent child development processes in place, excellent food and the staff were always very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this nursery to anyone, as this nursery was recommended to me.
Reviewed by kizzy scott on Mar 06 2012
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