What the Parents Say

Ed Mills - Sep 2021
Ed Mills - Sep 2021

Our son spent two extremely happy years at Stables Nursery. The nursery is very welcoming and supportive of the children: from the owner to the support staff, everyone is friendly. Previously he had been in a large corporate nursery in London which was completely different and much less intimate. At Stables our son enjoyed the outside learning experiences, especially the forest school and used to come home exhausted and happy. He particularly bonded well with the pre-school staff Holly and Amy, who were extremely patient and caring with him. We would have no hesitation in recommending Stables to any prospective parent in the area.

Claire Lovegrove - Sep 2021
Claire Lovegrove - Sep 2021

Long before searching for a nursery for our daughter, an environment like the Stables is exactly what we hoped to find. We were completely delighted to learn that such a setting did exist locally; the Stables is all we could have wished for and more for our daughter. The staff are attentive, caring and absolutely dedicated to ensuring children are happy and thriving. The activities and setting constantly evolve and improve in order to make the daily experience the best possible for the children who attend.

We love drop off and pick up, seeing our child so confident and thrilled to be there. We feel part of a family and network at The Stables and could not endorse the nursery more.

Claire and Robin Whitten - Nov 2020
Claire and Robin Whitten - Nov 2020

We have been very happy with Stables Daycare for both our daughters. The staff are all so warm and caring and it has been lovely to see their relationships grow with our children. Compared to other nurseries, the staff turnover seems much lower which provides consistency for the children. The outdoor space is amazing and the children really enjoy the forest school. We really value the flexibility of being able to choose our hours and the nursery is always accommodating to changes and extra days where possible.

Robert Thomas - Oct 2020
Robert Thomas - Oct 2020

Our son Serik attended Stables nursery for about twelve months, before going up to school reception class this September (2020). While a bit apprehensive to begin with (changing nurseries) , the care and attention he received helped him to settle in quickly.

We have praise for the people who looked after him during his time at Stables. We noticed he developed well while at the nursery: group play and social interactions. He really liked the Forest School activities – llamas, goat, learning about bugs under logs, climbing about and watching frog spawn develop. Access to a part of Fosse Bank School’s playing fields to run around in, and spending the Summer in a real Yurt was a big plus. And there are big trees with acorns and conkers to collect.

Our second child will follow his brother soon to Stables nursery, so the reader can see we recommend Stables Daycare.

Hannah-Fleur - Jul 2020
Hannah-Fleur - Jul 2020

I just wanted to say how touched and delighted I was by all the efforts made for Grace’s graduating class. She came home today full of smiles and chat about balloons and customised hats, with her little photo album of her last year or so at Stables, and it’s all just lovely. What thoughtful, careful touches to treasure from her time here. And happy memories.

Sarah and Jon Bailey - Jul 2020
Sarah and Jon Bailey - Jul 2020

It was such an emotional pick up today after Phoebe’s last day at Stables. Big hugs to you all. We would like to say a huge thank you for your amazing care and nurturing for both our girls over the last 4 years. We cannot begin to describe how appreciative we are for the amazing experiences Phoebe has had over the years especially the trips to the outdoor learning with the animals, fun in the field and washing the babies!

Georgina - Jul 2020
Georgina - Jul 2020

Ella is so happy every time she goes to nursery. Stables is an amazing nursery and an amazing location. We love the focus on outdoor play and outdoor learning. Ella loves going to forest school to see the animals and the stables family are so lovely and kind. The children are always so happy and kind at Stables which is a credit to you all as it is such a nuturing environment for them.

Jen - Jul 2020
Jen - Jul 2020

Can I just thank you for Marlo’s first day back, and your communication throughout this time. We are so fortunate we could have her looked after at home and she was so so thrilled to come back and see her friends before school starts and she won’t see them again. You guys have just been amazing, you have kept us informed throughout and worked so much harder to remain open and supportive compared with other settings, I know some have had the capacity to support their community and refused, whereas you guys have gone above and beyond to cater to as many as possible, so thank you.

Jon and Debs - Jun 2020
Jon and Debs - Jun 2020

Our daughter has been at Stables since her first birthday, and they have supported her wonderfully at every stage. She’ll be off to school in September as a confident, sociable and thoughtful young girl, no small measure of which is down to the care and love she has had at Stables over the past four years. There are many practical things that make Stables excellent: the huge outdoor space; the forest school across the road; the varied and imaginative use of the indoor space; the secret garden; the flexibility of hours (and potential for term-time only); the out of town location (no fighting through traffic). But the best thing is the staff. Such experience, imagination, love and care, and a remarkably low turnover in the four years we’ve been there. We can ask for nothing more. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.

Kerstin - Aug 2018
Kerstin - Aug 2018

Caroline,

You and your team have been outstanding with our son over the last 2 years. THANK YOU!!!

He has grown so much in confidence and absolutely loved his time at Stables. Fredo has made great friends and thoroughly enjoyed forest school!

We are all very sad that his time with Fran and team has come to an end but feel that he is well prepared to start school.

He will attend one last time on Thursday (It was booked in a couple of week ago).

Many, many thanks for the amazing care at Stables and wishing you all the very best for the future.

Z Blom - Jan 2018
Z Blom - Jan 2018

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT STABLES DAYCARE:

  • The all weather, outdoor play policy.
  • The way Margot always gets a warm, happy welcome which means she’s almost always pleased to come to you.
  • Pictures on Tapestry which provide a priceless insight into this aspect of Margot’s life, and her friendships.
  • The atmosphere is lovely and it feels like a party every day – again, this means Margot loves coming to daycare.
  • Music being on in the rooms / lots of singing plus song of the month / creativity and art works coming home so we can bridge between here and daycare.
  • The way staff encourage friendship amongst the children / the absence of bullying.
  • The staff in general! We are always so well informed about our Margot, and the excellent communication includes helpful monthly letters / website info.
  • Food – it’s delicious, brilliant quality, Margot’s able to have seconds, it’s very healthy and also tempting.
  • Supervised mixing of ages e.g. when Margot gets to gently play with the babies or learn from the older children outdoors.
  • The range and thought which goes into activities which have a lovely overarching theme.
  • Safety and amount of toys available.
  • Messy play, which Margot adores and which we don’t have to do at home if she does it with you!
  • Cleanliness and cheery atmosphere in the rooms.
  • The fact that Margot’s name is always used when staff say “hello” and “goodbye”, and that all staff know all of the children.
  • How kind, helpful and flexible you are re extra hours / when we’re running late. We cannot overstate how much we appreciate this.
  • Cooperation between staff who communicate well with each other as well as with the children.
  • No fuss, spare clothing found if we’ve forgotten something.
  • That we are able to talk about a concern really easily, and it’s taken seriously and addressed / resolved perfectly.
  • Our child is always happy, dry (nappy), and full of joy about her day.
  • When Margot talks about her friends, she says staff names as well as her peers which is just lovely.
  • The bottom line being, we trust you with the most important person in our world and can get on with our day without worry when she is in your care.

WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED:

  • Margot is unusual in how much liquid she needs, but sometimes she is very thirsty when she gets home. Rather than a water bottle just being available, which we know you’re very good at providing, if she could be encouraged to drink when she forgets to do so, (especially later in the afternoon), that would be perfect.
Jeannie - July 2017
Jeannie - July 2017
“Can I also take this opportunity to thank you and your amazing team for all their hard work.  Jasmine loves coming to nursery and we always get such a warm welcome whether it’s first thing in the morning or at the end of a long hot day.  All the staff are really fantastic and I can’t speak highly enough of them.  I always say to people that putting Jasmine in Stables was the best thing I have ever done for her!”

Robin and Kathryn Ashwell - May 2017
Robin and Kathryn Ashwell - May 2017
“Thanks for all you’re doing for the girls right now.  They are having such a good time at Stables, and I know Iona will be so sad to leave. Thanks also to Francesca for taking Iona and co out to the market yesterday. She LOVED it! Kathryn and I are feeling so sad that she’s almost at the end. She seems to be enjoying Stables more and more every week.

Rebecca Findley - May 2016
Rebecca Findley - May 2016
“We just wanted to say that we think you are all great! Isaac is going to miss preschool hugely. It is such a brilliant room with fantastic staff who we trust implicitly. Martha is also really happy in Toddlers and seems so happy that she never wants to leave! Thank you… It makes going to work a lot easier knowing that they are having a fantastic time and being looked after brilliantly. You are all lovely in the office too, and extra flexible which is brilliant. Thank you.

Liz - Mar 2016
Liz - Mar 2016
“I just wanted to offer some feedback on a couple of the Stables staff who help to look after Isabel and Eddie.

Francesca is Isabel’s key worker, and we are delighted that Isabel is lucky enough to fall under her care. We have always found her extremely competent and caring and genuinely interested in Isabel’s wellbeing and development. She is a real asset to Stables.

Similarly, Eddie is very happy in toddler room with Robanna. She is very caring and Eddie clearly feels comfortable and secure with her.

It is a huge help to us to know that both of the children are happy and safe at Stables, largely due to their excellent care.

Many thanks as well for all of the flexibility you have been able to offer. It has been very much appreciated.”

Louise and Robert Hone - Feb 2016
Louise and Robert Hone - Feb 2016
“To the whole team at stables

I must put this down in writing now- otherwise I will forget to do it. We cannot thank you enough for your care of Olivia over this past year. She has absolutely flourished in the baby and now toddler room. We went on holiday with a child who has not been in nursery (and who was 6 months older than Olivia) and the difference was incredibly noticeable- prompting me to write this with pride.

Olivia was interacting with other children and playing really well, she was eating well using her cutlery independently at the table in restaurants and sharing toys and books when asked too. It was the social interaction that was the most noticeable (the other child kept pushing Olivia over! All a bit awkward) Olivia was just a bit confused as to why this was happening!

Anyway all these skills (and more) that she has learnt we are ever so proud of and she is becoming a kind a clever little girl (long may this continue) these are skills attributable to your team and thus a big thank you!”

Pankaj Jindal - Feb 2016
Pankaj Jindal - Feb 2016
“We have been incredibly happy with the care Francesca has provided to Kanav. Her energy is commendable and enthusiasm is exemplary. I don’t really understand how she maintains the same level of excitement after the day’s hard-work, when I pick up Kanav in the evening. At least I find all my energy drained by the evening, when I have Kanav on Tuesdays. I find it very impressive how she handles her work. She shows a genuine interest in the well-being and happiness of children under her care. As a result, even when he had a break of more than a week from nursery when we went away for holiday, Kanav still did not show any apprehension to go to the nursery. We were more apprehensive than he was! Also, when we ask him who did he play with- he always mentions Francesca first and then other children. I also like the fact that Kanav usually has a lot of energy left in him when he comes home. This tells me that he has been happy and had eaten properly in the day. It gives us a great sense of reassurance that our precious little man is well looked-after.”

Justine Wilcox - Oct 2015
Justine Wilcox - Oct 2015
“Dear Stables.  Sorry for the delay but I would like to send a big thank you for all you did for my son, Harry.  He was very happy there.  Even though he has been at ‘big’ school now for his first term, he still remembers playing football with Freddie, Jess and her singing, and Ben thinking Harry had packed a lunch for him each morning I dropped him off.  Stables has a wonderful balance of learning whilst having stacks of fun and I always recommend you to my friends.  I can not rate you highly enough.  Thank you once again and I hope Stables continues for many years to come.

Angela Joshi - Mar 2014
Angela Joshi - Mar 2014
“Lena has had a fantastic time at Stables, time seems to have flown by and whilst she still has a few months left at Stables we will miss the lovely warm atmosphere of Stables. The staff have all been very nurturing and looked after Lena really well from the very beginning when she was 18 months old. In particular, we have been very impressed with all the cooking, dressing up days, picnic activities that regularly occur throughout the year. I think you have a perfect balance of learning through play and making learning fun and interesting.

Also, whilst Karlea does not look after Lena, she has been a brilliant in meeting our (sometimes very) short notice requests for extra hours, she always responds to our queries and requests professionally and promptly.

We are constantly recommending Stables to friends and colleagues and hope that Stables continues to thrive and grow.”

Carolyn Cook - Mar 2014
Carolyn Cook - Mar 2014
“Thank you as well for all your efforts and hard work while Madeleine has been coming to Stables. The flexibility you guys provide in terms of changing days, adding sessions (often at very short notice) is so helpful, and from speaking to others, is not common at other nurseries and we have really appreciated it.”
Kate Howden - Oct 2013
Kate Howden - Oct 2013
“Our little boy has been at Stables for for almost two years. He loves attending the nursery and we have been delighted with the care he receives.

We have also been very impressed by the flexibility Stable offers parents.  We have needed to make various changes to hours and days over the months – some planned and others more last minute.  In every instance, the staff have been truly helpful and accommodating, enabling us to solve problems and have our son looked after in a consistent way.

This flexibility is so supportive for a busy commuting mother and helps to relief the pressure and worry. I have yet to hear of another nursery in the area that has such an offering.”

Pam Bourne
Pam Bourne
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team of brilliant staff for all their care, patience and hard work caring for both my children over the last 4 years.  You have such a great team working for you and the experience really shows.

I have often recommended stables to others and will continue to do so.  I have never once had a “no” from Karlea or Becky when I’ve asked to swap dates, add extra hours or any requests at short notice and this kind of flexibility makes life so much easier for a working parent.

The fact that the ‘stables way’ is to encourage maximum outdoor play is something I also strongly believe in – neither child ever really caught colds, coughs or any infections as such (apart from the obligatory chicken pox!) And I credit this to the fresh air and healthy attitude you instilled on the staff and kids.

I thank everyone for their parts in caring for the boys but with Adam, in particular I’d like to thank Becky, Midge and Jenny for their parts in settling him at each transition, for being nurturing and caring, not clinical.”

Ceri Tucker
Ceri Tucker
“Our 18 month old son has been going to Stables since he was 8 months old. The staff have been excellent from day 1 and are friendly and dedicated. Our little boy settled in straight away and is so happy there. He obviously really enjoys it and made the transition from baby to toddler room with no problems. Stables is a lovely environment for children and has a lot of outdoor space. The children get to do a wide variety of activities. ”
Sophie Turpin
Sophie Turpin
“We keep wonderful memories of Stables Daycare and I would always be happy to recommend it to anyone.”
Lucy
Lucy
“Can I just say a quick thank you for always responding so quickly and for being so flexible. I know I keep making changes and I’m aware how much work it involves in checking rotas etc. It seems to be an ongoing battle at the moment arranging childcare and it’s really reassuring to have such a friendly and reliable service as Stables to use. Many thanks”
Emma Collie
Emma Collie
“We are really pleased with the care that Stables provides for our daughter. The staff are friendly and very caring. Our daughter loves the company and surroundings and is always happy to be left with you. Sending our baby to nursery at only 16 weeks old was a tough thing to do but we have always felt reassured that she is very content and in a safe, relaxed environment.”
Kath Barton
Kath Barton
“My sons have attended Stables daycare for nearly two and a half years and I have been really pleased with the care they have received. The staff have been caring, dedicated and patient. Combined with the low staff turnover, this has enabled my children to bond with the carers, and feel happy and secure at nursery. On the very rare occasion that there has been an issue, such as one off them being upset at drop-off time, the staff have dealt with them sensibly and sensitively, and I have appreciated the phone calls they have made to let me know how they are later in the day. The equipment and facilities at the nursery are good, especially the outdoor paddock area; my boys have had a lovely time running around, playing on the outdoor toys, gardening and looking at the guinea pigs. They have enjoyed the variety of indoor activities, and different themes, which mean they have learned and developed well during their time at Stables. In short, thank you for looking after my boys! I would not hesitate to recommend Stables (and regularly do so already!) Hopefully I will be contacting you around Christmas time to arrange a place for Toby.”
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