My children went to Jo’s former nursery which was deemed outstanding by OFSTED. The nursery and the care of my children was indeed outstanding and I believe Jo's management of the nursery played a big part in that. I would highly recommend any parent to a nursery of Jo's.
My children have been under the care of this management team since they were 8 months old. The provision was outstanding throughout every stage of their development, right up to pre school age. The communication between home and nursery was great – with regular feedback on progress at parents evenings, as well as the daily verbal feedback which was invaluable The whole team were also very supportive and flexible during a difficult family time for us, making a stressful time a lot more manageable. I would not hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone
My daughter started Scallywags on 14/3/13. A couple of weeks prior to her starting, we had a home visit from Joanne. We thought this was a great idea as it was a chance for Joanne to see her in her home environment and a good opportunity for us to get to know Joanne and ask all the questions we wanted. It was very informal and we took to Joanne within minutes of her being present. She answered all our questions and gave us all the information we needed. My two daughters quickly warmed to her as well as she sat on the floor with them and chatted as if she was a friend of the family we’ve known for years! She has a very warm and likeable nature which comes across instantly and so much enthusiasm for the nursery! We then visited the nursery on its open day and met some of the staff who are all as friendly and helpful as Joanne. Our overall first impression of the nursery was very positive and it has a great ‘homely’ feel. We came away feeling really confident about our decision to choose Scallywags for my daughter, who has quickly settled in without any problems which we feel is largely due to the staff’s experience and professionalism. We have found Joanne and her staff to be really approachable and nothing has been too much trouble, they always have time for you. Their number one priority is the children and as Scallywags states in its own words, it is a true “home from home”. I can honestly say I would recommend Scallywags to anyone; I am so pleased we found them and know my daughter will absolutely love her time there.
Would I recommend Scallywags Day Nursery ? Most certainly! The staff are simply fantastic. I was worried about my little one starting (18 months) as she's not been left with people other than family, but she has thrived on the attention and loves the activities. She's been attending since day one and now doesn't even stop to wave me goodbye. She has her shoes and coat off and is then away with the staff playing and creating havoc. I'm half expecting her to be eating with the girls in the staff room the way she struts her stuff around the nursery. We have tears when she has to come home!! So in my books that says a lot about the fun she has when I'm gone. My eldest has attended their first holiday club since opening, and has enjoyed every moment. She has even asked if the staff could set up a Breakfast and after school club, as she finds the one she's currently attending a little restricted on space, food and activities. My only grievance is there is no school before and after club as this would be perfect for me dropping my girls off in an environment they both want to be in. I would have no hesitation in recommending Scallywags to any one, and I look forward to seeing the future plans Jo has installed for the children.