Bright Starts – Bridge Of Allan
Bright Starts cared for both of our children from when they were 9 months of age until the Friday before they started primary one and the standard of that care was always first rate. The children were always happy to be dropped off, and always came home with happy and amusing stories. The proximity of the nursery to the University of Stirling campus allows for a lot of (weather permitting!) outdoor time, and the children have the opportunity to go for walks, feed the ducks, and learn to stay away from the swans ☺ Inside, the nursery is bright and clean, and the recent introduction of smart boards into the toddler and pre-school rooms has been a welcome addition. My son in particular enjoys playing music from the smart board and teaching songs to the other children.
Here are some points that busy parents like us will appreciate – the provision of healthy meals and snacks for the children. Whilst the staff never really got my son to eat soup, he did get over his aversion to tomatoes with their kind perseverance! The fact that the nursery is open pretty much all year round except for a few days over the Christmas and New Year break is a fabulous service. As a staff member at the University, I received a discounted rate for both of my children, and the nursery even offers discounted places during the summer holidays so that you can have an extra day when you need it.
The manager and staff at the nursery are always friendly and approachable. They are happy to talk to you about what your child has been up to that day and (more importantly) will tell you if their behaviour has been less than stellar(!). A recent and valuable introduction to the parental feedback process is an online component. Children’s’ activities and progress is recorded on tablets within each room, with accompanying photographs. Parents then receive an email asking them to log into their account and see what learning milestones their child has achieved. I travel for work from time to time, and it’s been great to be able to get an email, log in to the website, and see what my child has been working on – especially with photos. I think this is an excellent service.
Finally – there are members of staff at the nursery who, over the 7 years we have had children there, have become cherished friends. My daughter remains close to her best friend from her nursery days and I know they will likely be friends for life! I think that the size of the nursery allows for these kinds of connections to be made. I will always be grateful that we found Bright Starts and that our children had such a positive influence on their pre-school learning and development.