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It depends what you're looking for in a nursery. I didn't like it, the staff don't seem bothered at all, it is VERY small inside and the children don't get a chance to go to the garden very often (if compared to other nurseries).
Children get nappy changes in private (which I don't like) and the choice of toys was limited.
It is very central in terms of location but so it Dicky Birds, Play Days both in Queens Road and Dee Day's in Mansel Road.
I have a toddler, so perhaps if you have a baby you might be looking for other things to take into consideration when choosing a nursery.
Hi I have a child (2) who attends Butterflies and I have to say the staff are absolutely lovely and genuinely care for the children. I have used Dickybirds and i considered Playdays but overall the staff at Butterflies impressed me the most with their attitude and professionalism. The garden is small but they have regular sessions out there daily along with trips to the parks in the immediate areas. Overall, I would say that Butterflies is one of the best in the area as they also provide little extras which I found other nurseries lacked such as a daily feedback book which gives you details of your child's day, food, activities etc. At the end of the day, proof is in the pudding and my 2 year old loves it.
Butterflies is a lovely nursery with very dedicated staff, i have used it in the past and my DD had great bonds with her keyworker plus the other members of staff, she loved it so much that alot of the times, i had to sit with her for 15-20 min extra until she was finally willing to depart
they are very flexible in terms of...needing extra days, etc.
nappies are not changed in private as the messy room is next to the toilet/nappy changing facilities and they are in constant use.
i agree the daily feedback book is a plus as many nurseries only give verbal feedback to pre-school children.
i would highly recommend them but i am sure they got a bit of a waiting list..worth a try!!!
bad experience with this nursery..too chaotic...too many staff/children leaving constantly...unstable management...took my child out as there is alot more on offer in wimbledon, you just have to be quick and join the waiting lists.
I had no other option than to register my daughter in Butterflies since the other nurseries had waiting lists... at first I thought they had availability because they were new- but I soon discovered why and gave notice just a couple of weeks after.
The nursery is very chaotic, it is sooo small (toddler room) it is appalling. I wish OFSTED would apply some sort of restriction when it comes to room-size. The staff are not teachers (like in other nurseries in Wimbledon) and are mostly too young to even have had the time to get experience in a school/nursery or get a proper qualification.
Another thing which I think is worth to mention is that when paying so much money one would expect the staff to speak at least to a received pronunciation standard but most of them don't. These things do matter- I want my child to speak properly.
I myself did not like the fact that my child was going to get her nappy changed in a toilet somewhere outside the room where no can could see what is going on. In most nurseries that I have visited this is done in the same room, if one reads the newspaper this will make sense.
I would advise a parent who is considering this nursery to think twice about (a) room size, (b) qualification/training of the staff, (c) research the owners- this stuff is important, (d) background of the staff and (d) activities.
In my opinion, and many of my friends, do NOT send your child there. All of us who have put our child in that nursery have waited until we've ot places elsewhere and have then taken them out. It is completely chaotic, there seems to be no structure at all and I only found a couple of staff who spoke English. The owner is never there and doesn't seem to care, shes opened it up and has now cleared off! so overall not impressed! From many concerned Wimble parents
I had to post on this thread as I have 2 kids at Butterflies.
I think it is great. Yes, the room size is smaller but there are less kids than some of the bigger nurseries in Wimbledon which makes it a far more loving and familial environment. Some of the staff have been there since the beginning (my eldest has been there for two years now) and my little one (20 months) loves his key worker. They are all so caring.
They have improved communication so much - we have a notebook to take home everyday telling us what each child has been doing and a monthly newsletter all about the upcoming themes and activities. The kids do loads of activities - Little Kickers, Hip Hop Tots (dance class) and Theatre. My kids love the garden which is well equipped with toys. They have hot food cooked on site and they seem to eat well.
As regards to details like the nappy changing mentioned on here - the changing area is adjacent to the toilet, which is accessible by everyone. The staff change nappies in pairs. I would much rather have dirty nappies changed in a toilet area than have germs from faeces floating around a play area???
Choosing childcare is never an easy thing, it depends so much on the individual parent so I would recommend looking round rather than relying on the feedback on this board. If you want a caring environment with a personal feel which is near to the station and open to accommodate office hours, I would highly recommend Butterflies.