Nurseries in Pimlico, Victoria, Westminster?

(31 Posts)
Lorelei353 Tue 07-Jan-14 17:09:38

Anyone use any nurseries in this area? I'm looking at quite a few but finding it really difficult to choose one. It's so hard to know how to judge them.

I've looked at Bessborough, Bright Horizons Pimlico, Busy Bees Westminster and am going to look at Marsham Street and Kids unlimited Chelsea.

I'd really appreciate any info/experience/thoughts.

leobear Tue 07-Jan-14 17:11:48

Hello - are you looking for a baby, or for 3 years plus? My daughter is starting her free hours at tachbrook nursery this month.

leobear Tue 07-Jan-14 17:12:43

And a friend of mine used Bessborough and found it ok (this was for a one year old)

Lorelei353 Tue 07-Jan-14 17:20:18

DS is 7 months now and will be just under a year when he starts.

Lorelei353 Tue 07-Jan-14 20:18:01

shameless bump.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Tue 07-Jan-14 20:20:37

Bessborough. Bloody awesome

AndMiffyWentToSleep Tue 07-Jan-14 20:24:49

Posted too soon!
Absolutely fantastic staff there. So caring and they keep you in the loop as parents. It is well managed and has good policies. The staff shared a great 'parenting' style - I looked to them for tips. And it has a lovely outdoor space.
I'd be back there in a flash if I could!

Lorelei353 Tue 07-Jan-14 20:30:22

That's great to hear. Two votes for bessborough. They've no places at the momentum apparently mighty the time I need it, so I have DS on the waiting list so fingers crossed.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Thu 09-Jan-14 10:24:02

Did they say how long they thought the wait might be, out of interest?

Lorelei353 Thu 09-Jan-14 19:47:26

They were vaguely hopeful that a place would come up before I need it in May

AndMiffyWentToSleep Thu 09-Jan-14 20:21:09

Aw man, I wish DS could go back there!
<homesick>

linsaga Sat 18-Jan-14 21:41:28

I would love to hear what you decided on this and which nurseries you thought were worth a look. I'm looking in exactly this area now for 6 months time....tia

Lorelei353 Sat 18-Jan-14 22:21:32

I'm looking at two more this week and going to shortlist from there. I'll keep you posted!

linsaga Sat 18-Jan-14 22:40:45

Great thanks. What did you think of busy bees? That followed by Marsham Street would be most convenient for me...

linsaga Sat 18-Jan-14 22:43:44

just to add- my start daye isn't until late august

Lorelei353 Sun 19-Jan-14 17:42:05

They're probably my nearest two as well.

I'm going to Marsham St tomorrow.

I wasn't keen on Busy Bees but I'd struggle to tell you why. On paper I loved it and was really excited about going to see it. I just think the woman who showed me around didn't really sell it to me. She gave me very little info about what goes on in each room and when I asked for more info or to clarify things I found her vague at best. I just didn't love the levels of interaction I saw with the kids either, although again, nothing wrong as such. It won't be on my short list.

Cristinac Fri 24-Jan-14 09:55:12

Hello! I am also looking for a nursery for my two DS. I was looking at Marsham St and I was looking if you had any feedback about it. Lerelei, did you have a chance to go? I know you've done the tour through all nurseries in the area. I should have done the same but I will be relocating and I am afraid I won't have the chance to do so. Any info you can provide will be greatly appreciated smile
Thanks!

linsaga Fri 24-Jan-14 11:37:42

Hi There- So far, I've been to see Marsham Street, Busy Bees and St Patricks Montessori and I would say Marsham Street is the best of the three. Experienced team and nicest environment in my opinion. Which others you look at I think depends on the area you're looking at. Hope that helps.

Lorelei353 Fri 24-Jan-14 14:09:45

I really liked Marsham St. Only real drawback is a very small outside space. Very limited scope for physical activity which is a bit of a dealbreaker for my dh. It seems like a great nursery though especially since Bessborough can't offer the days I want.

Lorelei353 Fri 24-Jan-14 14:10:32

What did you think of Busy Bees linsaga?

linsaga Fri 24-Jan-14 17:35:09

I totally agreed with you about busy bees, feels like they aren't on top of things at the mo. Looking at others now....

Lorelei353 Sat 25-Jan-14 10:27:06

LI went to the Kids Unlimited in Chelsea yesterday. It's really great and the staff seem really engaged. It's outrageously expensive though so need to work out if we can afford to send DS there.

SWEnglish Tue 05-Aug-14 08:34:15

Hi, i am just starting to look around now and was curious about this thread and what you all ended up choosing? How has it gone?

Mummyteachmummy Wed 27-Aug-14 02:07:36

Bump!

Mummyteachmummy Wed 27-Aug-14 02:08:36

... for SWEnglish (and me!) Would love to know experiences...

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