Nurseries in Putney

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mmrmum Thu 07-Jan-10 18:30:18


I am trying to find a nursery in Putney at a "reasonable" price. All I was able to find at the moment is no less than £1300pm. Am I missing something? Does anyone know a nursery for a little bit less than that?


EvieBear Mon 11-Jan-10 11:12:57

Yes good point!

I am amazed at this too, it is very pricey...........

mmrmum Tue 12-Jan-10 14:01:05

Please can anyone help? Any advise would be appreciated... EvieBear, have you done any research yet?most of my colleagues at work pay between £800-1000 a month... Why I am not able to find something similar in Putney?

staranise Mon 25-Jan-10 15:26:53

Putney is very expensive for nurseries, and will only get worse since riverside closed down and there's extra pressure on places - the cheaper nurseries include Poppits at the leisure centre (£55 for a short day ie, 9-3.30) or Riverbank at the Eileen Centre is very cheap as it's heavily subsidised - full time (9-3) is £100 a week but they offer no flexibility on hours. There's an Asquith on Norroy road and I think they are cheaper or else there is also a Surestart nursery/creche on Roehampton Lane. TBH, a nanny is often more economical, particularly if you have more than one child.

weddingcake Mon 01-Feb-10 21:49:47

There is a new nursery called Puddle Ducks opening in the old riverside premises but I don't know anything about it yet and can't seem to find fees on their website.

theo24 Tue 02-Feb-10 09:27:02


My son goes to Asquith on Norry road,it is a quit expensive and thinking of changing very soon.

It is a good nursery but as you said, I think it is the cheapest in Putney so far.

There's also poppits in the leisure center, have been there?

hope this helps.

I have had two children in Asquith on Norroy Road. The nursery went from good to bad during "my years" there. They went from caring, loving and enthusiastic to "i couldnt care less" within a year. Frequent turnover in staff, moving staff between rooms, constantly reorganizing, etc.

Asquith then adopted this philosophy that the child shall decide if he wants to tidy up, come to eat, etc. You cant decide that the child shall come sit down and eat, and you shall not serve up the child, the child shall do that himself. So, many a time my son did not have lunch, because nobody told him to stop playing and come and sit down, so he didnt. He was 2/3 fgs! I realized something was wrong one day when I called him to come have dinner, and he said "No, I dont have to come if I dont want to". Equally tidy up toys, or coming to bed.... angry "mum, nursery says I dont have to if I am busy doing something"

My son had for this reason enormous problems when he started school. He thought he could CHOOSE whether to come and sit on the carpet and listen, etc, or that he could choose whether he wanted to go to the library and get a book, etc. Because this is what he had learnt at Asquith.

I moved my youngest when he started crying at the mere sight of Norroy road. The staff in the toddler room (1 year plus) were horrid. They never smiled at him, never greeted him in the morning, never picked him up. Always when I came to get him, there were children crying, with big blobs of snot hanging down their faces, the staff were standing bored in the corner. I brought it up with the nursery on many occasions, and they listenend, and said "right, we have to do something about that", but they never did.

Oh, and a member of staff hit my son on the head with a wooden train garage to show him that "hitting is bad". hmm I got Ofsted involved on that one. My son had a bump on his head. Another member of staff had thrown his toy car out on the train tracks to show him that you dont throw toys....

They are unreal!

Hopefully they are better now. But when my kids were there, they must have been doing a social experiement on kids "how to raise thugs", I'd say.

theo24 Tue 02-Feb-10 10:54:38

@2010aQuintessentialOdysse... reallllyyyy im shocked by what you said!?lol un real!?cannot believe it!my son goes there, i must say sometimes i am not happy with the way they deal with the kids. it s true some of them does have snot hanging out of their nose. but to hit the child on the head!?thats strange! how long ago were your kids there?

My oldest was there from 2003 until he started school in 2007. My youngest was there from 2006 until 2008 when I moved him to a montessory nursery in Mortlake. He was so happy at the new nursery!

sparklechook Sat 13-Mar-10 19:40:41

I am moving from Fulham to Putney in May and I agree, so so difficult to get a nursery place. I have one secured in Fulham but would prefer one closer to our new home so went to visit Puddleducks last week. Was quite surprised that it had opened already, as it had a definite unfinished feel about it. Wasnt the beautiful Victorian villa described on the website though ok. The staff was friendly and all taking care of the 1 toddler that was there. Apparently lots more children are expected and I hope they finish the other rooms and the outside area before they arrive! I am looking to place my baby in nursery in May when he will be 10 months and am not sure that it will be at Puddleducks as wasnt completely confident when unable to see the nursery in 'proper action'. There were no children in the baby room as yet, cots were not made up yet, no pictures on walls or toys about. Also, the introduction I was given was very fragmented, no details of how the childrens' day will be organised etc. Will give it some time to get started and visit again later before I make up my mind. Regarding the FEES at Puddleducks: for children aged 3 months to 2 years it is £75 per day (not including nappies & wipes but does include meals) so £ 1495 pcm. For children aged 2 - 5 years it is £70 per day, £1386.66 pcm. So not the cheapest, and as I mentioned it does not look that great at the moment to qualify for those prices!!!

MillaMay Sat 27-Mar-10 20:13:27

Does anyone send their child to Noddy's Nursery off West Hill, Putney? If so, could you let me know your thoughts? Many thanks,

sweetiepops Wed 31-Mar-10 10:26:38

hi Sparklechook

puddle-ducks nursery is listening to concerns like yours and I'm pleased to say that it is now offering baby milk and nappies as part of the fee package.

there will be a parents forum to engage with management and help shape the service.

the nursery has undergone a major refit and it might be worth your while taking a look again. 20 children have now signed up since the opening on 8 March.

Minimeee Wed 31-Mar-10 20:26:53

mmrmum - We just moved from Putney, the prices there are astronimical... Are you willing to consider Roehampton? There's a nursery at the Sure Start centre on Roehampton Lane - Eastwood, I think - and I have a couple of friends who are happy with it

milla - we were happy with noddy's most of the time.

Good luck

Minimeee Wed 31-Mar-10 20:27:38

Sorry milla just re-read your post, were at the other noddy's not the west hill one

MillaMay Thu 01-Apr-10 14:29:58

ok thanks minimeee

sparklechook Sat 03-Apr-10 15:22:35

Hi Milla, I looked into the Noddy's on West Hill too, and was really impressed by the show around & staff. Has got a really good reputation and lots of mums I know are very pleased with it. There is just a very long waiting list like everywhere in Putney unfortunately...

Sweetiepops, thanks for the further info on Puddleducks, will definitely take another look once it as been going a while, these things always take time to shape up. Nice to hear parents will be actively encouraged to engage in the nursery management.

In the meantime I will be starting our baby son at The Little Tugboat nursery in Fulham, bit of a longer commute but they have fabulous reputation and are actually cheaper than the Putney nurseries. Feel a little bit less stressed now that is organised as it is such a big next step for both baby & mum! :-)

Scarfmaker Sun 04-Apr-10 00:14:17

Anyone thought of using a childminder!

nat35 Thu 08-Apr-10 14:04:15

I am looking for a nursery and was wantdering about little tugboat can you tell me a bit more

sparklechook Thu 08-Apr-10 17:46:07

Hi nat35
Sure, Little Tugboat is a family run nursery in a beautiful house off the Fulham Palace road, just off from Bishops Park too.
It is small, with just 35 children over 3 'age group' rooms and even a nursery dog! You need to get on their waiting list as demand is extremely high and it is quite difficult apparently to get part time places. You only get to visit the nursery once you have been offered a place but it is well worth paying the £20 waiting list fee and keeping all your fingers and toes crossed. The 2 sisters who have run it for many many years are some of the most professional and friendly I have met. The introduction and show around we got was great, I immediately felt confidence in them, their staff and the nursery experience. The children looked extremely happy in both organised activities and in having their own 'free time'. You also get a great record each day of what your child has been up to as well as a personal catch up with the staff. There is an in house chef as well and a gorgeous garden for the children to play in. Fees wise I do not find it to be any more expensive than most other nurseries in Putney and Fulham and well worth it.
You can actually get a good feel for the nursery from their website:
Let me know what you think! :-)

nat35 Sat 10-Apr-10 10:29:05

I will call them on Monday to get on the waiting list.
I went to visit Active learning ( my lo went there for a short period 1.5 yrs ago) by I was not as impressed as I originaly was and little tugboat is closer to us.

sparklechook Sat 10-Apr-10 16:29:54

Yes, good idea to get on the waiting list quickly as I know that they have openings coming up for August & July as children are moving up groups as others start school...
Good luck! :-)

nat35 Sat 10-Apr-10 20:28:47

As I am looking for a place from September, fingers crossed

Kotek Mon 12-Apr-10 20:35:42

how about the various Busy Bees nurseries in Putney? have heard they are good.

tvfriend Wed 14-Apr-10 15:53:02

Busy Bees are nursery schools so can only go from 2 and a half.
My DD was at Poppits (just left) and was very happy with it. DS goes in Sept hopefully

littleduck Thu 15-Apr-10 18:37:44

The Busy Bees in Wandsworth takes babies from 3 months - we were considering sending DD there - so possibly others nearby might? Not cheap but looked good - just found somewhere we liked better which was nearer to home

tvfriend Fri 16-Apr-10 15:04:56

I think the ones in Putney (there are 2) are separate from the Busy Bees Group that includes the wandsworth one. They definately don't take babies.

Beefinder Wed 07-Jul-10 15:39:52

We are moving to SW15 next week and very anxious and concerned about getting a good nursery for my daughter in November when she will be 9 months old. As others are saying, I am finding it difficult to get a nursery with average fees.

Does anybody know about Gwendolen House and Noddy's at Putney? TVFriend - Can you tell me more about your experience in Poppits please?

Also keen to know if there are any good ones in the area- I am very new to the area- any help will be highly appreciated.


susie80 Mon 02-Aug-10 15:43:17

I recently moved to the putney area and was looking around nurseries. Gwendolen House and Noddy's were very nice but they have a year wait list or longer depending on the age of the child.

Puddle-ducks Nursery which has recently opened in March and currently has availability. I had a look round and I really liked it, the new manager was lovely as were the staff, they were very friendly. I have registered for my oldest to start in November. i highly reccomend a look aroudn Puddlew-ducks.

taramaya Mon 14-Mar-11 20:09:18

The Hub in Roehampton just opened and is fabulous, check this out. They have some space if you're quick. x

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jewels13 Fri 08-Jun-12 16:18:28

Hi everyone,
That is really strange as I am sending my second child to puddle ducks and I couldn't be more happier seeing my dd's so happy there. The staff are amazing and the food too ;-)
Me and my husband believe Puddle ducks is a family orientated nursery where the parents are highly involved and all my friends are at puddle ducks...and frankly speaking we love it!!! I hope you find it useful xxx

cierzo Sun 10-Jun-12 09:32:59

Can someone advise of the fees for putney nurseries?

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welcome100 Tue 10-Jul-12 15:32:02

My son goes to Asquith in putney and I have been very impressed by nursery. The staff are lovely, my son and I love the baby room and he has come on so much since he joined he is now walking at 9months and is very sociable. The staff are really friendly and caring and it is a real pleasure picking up and dropping my baby off there. The baby room is a ideal space away from the older children with lots of toys, quiet area for cots and soft play area's. Also very impressive menu all prepared in house. I would really recommend it to everyone.

jlhg Thu 19-Jul-12 15:10:47

it depends on the age of the child but the average for 5 days for under twos is aound £1700 but it can be as much as £2100 depending on where you go! Have just registered my 2 year old with Puddleducks, they really seem to have got their act together and its a lovely nursery now

Boldchen Thu 06-Dec-12 15:30:42

We may start our little one at Noddy's on Gwendolen Avenue, Putney. The fees are astronomical!! Are they really that good? Desperate for some feedback please!!

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louloubeth Wed 19-Dec-12 15:50:27

Hi poopnscoop. I would be very interested in getting information on the nursery you are opening. Do you have a website or contact details?
Kind regards

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Hi loulou... I won't pop details on here, I think it goes against MN regs. Will message you.

ILOVEUPEANUT Fri 15-Nov-13 18:30:10

I am posting on this old thread since I have not seen anything recent and Poppits Day Nursery and surely it deserves it. I removed my child since I felt that it was inadequate to mind children at all levels and ages. A few things in particular I have noted below, but mainly it was the not great vibe I had each time I went in there. They are the cheapest in Putney and I feel they using this fact to not make an effort….at all. Which is wrong. I chose this nursery because it was “affordable” and Putney prices are out of control. My daughter is able to speak this made me feel more comfortable too. I would never have sent my child any younger as I had doubts from day 1.

The staff is unprofessional and “unpresentable” (not sure what I can post because I haven’t read the T&C’s). I would mention qualities you would expect from staff at a nursery: to be clean, polite, gentle, patient, dressed appropriately, speak enough English to be able to communicate or speak to children, must like children, and would hold a crying child. I feel that the staff lacked these qualities with the exception of one, maybe 2. There is a strange man there always hanging about, who turns out to be the husband of one of employees/owner, I heard. I’m not sure if he is “staff” or perhaps there to meet ratio requirements, but he opens the door and has never greeted me in a year. In fact, I have never heard him speak at all!

In the last month I began “observing” after I saw higher turnover of children in my child’s group. The staff cleans the toilet and does all the “little jobs” while children are still there. I find this disturbing, especially if you are cleaning toilets in same clothes you will serve my child tea in a few minutes. I never found Poppits Day Nursery place clean at all, and I can understand why. At my observations I noticed that the staff didn’t all wash their hands! Some used the antibacterial pump and some did not clean them at all, even after having just come back from the garden.

On one occasion I saw a little boy crying. Poor thing must have been one year old. He cried the whole 30 minutes I was there. I wanted to see if someone would acknowledge him. He went up to 4 workers and each one of them was “annoyed” by him. He was given his blanket, which he chewed on vigorously, so was obviously teething and not feeling well that day. He was bright red in the face and would hold up his hands at each of these workers and no one acknowledged him. Obvious, to anyone with common sense or a child, he wanted to be held/comforted. One person took his hand and dragged him around while my child handed out lunch. He was still crying when I left.

Poppits Day Nursery is very disorganized and poorly structured, in my opinion. On the first day no one knew my child’s key worker or that my child was starting. No one greeted us or even introduced my child. I asked what my child ate/slept/ and each time they had to ask someone else, because the key worker “cleans at that time.” If I asked specific questions about my child NO ONE could answer them. Its like they rotate staff duties every 30 minutes. I was only given artwork/project when I asked for it and I only received on average 1 piece of work per week for a 15 hour week. I always found this odd too. In the entire time there never received feedback on my child and the parents evening, which I found out from someone in the toilet, was changed last minute so we didn’t know. I have such a lack of trust and I hope others will post their experience so that they can shape up or allow for a proper nursery in Putney. I have so many mums now telling me their bad experiences, but I guess they didn’t want to hurt my feelings. It is not good value for money if the children are not well looked after. I would suggest parents to drop-in at Poppits Day Nursery if your child attends. The only thing I’ve seen this bad in Putney was Asquith….which I have seen is being remodeled, but hopefully by new owners!!

hastybear Thu 27-Mar-14 10:10:16

I notice this post turns up more than once so I am posting my reply to it where ever I find it.

I don't recognise the nursery that you are talking about. Dirty? No. Worn? Yes. Depending on what time of the day you turn up I can promise you that they can often be caught cleaning. Of course a lot of their equipment is worn. they are cheap and find it difficult to replace their equipment, so instead of carping why don't you do what a lot of parents do and donate?

Unpresentable? I'm not sure what you mean. They all wear nursery tops, don't wear inappropriate clothes, jewellery etc and have always been clean and neat when I have turned up. As for the rest, they have always been polite, patient, gentle etc with all my family.

Alright, I'll give you the 'strange man'. An introduction, a smile, a word would help here. He is the husband of the owner and helps out, often at the end of the day. You will be pleased to know he doesn't make up the numbers to make the legal ratio, but does wear a nursery top to differentiate him from a random person just hanging around. And I grant you that doesn't help a huge amount.

You make very specific allegations regarding cleanliness while cleaning toilets and returning from the garden. They don't have a toilet and use the Leisure Centre toilet not 10 metres from the Nursery door. They do do nappy changing however and I have never seen them not wash their hands in the very few occasions I have had to be near the restricted area (I have an eCRB and as stated earlier make sure that I put something back into the nursery that takes care of my precious ones) that you don't have access to, so how you'd know they don't do something when you can't see what they are doing is a mystery.

They don't wash their hands when returning from the garden. But then they don't hose the children down either who have been playing out their putting their grubby hands etc in their mouths all outside play time. By the time the little ones get back in the cross contamination has already occured and is more healthy for them than not letting htem get on with it in the first place. There is a huge mound of research on how outside dirty play at a young age helps build the immune system for later in life. I can't be bothered to list all the research papers but maybe this will suffice: They do wipe down surfaces and wash their hands prior to serving food on every occasion I have been there.

Disorganised and poorly organised. OFSTED would disagree as would the queue of parents lining up to talk to the OFSTED inspectors this time round. Shame that all these parents with negative experiences that you mentioned couldn't find the time to talk to them isn't it?

I am sorry to hear of your experiences regarding contact with your key worker. That really isn't good enough. It's not the same experience I have had, but their have been occasions when my key worker has been unavailable but someone has always been able to give me all the information that I need.

I am confused about the starting day of your child as they have a strict transition policy that would have required you to attend with your child and be introduced to your key worker. The "key worker cleans at that time" comment. I don't understand it. It's a small nursery, walk in the door and walk up to your key worker, look on the key worker notice that lists all the key workers and the children they look after if you don't know who it is, because if you had asked that's what they would have done.

Never received feedback on my child. Really!? Ok, now your pushing the limits of my credulity. The daily A4 feedback form that is handed to every parent who walks in the door when they come into the nursery and the fact that they talk through it with the parent who picks them up? Did you just never notice them? Who picks up your child anyway? Obviously not you.

Your weren't told about the parents evening, which changed.
You don't say how it was changed, but the last two parents evenings have been on fixed nights and locations. Even if they missed telling you in person about the parents evenings the giant great big notices around the nursery on both occasions were a bit of a give away. Considering you obviously don't seem to pay attention to what's going on in the nursery you certainly seem to have noticed a lot of negative? Are you sure you don't work for an opposition nursery?

The lack of art work unless you ask. The nursery sticks very closely to the EFYS as laid out by the Dfes and inspected on by OFSTED. I clearly expect to see progress and results based on that, and reported on in the A4 daily briefing sheet provided to me by the staff. Not fancy bits of art work produced as a panacea to my ego as some other, more expensive nurseries do.

Some things you report, I cannot answer, the little boy crying for example, their inability to be able to answer your question for example and I agree with you about the 'strange man'. But you paint a picture of a nursery that I don't recognise and I have highlighted what I can only call inaccuracies in your observations and also inaccuracies in your comments. Does someone else sometimes/usually pick up your child and never bother giving you the information? Its the only thing I can think of to explain them.

wendy88 Wed 30-Apr-14 14:50:40

Hi in response to your message, I have both of my children attending a nursery in Roehampton (Eastwood Day Nursery) it is only a short drive from Putney, and there prices are the most reasonable I could find for such high quality provision. They charge �243.00 per week, with two weeks holiday free a year and I also get a 20% discount for having two children attending there.
They offer some great services which I could not find anywhere else, these include things such as move and sing, development movement play and forest school. Also something which helped me when choosing this nursery was that most of their staff are very experience and qualified to a graduate level. Hope this helps! smile

Leogia Tue 20-May-14 22:54:23

My son started at poppits when he was only 10 months old.
Now 2 and half years later we can safely say that this nursery has been the best choice.
The whole team are always smiley, friendly, helpful and show a general interest in our son development.
The nursery is well managed and my son is always happy, I would highly recommend this nursery.

MumunderConstruction Fri 23-May-14 19:40:42

I totally agree with you. I went for a visit and they were so disorganised they didn't even know who I was when I arrived and there was no welcome let along friendly welcome. The smell hit me immediately a strong dirty nappy smell in the air, very stuffy and off putting. The staff were miserable and mostly looked to be sat around disinterested and not interacting with the children. Only one lady made an effort to even talk to me child but subsequently freaked him out by being way too in his face pulling faces (he was totally freaked out by it). The kids seemed to just be looking after themselves left to do whatever. The room looked messy and disorganised and I really didn't like the fact that it's also uses by some parents as a drop in while they use the gym. I think the fact that the kids go in and could end up with totally different children each day is unsettling, especially when after an hour their mum shows up to take them home and then they are left. The outside area is quite frankly a joke, it's not safe for the kids to have to walk across a car park and then around the back of the building. Poppits in my opinion are the cheapest for a reason you get what you pay for generally but I think it's even a rip off to charge the price they do charge for what they provide compared to other Putney nurserys. I could not get out of there fast enough!

Mumy86 Sat 31-May-14 16:04:39

I would like to totally disagree with the two comments. As a parent of a child who is currently in Poppits I have nothing but praise for the nursery.

My daughter has been at the nursery full time for eleven months now, in which time there has not been one day where management have not been on site.
The nursery has a lovely atmosphere, which you can sense when you first walk in and staff are always lovely and friendly.
A lovely child orientated place, my daughter is extremely happy at the nursery and I feel very confident leaving her there.

BellaIsabella Wed 11-Jun-14 19:52:23

My 3 year old daughter has been at Poppits since she was 10 months old in fact, many of her current classmates were also in the 'baby room' with her. We looked at a few nurseries before we decided on Poppits and I'm certain for various reasons which I will outline here, we made the right choice.

One of Poppits's plus points is its size; a friendly, happy place which is small enough so that everyone knows everyone. I am debriefed thoroughly at the end of every day, usually by my daughter's key person but if she is otherwise engaged, someone else can easily do it and I've been quite happy with that. The children's day is well-structured; activities aplenty with some formal teaching for the pre-schoolers. They also offer extra-curricular activities of which my daughter particularly enjoys ballet. The garden is at the back of the leisure centre (not every London nursery has a garden so to have one at all is a plus) but the children are well-supervised when walking there and they hold on to a specially designed rope. The children therefore learn very early on the importance of staying on the pavement and the danger that a road may pose. There is also access to other rooms within the leisure centre where the children can play with 'big' toys (cars, bike etc.), run around and use the bouncy castle. This is particularly useful on rainy days as the children do not have to remain in one place all day (you may remember ennui of the rainy-play days at school ...). Members of staff are friendly and helpful and my daughter has formed good relationships with them all. They give cuddles, support and instruction whenever needed resulting in a very happy little girl. My daughter is able to speak well and we often chat about how much she has enjoyed her day at nursery, on occasions she is disappointed come Saturday when she realises she can't go. If she wasn't happy there, I don't doubt that she could tell me quite eloquently.

Over the past two years both my daughter an I have enjoyed Poppits's parties, dressing up days and Christmas productions. I like the nursery's atmosphere, the management's flexibility (some nurseries charge if you're late picking up), the activities on offer and principally the way my daughter is treated. I find the nursery clean (so what if they clean during the day- it's probably necessary) and health and safety practices properly adhered to. As a teacher, I feel quite well-qualified to accurately comment on these points.

My husband and I remain happy with our choice, we're glad we found Poppits and will be putting our youngest daughter's name on the list to join in five month's time.

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