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Auden Place Nursery/Active Learning West Hampstead

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Booper13 Wed 25-Jun-08 10:38:02

I wondered if anyone has any feedback on either of these nurseries - or recommendations for any others in the NW3 area (or within 10 mins drive). My ds is 15 months and I want him to go to nursery 2 half days per week to socialise with other kids and learn to share. There are a lot of nurseries in NW3, but most seem to only take them from 2. Thanks. x

marina30 Sun 09-Feb-14 15:28:23

My daughter is her final year at Active Learning west hamstead and I can say that there has been a lot of change in Management in the last few years however, the management team currently there have pulled it back together. The nursery has changed a lot for the better in the last year and can see a lot of good changes. I was tempted to pull her out last year but very glad I kept her there as she is a very happy, bubbly and caring child. Active learning have prepared her for school and she has made good relationships with the staff team and children in her group. I have already enrolled my baby Tom for the toddler class from next month and would recommend the nursery for parents who are looking for a nursery in the west hamstead area. (smile)

cordiality Tue 25-Jun-13 14:09:53

My dd is there. It certainly has had a bit of upheaval recently, lots of changes of staff, lack of communication and a bit of a funny atmosphere. I've felt a few times that I'm being annoying by wanting to know stuff about plans for changes of room, mentor, etc, that I should be made aware of.

However, it's never crossed my mind to move her. Toddlers care not for administrative issues, they care about being loved, cared for and well occupied and I have no issues at all about her care. The food is great, the garden is redone and lovely, the ladies in her room are caring and kind, she does all sorts of brilliant stuff, especially in art (i think that the art teacher, natalie, is amazing) and in general I am blown away by how much a two year old can actually do.

So yes, I'd recommend it, they'll sort out the boring side of it soon enough.

shannonlondon Fri 10-May-13 15:46:31

Hello - Any updates on Active Learning? Are people still generally unhappy with it? I'm looking for a good nursery in the West Hampstead area for my 2 year old son.

Thank you!

DharmaBums Mon 08-Apr-13 10:37:57

Hi, we've just taken our son out of active learning in WH. It certainly has deteriorated recently and I think the staff aren't very happy overal. this seems to be to do with the head office management.The staff/child ratios are awful and I often found my DS crying on his own in the corner hmm it's very impersonal and I think they are more worried about profit than child care. I don't know any of the parents that are entirely happy. Obvs this is just my opinion wink

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Amy10 Mon 18-Mar-13 11:03:15

Hi, carrying on from the topic of the original thread - does anyone have any recent experience with Active Learning WH? My baby is there since late last year but with recent change sin management the place seems to have deteriorated a bit. Anyone else with the same experience or am I overreacting?

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Hpbp Fri 25-May-12 15:03:44

Glad if I could help. It is so difficult to make a decision on nursery, especially for DC1, I guess most mums feel guilty when they go back to work. To me it was very important to be able to trust some one/organization, I had to be 100% comfortable with my choice. And I am very happy with Active Learning.
Good luck to all of you

Amy10 Thu 24-May-12 23:37:05

Hpbp, Thanks a tonne for patiently answering all my questions and very comprehensively too. All the best for your 2ndsmilesmile and in the new jobsmile

Hpbp Tue 22-May-12 21:49:09

Amy, yes there has been a change of principal in March 2012. The previous one has opened her own bakery !
The new one seems very competent, she is friendly, takes the time to meet you when you ask for an appointment, I find her helpful as well. Not that the previous one wasn't but they are 2 different personalities.

I like the Wooden floor, the big garden, the organic on site kitchen, the Montessori approach without ostentation and of course the cameras. I do use them at least 3 or 4 times a day. It allows me to feel less guilty, to be a working mum, and take part in my son's day. Also when I mention that I have seen this activity or that other thing, staff feel that parents are indeed interested in their job and that makes a difference in term of relationship and feedback. I must admit I sometimes use the tool as a gentle way to say 'I am watching you'.

Regarding Baby room key person, I am afraid I cannot comment as I have not met them for a long time. Zoe, long dark hair in her 20ies and Rose Mary were my favourites but It was about 2 years ago so I don't know if they are still in the baby room or not.

Hope I have answered your questions. If not please feel free. I am expecting my second, and there is no doubt in my mind that she will be going to Active Learning as well as soon as I find a new job.

Amy10 Tue 22-May-12 18:53:20

Thanks Hpbp, there has been a change in principal lately-has it settled in well? Also do you really use the log in cameras. Any recommendations for key persons in Baby Room? Sorry, lots of questions!!

Hpbp Mon 21-May-12 15:08:00

Active Learning was the only nursery that ticked most of my boxes when I visited it in 2009 amongst Teddies, Asquith...
Since then, my son has been very happy, he started when he was 10months old, he is now 3.5 yo. He loves it. The staff turn over can be daunting especially when LO is young but kids are more resilient than we think. I don't have any thing bad to report. I feel very comfortable leaving my son everyday. Even if the first month was horrible, he cried so much and I felt so guilty but eventually he settled and is very excited about going to nursery.
When something happened and I have not been told about, after I raised my concern, the senior staff would investigate and let me know straight away.

Amy10 Fri 18-May-12 17:00:10

Hi there, just wondering whether there are some recent views on Active Learning if available for my 5 month old DD. anyone has any experience with Bright Horizons at St John's Wood? Many thanks,

ipot Sun 18-Mar-12 00:22:02

Just wanted to give my views on Fortune Green Nursery. My daughter is very happy there, they seem very organised & there is always someone to greet you when you arrive. Manager is very hands on & approachable.

DD is always bringing home things that she has made, they plant seeds, make biscuits, do yoga once a week!

Took her out of Asquith after a few months as she did not seem happy & was more expensive.

sweetpotss Tue 06-Mar-12 16:22:21


I am thinking of enrolling my daughter at Teddies in West Hamsptead or Happy Child day nursery in Kilburn. Could anyone give me there views on these nurseries. I looked at this thread but it seem a bit out dated so was looking for a more recent review. Thank you.

mrsd1980 Mon 05-Mar-12 09:25:04

Lolacat I have registered my 11 month old at Teddies and have got a place there to start in April. I looked into some other nurseries near Willesden and found a couple that I really liked - Living Spring Montessori near Gladstone Park, and Happy Stars in Willesden. Unfortunately neither of those have places until at least September which I'm very disappointed about, but will try and get my son in there if Teddies turns out to not be so good.

I'm a little nervous about Teddies TBH as I've seen some bad comments, but these have been from years ago and they've changed management so really hoping it's a good nursery now. Would be very interested in hearing your thoughts!

Lolacat Thu 08-Dec-11 14:20:32

Hi, I am looking for a nursery place for my 10 month old daughter and the reviews of the w/hampstead nurseries are really useful. I am going to the Teddies open day tomorrow. Does anyone know of any good nurseries in the Willesden Green area?

Monstef Thu 15-Sep-11 12:04:49

Fordwych nursery changed ownership a few weeks ago apparently so i hope it continues to have such a great reputation. Apparently, the manager and staff remain the same.

sardamama Thu 15-Sep-11 10:25:21

Hi, my neighbour has been sending her 2 years old son to Fordwych Road nursery and she highly recommends it. She said the atmosphere is caring and relaxed and he's happy and learns well. I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's views and experience of this nursery too.

Monstef Mon 12-Sep-11 14:05:46

Hi does anyone have any views on fordwych road nursery in west hamostead? Its meantto bemazing but i cannotfind anything on the internet about it

mayac Mon 05-Sep-11 21:30:37

Hi, 2 years ago I visited Teddies in west end lane- my son was then 9 months, but I didn't like it and wasn't comfortable sending my child there. I went to Asquith instead, it was fine first, but now they have just increased their fees -- unjustifiably-- I was recently unhappy with them, my son is always dirty when I pick him, I find the room now too small and overcrouded and it smells.
So I visited Teddies again today, I found it SO different, the new manager was friendly, the rooms are bigger than asquith, I was given lots of details. I read some bad reviews but I hope these relate to 2010 or before? does anyone know more about the new Teddies (Bright horizons acquired) nursery?

lizzid Sun 28-Aug-11 19:39:19

Hello, very sorry for the shameless self-promotion here but just wanted to say that we are opening a new independent nursery and pre-school in West Hampstead next to Fortune Green (on Fortune Green Road on the ground floor of the Sager Building.) I've actually been following this thread for a while after initially trying to find a place for my 2 year old son (now nearly 3!). We are hoping to be open by October and will be offering flexible part-time, full-time and term-time only sessions for 2-5 year olds. If you are interested you can check out our website (very much a work in progress...) or contact us at or on 0208 819 5358.

annifish Thu 11-Aug-11 14:04:07

I want to give an update on Teddies Nursery in West Hampstead. I read your comments and was really concerned, but my son has been there for 4 months now and I really like this nursery. They are very friendly with the kids, the kids learn a lot and the staff can always tell you what your child did every day and even what it ate. The staff is well trained and the children feel very comfortable there. So have a look, it is a good nursery!

Jennie35 Tue 03-May-11 12:33:12

my two children have been at Teddies West Hampstead and I can honestly say as a mother I feel 100% confident when leaving my children.
The Nursery Manager Donna joined the Nursery in May 2010 and I have been constantly impressed by her dedication and enthusiasm. The currently are recruiting due to increased number of new famailies joinig the nursery. The deputy manager has just joined and she seems great too!

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