Testimonials

What parents have to say about us...

Where do we begin?! Thank you so much for everything. Thank you for fillling H's days with so much joy and laughter at Downside. Thank you for teaching him that he can be anything in this world and for privinging such a haven of fun, kindness and happiness in your wonderful nursery. Thank you for providing us with such peace of mind that our little boy is in the very, very best of hands with you and your utterly fabulous team. We know H will never forget his time with you - thank you for being such an important part of his journey. Luckily... it's not goodbye, we will see you in January when I's Downside adventure begins - We can't wait!


This must be one of the hardest 'Thank You' notes I have ever had to write. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I feel for everything you have done for O (&D) over the years... You have gone above and beyond for us all every.single.day and with the biggest heart and warmest smile. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. FOREVER. (2020)


Words can not express what you mean to us. Thank you for your love and support over the years. (2020)


Dear Sophie & Team, It seems far too soon to be writing this note of thanks and farewell to you all. We feel so incredibly lucky that J has been part of the Downside Nursery Family, albeit for a short period of time. He has grown hugely in confidence he started and has been so very happy there with you all, each and every day. We are incredibly grateful of the unwaivering love and support you have shown, not only to him but to us as a family. (2020)


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love, kindness, patience and encouragement you have shown to J since his first day with you, we have loved being part of something so special and are truly blessed by your positive impact on our son. (2019)


... Thank you hugely for settling T into the Junior room at nursery and for making both him (and us) so welcome in these first few weeks. He already seems extremely happy and enthusiastic to attend the sessions and that is wonderful to see. Thank you for your reassurance and support through this nursery transition for us both. We look forward to the Autumn Term and more learning and fun! (2019)


Thank you so much for welcoming O so warmly this year, he has LOVED coming to the nursery and has clearely developed so much in such a short time. (2019)


...The transformation since starting at Downside Nursery is remarkable. B is so happy and excited in the mornings and has enjoyed every minute. You all do such a wonderful job. (2019)


THANK YOU! You are such an amazing team and we are so grateful for everything you have done for 'I' this year. Enjoy a well earned break. (2019)


Thank you for everything you have done for G, you have all been amazing and have helped him in building his confidence and learning. He will be taking many specal memories with him from his time with you and will miss all the staff and his friends. (2019)


We just wanted to say a huge heart felt thank you for all the happy years you and everyone there have given our boys. 
Everyone has been wonderful and I couldn’t think of anywhere and anyone else I would want to trust with my boys when I first let them out of my sight age 2.5 years.
You all helped them to grow so much, especially W!! I’ll never forget your patience, love and support to him (and us). 
You have such a great team. Downside is a wonderful nursery, the nurturing family feel you provide is priceless. 
Thank you. Best wishes to you all and see you soon xx (2019)


Firstly, thank you for such a fantastic Sports Day today. It was such a happy, well organised and fun event - I am sure there was a huge amount of planning that went in to it behind the scenes, and it really paid off as we had the most amazing time! The children evidently did too - there were smiling faces everywhere. Every aspect of it was so well thought through - and we really appreciated the glass of bubbly and the ice lollies at the end!

Secondly, I just want to thank all of you at Downside for helping to make H’s first term with you such a roaring success. The staff in the Junior room are total gems - they have our utmost respect and gratitude! The fact he’s only been there for 2 mornings a week for a term and yet has still built such a close relationship with the staff is testament to what a fantastic and nurturing team you all are. 

We are so thrilled that we made the choice that we did in sending him to Downside and can’t wait for the coming year. We have absolute confidence that he is in the most capable of hands with you all and will continue to flourish under your care.  

Have a wonderful (and relaxing!!) holiday - you all deserve it! (2019)


I just wanted to write to tell you how fortunate we feel that S has spent nearly 3 years at Downside Nursery. It's funny to think, as a first time mum, how worried I was letting S go all those years ago. Now, I'm so excited that S will be getting his share of the fun, love, care and learning soon too! 

Downside Nursery is so very, very special it's hard to describe to other parents outside sometimes. I've always felt that every child is cherished and treated as one of your own. The love that you have for raising these incredibly wonderful, unique children is so evident. S is like a different child from that shy little two year old. Her development has been remarkable and I know she will miss it so much - letter bingo, Tour de Downside, Playball, Music, making pizza - so many memories!! Thank you so very much. (2018)


To the wonderful team at Downside Nursery, My goodness girls, what do I say?! Where to start?! What an absolutely fantastic couple of years it has been. Your imagination, care, love, time, enthusiasm and effort are second to none. I couldn't have asked for more for O and for this we cannot thank you enough. We will remember this special time with you all forever,

Wishing you all every happiness for the future. With love, (& mischief!) always. (2018)


"Dear Krys, Sophie and the A-team, 

Indeed, what a wonderful year. We are so grateful for everything you've done for G. Not only have we been impressed by the endless reserves of creativity we've seen afresh each morning or the fact that by age three he was informing us about the laws of gravity... 
But more than all of that - and the excellent teaching that will have prepared him amply for school, we have appreciated the heart and soul that the whole team puts in: the genuine enthusiasm and love you carry for young children; the passion for your work that is tangible and bubbles over - and the respect, kindness and patience for little children. He has had the best start to his education that we could have dreamed of. Many, many thanks." (2016)


"Your influence on I has been transforming and you've played an incredibly large part in making him the confident, caring boy that he is turning into. He is settling into the structure, routine, discipline and long days of school life and I believe, that this is largely as a result of Downside's influence. 
Downside has clearly bridged the gap between pre-school and school as I has transitioned into school, after a six week summer holiday, without any fuss. 
Please keep up your good work. You have a nursery with an amazing atmosphere in which even the least confident child gains confidence. The nursery, as a result of you and your staff is a very nurturing, caring environment and it is clear, from seeing the nursery in action, just how much everyone loves the work that they are doing with the children - very rare qualities. Your enthusiasm for teaching children is so incredibly fresh. We feel blessed to have stumbled upon you."


Thank you so much for everything you have done for W. He has truly blossomed at Downside Nursery and we are so grateful for all your patience and perseverance with our shy little man. He has had a truly wonderful start. Downside Nursery is a VERY special place." (2015)


It's been an amazing 6 years! ...You have worked wonders with the children who are very blessed by their Downside Nursery start... Forever in our hearts (2018)


A big thank you for making J's start to school life so wonderful. All the staff are so obviously committed to the children and care for them very much. This is so evident by how much J wants to come to Downside Nursery every day!


Dear Krys and team, Just a quick note to congratulate you all on your recent OFSTED. It's such hard work; and as parents we value you all and our children are very lucky to be in such a happy, nurturing and thriving nursery. Enjoy your success! Regards and thanks.


Thank you so much for a fantastic year. T has loved it and has come on so much. I am so grateful for everything you've done and for your amazing positivity and energy. T loves running to you in the mornings and I am so grateful for the way you welcome him with your lovely smile and enthusiasm.


We feel so lucky to have found your wonderful nursery; a hub of happiness, exploration, adventure and discovery. W will miss you all so much & so will we. Thank you for giving W such a fantastic start to his learning journey; from the discovery of the 'pentagon', painting a kingfisher ... and dressing up as Joseph.


Thank you so much for all of the work you have done this year with both L & R. L especially has really gained confidence & now is ready for school - something we definitely attribute to Downside!


My daughter has just completed her first year at Downside and I am very impressed with the nursery. I have been kept informed of her progress and staff have encouraged her development. She has come home with work which she has shown us with pride.


"Both our boys thoroughly enjoyed their time at Downside, it was the perfect setting for them. Lots of outside play and excellent structure and discipline, preparing them ready for school.I feel the best asset of the nursery is it's staff, they really care and were all very approachable. I loved the nativity and the sports day and the things like the rides on the bus! ... We also loved the fact it made the most of the simple things in life like going on nature walks, tadpoles etc and although it isn't perhaps the all singing and dancing brand new facilities that some nurseries are but I'd choose Downside Nursery every time. 
We would highly recommend Downside to anyone, I always thought of it as a hidden gem!!"


"Her time at Downside nursery was exceptional in every way. The friendliness and professionalism of the staff were second to none and we feel very lucky to have gone to such an outstanding nursery. The skills she learnt at Downside nursery both academic and personal have made her transition to school with ease.

We can't thank all the staff enough for all their kind help and support."


Thank you for being such a calm influence on D, she has loved her time at Downside and is ready to tackle 'big school' and that is down to you guys... it is strange that I wont be doing the school run after 4 years! (2018)


A huge thank you for everything you have done for G this past year, the way you are so enthusiastic for learning really bring out the best in her, we can't thank you enough. (2018)


I just wanted to write to say thank you for all you have done for F this year. He has come to love being with you all and treats it like his second home. We have loved coming in everyday to our welcoming smile... I have seen such a transformation in him over the year. Thank you for being so absolutely wonderful. We will miss you dearly! (2018)


What can I say? You have been amazing, a total inspiration. Thank you so very much for taking care of A & J over the years. We are very lucky to have had you in our lives. We will miss you all. (2018)


Thank you so much for all that you have done for 'my boys'. They have both loved their time at Downside and we feel that you have priveded them with the best possible start. (2018)

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