Here are some reviews from our 2020 parent’s survey. They were all submitted anonymously through Survey Monkey. Thank you to everyone who responded.
"We chose Kia Mena because of the open and airy space that felt like a place a child could thrive. We have not been disappointed. The staff are very stable and our son has had the same contact points all year which has been so helpful for him feeling secure and building lovely relationships. The team are unfazed by all things and are kind and patient with an eye for the individual things that make children special and families content. Topics are always well thought out and some of the activites are things that I would never have imagined doing with a pre-school child. Our Fridge door will never be the same! The team, led by Jane who is a favourite, go out of their way to find interesting and fun stuff and we are in love with Taiwo who has appeared variously in different costumes through the year bursting with energy in a way that thrills the kids and makes them excited to run through the door. Truly a happy, balanced and caring place to see our son grow and learn."
"Kia Mena is a lovely preschool. The staff are warm, kind and attentive, and thoroughly engaged with the children. Jane is a fantastic manager and always has time to talk to parents about any concerns. The children do a wide range of enjoyable activities and are encouraged to follow their own interests. There is a general culture of respect and consideration, which means that the standard of behaviour is very good. My daughter has been very happy there for two years; she has made wonderful friends and we will miss everyone very much."
"What shines through each day that our daughter goes to Kia Mena is her smile; wider than Tower Bridge and lit up brighter than the London Eye. Well done!"
"I’ve had both my sons at Kia Mena, the staff are really lovely. They are attentive to the children’s needs and by the time my eldest son went to reception he was well equipped and had a good understanding of numbers, sounds and letters. I would highly recommend Kia Mena."
"Kia Mena is a lovely preschool. Very nice staff, lots of interesting activities for the children. Kia Mena uses an online platform called “my Montessori child” to keep parents up to date with their child’s progresses and school events. The location in the sports centre is ideal, very close to the park, far from traffic, the kids breath fresh air and can run around freely at drop off and pick up time. Our child loves going to Kia Mena and we highly recommend it."
"Best preschool in the area. My 2 children have been really happy there. They learnt and made lots of friends there. The staff are always very happy and welcoming. I love seeing my son enjoying his day and telling me all the activities he has being doing."
"My daughter has been attending kia-mena since she was 2 until leaving for school. She had learnt to read, write and do basic addition. She is happy and enjoys her days there. The staff are confident, friendly, caring and keep you well informed of your child's progress and of any information regarding the pre-school. My younger daughter will be attending when she is old enough as I truly find this preschool outstanding."
"I have been so impressed with Kia Mena over the years. They set a great environment and positive habits for each child to become confident with their learning".
"Such a fantastic place for children to enjoy, develop and grow. Cannot fault the care and attention given to my twin boys. The team are fantastic and provide great communication and support for parents."
"The staff are welcoming and supportive. My son has grown in confidence since attending the school."
"My daughter absolutely loves Kia Mena. Teachers are excellent and she learned a lot. I highly recommend!!"
Here are a few further testimonials from happy parents:
Hello, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Lisa and Emily for supporting Florence in making the transition to preschool. It’s been such a challenge for her and one that she seems to finally be accepting. I’m so incredibly proud that she hasn’t cried this week!
Receiving Bertie bear has filled her with happiness this afternoon and I wanted to email to say thank you for recognising my daughter’s sensitive and anxious nature but also working with her to support her so well.
I couldn’t ask for a better environment for her preschool. You are both working wonders with her and we are so grateful.
Thank you, a million times over, for taking such care of our gorgeous girl.
Rachel & Tony
I noticed the Change
Amazing staff, very friendly and welcoming! My daughter loves pre-school and they make learning fun! Couldn't be happier.
We had parent teacher meeting for Andre on Thursday and you will be pleased to know that the teacher is very impressed with Kia Mena as both Andre and Caspar are the only 2 in the class who are able to identify all the sounds and are flying through phonics! When I told the teacher that Andre is writing words in a book and using his sound book from preschool she asked 'what? He did phonics at preschool? No wonder he and Caspar are flying through'. She was very impressed. I am so pleased with the choice we made in putting Andre at Kia Mena. I recommend it to everyone. We miss you all.
Kia Mena is a wonderful nursery and our children absolutely love coming each day. We can certainly see the progress they've made in their time with Kia Mena.
I hope you are keeping well. I just thought I’d feed something back to you regarding Mya. She’s been at school for quite a few weeks now and they have been put into reading groups. She’s in the top group and if what she is telling me is correct (!), so are the other Kia Mena girls!!! Just thought I’d let you know as its testament to the work she did with you. We are very pleased!
Betty has had the best year at Kia Mena. I have always felt happy leaving her as I know she will have a great morning!
My Son Ozzie had a wonderful time at Kia Mena. He came home every day telling me different things that he had achieved and always had a painting or model to bring too! He felt very grown up when he was moved to the older children's room and enjoyed learning in the slightly quieter atmosphere. He still talks about Kia Mena and would love to come and visit!
Professional and kind team. Children and parents are put at ease from the start and the children look happy! Would definitely recommend Kia Mena to my friends
Both my boys attended Kiamena and I can certainly say it gave them the best start and made the transition to primary school very easy. The teachers were easy to approach and were more than happy to discuss any problems if indeed there were any. My younger son keeps asking when he can go back!
Brilliant pre-school, both of my Children felt very happy and secure, would highly recommend
My daughter Darcie enjoyed every minute of her time at Kia Mena.
I couldn't have chosen a better Pre School to prepare my daughter for primary school.
The staff are all absolutely amazing and couldn't wish for better people to be looking after my little ones.
I can't wait for her little brother to join them in 2014.
Isabel moved to Kia Mena from another nursery and we immediately saw a leap in her confidence and happiness. Thank you to all at Kia Mena for your great work.