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The Hive

Bye Street






Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:30am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm


Spaces now available!




Diary Dates

Autumn Term  2017:

First day:  Tuesday 5th September

Half term:  Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

Last day:   Friday 15th December


Spring Term 2018:

First day:   Wednesday 3rd January 

Half Term: Monday 19th - Friday 23rd February

Last day: Thursday 29th March


Summer Term 2018:

First day:  Monday 16th April 

May Bank holiday: Monday 7th May 

Half term:  Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June 

Term ends: Friday 20th July 


Lottery funded

Looking for Childcare in Ledbury, Herefordshire?

Busy Bees Ledbury is a thriving, 'Outstanding' childcare setting in the grounds of Ledbury Primary School.  The setting is committee run and a registered charity and operate independently from the school.  Busy Bees is led by a fully qualified Early Years Teacher. 


We offer:

* Preschool sessions for children aged 2-5 years.  (Our Preschool sessions are in addition to the sessions offered at Ledbury Primary School Nursery)

* Breakfast and After School Club for children aged 3 -11 years

'Children flourish in this exceptional pre-school.'
'The quality of teaching is exceptional.'
'Children thrive in the pre-school and there are exceptional bonds established between staff and children.'
'Staff's first-class interactions support children's development extremely well.'
'All children, including those in receipt of funding, make remarkable progress in relation to their starting points.'
Ofsted, 2016.

What can we offer your child at Busy Bees?  Busy Bees values the importance of play, particularly outdoor play and learning which is at the heart of what we do.  All children are treated as 'Unique' and activities are planned according to children's interests, preferences, learning styles and development.  Above all, we want your child to have fun and be happy at Busy Bees and as our Practitioners are trained and knowledgeable with excellent access to professional development opportunities.  Their qualifications, training and experience allow them to offer the best possible care and learning experiences for the children at our setting.


All children attending Busy Bees, whether it is the preschool hours or extended services, have access to a wide range of activities and experiences during their time here.  Every session, children have opportunities to engage in role play, messy play, construction, creative activities, physical activities and mark making.  All the activities are planned to cover the seven areas of learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  As we value the benefits of outdoor play and learning, children always have access to outdoor play. 


Ledbury Community Day

 On Saturday 9th June 2018, we held our first open day at The Hive as part of Ledbury Community Day.  We had lots going on including face painting, biscuit decorating, a bake sale, plant sale, bubble snakes and refreshments.  Our usual activities were available including outdoor play, sand and water, construction and role play.  


We were absoloutely delighted at the number of families who visited us and have taken lots of new bookings ready for the Autumn term.  


Everyone at Busy Bees would like to thank those who supported our event and made it such a success.  Here are some photos from the day:


Open Day!

Come and join us at The Hive for Ledbury Community Day!

See the changes we’ve made to the old Youth Centre building, indoors and outdoors. We have lots going on, including...

Hot pork rolls from LDA Meats (from 10:30am)

Bake sale

Holiday Club!

 Our popular Holiday Club will be up and running again from May half term.  The Club will be managed by Hollie Robson who will be planning exciting and fun activities throughout the school holidays.  We aim to provide a safe, relaxing and fun atmosphere for your children during their school holidays.


Now that we have moved to The Hive, we have space for more children.  We have spaces available at Preschool, Breakfast and After School Club for an immediate start.  Although we have increased our spaces, there are some sessions which are nearly full already as quite a few new children have joined us from this term.


To book sessions, you can contact us in the following ways:

Telephone: 01531 634556/07584 514 147



We welcome prospective parents coming to look around beforehand.

The Hive - Week 1

 We have enjoyed a brilliant first week at The Hive.  The smiles on the faces of the children and the hoards of positive comments we received from parents made all the hard work completely worthwhile.  Our first week passed so quickly as there was so much to do and see plus lots more space to play!  Children settled in straight away, setting about exploring their new environment and resources.  Although we have more children now than we did at the Portacabin, it doesn't seem like it as there is so much space at The Hive.

Our outdoor area has been a big hit and the full sized pool table has been very popular with Breakfast and After School Club.  

The Hive!

 On Thursday 29th March, we moved out of the Portacabin in the grounds of Ledbury Primary School to our wonderful new premises, purpose built inside the former Ledbury Youth Centre building.  Although work only began when we received the keys in February, a tremendous amount of hard work meant that we were ready to open on the first day of the Summer term, Monday 16th April.  Without out fabulous team of builders who worked tirelessly, the move would not have been possible.


The Hive offers us signifcantly more space than the Portacabin, meaning the children have a more open, spacious environment with room for us to set up some wonderfully creative learning opportunities.  We have separated areas off so that our Breakfast and After School Club have a more 'grown up' area in which to chill out and relax after a day at school.  The Hive offers a place away from school where they can play on our full sized pool table, explore the large outdoor space, join in adult led activities, play games with friends and chill out in our living room area with sofas, blankets, cushions and rugs.


Our outdoor area offers different spaces to play - a bark area with Mud Kitchens, a 'Little Hive' house, planters, trees, benches, loose parts play and reading areas.  The gravel part houses our water and sand play along with another reading area.  On our area of artificial grass, children can climb balance, use the slides and play ball games.  There really is so much to do!


Here are a few photos of The Hive all set up after a busy weekend prior to opening:


Closure - Friday 2nd March

 Unfortunately, due to the snowfall which is forecast to continue all night and during tomorrow, we have made the difficult decision to close tomorrow. Stay safe and we look forward to returning to normal next week. Thank you for your understanding.

Loose Parts Play

 The children at Busy Bees have always enjoyed loose parts play but this half term we are making it a particular focus.  Loose parts play involves lots of objects which children can explore freely and use to make arrangements, patterns and representations - they can be used in any way the children want.


So far this half term, we have been using the following:


* Dolly pegs

* Glass nuggets

* Raffia balls

* Craft matchsticks

* Buttons

* Lollipop sticks

* Corks

* Wood slices


We have a beautiful large hand made frame which we use these loose parts in.  It is placed on the floor and the children can gather around the outside with plenty of space to play.  As some of the parts are small, we ensure the activity is well supervised at all times and all objects are cleared away afterwards to avoid a choking hazard for some of the younger children.


The joy of loose parts play is that there are no rules - children use the objects as they want.  It is also a great way to observe interactions between children, language, counting and sorting. As the parts are small, loose parts play is great for developing fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.


Spring Term 2018

 We've been enjoying a wonderful start to the Spring term.  Not only have we enjoyed welcoming all the children back who were with us in the Autumn term but we've also had some new starters to get to know too.


There have been lots of activities and experiences to keep the children engaged and particular favourites have been:


* biscuit decorating

* carrier bag kites

* loose parts play

* painting and sticking

* listening to stories

* singing songs and using instruments as an accompaniment

* bird watching

* outdoor play

* construction


Here are a selection of photos from our first days back after the Christmas break