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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. 



Guide Dog Visit

 We've started the Autumn term with thinking all about pets.  To extend the children's understanding about pets, we contacted the local branch of the Guide Dog Association in the hope that a visit could be arranged.

On Thursday 20th September, two representatives, Debbie and Jean, visited Busy Bees with two guide dogs, Ellie and Henley. The purpose of the visit was to get the children thinking about how guide dogs can be pets but work to help their owners too so are very special. Debbie and Jean talked to us about the role of a guide dog, their training and the support they can offer to someone with impaired vision. The children were encouraged to close their eyes and think about what it would be like if they were unable to see. We learned that when guide dogs are working, they should not be approached as this can distract them and put the person, or the dog, in danger.

Ellie and Henley were really gentle liked having a stroke and fuss from the children. Henley particularly liked having his tummy rubbed! Afterwards, all the children were given a guide dog sticker and some children bought cuddly toy guide dogs.

Some of the children at Busy Bees will be seeing the guide dogs again when they are at Co-Op in October. We're excited at the possibility of there being a guide dog puppy there!

The staff were so inspired by the visit that a decision was made to sponsor a guide dog, with the children voting on which one they'd like to help - Eve, Teddy or Spirit.


 Due to an increase in the number of Preschool children attending Busy Bees, we have a vacancy for a qualified Preschool Assistant to join our team.  More information can be found here:



Autumn Term 2018

 We've had a fantastic start to the Autumn term, welcoming many new families to The Hive.  Children have settled in brilliantly, enjoying the range of activities and experiences on offer at Busy Bees. We've enjoyed meeting Hollie's puppy, Tobi, and Emma's kitten, Cory, which has inspired our learning for the beginning of the half term.  Some of the activities we've particularly enjoyed include:


* Large scale mark making

* Baking edible bone shaped biscuits

* Visiting WellWorth It and J-Mart to look at pet supplies

* Playing 'vets' in the role play area

* Singing and dancing to 'Baby Shark'

* Listening to animal stories


Below are some photos of our first few days back.  Right at the bottom, you will find our parent information sheet for the first half term.

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre

 On Tuesday 10th July, we were delighted to welcome Sea Legs Puppet Theatre to The Hive for a performance of Little Bo Peep.  There was much excitement whilst it was being set up - the children couldn't wait for it to start!


All of the children sat beautifully throughout and were enthusiastically joining in with songs and engaging with 'The Nursery Rhyme Man'.  It was a delight to see the children smiling and laughing at Little Bo Peep's adventures!


After the performance, the children got the chance to meet the puppets.  Here are some photos from our fabulous afternoon:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 The arrival of our teeny, tiny caterpillars caused much excitement on Tuesday 3rd July.  Some of the children were already familiar with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar so we re-read it, learning to read it independently with just the pictures.  Children used large pieces of paper to 'write' the story, using items from the story sack as prompts.  We spent time talking about the life cycle of the caterpillars so the children could understand what would happen next.  During the following two weeks, we monitored their growth, looked for changes and predicted how long each stage would take.  


Some of the activities the children enjoyed included:

* threading green and red beads to make a Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace

* exploring playdough, kneading and moulding it to create caterpillars and other insects

* thinking about repeat patterns, creating our own with blocks, dot stickers and pegs

* butterfly symmetry painting

* making Very Hungry Caterpillar headbands

* exploring ways of moving

* making caterpillar bread rolls


When the caterpillars had transformed and emerged as butterflies, we spent a couple of days observing them before releasing them at our Very Hungry Caterpillar tea party.


Stay and Play - Summer Term 2, 2018

 On Tuesday 3rd July, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  These sessions are an opportunity for family members to come along and engage in play and learning activities with the children.


Our focus for this session was The Very Hungry Caterpillar which had been a real interest for the children.  Jodie led circle time, passing around our teeny tiny caterpillars and reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Afterwards, children and parents could choose to make fruit kebabs using fruits from the story or practise their threading skills by making caterpillar bracelets and necklaces.


Here are some photos from our morning...


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.