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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 


Egg Hatching

We have recently enjoyed hatching eggs at Busy Bees which has delighted children, staff and parents alike.   

The eggs were delivered on Monday 9th May and had to stay at a constant temperature in the incubator.  We waited patiently for them to hatch.

The first chick hatched at After School Club on Wednesday. The children sat enthralled as cracks began to appear on the surface of the egg. Bit by bit, the cracks became bigger and soon the beak appeared, pecking it's way out. With one final push, the two sides of the egg pulled apart to reveal a tiny chick, to gasps of amazement from the children.



Over the following two days, seven others hatched, making eight chicks in total.


Although the chicks were very wet and quite weak to begin with, they soon regained their strength, fluffed up and began to walk. Twenty four hours after hatching, they were ready to leave the incubator for the brooder box. In here, they had food, water and space to move about more freely.

During the second week, the chicks were strong enough to be held. The children understood the need to sit sensibly and quietly as the chicks moved around on the floor before being held by those who wanted to.


We last hatched eggs in 2014 and we were delighted this time to have two chickens visit us who we hatched as chicks previously. The children were amazed to see how big they were compared to our chicks!



Also over the weeks, we enjoyed a range of egg and chick themed activities including making and decorating egg shaped biscuits, learning about foods which contain egg, making a large collage of a cockerel and weighing and measuring bird seed to develop our maths skills. We particularly enjoyed thinking about how to protect an egg from cracking if it was dropped. The children planned how to do this and then used a range of resources to develop protection from their egg. The best methods were bubble wrap and polystyrene.

On the last day of our two week egg hatching experience, our chicks went to live at Newbridge Farm Park and although the children were sad to see them go, we're looking forward to hearing about how they are getting on.