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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

Sessions for Spring 2018

 We are now taking bookings for Spring 2018! 


Sessions are available for two, three and four year olds, both paying and funded.  Some parents of children who turn two before 31st December may be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare from January, providing they meet certain criteria.  Working parents may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare.  Please see the link below for more information and to check your availability:


Community Learning

 So far this term, we've been thinking all about our wonderful community.  The children have named shops in Ledbury, thinking about what they might sell, people within the community who help us and all about the buildings around us.  To enhance this, we've been on lots of walks around the neighbourhood and visits to local landmarks and attractions.  We particularly enjoyed visiting the Fire Station, Train Station, Police Station, Coffee #1, the Country Market, the Library, Ledbury Market and St Michael and All Angels Church.  PCSO Alexander and PCSO Barson have visited us at Busy Bees, as has Mrs Clarke who is the crossing patrol for Ledbury Primary School.


Children have made large scale models of some 'special' buildings, including the Market House, Church and Clock Tower.  We've joined in with the Christmas lights switch on by decorating a tree for Ledbury Royal British Legion Hall and will be welcoming the travelling crib from the church during December.  Members of the community may have seen us out and about as we've been on shape and number walks around the local area, explored textures by taking rubbings of many different things we spotted and been for a trip to the park.


Funding for Two Year Olds

 We currently have availability for children entitled to 15 hours of free childcare.  If your child is 2 now or turns 2 before 31st December, you could be entitled to claim 15 hours of childcare ready to start from January. 


Parents and carers and check their eligibity and claim by clicking on the link below.


Visit to Coffee # 1 and Ledbury Market

 As our focus is on Ledbury and the community, we decided to have a walk into town to visit a coffee shop and the stalls at the market.  Some of the children excitedly told us that they'd been to Coffee # 1 before!


The children sat beautifully whilst waiting for their drinks to arrive. They passed the time by colouring in some pictures to be entered into a competition.  Michelle took the orders and Emma ordered the drinks at the counter - mini milkshakes and baby hot chocolates.  When the drinks arrived, we packed away the colourings and the children sat really well whilst drinking their drinks.  We even had a gentleman come over to us before he left and praise the children for their beautiful behaviour and our care of them - "it's obvious they're very well look after."  The staff in Coffee # 1 also commented on how well behaved the children were.  We'll definitely be going again!


Afterwards, we walked into town where the children were attracted to the Christmas display in Well Worth It.  Then we pressed the button on the traffic lights and Mollie said "we have to wait for the green man." 


There were only a few stalls at the market but we still enjoyed having a look.  We were able to name lots of different fruits and vegetables and talk about which we liked and didn't like.  One of the stall holders gave the children some clementines which we ate on our way back to Busy Bees.


Firework Safety

 On Friday 3rd November, PCSO Alexander and PCSO Barson came to talk to us about firework safety.  Although we had talked about how pretty and fun fireworks can be, it was also important to reinforce the danger. 


During our talk, we learned to stand well back from the fireworks and bonfire to avoid getting burned.  Mollie suggested that we could wear gloves whilst holding sparklers to protect our hands and then we thought about what to do with the sparklers once they'd finished.  PCSOs Alexander and Barson went through the firework code and explained that sparklers need to go in a bucket of cold water once they've gone out. 


PCSO Alexander asked the children if they had pets and went on to talk about how animals can be scared of the loud bangs.  Cody thought his "baby" might be scared too.


Afterwards, PCSOs Alexander and Barson asked us some questions to see if we remembered what they'd told us.  We did really well and remembered everything!

Fire Station Visit

 On Friday afternoon, we all went for a visit to the Fire Station in Ledbury. The children we so excited and chatted away on our walk to the station, discussing what they might see and do. 


The children had the opportunity to sit in the back of the fire engine which they loved.  We thought about how fast it might go, how many fire fighters might fit in and if it's noisy when the siren is on.  Afterwards, we were all able to have a go with the hose if we wanted to.  Some children felt brave enough to have a go whereas others preferred to watch.  As we pulled the lever back on the hose, the water came out faster - sometimes it was so powerful that it shot over the fence!  Fifre fighter Grant showed us what he looks like with his breathing apparatus on and Fire Fighter Christian showed us the thermal imaging equipment.


One of our favourite things was watching the curtain hose in action.  It put up a huge, powerful wall of water which can be used in serious fires. 


We had a wonderful time and would like to thank Richard, Grant, Joel, Craig and Christian for being so welcoming and informative.

Autumn Fun at Busy Bees

 Autumn is one of our favourite seasons at Busy Bees.  There's so much around us we can incorporate into our learning and we've done just that over the last few weeks.


Some of our favourite things have been:

* Counting and sorting Autumn items such as leaves, conkers, sycamore seeds and sticks.

* Using the leaves on the parachute, making them fly up in the sky.

* Baking and cooking - apple crumbles, hedgehog cakes, pumpkin biscuits and chocolate apples.

* Exploring leaves, thinking about patterns, colours, sizes and shapes.  We've linked this to the beautiful 'Leaf Man' story.

* Going for lots of walks around the local area.  Squirrel hunts were particularly popular!

* Racing conkers down tubes and working out the quickest way to transfer them back to the other side

* Painting activities with different resources - brushes, sticks, conkers, cones, cotton wool buds and fingers


Here are some photos of the fun we've been having...

Visit to Aldi

 Last week, we decided we wanted to make some apple crumble.  The children thought we should go to "the supermarket" and helped to write a list.  "We will definitely need some apples" said Evie excitedly.  The children helped to check the cupboards to see what we needed to buy and then we wrote a shopping list. 


The children in the Butterfly group all walked sensibly with us down to Aldi.  They helped pick the produce from the shelves, put it in the trolley, unloaded it on to the conveyor belt and helped to pack.  Great work!


During the afternoon, we chopped our apples to make the crumble.  We scooped spoonfuls of sugar and sprinkled it on, counted out raisins and added oats to make a crunchy topping.


Moo Music - Week 2

 On Thursday 28th September, we were delighted to welcome back Natalie from Moo Music Ledbury for our second fun filled session.  Having gone on a bear hunt with Natalie the previous week, this week we were ready for an adventure with....THE GRUFFALO!


Here are some photos of the fun afternoon we had:


Caring for Sid and Sally

 The children at Busy Bees enjoy taking care of Sid and Sally, our giant African land snails.  Once a week, the children help change the soil and gently brush the snail's shells with water using small paintbrushes.  Children are chosen daily to help feed them, giving them a sense of responsibility in helping to care for the snails.


Today, we blended up cucumber, green pepper and lettuce to make 'snail soup' which the children painted on to the sides of the tank.  Using magnifying glasses, we could see the snails opening and closing their mouths as they made their way up the sides, eating up the snail soup.


Now that the snails have grown significantly, they are big enough to handle for those who are feeling brave!