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The Hive

Bye Street

Ledbury

Herefordshire

HR8 2AG

 

 

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

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

 

Parent Information - Spring (1) 2018

 Please click on the link below to view our parent information sheet for this half term.

 

 

New Premises

 After a very long process, we are excited to announce that Busy Bees have confirmed a new setting!

Busy Bees Ledbury will operate in the former Ledbury Youth Centre building from the Summer term. We are pleased that we have secured somewhere that is walking distance from our current setting, close to town, and has more space.

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. 

 

www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/452/childcare

 

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!