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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 


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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! 


Moo Music - Week 1

 On Thursday 21st September, we were delighted to welcome Natalie to Busy Bees for our first Moo Music session.  We had arranged to begin Moo Music over the Summer Holidays so all of the staff were excited to begin!


Our first week focused on 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which tied in wonderfully with our interest in bears. Natalie started the session by introducing us to Maggie Moo, the soft cuddly cow who we hugged and stroked. 


Throughout the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', we joined in with songs and rhymes related to what was happening in the book.  We enjoyed looking in the flower shaped mirrors, making happy and sad faces.  We also liked pretending to squelch through the mud, shake the snowballs on the net and finding the bear in the cave. 


Children were engaged throughout thanks to the interactive content.  We used our bodies in different ways, waving the streamers with big arm movements, stretching our toes, shaking the instruments and marching.


We all had such a good time and can't wait for the next session on 28th September when we go on a journey with the Gruffalo!


Bear Hunt

 Today, some of the bears at Busy Bees were in a playful mood.  They snuck out of the Portacabin and Michelle saw them running across the car park.  She tried calling them back but they made their way up to the Town Trail.  Julie went up to look for them and sure enough, there they were, hiding in the trees.  We decided that we'd need to go for a walk to collect them all.


Visit to the Bookshop

 On Wednesday, our Butterfly group went for a walk into Ledbury.  We had hoped to visit the Library but as it was closed, we went to the bookshop instead.  On our way, the children spotted the postbox and stopped to look and the numbers.

"I can see a number 7" said Mollie, 3


We pressed the button on the traffic lights and Jarvis said "we have to wait for the green man."


Parent Information - Autumn (1) 2017

 Please find below the parent information sheet for this half term.

Autumn Term 2017 - Preschool Information

We return for the Autumn term on Tuesday 5th September with sessions beginning at 9am.  Below, you will find some information whether you are a new parent of a child at Busy Bees or an existing parent: