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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

Swimming Pool Visit

 This morning, a group of us visited the newly refurbished Ledbury Swimming Pool. 

 

We had to take our socks and shoes off to walk through the changing rooms and the children managed this brilliantly.  Well done, Busy Bees! 

 

The pool wasn't open for public swimming as it was a staff training morning.  We got to see the lifeguards jumping in the pool, 'saving' each other which led on to us discussing water safety with the children.  Some of the Busy Bees children in the group have swimming lessons in the pool and chatted happily to us about their experiences.  Others talked about wearing swimming costumes and goggles.

 

"I have pink goggles" - Sophie, 4

"My goggles are magic" - Mollie, 3

"Blue goggles" - Linas, 3

 

September Spaces

 We are now taking bookings for September 2017!!

 

We have spaces available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to start this Autumn term at Busy Bees.  From this September, some children may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare - parents can check their eligibility here:

 

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

 On May 18th, we celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day at Busy Bees.  This is a global campaign aimed at celebrating and inspiring outdoor play.  The staff were challenged to come up with activities for particular areas, such as mark making, Forest School fun, water play and physical development.  They all did amazingly well to plan some fun, stimulating and exciting activities for the day which helped the day go so fantastically well.

 

Here are some photos of our fun:

 

We enjoyed mark making on our 'every child is an artist' board and using the cars in paint and rolling them down the slide.

Betty the Tarantula

Today, Hollie brought in a tarantula named Betty to visit the children.  Betty is a Chilean Rose tarantula.  She came in to Breakfast Club where the children were excited to learn lots of interesting facts, listening intently and asking interesting questions.  The grown ups were a little more reluctant to get up close to look inside Betty's tank but soon became a little braver as the morning went on.

Music Sessions with Alison

 Alison Houlbrooke from the Music Pool has visited Busy Bees previously and we are delighted to say she is now back for this term.  She will be leading music and movement sessions on the following Tuesdays:

May 23rd

June 6th

June 20th

June 27th

July 11th

July 18th

 

This Tuesday was Alison's first session back and she met lots of children who were not here previously.  She soon got to learn their names and the children grew in confidence throughout the hour.  It was lovely to see how some of the children who had attended sessions before could remember some of the games and rhymes.

New Directors of Busy Bees

 On Thursday 27th April, we held our AGM at Busy Bees.  We were very impressed with the number of parents and carers who attended this important event.  During the meeting, the previous Directors of Busy Bees stepped down and five new Directors were voted in.  Our new Chair will be Victoria Rees.  Victoria has completed her DBS check and necessary Ofsted paperwork and has been declared as a 'suitable person'.  Emma Davies will be the Vice Chair and has completed her DBS check and is waiting on confirmation from Ofsted that her paperwork is correct.  The th

30 hours of free childcare

 From September, some parents may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare for their 3 or 4 year old.  Parents and carers can check eligibility here:

 

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

 

We are now taking bookings for September - please get in touch for more information.

Crane on the Aldi site

The children have been fascinated by the crane we can see working on the new Aldi building.  Today, we decided to go for a walk to find the crane and to have a better view of it.  There was much excitement on our walk as we kept seeing the crane peeping over the top of the trees and houses.  When we arrived near the site, the crane was not operating so we watched the other machinery instead.  Just before we left, the crane began working so we stayed to watch it lift the steel girders into place. 

 

Easter Stay and Play

 On Wednesday 29th April, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions at Busy Bees.  These sessions are an opportunity for parents, carers and other family members to join the children in activities such as craft, cookery or stories.

 

This stay and play session had an Easter theme and we were delighted to welcome along some special visitors.  Cheryl from Newbridge Farm Park brought three rabbits along to see us and their names were Raa Raa, Anna and Elsa (the children loved the Frozen connection!)

 

Cheryl spoke to the children about stroking and handling the rabbits and how we had to use quiet voices so the animals didn't become scared. 

 

After spending some time petting the rabbits, children and family members joined together to make Spring crowns before listening to a story session led by Michelle.

 

We would like to thank parents and carers for supporting these sessions.

 

Visit to the Library

 As the seasons have begun to change, we've been thinking about signs of Spring.  To enhance our learning, we took the Butterfly group to the library to choose some Spring and Easter themed books to borrow.

 

The children walked beautifully to the Master's House, talking about what they could see and hear on the way.  There were plenty of birds singing in the trees, dogs barking and aeroplanes going over and leaving trails in the sky.  We spotted leaves beginning to grow on the trees and flowers growing which the children recognised as daffodils.

 

When we got to the library, the children set about exploring the shelves of books before selecting some to look through.  Bev and Michelle read stories picked out by the children and we were impressed that some children recognised books we already had at Busy Bees.  After we had chosen some to borrow, we used the self scanning machine to take them out with the children each having a turn.