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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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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:




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.

Carrier Bag Kites

 Yesterday, as we were expecting windy weather today, we asked all children to bring in a carrier bag from home.

Today, we we've been cutting lengths of ribbon and tying them on to the handles of the bags to make  kites.  Children then wrote their name on a label and stuck it on the bag so they could identify theirs.  The younger children flew their kite outside the Portacabin at Busy Bees and the older ones went for a small walk to an open, grassy area where they could run freely and let their kites soar. 

There was wonderful language from the children:

"Mine's going higher and higher."

"We need more wind to make it go up."

"I can go fast and make it go high in the sky."

"Look at my kite blow fast in the big wind."

"It goes up and up."

"Oh no, it's raining.  The kites won't go up high."


Here are some photos of the fun we had:

Chinese New Year Stay and Play

 Each half term, we hold a stay and play session for parents and carers.  This is an opportunity for members of a child's family to come along and join us for activities and these events are always popular.


This morning, we were delighted that not only mums and dads but also grandparents, childminders and siblings joined us.  We started off with circle time where there were lots of new people to sing hello to!  Children and parents then went off to play with the toys and resources as well as taking part in dragon making at the craft table.  While all this was going on, tasty Chinese food was cooking in the kitchen ready for our snack.  Before our family members went home, we enjoyed tasting noodles, sweetcorn, mango chutney, prawn crackers, vegetable spring rolls, chicken wontons and prawn toast. 


Here are some photos from our morning:


We Had Snow!!

 After our snow dance yesterday, we were delighted to see that it worked by bringing us snow overnight.  It may not have been much but it was enough for us to have fun in this morning before it melted away in the sun. 


We ran around in the playground, made marks using sticks, had a go at snow angels and investigated our shadows.  It soon got very cold so we went back in to snuggle up with blankets and have hot chocolate and toast for a snack to warm us up.


Snow Dance!

 The children have been really excited about the prospect of snow.  This morning, we watched the weather forecast on the interactive display screen, hoping that the snow which passed over us really would come our way.  We thought that we could encourage the snow by doing a snow dance in the playground.  After wrapping up warm, we took the scarves and instruments down to the playground where we twirled, swirled and danced.  The children giggled excitedly as we looked to the sky to see if our dance was working.  We're hoping that our efforts will pay off!