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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

Pattern Walk

We have recently been thinking all about patterns and today our Butterfly group ventured out in the community to hunt for patterns. On our walk into town, we spotted a metal grid which had a honeycomb pattern, striped wooden fences and a square patterned piece of trellis.


In Ledbury town, there were plenty of patterns all around - the children were fantastic at drawing our attention to spots, stripes, repeat patterns and engravings.  The patterns we found on the Shell House Gallery were particularly impressive.


We spent some time looking at the patterns on the outside of the Market House with the children noticing the squares and triangles.  When we stood under the Market House, we all looked up to see the stripes above us.  There were even stripes to be found in the bakery!


Up the cobbled Church Lane we walked on our way to the Church.  Inside the Church, we looked at the beautiful patterns on the stained glass windows as well as patterns to be found on the pews, font and flagstones.


We were delighted to hear such lovely comments from members of the public about how beautifully the children were behaving.  Well done, Busy Bees!

School Bags!

 Parents of children in our Butterfly group will have received a letter about our new 'school bags'.  The letter includes a slip for parents to complete and when we have received this, we will supply the child with a plastic school bag containing a whiteboard, pen, eraser and letter formation sheet.  You will also receive some information about mark making, including how to promote this at home.


As the year progresses, we'll be adding new resources to support writing development and mathematics.


Breakfast and After School Club

 We now have spaces at our 'Outstanding' Breakfast and After School Clubs for an immediate start.  Sessions are flexible with bookings taken in advance or on the day.  We take children for one off sessions as well as regular bookings.


Breakfast Club costs £4.50 a session with breakfast included (breakfast served until 8:15am).  Children serve themselves breakfast under the supervision of Fay.  Breakfasts always a choice of cereals, selection of fruit, yoghurts and toast. During the week, we also offer other items which include crumpets, waffles, croissants and pancakes as well as porridge in colder weather.  Following breakfast, children are free to play with all of the toys and resources before being taken to school by a qualified member of the team.


After School Club sessions begin at 3pm and end at 6pm.  Children can access a wide range of fun, stimulating activities such as art and craft, science experiements, gardening, mini beast hunts, visits to the park, cookery and outdoor play.  We regularly use the school field for ball games, parachute games and scavenger hunts as well as using our own Forest School area and playground.  Our activities are planned according to the children's interests and ideas and they get plenty of input into what they would like to do at Busy Bees.

We provide a healthy snack or children are welcome to bring their own if they prefer.  Costs are as follows:


Collection before 4pm £4.50

Collection between 4pm and 5pm  £6

Collection between 5pm and 6pm   £9


Invoices are sent out at the beginning of each month with parents paying in arrears for their childcare.


Two Year Funding

Busy Bees offer spaces for children entitled to two year funding, available to parents who are in receipt of certain benefits.  The benefits are:

Welcome Back!

 We have had a fantastic start to the Autumn term at Busy Bees.  We've enjoyed meeting new families and welcoming back children who were with us before the Summer holidays.  


Busy Bees is now led by a fully qualified Early Years Teacher as Emma has now completed her Early Years Initial Teacher Training through the University of Worcester.


We still have some spaces available for children aged 2-4 years - please contact us if you would like to come along and visit our Outstanding setting.


Around the World

This week and last week, we have been travelling all around the world at Busy Bees which has been exhausting but plenty of fun! Each day, we have been boarding an 'aeroplane' ready to travel to a different country for the day. We find the country on the globe, research facts in books and using the iPads and consider what else we would like to know. Jodie has been our air hostess and has been appropriately dressed for the role which has really amused the children.

Egg Hatching

We have recently enjoyed hatching eggs at Busy Bees which has delighted children, staff and parents alike.   

The eggs were delivered on Monday 9th May and had to stay at a constant temperature in the incubator.  We waited patiently for them to hatch.


Monday 8am - 6:15pm
Tuesday 8am - 6:15pm
Wednesday 8am - 9am
Thursday 8am - 9am
Friday 8am - 9am and 2pm - 6pm

Rate of pay:
Dependent upon qualifications and experience

Closing Date:
15th July

w/c 20th July

Ofsted Inspection


On Friday 29th April, we were inspected by Ofsted.  The inspection took place under the new, more rigorous inspection framework which was introduced in September 2015. The Inspector was with us for a full day where she observed teaching and learning, examined data, reviewed policies and procedures and ensured all welfare requirements were met. She spoke to staff, ensuring that they were able to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns.

Farm to Fork

 This afternoon, Emma, Jodie, Julie and Agnes took the Butterfly group to Tesco Ledbury to take part in their Farm to Fork initiative.  After circle time, we walked sensibly to Tesco and practised what we have learned about crossing roads.


When we arrived at Tesco, Vicky, our Farm to Fork leader, came to greet us at the front of the store.  Vicky asked the children if they'd ever been to Tesco before and lots of them put their hands up and said they go to buy the shopping.