Busy Bees | Ledbury

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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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Christmas Stay and Play 2016

 This morning, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  The sessions are a time when parents and carers can come along to a session, joining us for craft and cookery activities as well as stories. 


Our session today had a festive theme with plenty for children and their families to do:

* Christmas sensory rice

* Christmas songs and music on the display board

* Exploring the Travelling Crib from St Michael's and All Angels Church in Ledbury

* Christmas mark making

Visit to St Michael and All Angels Church, Ledbury

 This afternoon, we visited St Michael and All Angels Church with our Butterfly group.  We listened to the organist practising, looked at the marvellous stained glass windows and also saw the advent candle and Christmas tree.


Next Wednesday and Thursday, we have the crib scene visiting Busy Bees from the Church so it was lovely to see this today as well. 


Some Days It's Too Nice to Stay Indoors

 Today has been the most beautiful Autumn day.  The leaves have been falling, the sun has been shining and the children have been keen to be out in the Forest School area having fun.  We've been kicking the leaves, listening to the crunchy sound as we step on them; shaking the trees to watch the leaves fall; lying on the ground to watch as the leaves fall on us; hammering golf tees into pumpkins; leaf painting and making Autumn crowns.  There have been squeals of delight, laughter and smiling faces all day.

Autumn at Busy Bees

We love the Autumn season at Busy Bees as it provides so many wonderful opportunities for learning.  Since the beginning of the term, we've been using our senses to think about Autumn - what can we see happening?  Why are the leaves falling from the trees?  What colours can we see?  Can we find a big leaf and a small leaf?


We have enjoyed many activities, indoors and outdoors which have really sparked the children's imagination and curiosity.  Particular favourites have been:


* going for walks, recording our findings with the iPad

* exploring patterns of leaves and bark by having a go at rubbings

* making apple crumble and hedgehog bread

* exploring the insides of pumpkins and counting seeds

* sorting and counting Autumn objects including conkers, pine cones, sycamore seeds and leaves

* making collages using items found in the Forest School area

* making telescopes and going on a squirrel hunt


Forest School Exploration and 'Leaf Man'

We've been thinking all about Autumn and this morning we introduced the children to a book which we've used at Forest School sessions before - 'Leaf Man'.  This beautiful book tells the story of Leaf Man as he blows away in the wind and on his travels he passes over various things, all made out of real leaves.  The children were captivated by his journey and enjoyed picking out the creatures on each page such as chickens, geese, mice, cows and squirrels.  At circle time, Jodie made a Leaf Man, inviting the children to add what features he needed, including eyes, nose, mouth and eyebrows.  We then decided we could explore the Forest School area, looking for Leaf Man and making our own.


There was lots to investigate and we had fun practising our climbing and balancing skills on the logs, playing inside the tee-pee, using the natural instruments and the 'forest phone'.  We hunted through the leaves with our hands and sticks, commenting on the colours, shapes and sizes. 


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.