Busy Bees | Ledbury

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Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:30am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm


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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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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.  


Egg Experiments

 This morning, we were thinking all about how to protect an egg from cracking when it is dropped.  The children spent time thinking of ideas at circle time.

Rocket Science Experiment

 We are currently taking part in a 'Rocket Science' experiment which is running in partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency.  

On September 2nd last year, two kilograms of rocket seed blasted off into space from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.  They travelled on board the Soyuz 44S rocket on their way to the International Space Station where they would be stored in microgravity.  Having spent six months on board the ISS with our own British Astronaut, Tim Peake, the seeds made their way back down to Earth with Scott Kelly on 2nd March.  

We began the Rocket Science experiment on 12th April, having received the information pack and two packs of seeds during the Easter holidays.  Each pack contained 100 seeds, with one pack having been in space whilst the other remained on Earth - we don't know which is which so are excited to monitor the growth, observing any differences.  Over the next 35 days, the children will be waiting for the first shoots to appear, measuring the growth and making comparisons which will be uploaded to a national database.  The findings will be analysed and published for everyone to see.


Spring Walks

 Since the start of the Summer term, our focus has been 'Ready, Steady, Grow' which has developed from the children's interests before Easter.  As part of this, we have been out and about hunting for signs of Spring.  We've enjoyed visiting our Wildflower garden just off the Town Trail and walking around New Mills to see if there is any frog spawn in the little stream.


Last week, we explored the school grounds using the iPads and digital cameras to photograph our findings - the children also enjoyed taking photos of each other!  On our way, the children were encouraged to use their senses and talk about what they could see, hear and smell around them.  First of all, we heard our footsteps as we marched across the playground.  Then we stood very still, listening for environmental sounds around us.


"I can hear the birds singing" - Charlie, 4

"There's a dog barking" - Leo, 4

"There's more birds now." - Lola, 2

"I can hear a car on the road." - Mason, 3

"What are those birds saying?" - Charlie, 4


We used spotter sheets to record what we had spotted and to practise our mark making skills.  The children were pleased to have found many signs of Spring including daffodils, blossom, frog spawn in the pond, buds, minibeasts and birds collecting nesting materials.


September Sessions 2016 - Preschool

 Although we have only just entered the Spring term, the Autumn term is already beckoning.  If your child is already with us and you would like to change their sessions from September, now is the time to tell us.  If you're looking for childcare from the Autumn term, then we would welcome you contacting us for a visit or more information on what we can offer you and your child.  


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Easter Stay & Play

On Tuesday afternoon, we held one of our half termly stay and play sessions.  These are a fabulous opportunity for parents, carers, younger siblings and other family members to come along and join us in craft and cookery activities as well as stories and rhymes.


This half term, our stay and play had an Easter theme.  We enjoyed exploring the Forest School area where we tried large scale mark making, played in the Mud Kitchen, hunted for bugs, planted sunflowers and joined in with an Easter egg hunt.


Afterwards, we returned indoors to greet our special visitors - two fluffy rabbits from Newbridge Farm Park.  The rabbits were named Anna and Elsa which made them even more appealing!  The children were very gentle and calm as they stroked them and tried feeding them carrots.


We would like to thank Vivie and her mum, Katie, for bringing the rabbits along to show us.  Newbridge opens for Easter this Friday.  You can find more information here: newbridgefarmpark.com/


Here are some photos from our wonderful afternoon: