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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Forest School Play

This morning, after baking our animal shaped biscuits, we went down to explore the Forest School. We enjoyed feeding the birds, breaking up the bread into pieces and measuring out seed.  We used our new binoculars to spy birds but Leo commented that "that they won't come over as they are with their Mums."  Although we didn't see any birds, we did see lots of children playing the playground.  We thought about how they looked far away without the binolculars but close up with them.

The jungle phone was used to make calls to each other, practising our speaking and listening skills.  There was also time for bug hunting and looking for signs of Spring.  Kayden spotted the daffoldils, noticing their bright yellow colour.  We found lots of sticks which we used to practise our mathematical language - long, short, big, little.  

We also enjoying playing hide and seek in the tipi, looking in the mirrors, playing tag and exploring the bendy willow sticks.

**** September Bookings ****

We are now taking Preschool bookings for September for children aged two, three and four years.  If you will be looking for childcare from the Autumn term, please have a look around our website or Facebook page to see what we have to offer your family.  We welcome visitors to Busy Bees so please give us a call to arrange a time to be shown around.  


Music Pool

 Since the beginning of January, the Preschool children have been enjoying music and movement sessions with Alison from the Music Pool in Hereford.  We have invested some of our Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding in the sessions as we believe the experiences will impact on learning and development as music, movement and song can:

* improve children's confidence 
* help with personal, social, emotional and creative development
* increase language and numeracy skills
* refine listening skills as children notice changes in tempo or pitch
* improve balance, coordination, and rhythm through dance and movement activities   
* improve small motor skills‐learning finger plays and playing musical instruments
* develop large motor skills

Here are some photos from our sessions:

We begin by seeing if we have our voices ready.  This could be our singing, whispering, grumpy, squeaky or thinking voice.  The children enjoy telling Alison which voice they have today!

Walk to Clarks and the Post Office

 Last week, we were thinking all about balloons which involved floating and sinking, using them to develop our physical skills, investigating number, size and colour and for creative activities.  This led on to exploring measurements as we thought about how high a balloon could go in the air, how far a balloon could travel and how it expands when filled with air.


On Friday, we decided to take this interest in measurements further by thinking about what else we could measure, beginning with our feet.  A small group of children were taken into Ledbury to visit Clarks shoe shop.  Afterwards, we called in to the Post Office to investigate how Jodie's parcels were weighed and the cost calulcated.


Here are some photos of our adventure:

Christmas Stay and Play

Every half term, we hold a stay and play session for parents and carers.  This is an opportunity for the children's family members to come into the setting to join in with craft and cookery activities as well as story and song time.  


These events are always well attended and we are pleased to say that our Christmas session didn't disappoint.  Parents, carers, grandparents and siblings enjoyed making Christmas tree decorations, baking biscuits and a seasonal story of 'Bless You Santa'.  Afterwards, the children sang Christmas songs to their family members including 'Twinkle Twinkle', 'Jingle Bells', 'When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.  


Here are some photographs of our afternoon: 

Houses and Homes

 This week and last, we have been thinking about construction.  We've been looking at photos of local landmarks including the Church, Market House, War Memorial and Train Station.

To follow on from this, we went on a walk to look at buildings in the local neighbourhood.  

Armistice Day - Visit to the War Memorial

 This morning, the children at Busy Bees paid their respects during the two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day.  Some of the children walked into Ledbury to watch the service at the War Memorial. 


The children listened beautifully to the readings and watched as the flags were raised.  

Diary Dates - 2015

Please find below a list of key dates for this term:


Forest School Exploration

 This week, we are thinking about our senses at Preschool.  For circle time, we read our book of the week, 'What the Ladybird Heard.'  After using the puppets to tell the story, we closed our eyes and listened carefully to see what we could hear in the classroom.  As the door was open to outside, we could hear the birds singing and Bev setting up the area for us to play in.


We decided to investigate further so we all got our wellies on ready to explore the Forest School area.  There were lots of things for us to see, hear, smell and feel so we were very busy bees.  

Autumn Term 2015 - Settling In

 We've had a fantastic start to the Autumn term and have enjoyed welcoming back children who with with us before Summer as well as some new starters.  


Over the first couple of weeks, we have been establishing the children's interests so we can plan a stimulating and motivating environment where they can thrive.  So far, we have particularly enjoyed:

* baking cakes

* exploring our new water wall

* large scale mark making

* using the playdough to make cakes

* using the iPads to take photos and play games

* thinking about what makes us special


Below you will find a selection of photos from our first two weeks of the Autumn term.  We still have some spaces available for children to start immediately - please email or telephone if you would like more information.