At Busy Bees we aim to:-
Provide a warm, safe, caring and inclusive and family environment
for children aged 0-11 years, where each child and adult is treated
as an individual and the unique qualities are recognised and
To enable children’s learning by providing experiences and opportunities that are fun, stimulating and appropriate.
To promote a community ethos where adults and children reach their full potential.
To ensure we provide an environment that promotes health, well-
being and sustainability for children, staff and families.
Busy Bees started as a playgroup in 1989 and has grown into a thriving day nursery catering for around 150 families. Our charity side allows us to provide free or supported childcare to children in need of stability or parents in need of respite during difficult periods of their lives. We liaise with local health care professionals and support children that are not covered by other funding streams, this also includes childcare for parents to re-enter education or access training that they would not be able to afford childcare for.
We have remained open for key workers children throughout the pandemic - supporting existing and new families to continue to work knowing their children are safe and happy. We have put a lot of new measures in place to enable staff to work safely, including implementing a one way system outside the building for parents and carers to drop off and collect their children. This has allowed us to reduce the amount of people entering the building and maintain the integrity of our bubbles, as our reception area is very narrow.
This has worked well however, it is becoming an issue as parents and children are having to wait outside to be dropped off or collected - we currently have a gazebo, but this doesn't protect from the wind and although it is securely tied down it won't survive the harsh mountain winter.
We are looking to create a covered porch area around our entrance - firstly it will allow parents and children to remain dry whilst waiting for admittance or collection. It will also provide a sheltered outside area for the children to play in during inclement weather.