Busy Bees at Canterbury

The Riverside Children's Centre, Kingsmead Road, Canterbury CT2 7PH

Busy Bees at Canterbury is committed to a child-centred approach, making the most of a wide range of expertise, being part of the UK's largest day nursery providers.

A purpose-built interior is complemented by a secure outdoor play area, supporting physical play alongside sound intellectual development.

Staff experienced regular training, with a focus on health and safety, as well as innovative methods of encouraging learning, development and independent thinking.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Lisa Farrow (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care

Total Places for Children: 80

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Overview

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Canterbury is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 12 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Canterbury in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 10 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.896 for Busy Bees at Canterbury is calculated as follows: ( (130 Excellents x 5) + (13 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 144 Ratings = 4.896

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.625 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Canterbury is based on 10 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 16 positive Reviews (80 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 16 Target = 0.625

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

9.5 Busy Bees at Canterbury has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.521)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Canterbury

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    2

My daughter is three years old and has been attending Busy Bees since she was one. Whilst it took a while for her to settle in, the team supported her well to ensure she felt confident in her new surroundings. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and now thoroughly enjoys her days at nursery. The care and attention shown by the staff are second to none and, as a parent, I feel happy that my daughter is well looked after and offered a variety of educational and fun activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

As a mother of Twins, Busy Bees have shown so much commitment and treated them as individuals. They recognise individuals and that both children have different needs and they have become so confident in all areas of development. The keyworkers are all lovely and so easy to talk to and express any concerns. The twins love going to nursery, they participate in many different activities, it is truly is a lovely environment for children to grow and learn and prepares them well for the life of school. Something we have had a great encouragement and support with.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been attending Busy Bees Canterbury nursery for almost 3 years now and absolutely loves it. She thoroughly enjoys the outdoor space and range of activities that the staff provide. The key person approach is exceptional as are all the other staff, caring and understanding of a childs individual needs.
I feel happy knowing that she will have a great day every day and that she is being looked after well.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter is so happy at Busy Bees at Canterbury. The staff are excellent, clearly well trained and there is a very consistent approach from all staff to all children. It’s an all hands on deck approach which means I’ve met many staff and it’s given me a wider view of the nursery staff even though my daughter has only been in the baby room so far. It was highly recommended to me and i will ensure I highly recommend it to anyone else in need of a nursery! Great team, lovely caring people.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my girls will have gone through this nursery, from the baby room to the pre-school room and we have found it brilliant. My younger daughter is currently in Snowdrops and has been incredibly happy and settled, even during the transitions to new rooms. Her key people have always been thoughtful, committed and sensitive to her needs and we did not have a moment’s hesitation in sending her, especially having seen her sister so happy. The staff are approachable, kind and sensible and the garden space is brilliant for little ones. I can’t recommend it highly enough and think it’s worth every penny!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have been really impressed with the level of care and attention my child has received. He has truly blossomed in such a supportive environment. He loves his keyworker, and when I collect him at the end of the day, he is always eager to tell me about all the activities they did together.
The facilities are excellent and well-maintained. The staff are enthusiastic and happy and a pleasure to deal with. The outside space is fantastic and the range of freshly cooked meals is excellent.
I would definitely recommend this nursery to my friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

To the parents out there who live in or near Canterbury, I highly recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury Nursery.

What's not to Love.....the whole place is incredible! The facilities are great, the staff are amazing, big garden and it is a highly effective learning environment.

My 22-month-old daughter has been going here since she was 6 months old and it was the best decision we made, as she is the most confident, caring and cleverest girl ever!! Obviously us as parents have a massive influence on this but I don't want to take all the credit as I really do feel the Busy Bees at Canterbury have indeed been a huge factor in the way she has grown up, they really do nurture and help your children develop in so many ways, not just look after your children. This fact alone really does set it apart from the rest.

My recently born son will also be joining the nursery next year and I look forward to seeing him enjoy it as much as my daughter does!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter loves it here!

The facilities are excellent: the building is purpose built so the rooms are bright and spacious. The garden is very big and they spend a lot of time out there.

The staff are lovely: our key worker has built up a great relationship with my daughter and it is obvious that my daughter is delighted to see her each day. The activities are varied and fun and the equipment is good.

The only negative is that it is so popular that it is sometimes difficult to get extra sessions (although they will always try!)

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My son has attended Busy Bees for the last 10 months and he absolutely loves it there, the staff are lovely and always provide lots of information about what he has been up to during the day. There are lots of toys and equipment for the children to play with and they also regularly paint and draw pictures which are sent home. I would definitely recommend this nursery and my baby daughter will be attending in the new year once I go back to work. I feel confident that they are well looked after and cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Great place, all the staff are professional, but more importantly they're fun. There's a lovely garden that the kids go out to with tonnes of fun stuff. I suspect my two kids have a way better time here than at home!
Great jobs guys.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

What can I say? Busy Bees at Canterbury is fantastic.
The staff are friendly and helpful, my daughter's key person is outstanding and so helpful when I need advice.
I love that she goes outside so much and uses the wonderful large garden.
One of the highlights for me is the awesome food that the chef cooks, his food always smells amazing and my daughter eats all of everything every time she is in nursery, I cook the same thing at home and she will not eat it!
I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am very pleased with the care given to my little girl at nursery and feel that she is happy and confident to attend often giving me just a backwards glimpse as she goes to explore with her friends. Her dedicated key person provides fun and engaging activities that challenge her and support her development. Her room offers free flow access to outdoors meaning she is able to make decisions on what she would like to do and when.
The meals offered are outstanding and my daughter enjoys them all and I'm happy because they are well balanced and nutritious.
Staff are professional and will always take the time to talk to me about my daughter and her day.
I couldn't recommend this nursery enough and my baby son will start attending in January.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Canterbury? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

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