Busy Bees at Chingford

2 Larkswood Leisure Park, 175 New Road, Chingford, London E4 9EY

Busy Bees at Chingford has a key person system, with an experienced team keeping track of personal learning goals and achievements, with regular observation that is fed back to parents.

A stimulating indoors and secure outdoor area enable children to explore and feel creative, while enjoying activities that are ideal for their age range. A parent partnership group is in place allowing for staff to discuss progress with clients.

The rooms are wildlife themed and there are numerous extra-curricular activities such as football, which in turns support physical development.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Anne-Marie Lawrence (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Waltham Forest Council

Number of Staff: 23

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

Total Places for Children: 108

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Languages Spoken (other than English): Greek, Modern, Hausa, Tamil, Turkish

Overview

The Review Score of 8.6 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Chingford is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.3 out of 5 from 13 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Chingford in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 6 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 4.342 for Busy Bees at Chingford is calculated as follows: ( (67 Excellents x 5) + (75 Goods x 4) + (12 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 155 Ratings = 4.342

  • 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 4.278 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Chingford is based on 6 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 21.6 positive Reviews (108 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 21.6 Target = 0.278

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

8.6 Busy Bees at Chingford has a Review Score of 8.6 (8.620)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    5
  • Good
    8
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Chingford?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    10
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Chingford

  • Mother of Child
    11
  • Father of Child
    1
  • Guardian of Child
    1

I have enrolled my son when he was 1 and 1/2. Since the beginning, he seemed to enjoy the place and we noticed a big improvement in his development. He recently had his second-year review with the health visitor and apart from his speech everything else was as it should be at this stage, I believe sending him there definitely helped.

In terms of suggestions, I would like to get more feedback on his activities during the day and his progress and the kind of activities they are focusing on to help him with his development.

Also at 1.00pm, there's normally one or two members of staff in the class, the majority of kids are asleep and I have the impression the ones that are not sleeping (like my son) are left wandering without anyone actually spending time with them. I would like this aspect to be addressed, please.

Last suggestion is for Busy Bees to be more flexible in terms of recuperating some of the missed sessions, instead of just being told it's not possible.

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

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Average Rating:   4 out of 5

Chloe Wilkes, Marketing Admin at Busy Bees at Chingford responded to this review on 20 Feb 2018:

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your day to complete our review. In answer to your suggestions we have already reviewed the way the afternoon sessions and have changed the way the staff will be taking their lunches. We will be trialling staggered lunch breaks - this means there will be 2 - 3 staff in the room over the lunchtime breaks and 1 staff member will be engaging in quiet time whilst the 1 staff member observes the sleepers.
Secondly, we as managers will endeavour to be as flexible as is possible. There are specifics days within our week that are fuller than others, however, we are always open for a discussion and seek to assist in any way we can.

I feel safe leaving my child at Busy Bees Chingford. Everyone is lovely and helpful. They all really care about the children and work really hard on their individual needs. Both my children have flourished in this environment.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lovely nursery with warm approachable staff. A home from home for my Daughter. My Daughter will be sad to leave when she starts school.

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

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Average Rating:   3.9 out of 5

Staff are always friendly, but sometimes communication with parents is not the best. I recently missed parents evening as I was not aware of it.

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

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

Busy Bees is a lovely nursery and staff are friendly. It is a very sociable environment for the children with plenty of activities to keep them busy.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My elder son attended the nursery until he was 2 and a half and my younger son comes on an ad hoc basis through my work scheme this is always my first choice. I have always had wonderful experiences with the nursery and the staff and facilities are excellent. Both my boys have always been happy to come back and would always recommend this nursery to friends, some of which attend the nursery now.

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Good nursery that my child really enjoys going to. My child's key worker and the girls in his room are great and cater for all his needs. Good feedback at the end of every day helps reassure that's he's had a good day.

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

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Our two girls love going to nursery and are always so excited to arrive in reception to such welcoming, fun and friendly faces. Always willing to go the extra mile, the girls at Busy Bees Chingford are very caring, friendly and helpful as well as being true professionals. Our eldest daughter has been here since August 2013 three and a half years and she will truly miss nursery when she goes to school in Selptember

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

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

We are very happy with Busy Bees. Our preschooler enjoys going, has learnt a lot and comes home with a new skill, song, or game each day. The food is great too! Our child had a speech delay, but has now caught up - staff were very supportive and did specific activities for her and emailed a report to us most weeks.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Busy Bees have been amazing at settling in my two-year-old at nursery, very friendly and helpful. She has settled in and loves attending. Her key worker is fantastic and has built a nice bond. I feel happy at work knowing she is having fun and in safe hands. I can see her development online to keep me fully updated on her progress. Overall I'm very happy with the whole experience!

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Staff are very caring and aware of the needs of my child. My child has developed a lot since starting at this nursery. The children all seem very happy. I trust that my child is in good hands and will be taken care of in the way that I would like. I have not had any problems so far.

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

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

This is a lovely nursery. My son has been attending for 2 years now and is extremely happy. The staff are wonderful with the children and it is a warm and welcoming environment. From playing football and playing in the mud kitchen to games with shaving foam and corn flour, he enjoys it all. I feel that the staff really work in partnership with the parents and are able to meet each individual child's needs. He also really enjoys the food, pilchards and all!
There is no doubt that the nursery needs a refurb, but I think that will happen soon. It will no doubt be amazing. I'm just sorry we will have left for school before it happens.

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

The ladies at the nursery are very welcoming. My child attended their baby group and enjoyed it so well. The two ladies from the baby room offered a great experience and I can't wait to start my child at the nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

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