Busy Bees in Croydon, Croydon, London
Busy Bees in Croydon, Croydon, London
Busy Bees in Croydon, Croydon, London

Busy Bees in Croydon makes an excellent contribution to childcare and education within the local community, with a friendly and experienced team of staff who have the advantage of an expertly designed and fully-resourced facility, registered to welcome up to 112 children.

Staff look to treat each child as an individual, with key persons keeping an eye on personal development, with the aim of encouraging all children to practice their communication and social skills, alongside focused learning on key areas such as numeracy and literacy.

The nursery was rated Good by Ofsted in December 2016.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Donna Dunn (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: London Borough of Croydon Council

Number of Staff: 27

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

Total Places for Children: 112

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

9.7 Busy Bees in Croydon has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.726)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Croydon is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Croydon in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 21 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • 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 4.788 for Busy Bees in Croydon is calculated as follows: ( (211 Excellents x 5) + (50 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 264 Ratings = 4.788

  • 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 4.938 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Croydon is based on 21 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 22.4 positive Reviews (112 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 21 Reviews ÷ 22.4 Target = 0.938

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


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    20
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees in Croydon?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Croydon

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Father of Child
    1
  • Foster Parent of Child
    1

Previous placement broke down unexpectedly and the manager and staff were very welcoming and understanding of our situation. They were all very supportive with settling in and being sensitive to toddler and family needs. Flexible with drop off and pickup times, useful feedback on each day's activities and we love the photos of little one in action and the weekly planning board. A socially active nursery with season appropriate events. Great outdoor space easily accessed multiple times per day and a very good menu with tailored choices for dietary restrictions. Willing support with potty training and little one loves it! Even at weekends, she asking to go. Thank you all and keep up the good work!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The nursery is in a prime location to the local buses and station, I am pleased to come and drop off in the morning and see the children happy and playing, they have so much to do and the space is amazing.
I think that the menu and food is lovely as I have been in the nursery for lunch and tea time visits.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

Manager and all staff go out of their way to ensure your child is settled. All questions are answered no matter what there are!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Busy Bees Croydon is a fantastic nursery, which I would truly recommend.

My son has been attending the nursery since he was 2 years old and in that time the staff's have always been friendly, professional and very supportive to all the children and the parents.

We would miss them terribly and will always consider them as our second family.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending Busy Bees (South Croydon) since she was 10 months old. I can't thank the staff enough for how attentive they are to her progression and needs. I feel completely at ease knowing she is properly cared for and stimulated.
I feel she is getting the best start in life by attending Busy Bees and it really does show. All the rooms are well equipped with different activities. The garden has just been renovated and looks really lovely. The staff are all really friendly (nursery staff and management included). I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started attending Busy Bees Croydon in December 2016 and has loved being there ever since. We were worried about the transition as he was starting in the pre-school room, having never attended nursery before, however, all our worries were unfounded as the staff were amazing helping him settle in, encouraging him to socialise with the other children and participate in activities. The facilities at the nursery are fantastic, there is always so much set out for the children to do both outdoors and indoors. My son loves the nursery and the staff there and is always happy to attend. As a parent, I find that the nursery is fantastic at keeping me informed on his daily activities with constant communication. The daily report is always very informative and shows how brilliantly the staff know the children they work with. Sending my son here was one of the best decisions we made and I would recommend this nursery, with its wonderful facilities and even more wonderful staff, to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been attending Busy Bees nursery in Croydon from 9 months old, he is now 3.5 years. I'm extremely pleased with the care my son has received, I find the staff extremely friendly. My son loves his key worker in pre school and has a relationship with all members of staff. My son has developed extremely well in Busy Bees care and loves the brand new playground/garden. He has loads of friends and is a bright and outgoing child and I feel his care at this nursery has contributed to his development. The nursery has always been flexible when I've required extra days of care. I would highly recommend this nursery/preschool.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter is 16 months old and has been attending Busy Bees nursery for 6 months. Her development has been amazing, the team are friendly, helpful, informative, the key workers and other members of staff looking after my daughter really seem to care about her, and enjoy being around her, which she reciprocates. Any worries I have or have had, they have put my mind at rest.
Unfortunately, I am having to take my daughter out of the nursery as I'm due a 2nd child, I am extremely gutted but once the time comes for my daughter to go back to nursery, this will be where she attends, along with baby no. 2.
I also love the fact every room is on one level - the kids are secure, as we all know, safety for our children is paramount. My Daughter LOVES her food, and she is fed well with different menus - and kept hydrated throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started at this nursery when he was 13 months old, he settled in very quickly and loves the nursery. As he is full time in this nursery, he is very comfortable here and does feel like second home which is very important for us. Staff are very happy, kind, caring and very experienced in how to deal with each individual's needs or developments.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been at Busy Bees for 18 months and I have been extremely happy with the service and care my daughter has received. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and show a genuine interest in each and every child. Would highly recommend Busy Bees Croydon.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I love Busy Bees. Both my daughters have attended this nursery. All staff are very welcoming, kind and knowledgeable. They make sure kids needs are met and they help them become more confident. I love that the nursery takes security very seriously, as well as kids background, allergies etc.
To top it all they've got an awesome cook who makes varied meals making sure kids get nutritious yet tasty food.
I would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My child has been at the nursery for 5 months and loves it.
Excited to go every morning and the feedback given by the nursery staff every night is excellent.
They let me know what has been eaten, what sleep has been had and results on nappy changes plus a little something what they have been doing through the day.
My child is well cared for and happy every night I pick up.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have sent both of my children to this nursery since they were 10 months old. They have always had the best of care and built good relationships with the staff. They are very informative of what happens throughout the day aswell. I would recommend this nursery to any future parent without hesitation.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Really love Busy Bees. Since my son has attended he has become more confident. I'm really happy to leave him in the care of the staff, who are all lovely. Would highly recommend to any parent thinking about sending their child to Busy Bees. Also, love the outside play space for the kids. The babies/toddlers and pre-school are all separated to facilitate the different stages. Toys and facility in general always kept clean to high standard

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my sons have started this nursery after they turned 1. I have looked at so many nurseries after which I have decided on this one. This nursery has the best setting with purpose built nurseries, which allow enough sunlight into the rooms, spacious rooms for the kids to allow free play, separate gardens for each age and lots of toys which keep the kids occupied. Especially in the baby rooms, they have a separate sleeping room – which is the best I have ever seen. Kids get enough food and sleep in the nursery – which is very important at this stage. They are provided in-house cooked healthy hot meals many times a day. Staff are extremely well connected with kids and parents. Staff teach kids good eating manners and good manners. I am extremely pleased with the nursery in helping my sons become well behaved and kind kids. Last but not the least – they have ample parking space (more than 10) which is a challenge in most of the nurseries around this area. Would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We have been extremely happy with Busy Bees nursery since our 1-year-old son started in January. He is very happy there and has come on so well with his development. The service provided by the team is second to none with a great range of toys, fun activities each day and healthy, nutritious food.

I find the staff to be very helpful and caring with my son. They keep me up to date with his progress and provide great updates at the end of each day. It’s a great relief to know that my son is in such a safe, fun and caring environment.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We looked at all the local nurseries, and we definitely made the right choice. The building is superb, and the staff are excellent, warm, friendly and knowledgeable. The food is cooked on site by a qualified cook and is of a very high standard. We are very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My two children attend this nursery and I find it flexible in opening times to suit our busy lives and welcoming for all age groups.
Both are very happy there and adjusted very well. My older son never wants to come home, which is disconcerting for a parent but speaks volumes for his happiness there!!
My 1-year-old daughter is also well settled. Both have come on in leaps and bounds and increased confidence since attending and have plenty of different activities to keep them engaged every day.
I am especially pleased with the food offerings which are varied and meets the needs of my ever hungry son and dairy intolerant daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My second child has started with the nursery and settled in well with the staff before I had to return to work.
I was confident that my daughter would bond with the staff and as it was the second time round I was more at ease.
The Key person keeps me informed on a daily basis and the office staff are on hand if I have any questions.
I am very pleased with the nursery and the team and would recommend to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending Busy Bees full time since May 2014. She settled into the nursery very quickly and has adjusted well each time she is moved up from one age group to another. She has a great relationship with all of the staff and other children and enjoys helping the teachers on a regular basis. She enjoys her time at nursery so much that most days she is disappointed when it is time to go home. As a parent, I find the staff to be extremely helpful and caring especially when it comes to my daughter's food intolerances. If there is a meal that she cannot have due to intolerance's, she is provided with a suitable alternative. The nursery setting is nice and spacious so the children have plenty of space to play and complete their learning activities. The garden is a very good size and well designed to allow each age group to have their own secluded area to play in. This is a fantastic nursery which I will miss very much once my daughter starts school.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been attending Busy Bees since October 2015 and has always been very happy there. The staff are very caring and my son has a good relationship with the staff.
My son is very active and enjoys the large garden space the nursery has. I like that the gardens are separate for the different ages so the smaller children are not getting knocked over by the bigger children.
My son enjoys the food at the nursery and is offered a variety of foods, he now tries more foods at home.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We are a working family and we have no family around us to help us to look after my little boy while we are at work. Busy Bees Nursery that my son goes too is like a second home for him. It seems that my son does not miss me while he is there. He even refuses to return home when I pick him from the nursery. Staff are absolutely trustworthy with your child. Sometimes they assign a key worker to your child if needed for one to one basis. I highly recommend the place to other parents. Staff are very approachable and they take great care of your child. Even the new staff are well trained and very welcoming and give parents proper feedback. When my son is there, I work and have peace of mind.

I am very grateful to them from the Manager to all staff. I could not find a better place than this for my son to be in.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Croydon? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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