Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow

Progress Park, Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XE

Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow, offers an early years curriculum based on learning through play, with both indoor and outdoor learning environments, well-kept gardens and a strong adherence to health and security regulations.

Nursery professionals looks to encourage self-confidence and independence amongst children, aiming for good development of social skills, problem solving and high standards of numeracy and literacy.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Katheryn Cobb (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Bedford Borough Council

Number of Staff: 26

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

Total Places for Children: 112

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Languages Spoken (other than English): Punjabi Mirpuri, Arabic, Bengali; Bangla, Hindi, Panjabi, Punjabi

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Reviews

8.7 Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow has a Review Score of 8.7 (8.694)

The Review Score of 8.7 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.4 out of 5 from 7 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 7 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 4.381 for Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow is calculated as follows: ( (39 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 84 Ratings = 4.381

  • 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 4.313 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow is based on 7 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). 7 Reviews ÷ 22.4 Target = 0.313

  • 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
    2
  • Good
    5
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    4
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow

  • Mother of Child
    7

Our little girl has loved Busy Bees from day one. She bonded with the staff and they have become friends of our family. Staff make the effort to get to know you and we feel they look after our daughter like she was one of their own. The recent well-needed garden renovations have increased the profile of the nursery and our little girl loves being in the garden. We feel the staff know our little girl and are able to support her in her learning and provide opportunities for her to flourish. Family members have commented on how advanced our little girl is. We know this is because she has had a great start at Busy Bees.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My youngest son has improved with speaking and listening so much in just one month and he is trying different foods. Fantastic nursery and fantastic staff. I am so pleased I put my children here.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow? 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

Staff clearly have children's interests at heart.
I would like to see more activities/different things (it maybe that I don't hear at end of the day feedback/my 2-year-old can't tell me).
Clearly, some investment needed in improving the facilities - new sinks etc... And outside including the toys outside looks tired and it gets very muddy in the wet.
My child is very happy, so have no overall concerns.
Progress is being made by all the team.

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

Average Rating: 

 3.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

A really good nursery provides all the care and safeguarding for my daughter, as well as a balanced vegetarian diet and they cater for her needs. She loves playing outdoors and there's plenty of facilities to allow this.
Overall pleased with the nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I love my daughter's nursery Busy Bees, she has so much fun there and gets to do so many different activities. She loves the staff and overall is a very happy girl!
I love getting photos, feedback and reviews. It is clear the staff work very hard, always with a smile on their face.
I think the staff turnover/change in management has been difficult but not affected my daughter, they continue to provide a wonderful service and I wonder why they don't promote in-house.
I would and have recommended friends to this nursery. I feel happy leaving my daughter there knowing she is happy, safe and fed well. She has come so far in 6 months and her development in all areas has been outstanding, so I appreciate all the input from staff in supporting this. The cost is high but so is the standard of service, so as difficult as fee increases are, I would always try to make sure I can continue sending my daughter here.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I was nervous about returning to work and leaving my son at nursery. He has progressed from 1-2 and now currently preschool and I can honestly say is that he has nothing but thrived being in this nursery environment. The staff have been great in his care and nuturing.

However my only concern is more outdoor play in all seasons.

But overall, as a parent this has been a great choice for my son.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I am incredibly happy with this nursery; the staff are kind, caring and knowledgeable. They have made an effort to get to know my daughter and her routine. The staff seem to work well in the rooms with the children, chatting, playing and helping to develop their skills. They have a big range of activities that the children complete every day which aids their learning. I also appreciate that they communicate well with me when I collect her and have good door security in place. All the staff seem friendly and approachable which is vital for me to feel my daughter is in a good place.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

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