Busy Bees in Harlow

The Greenway, Harlow Business Park, Harlow CM19 5QE

Busy Bees in Harlow has a bright and versatile interior to suit numerous play sessions and early years activities, maintained by a highly qualified team who are committed to getting the best experiences out of nursery life.

Alongside a beneficial programme of pre-school learning, the nursery has a researched healthy eating policy in place, with food prepared using seasonal and fresh produce and taking account of any specific dietary requirements.

Some initiatives that children enjoy include singing and dancing sessions known as 'Wake and Shake', and exploration in the 'Imagination Station'.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Kim Shinn and Louise Christie (Managers)

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 121

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Harlow 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 32 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Harlow in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 15 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

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  • 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 4.781 for Busy Bees in Harlow is calculated as follows: ( (305 Excellents x 5) + (72 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 383 Ratings = 4.781

  • 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 4.62 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Harlow is based on 15 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 24.2 positive Reviews (121 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 15 Reviews ÷ 24.2 Target = 0.620

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

9.4 Busy Bees in Harlow has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.401)

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  • Father of Child
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Both my children attend Busy Bees, Harlow and both love their time there. They are so clearly well looked after, engaged and treated as individuals. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this nursery. My son starts school in September 2018 and I know that he will miss some of the friends he has made there and will hopefully reflect on his time there as fondly as I will.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am generally happy with the nursery. There is enough qualified staff and the environment is clean. The activities provided are interesting and keep the children occupied. The food menu is good and varied. I would like the staff to provide more assistance with the children's visits to the toilet. During cold weather, the children should not be allowed to play with cold water outside. During winter the staff should assist the children to change indoor shoes to warmer boots when they go in the garden.

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

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

I put my baby into Busy Bees at 5 months as I had to go back to work. I was so nervous as he was so young and he had been with me all the time. But since he has been there, his progress is amazing. He loves going and always smiles when he gets there. Also, I couldn't speak more highly of the staff, they are fantastic. I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone. Brilliant.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have 2 children at Busy Bees Harlow, 1 in the baby room and 1 in pre-school. We are super happy with all staff and the rooms and the gardens are great.
My boys learn all the time and both love it there. Also the food choices are great.
WE LOVE THE NURSERY!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Nursery carers are very good and facilities and good also, especially outside where they go and use the facilities a lot.
The management are very supportive.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

All three of my children have gone to Busy Bees and loved going. My three year old still goes and the change in her from when she first went and now is so different, more outgoing and not shy. When it's time to go to nursery she gets really excited about going. The staff are really friendly and easy to talk to.

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

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

We love Busy Bees- From the very beginning, our son has shown incredible personal development across the board including making friends, learning to be caring, using cutlery, learning to talk confidently and share his ideas and thoughts. We owe so much of this to Busy Bees.
Our son always looks forward to going to nursery and come out smiling, happy and exhausted from a fun and interactive day.
The staff are great and do so many fun and educational activities with the children.
Our son's eating has also improved, the food given to the children at nursery provides a great variety for them and encourages them to try new things.
As the best endorsement we can give- we'll be sending our youngest son to Busy Bees next year too!

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

We love the nursery and find the staff very helpful and supportive.
They are always happy to see us in the morning and very welcoming, the room always looks nice and ready for the day with a different selection of activities.
My daughter has lots of fun and likes to get messy! She’s always doing something different and things we most likely wouldn’t do at home.
I can check on the app but the staff always take the time to give me an update at pick up.
We are really pleased we found this nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We are very happy with our daughter being at Busy Bees Nursery. The staff are so friendly, the app and updates are great and facilities are perfect. Our two-year-old is progressing well and above her age for most things and we believe Busy Bees has played a huge part in that!

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

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Busy Bees in Harlow has been a brilliant nursery for my daughter, she has grown up with the children since she was a little baby and now in pre-school. All of the staff are very helpful, attentive and friendly couldn't recommend this nursery enough! I feel that my daughter is very well looked after and happy every day.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very good nursery, one of the best in Harlow. Any complaints we have had, have been dealt with immediately and efficiently. Outdoor space is good and made excellent use of what space there is. The online portal introduced is a good way to keep up to date with my son's progress. Safeguarding is excellent, it was a key point for me when choosing a nursery. The food menu is varied, fresh and locally sourced.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I was apprehensive at first and staggered my 2-year-old into nursery, however, the staff, learning and care was 100% and when offered full-time work, I had no hesitation in leaving my toddler within their care.
Very communicative and professional at all times.
More importantly, my daughter loves it and she runs in.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been going here for 3.5 years and I couldn't fault the nursery. All staff members are welcoming and are there to discuss any concerns with child's learning. My son has come on leaps and bounds and that is partially down to the learning techniques used at Busy Bees. The food and nutrition supplied at Busy Bees is of a high quality and there is always a menu available. Everything that your child does is recorded on parent zone and feedback from staff about your child's day is delivered at a fantastic level. Highly recommend Busy Bees in Harlow.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Overall I think this is a great nursery. I like the way it has been set up with a lot of open plan space, so the children don't feel enclosed so much.
The staff are really caring and patient and both of my daughters were (1 older of 6 years now) and are (the younger is 3 years old now) very happy here.
I feel good every morning that they are in very good care.

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

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

My son has been at Busy Bees in Harlow for a short while, full time and I'm extremely happy with how well he has settled. He is happy when he goes into school and I love that his activities are documented through the parent zone allowing me to see what he has eaten, how he has slept and a gallery of fab pictures. A big thank you to all the staff for making my son happy at school and giving me peace of mind.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Moved up from London to Harlow and my daughter, who has autism, lacked proper support at her previous nursery. She could not speak any words, only babble and say 'hi'. Since attending Busy Bees, her speech has blossomed so quickly between October 2016 to now. She is using 2-3 word sentences, as well as counting and verifying animals, objects, sounds, colours, shapes, names etc. She's come so far with all the proper support that's been given that I can have a conversation with her and understand as well as communicate with her better. My youngest son also went to the nursery. It's the only daycare I've felt safe to leave my children in and being able to see your child from Reception via CCTV if you want to check on them, without disturbing them, as well as fob keys for parents - extra security is very helpful and reassuring. The premises are always clean, staff are polite and caring, food menus are healthy. All round it's a wonderful daycare nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son first came to this nursery in May 2016. I have found it to be well resourced, safe, clean with well qualified and caring staff who have catered brilliantly for his educational and pastoral needs. His behaviour, speech and development have improved greatly during this period.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Busy Bees Harlow is absolutely amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were offered play and stay sessions even before we haven't enrolled. Number of settling in sessions gave us the confidence that our daughter will be in safe hands which was very important for the full-time working parents like us. Nursery premises are very spacious and have to big gardens, well organised, plenty of toys, books and activities to keep children busy at all times. All the staff are very friendly, caring and always smiling. They managed our daughters daily medicine timings spot-in! Our daughter is always happy when we drop her off and pick-up everyday. Food menu is really good and suitable for all the different requirements. I couldn't recommend the nursery enough.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My twin sons have attended this nursery for nearly three years and they are so happy there. They struggled to settle in initially and the key workers couldn't have done more. They are really friendly and approachable. I love their parent zone app which allows me to see photos of them at nursery so I don't feel I'm missing out, and the staff always keep me fully informed. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Busy Bees in Harlow. My sons now run in!

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Both my children have been to this nursery and I am extremely happy with their care. My daughter actually asks to go to nursery which is great for me knowing she is happy. The keyworkers keep me updated and I love being kept updated on I-Connect with photos of what she has been doping and to see she has eaten well. I cannot recommend this nursery more highly.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our son loves coming to nursery. he has learnt loads and made lots of friends. My wife and I are so proud of how much he's grown and how he's thriving at Busy Bee's.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very happy with the care given and the attention to detail that is paid to my daughter.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Harlow Busy Bee's is outstanding, my daughter is wanting to be at school everyday even though she only goes 3 days per week. She has come on leaps and bounds, her development is fantastic, and she always talks me through her day which is also available online to view. Great staff. Great nursery.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our 2 children haven't been at this nursery very long, but we have nothing but praise. The nursery/staff have been very accommodating to our needs. The staff clearly love the children and our 2 have settled very quickly. We would definitely recommend.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Very good nursery my son enjoys going to school so much and I know he is safe playing with his friends.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Fantastic nursery. I have had my son and twin daughters at this nursery, can't fault it.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have kept two children at this nursery. They both loved it. Flexible with payment days and absence times allowing us to keep their position at the nursery and save money. Overall I will highly recommend it.

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My son has been attending Busy Bees since September and I wouldn't dream of putting him anywhere else! The staff are extremely caring and made me feel at ease when leaving him for the first time. They are always there to listen and advise, you can tell they are passionate about working with children. My son always comes home chatting away about all the things he has done and nursery, and I love that he has such a large outdoor space, where he gets to spend time with the older children too. I love that I can see what he is up to at nursery, and how he has eaten through the app, it puts you at ease knowing he is well fed and learning all the time. I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone, especially nervous parents who need more reassurance like I did.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both of my daughters have been to Busy Bees and the level of care and service is second to none. The staff make you feel at ease leaving your child in their care.
I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I have had 3 children attend Busy Bees Harlow (2 still there, 1 now at school). I have had an excellent experience overall. The building itself is welcoming and nicely set out for the children. The new outdoor area is fantastic for them. I have always liked how the over 2's can all play together (with appropriate supervision, obviously) and that the children spend as much time as possible outside.
The staff are all very kind and helpful and many have been there for a considerable amount of time and have great experience. They all seem to genuinely love working with children and really engage with them.
The children participate in a wide range of activities and the pre-school children are encouraged in their learning.
Overall, all my children have greatly enjoyed their time here and attendance at the nursery has helped their development and independence and readiness for school.
I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody looking for a good nursery in the area.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

From day one, our child has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Busy Bees. We know that she is happy, confident and safe and as parents, that's all we could hope for. The staff are fantastic, the facilities are superb and we feel satisfied knowing our pride and joy is in safe hands.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Busy Bees offer good value for money at a full-time rate.
My daughter really enjoys her time at nursery and has learnt and developed so well during her time there.
She is well fed and looked after and has a wide range of activities to do during the day.
Planned excursions would be a nice extra for the children I think. Especially those that are full time in order to change their environment just for a day. This could open up further learning opportunities.
I do feel the building could do with some modernisation and a little refurbishment here and there wouldn't go amiss either.

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