Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree

Notley Green, Great Notley Garden Village, Braintree CM77 7US

Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree children are able to learn and develop many skills in a safe, secure and hygienic environment, fully equipped to pursue recognised pre-school goals and adhering to the standards of regular inspections.

Staff are well qualified to fulfil the requirements of a healthy and positive service, trained in effective first aid and medication administration where required and implementing a thorough recruitment programme for the peace of mind of all parents who place their trust in the service.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Melissa Harrison (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Essex County Council

Number of Staff: 35

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

Total Places for Children: 100

Age Range: from 0 years 0 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree 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 28 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 23 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 4.893 for Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree is calculated as follows: ( (300 Excellents x 5) + (34 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 335 Ratings = 4.893

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree is based on 23 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 20 positive Reviews (100 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 23 Reviews ÷ 20 Target Reached = 1

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

9.9 Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.893)

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree

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  • Father of Child
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I wouldn’t trust my little girl anywhere else. The staff are always welcoming and make me feel at ease when leaving my little girl with them. It is obvious that the staff truly care about the children and always have time for any questions or concerns I may have.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I would happily recommend the manager and her excellent childcare team at Busy Bees in Great Notley. They provide a caring, creative and holistic learning environment and have been looking after our daughter for us since she was a toddler.
She is now almost 4 and has benefited immensely from the time that she has spent at this nursery. As a teacher myself I cannot recommend them and the outstanding work that they do enough. Great job!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Both of my children have attended Busy Bees Great Notley and have been really happy here. They have made good friends and formed positive relationships with staff. The nursery has provided a wide variety of activities and uses both the indoor and outdoor areas well to create a safe, interactive and fun learning environment.
The managers are very approachable, always friendly and helpful, and constantly striving to make improvements. Everything that your child needs is provided by the nursery making it as easy as possible for parents. The Foundation Class helps to prepare the children for school to make the transition a smooth one. Busy Bees Great Notley has provided an excellent start and we will miss it when we leave!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Manager is very friendly and accommodating. Happy to review our child's days she attends despite changing our minds a lot.
The staff are all amazing and have worked with our little girl's confidence and teaching her many skills. We are so happy with her progress and the staff that we are increasing her hours.
The facilities are great for the children and the food is both healthy and tasty and provides a wonderful variety which she eats without protest.
The little touches make a big difference including tea, coffee and fruit for busy parents to take to work in the mornings.
Can't recommend this nursery enough, amazing value for the price.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attended Busy Bees at Great Notley when he was younger, and now my daughter attends. The staff are friendly and welcoming and truly set my mind at ease when leaving my children in their care. The nursery facilities are great - it’s clear that a lot of thought and effort has gone into making the nursery such a great place for children to be.
My children have developed not only in the traditional sense of speech, fine and gross motor skills, etc. but also in terms of confidence. My daughter is well cared for, comforted and enjoys going to nursery, and I hold the upmost trust in the staff when putting my daughter into their care.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has only recently started at the nursery but I are very impressed with the care and attention that he receives by all the nursery staff. They are friendly and approachable and I know that he is in safe hands with them while I am at work. It’s lovely to see him happy and smiling when I go to collect him and is very often having a cuddle from a member of staff, very lovely to see.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am delighted with the care my daughter receives. She is well looked after and the staff communicate with me to ensure I have regular updates on her progress. We are very appreciative of all the work the staff put in to ensure such an outstanding service.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My eldest daughter has attended Busy Bees from 6 months old, moving through all of the rooms and is now in the fantastic Foundation class. Throughout her time at nursery, the members of staff have gone above and beyond my expectations in all areas. She really enjoys attending nursery and gets so much out of it.
The resources available to the children are of a good quality and very suitable to their interests and development stages. The Parent Zone app is great for keeping us up to date in all areas, I especially love being able to see what they have been doing during their day with lovely photographs. My youngest daughter has now started in the baby room, again the staff in there have gone above and beyond to ensure that she has settled in really well and is happy there. A fantastic nursery, I would recommend to all.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My little boy has been at Busy Bees since he was 6 months old. From his very first day, he had been so well looked after, I can’t thank the girls at Busy Bees enough. He loves his days there and is always squealing with delight running around when I pick him up which is so reassuring to see. Can’t recommend enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Extremely helpful and friendly staff. My second child is now at the nursery and I've been using them for nearly 4 years. Never had a reason to complain or worry about my child. Very very happy with the staff, facilities and the care towards my kids.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

As a first time mum and leaving your baby at nursery 2 days a week when they are just 9 months old was a scary thought. The nursery and all the staff are so friendly and welcoming. As well as doing a fantastic job with my daughter, they really do empathise with your anxieties as a parent. The parent zone app is a fab tool. Keep up the good work Busy Bees. Your efforts to engage parents and support our children’s developments are above the rest and are really appreciated. Fab nursery would highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Busy Bees at Great Notley is a great nursery/preschool. My daughter loves going there and has done for the past 4 years

The staff are always really helpful and always take note if my daughter is ill or needs special attention.

The management are always informative and keep us up to date with what's is going on.

The parent zone app is a really useful tool as it allows staff and the key person to add photos and comments about my daughter's day which is really nice to see.

Since being in the foundation class, my daughter has really improved her sentencing and numbers and is not so shy and has made some really good friends.

The nursery also has family events such as summer fates and Xmas events where all the family can come along. This gives parents who may not be the main person who drops off, a chance to see where their child goes and speak to the team on a social basis.

I love the nursery and I will be very sad when my daughter leaves in July to go to school in September.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Excellent nursery, lovely staff, with very engaging and interesting activities. My daughter is very happy.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All staff members are extremely polite and enthusiastic. Especially the girls working in Dragonflies, I couldn’t fault any of them. My only comment would be that I'd like more pictures of what my child does in the nursery. Aside from that everything else is outstanding.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

My little guy has been going to Busy Bees at Great Notley since he was 6 months and still goes to the before and after School club.

I cannot speak highly enough about the nursery itself, the management and the staff. They have always been welcoming, kind, thoughtful, thoroughly professional and the kids love it there! Staff retention is good which speaks volumes and the manager has been keeping things in order since the first time we viewed. Having that consistency and quality of leadership has been a massive benefit to the team.

My son has always had everything he needs, he feels safe and secure and is highly valued. A great environment to be part of.

15 out of 10!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Busy Bees at Great Notley is in our view an outstanding nursery. Finding a nursery for our daughter was the most daunting and important decision we have taken! I feel that we have made the best possible choice for our daughter.

She absolutely loves her nursery days and the caring staff that work there, her activities are fun and engaging and her social skills are so advanced - her table manners are exceptional for her age! I believe that my daughter is safe and well cared for; emotionally, socially and in her own personal development.
I wholeheartedly recommended Busy Bees at Great Notley.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The Nursery is extremely efficiently run, the staff are professional, friendly and attentive. The food and facilities are perfect for the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has been attending the nursery 4 days a week since he was 10 months old. He is now 18 months old and I feel very comfortable leaving him as I know he will be well looked after and cared for. He enjoys nursery and quite happily waves me out the door every day so I know he is content.
The staff members are always very friendly and helpful and always seem happy to help with any queries. I can tell they have a real bond with my son.
The variety and nutrients of the food is great and is what I feel at home so it means he gets healthily balanced diet every day.
The new garden area is great and was essential for me looking for a nursery as we spend a lot of time outside as a family.
The activities they do during the day is great for his progression in learning new skills.
The app is great to stay up to date on what he is doing. I love the observations and wish there were more of them.
I would 100% recommend the nursery to friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our little girl has been going to Busy Bees at Great Notley since she was a year old. Throughout her time there she has reached every milestone with much enthusiasm from the staff. All staff from admin, catering, key workers are all very welcoming. Keyworkers have always given very informative and helpful handovers and assessments. The admin team are always on the ball and can always answer any question I give them. The whole centre is safe and friendly. My daughter loves her key worker, which is lovely to know.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son goes to the nursery and he absolutely loves it there! He loves seeing the staff in his room. He smiles when we drop him off and he is still smiling when we pick him up!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

This is a fantastic nursery that offers a safe and professional service. The staff are fun and friendly. My daughter is very happy here.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The staff are very adaptive to children’s individual age and needs, they are very caring and obviously enjoy working with our children. There is always plenty of age-appropriate activities to more than fill the day and our children have formed great relationships with staff and peers. The garden is great and the recent refurbishment has only added to the enjoyment.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Amazing Nursery, I would very highly recommend this Nursery. My son has been there from 10 months. The staff are wonderful and it is amazing to see how much he is learning as he approaches school age.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy started in Busy Bees, 3 mornings a week, just before his 2nd birthday. We had just moved back from living overseas and were not near family or friends, so this was an extremely important social outlet for him.
From the first week, we knew we had picked the right place. The staff were all so warm and welcoming. He loved it there and ran in every morning. At pick up, they always had time to sit and chat about his day and really seemed as excited as I was to see all the little changes. His behaviour and social skills have improved so much. The menu was very varied and he ate food that he would never eat for me at home. The safety seemed great. The front office were so good on communication and very helpful.
I'm so grateful that his first experience of school was so positive.
Sadly we have now moved away from the area. Had we stayed in the area when I returned to full-time employment, I would have been fully confident that he was in good hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My kids really enjoy attending Busy Bees and will tell me about their day en route home. The different activities they have access to is fantastic and being working parents me and my wife feel less guilty when we know they have fully enjoyed themselves each day. The staff are really friendly and helpful and are always willing to talk about my children if I need to ask anything. Both me and my wife are included in communication which I think is great as I like to be included.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I have been using bBusy Bees Great Notley for 6 years and find the team to be professional, friendly and they genuinely care about each of my children.
The structure of the team in each room is clear and each of my children have settled in well. The resources the nursery have are of very good standard and the variety of activities is plentiful.
Whenever I have had a question, the management team have been very understanding and taken the time to listen and give good support and advice.
All my children have been very happy at Busy Bees and I feel confident that they are in a great environment whilst I am at work.
The team are always enthusiastic about my children and their achievements and for all these reasons I recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both my children attend Busy Bees, and I highly recommend it. The activities and learning environments are brilliant, and both my children have a great time when they are there. The staff are always friendly and approachable.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Fantastic staff! My son struggled first few months being away from me but with loads of help from the staff settling him in. They supplied us with photos of the staff so he could talk about them and now he loves going in and doesn't want to leave! He even asks to go back once I've picked him up!
They do lots activities like making spring rolls and making things! I love the reports on the app so I can see what he has eaten plus photos of him doing activities! So happy with my choice!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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