Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side

Howard Road, Grays RM16 6YJ

Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side, Grays, Essex
Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side, Grays, Essex
Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side, Grays, Essex

Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side has been open for 18 years.

Rated 'Good' by Ofsted (October 2013 inspection), the nursery has an established team that has worked together over many years which helps consistency throughout the nursery.

The keyworker system throughout the nursery ensures the children and parents get to know the person caring for their child and build a great bond with them.

There are seven rooms from Bumbles baby room to Dragonflies pre school room, where there is also a qualified teacher working full-time, helping the children learn jolly phonics and numicon.

A full-time chef cooks all meals from scratch.

In-house training ensures all staff have up-to-date knowledge of all changes within the childcare sector.

All rooms open out onto fabulous gardens, so that the children are able to free-flow throughout the day.

The setting is a five minute walk from Chafford 100 station, on the mainline to Fenchurch Street - with free car parking.
Come and have a look at the facilities by booking a viewing online.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Fleur Jones-Mannix (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Thurrock Council

Number of Staff: 35

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

Total Places for Children: 92

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

8.5 Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side has a Review Score of 8.5 (8.496)

The Review Score of 8.5 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.7 out of 5 from 3 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 4.833 for Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side is calculated as follows: ( (152 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.833

  • 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 3.663 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 18.4 positive Reviews (92 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 18.4 Target = 0.163

  • 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
    13
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side

  • Mother of Child
    11
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Grandmother of Child
    2

We love the nursery. The staff are fantastic, caring & friendly. We wouldn't take our children anywhere else.
My eldest son is currently in pre-school & has been there for almost 3years. He is dropped off in the mornings where he has his breakfast, fueling his tummy for a busy day ahead. He is involved in many activities where we notice each day he has learned something new. His confidence has grown and interacts well with friends & helps to build bonds with the carers. They have large rooms & garden where they can go out for fresh air.
My youngest son is on his 4th week, at first I was upset to leave him but as the day went on I felt at ease knowing where he was. Both are fed well during the day. Both open in trying new recipes as there is a wide variety of them that you can take home to try. All the children eat together encouraging each other to eat well. They are all fed healthy and nutritional meals and snacks throughout the day, Yum.
I can not thank the staff enough for what the do for my sons.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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 absolutely cannot fault this Nursery. I literally could not wish for anymore from a Nursery. The staff are amazing; every single one of them has gone above and beyond to care for my son and for me too. My son has multiple allergies and the dedication, understanding and care the Manager, Chef and Staff have shown is exceptional. I cannot thank them enough. My son loves going to Nursery and has come on leaps and bounds since he started. He adores the staff that looks after him and gets excited when he sees them.
The Nursery and the Rooms are perfect; clean, creative and adapted well to suit the children’s ages. It is a loving and secure environment. Communication with the Nursery has always been very easy. I honestly could not have gone back to work if I had not have found this nursery, I one million percent recommend it!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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

Amazing nursery, amazing staff. I was so nervous when my daughter first started at Busy Bees. But now she's excelling, developing, growing and being well looked after at the nursery. The managers and staff are so accommodating and I would recommend this nursery to anyone and everyone. A massive thank you to you all.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The staff at Busy Bees are all fantastic. I could not ask for a nicer group of people to look after my son. Always polite and reassuring I feel at ease while I'm at work which is such a relief. My son has made great progress and always comes home in high spirits. I highly recommend this nursery to anyone. I love the parent zone app where I can log on and see what my son has been up to and look at his observations and photos etc. I look forward to watching my son grow and progress at Busy Bees.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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

My daughter attended the nursery for 4 years from the age of 8 months after looking around at local nurseries. My daughter has gained in confidence throughout her time at the nursery and built a fantastic bond with all the staff here at Busy Bees Howard Road. She formed bonds with children and still talks about her nursery friends. My daughter's key workers always involved myself and her father with her development and were always on hand to offer us help and support. The management within Busy Bees Howard Road uphold their open door policy and are always there to listen and support you as a family unit.

The food within Busy Bees is fantastic offering a wide range of new foods and staff are helpful in supporting children in eating.

Myself and her father would like to thank everyone at Busy Bees Howard Road for helping our daughter grow and move on to the next stage of her life at big girl school.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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 3-year-old has transferred recently to this nursery from another nearby as was becoming very bored and began noticing changes in his behaviour. Now he cannot wait to get to nursery, even wanting to attend on weekends, he very much enjoys both staff and children's interaction, never seeming to want to come away. So much so it can often take 10 minutes or more just prizing him away from activities he is involved in. All staff members are always very polite and welcoming, always have time for any questions you may need answering no matter how big or small.
Meals are of such varied choice and always seem to be eaten and tends to eat much more whilst in nursery.
Very happy with this nursery overall. Wonderful atmosphere, so friendly.
Would absolutely recommend to other parents and fully intend later on unrolling our 2-month-old here also.
Well done Busy Bees, keep up your hard work.
;)

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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

Over the last 3 months i've noticed an extreme difference in my granddaughter, this must be a reflection on her attendance at busy bees nursery. On the couple of occasions I've collected her, the staff are so helpful, and friendly, and happy to give me lots of information on her daily routine, along with this I've noticed she has developed from everything shes learnt, her numbers and colours have improved, and her confidence and interaction and social skills have also developed, and i'm a very proud nanna.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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 granddaughter attends the nursery a couple of days per week, and has progressed through all the rooms.
Her learning and development have come on leaps & bounds since attending the nursery, and I cant thank the staff enough.
My daughter and son-in-law work full time, and we had many reservations about sending her, but our worries were put at rest at the beginning, and we have had no issues since
I can't recommend the staff, and the nursery enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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

I spent a lot of time trying to find the right nursery for my son as I was anxious about the change and what this would mean to him. Busy Bees - Howard Road was recommended to me by a friend, I was invited in for an intro session and knew I had found the right place. It is a safe welcoming environment, the team are fantastic. My son was given various opportunities to learn, all of which he loved. So much effort goes into special occasions such as Mothers Day, Easter etc where he would have proudly made something for me or his dad. He made lots of friends and he relished in the care and attention of the "ladies" as they took the time to know HIM. I knew what he had done each day. He ate well and was encouraged with specific things when I asked for assistance, so it felt like a very personal service - despite the room being full. His transition to school was so smooth as he was prepared for it so well - he is well balanced and confidently able to assert himself in any group he finds himself.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter was at the nursery from 6 months until recently when she left for school. The staff have made us comfortable from day one and are like a second family. They have made leaving her in their care much easier than I thought it was going to be.
I would thoroughly recommend the nursery. I have been so pleased with their care that my 9-month-old son has now started with them and my daughter can't wait to see all the staff when we drop him off.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

What a great Nursery and the perfect place to start your child's life in education off.

I am a father to a 9-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. Our daughter attended this nursery when it was known as 'Just Learning' and our son joined in the transition period to Busy Bees. I am therefore in a fortunate position, in that I write this review being able to compare the two companies.

I know this is a great nursery, the proof is in the pudding as it were, our daughter has turned out to be a good all-rounder and this shows she was given the right start in life.

As with most things, there is always room for improvement, which included signage so you know where the place is and a lick of paint, but this is just cosmetic.

The main things are, it has a great team who love their jobs, good facilities and it is very close to the train station.

Would I recommend this nursery to others, well the answer would be a resounding 'Yes'

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Very pleased with the staff and environment of this warm and friendly nursery. My daughter's confidence has increased since she started and she thoroughly enjoys attending to play with the other children and looks forward to seeing the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

In the short amount of time our son has been attending, we have watched him grow from strength to strength with full of confidence and love towards his new found friends and staff! It's the best decision we made having him transferred from one nursery to Busy Bees. He mostly enjoys the garden activities and his classroom is full of educational entertainment.
His teachers are great, they're so attentive and caring towards him and the other children. We've always said, that children have a great instinct and intuition towards adults, and it is great having him talk about his teachers at home.
We would and already have recommended this nursery to friends and family!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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

Amazing Amazing, Amazing, I was really apprehensive to change my son's nursery having moved into a new area it was the best choice.
But what sets my mind at rest and my worries aside was how professional supportive, kind, friendly and protective the team are at Busy Bees nursery.
Warm friendly and highly trained I knew my son was in good hands. The manager continues to keep safety and security her priority, the highly qualified chef provides high protein nutritious yummy food by which the kids always want more. Now what could I say about the three nursery assistants my son doesn't wanna leave their arms and continues to tell me about his fun days which always ends with "I wanna go back to see my nursery teacher mummy, I don't wanna go home"

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? 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 started to attend nursery at 8 months when her mum returned to work, throughout her attending the nursery all the staff and management have supported her within her development and also been on hand to support us her parents throughout her 4 years at the nursery. My child made lots of friends at nursery and loved going into the nursery every day and enjoyed spending time with staff who she became close to. My daughter is now in the next chapter of her life at big girl school and we still go and visit her old nursery staff and the management. Thank you to all the staff at Busy Bees Grays for everything you have helped her achieve and supporting her in her development. Food standards are amazing introducing the children to a variety of textures and flavours. My daughter's mum and I highly recommend the nursery. Thank you to all staff and especially

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Chafford Hundred Station Side? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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