Busy Bees at Glenalmond, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Glenalmond, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Glenalmond, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Busy Bees at Glenalmond is a thoroughly resourced and secure setting, designed to make the most of your child's early years learning potential and inspire their imagination.

CCTV and a fingerprint entry system are in place, with the service itself being friendly and focused on building strong relationships both with children as they develop and their parents.

Additional features include a soft play area and sensory room, there is an exclusive pre-school academy and four large outdoor play areas.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Ruby Sharma (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 32

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

Total Places for Children: 116

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

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Reviews

8.7 Busy Bees at Glenalmond has a Review Score of 8.7 (8.746)

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

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.5 out of 5 from 11 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Glenalmond in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.2 out of 5 from 5 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 4.53 for Busy Bees at Glenalmond is calculated as follows: ( (75 Excellents x 5) + (52 Goods x 4) + (5 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 132 Ratings = 4.53

  • 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 4.216 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Glenalmond is based on 5 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 23.2 positive Reviews (116 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 23.2 Target = 0.216

  • 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
    7
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Glenalmond?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    9
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Glenalmond

  • Mother of Child
    10
  • Father of Child
    1

Our daughter has attended Busy Bees at Glenalmond since she was 1 and is now in pre-school which she absolutely loves. The pre-school seems like the perfect transition to get her ready to start school. Her recognition of letters and numbers is developing quickly and the staff are very good at encouraging her.

We have always found that the staff really take the time to get to know each child - their likes/dislikes, how to comfort them and how best to encourage them.

The outdoor facilities are great, there is plenty of space and a great range of outdoor toys. We particularly like that the children are taken outside as often as possible, year round. In summer, they love having breakfast in the garden and picnic tea-times.

Our daughter has allergies and the nursery policies in place have given us every confidence that all staff members are capable of dealing with her allergy needs. The chef has been brilliant in adapting recipes so our daughter can be included in meals with her friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Glenalmond? 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 two children who are cared for at the nursery. They are happy and enjoy their days. The nursery management has a positive helpful attitude and are understanding with regards to the challenges of combining work and raising small children. They keep me informed of my child’s activities and address any concerns (not many) immediately. I have every faith that my children’s needs are being met and can relax knowing that they will contact me if they need anything.

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

Average Rating: 

 3.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My son has been at Busy Bees for three years now, and he has progressed through all the rooms very smoothly.
From his first day, all the staff have been very flexible and do their best to make him happy.
On the few occasions he's been unhappy, they have been extremely attentive and never object to the numerous phone calls to check he's OK.
In particular, he loves the playground and rural setting, when looking for flora and fauna.
He's made numerous friends, with three or four friends for life.
He has a great relationship with his key worker, who always takes an interest in his life outside the nursery.

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

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter started at Busy Bees six weeks ago and I have been very pleased with the settling in sessions, and how well she is doing in such a short time.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful. They listen to any concerns you have with your child and adapt routines etc. as needed.
She eats and sleeps well there, and the staff say she is content with her peers and enjoys the various activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Glenalmond? Extremely 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

Our eldest son started Busy Bees when he was 1 and moved up through the rooms into pre-school. He really enjoyed his time and was very well cared for. They have a lovely outside space and we found it a nurturing environment. He was prepared well for starting school and was very happy at Busy Bees.
We had no hesitation in sending our second son as well. He is in the younger room and we couldn't wish for any better care. The staff are very caring and have made real efforts to help him settle since he started before Christmas.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our little boy was very happy for 3 years at busy bees Glenalmond and he was very well looked after especially by the Management team (three key management team in particular).

He' s now in reception at a local school and keeps asking when he's going back. He loved the staff and the friends he met. Thank you so much for a wonderful three years, you allowed me to work knowing my little boy was happy, healthy and having fun.

Two special mentions are the way you cared for him in preschool after he had been in hospital, you cared for him and loved him like your own. Also, the way the Manager and pre school teacher helped him settle when he was going through separation anxiety. Thank you very much.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Glenalmond? 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 has been attending Busy Bees since she was 9 months old. It has been really lovely to watch her progress through the various rooms from the babies room and now in sapphires. She has gained so much from attending nursery 2 days a week and I feel it has really aided in developing her confidence skills and her language skills.
I have always found the staff at Busy Bees to be very warm and friendly and supportive in helping my child blossom.
Overall I am very impressed with Busy Bees and have highly recommended them to a number of friends.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Busy Bees Glenalmond is a great establishment for young children to thrive and learn. Our daughter really enjoyed her time at busy bees and I would recommend it to any parents of young children.
The outdoor space is particularly good.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

This is a wonderful nursery and pre-school. It is very accommodating and inclusive for all kids with and without disabilities.
My daughter started here when she was 17 months. The staff were friendly, helpful and supportive to my child and me, as the transition of handing your child to strangers can very difficult and daunting.
The staff at Glenalmond Busy Bees give the child and parents a lot of reassurance and support. It is a warm, safe and inviting environment that the children love.
The staff are brilliant, very caring and professional. There are some exceptionally amazing staff members, who give above and beyond what is expected of them. They really helped with the smooth, happy transition of my daughter to school.
The environment allowed my child to learn, explore and develop in all areas of social, educational and physical well-being.
The catering, which is all fresh and cooked on site is very accommodating to kids who have special dietary requirements.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We transferred my daughter to Busy Bees Glenalmond when we moved from London in January 2015, a few months before her third birthday. The experience was really good. It's a lovely setting (especially the outdoor play area) in which she thrived. We found all the staff to be really nurturing and caring. They all take a genuine interest in what the children like as individuals and know how to distract them should they ever become upset. The pre-school facility was particularly good in ensuring that she was totally prepared for when she started school and the room leader and her staff were exceptional in assisting with this. I would have no hesitation recommending this nursery to anyone.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

This nursery is amazing, the management and staff are super helpful and so friendly. I feel so happy leaving my child with them. She loves it too. We feel she has gained so much confidence and loves all the fun activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Glenalmond? 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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