Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge

Rothamstead Lodge, Hatching Green, Harpenden AL5 2JS

Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge, Harpenden, offers a fun and friendly learning environment, suited to help children develop independent learning skills and many extra-curricular activities.

A well-resourced interior is backed up by a large and secure outdoor area, with a separate baby garden, all of which is overseen by a fully-qualified team of professionals.

The nursery benefits from being a part of the largest UK childcare provider which even has its own National Resource Centre for training, advice and expertise.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Sara Mufundisi (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 20

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

Total Places for Children: 64

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0715-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

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Reviews

9.4 Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.444)

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge 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 18 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 8 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 4.819 for Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge is calculated as follows: ( (178 Excellents x 5) + (37 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 216 Ratings = 4.819

  • 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 4.625 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge is based on 8 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 12.8 positive Reviews (64 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 8 Reviews ÷ 12.8 Target = 0.625

  • 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
    17
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    18
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge

  • Mother of Child
    16
  • Father of Child
    2

Incredibly friendly nursery, staff are very approachable and supportive and seem to genuinely enjoy being with the children.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son started two months ago in the babies room. I was nervous sending him to nursery as he is the youngest of three and I had never used nurseries before but the experience has been lovely. All the staff are so friendly and helpful. My son is so relaxed and smiley when I drop him off and pick him up. The room and garden are lovely. All the staff, not only those in his area all make a fuss of him when we arrive and my older children love coming with me to drop him off and they wish they could stay!!! I only have good things to say.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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 has been attending Busy Bees Hatching Green since she was one, she is now three and loves every minute of nursery. She has really warmed to the staff there and the nursery feel is very friendly and has a real family feel about it. When my daughter had her two-year review by the health visitor, it was very obvious to the health visitor that she attended a good nursery as her language and awareness etc is very, very good, and I have to give a lot of this credit to Busy Bees Hatching Green. She is coming along leaps and bounds and amazes us every day. They were a huge support with potty training and she grasped it very quickly. My youngest daughter will be attending the baby room in January 2018.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter loves this nursery, she started in babies and has moved all the way through and will be starting the Pre-School in the next few months. She looks forward to going into nursery and sometimes doesn’t even want to come home! The nursery uses a wide variety of resources and there are always fun activities. The staff are always friendly, happy and approachable, and I feel very comfortable leaving my daughter in their care. My next child is on the way and will definitely be attending Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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

Our little girl started at nursery aged 7 months in June and could not be happier. The staff are really caring and know her little quirks so well.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Our daughter has been at Busy Bees Rothamsted for nearly 2 years and she absolutely loves it. It has been a wonderful place for her to grow and develop. She has been really happy there and has made some lasting friendships.

The staff are very supportive, friendly and professional. There is a real family and community feel to the nursery. We receive regular feedback on how our daughters day has been and the ParentZone app is very useful. The outdoor space is fantastic. There is a lot of creativity in the activities that the children do. The food is great.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has moved right through Busy Bees Hatching Green and is now in the Pre-School room. We couldn't ask for a more stimulating and caring environment. The energy and professional nature of the staff is outstanding. We're constantly amazed by the creative learning resources and methods of engaging the children. The children have an appropriately structured day which naturally seems to incorporate phonics, maths to science, art and home economics! The location couldn't be better with open countryside on the doorstep which the children make great use of.

We have found drop off and pick up extremely straightforward too as the car park is so large meaning no delay in running into Harpenden to catch your train.

We'll be sad to leave when school time arrives but pleased to see our child being absolutely ready given the quality of care and teaching.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My two children started here in June after attending another local setting. My daughter being nearly three at the time and my son one and a half. I was initially extremely worried about them settling somewhere new but the staff went above and beyond in helping the process and it felt pretty seamless. Both my children are so happy there. They love the indoor environment, activities on offer as those planned to stretch their learning on a daily basis. The gardens are great and hours of fun is had outside. I couldn't recommend this nursery enough, so glad I made the decision to move them both.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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 recently enrolled at the nursery. I first met the manager and she made us feel right at home. The nursery has a great vibe and is very clean and tidy. I have no worries about this place at all. Constantly updated daily with things that happen during the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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

We have a 30 month old son. He has been with Busy Bees since he was 6 months in London. We moved to Markyate recently and he started at Busy Bees Rothamsted in September. Not only was the transition between nurseries super easy, the staff at Rothamsted couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, immediately wanting to learn everything about our son, his current capabilities and how they can develop him further. Both myself and my husband work and the flexible opening hours have allowed us to continue our day-to-day schedules easily, knowing that our son is safe and happy, dropping him off at 7.30am and collecting him at 6.30pm... sometimes even later if the nursery can arrange babysitting. Because of this, we have decided to keep our son at the nursery throughout pre-school until he enters prep school.

I would highly recommend this nursery to anyone seeking to develop their child in a friendly, happy environment.

Many thanks, Rothamsted, we are so grateful for all your help.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

It is very hard to leave your child with strangers when you return to work, however, the staff were so friendly and supportive from the moment we arrived that we felt so reassured. The Parent Zone website means that you are able to keep an eye on the child's progress which is great. The staff always have time to chat to my wife when she picks up our child which means we know how her day has gone which is very reassuring. Everyone makes the time to answer our questions.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 18-month-old son loves it here. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. He's very happy here and has good long naps which didn't ever happen at his old nursery. Love the free flow into the outdoor space as he adores being outside. Food is great and I get him back happy and clean with a full report. I feel like the staff really care and he's learning their names and the names of the Friends he's made there. I really like the parent zone I connect system they have where I can see what he's been doing during the day as well photos of his activities. So pleased we chose this nursery.

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

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Since my daughter started here in September 2016, all of the staff (including office and kitchen staff!) have gone out of their way to support, nurture and encourage her in everything she does. She struggled to settle at first as she had not been apart from me before, but thanks to the continued care and commitment of the staff, she is now a different little girl at the nursery. Happy, engaged, cheeky, chatty, confident - it is so wonderful to see! This is down to the hard work and dedication of the team at Busy Bees Rothamsted Lodge. They are a support not only for my daughter but to me as well, always finding time to chat and ensure I know how my daughter is getting on. They are the most wonderful team and I am so thankful that my daughter is at this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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 have two children at this nursery and both are extremely happy there. The older one chats happily about the staff, friends and what she has done when at home. They are particularly good at ensuring a welcoming and caring environment in all rooms working alongside parents to help their child's development. This is not only with regards to the academics but also with 'life skills' such as taking shoes on and off, drinking from an open cup, eating nicely at the table, tidying away toys and being kind to friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge? 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 son started at the nursery at 13 months and has attended for two days a week for 5 months now. He seems to really enjoy himself and the nursery has helped him improve his communication and other behaviour skills such as eating with a knife and fork. Whenever I go into the nursery I am always struck by how kind and caring the staff are, they come across as very genuine and clearly take the time to get to know and understand the children. They are very welcoming whenever you go into the building and very open to you contacting them as often as you feel you need. The settling in process was very good and I was able to stay with my child during some of the sessions. What made my mind up for me was how happy all the children were in the nursery, singing and laughing all the time. The food must also be excellent as despite being a fussy eater at home I always have reported back that my son has eaten all his food at the nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The staff at this nursery are exceptional . I can not praise them enough. My daughter knows all their names and often talks about them with fondness at the weekends. It is a fun nursery and my daughter has developed so much there. They play outside, get messy, learn different things every day and she has made so many friends there. The nursery has a great friendly safe atmosphere and I am very happy with it. Ps, she loves the food there!!! A happy mummy and daddy.

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

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Staff are always friendly and welcoming! It's lovely to see how she learns and grows when she is at nursery. She is always full of stories to tell me of what she has done in the days there and comes home smiling and singing the songs she learns too. Thank you for everything you do for my daughter!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Lovely nursery with lovely staff members who take a real interest in my child.
We were very sorry to say goodbye when my son went to school in September but we will still be attending their open days as they are very good!

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

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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