Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City

Unit 1-2 Kestrel Way, Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1TN

Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City is a fun and vibrant setting, with an excellent range of resources and activities to suit positive early years learning.

The facility has benefited from extensive refurbishment, has fully enclosed gardens for outdoor play. Staff focus on literacy and numeracy, there is a 'Green approach' to teach about nature and the environment and an 'Imagination Station' to support creative development.

A skilled team have been carefully chosen for their committed and passionate approach, with ongoing training in place, support for good nutrition and a focus on emotional well-being.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Emma Watt (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 85

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Parking:

There is parking available to visitors of the nursery at the front of house.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City 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 25 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 16 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 4.873 for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City is calculated as follows: ( (263 Excellents x 5) + (34 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 299 Ratings = 4.873

  • 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 4.941 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City is based on 16 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 17 positive Reviews (85 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 16 Reviews ÷ 17 Target = 0.941

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

9.8 Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.814)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
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  • Guardian of Child
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  • Grandmother of Child
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Our little boy loves coming to nursery. He is always welcomed with happy, friendly staff and has a great time completing all the activities provided. He loves the food and most of the time has second helpings. He is always happy when I pick him up. I couldn't think of a better nursery to send him to.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I was worried when gaining guardianship of our little boy considering the start he had in life but Busy Bees have been amazing. All the staff are polite, welcoming and very easy to get along with. Also with our little boy coming from a family who have a background of learning disabilities, I was worried about his development but after a year of being here he is developing well in all areas and within his age group as well. The food is of high quality and the price includes nappies, wipes and food. I cannot thank the nursery enough for everything they do.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I was so nervous and emotional about sending my daughter into nursery but as soon as I met the staff at Busy Bees, I knew my daughter was going to be cared and looked after by the best staff. The staff made me feel so much better about going back to work and leaving my daughter at nursery. I think the lovely, kind, caring staff is the reason my daughter has enjoyed nursery for day one and they have also given us some great advise (such as weaning her off her dummy and foods to try with her for dinner). You can tell the staff genuinely care for the children. My daughter often comes home with paintings she has made and little pictures from her day which is wonderful to receive. Most of all she always has a smile on her face when she arrives at nursery because she enjoys it so much.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My family and I have been very fortunate to have been part of Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City. The staff could not be any better, they are warm, welcoming and a very friendly bunch. Both my children have attended the nursery and received exceptional childcare. The nursery and staff have really helped to prepare my children for school. I believe they have learnt so much. The staff really have been an extension to our family and I can not thank them enough. I am sure we will continue to keep in touch with the nursery and staff for many years to come.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Great staff, lovely atmosphere! Feel rather relieved that our son has settled in very quickly and always seems to enjoy his nursery time - definitely happy with our choice.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our daughter is 3 in March 2018 and has attended Busy Bees Welwyn Garden City since she was 6 months old. She has a heart condition so we needed to pick the nursery that we felt were best placed for her care and from day one they have been outstanding. Rather than shy away from her health issues they embraced them and nothing was too much trouble. They do a wide variety of activities and the nursery has been excellent with helping us with potty training. She is encouraged by everyone at the nursery and the food served is varied and she eats well. I love the app that they use to communicate how she has been during the day and what she has eaten, slept etc. as it is in real time I don't have to wait until I pick her up to see what she has been up to. Photos are regularly updated onto it so its lovely to see what she gets up to at nursery. We can't rate the care and attention that she gets highly enough and would 100% recommend this nursery to any other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My daughter came to the nursery from the age of 9 months and was here until she was 4. She absolutely loved it here and was really sad when the time came for her to leave.

I have now brought my son to the nursery and he is currently in Flamingos. The staff have been so loving and welcoming to him. At the start, he was a little upset due to it being the first time in a nursery but now he completely loves it here, he has learnt so much in such a short space of time being here. He has a very close relationship with his carers.

Both children have allergies and the nursery have always catered for their needs and made sure they never came into contact with their allergens.

The manager and team are very lovely and welcoming, they are very approachable if I ever have a query or a general question.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have no hesitation in recommending Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City to other families. We now have two children attending the nursery part-time (3 years and 10 months). Right from the start, staff were welcoming, caring and supportive to ensure that our children have been happy, settled and engaged through creative play. The children have access to a wide range of activities and experiences and have a lovely outside space per room. The management team run a tight ship and have a positive ethos which provides confidence and peace of mind. Staff really get to know each child as an individual and have provided advice e.g. on potty training, which has been invaluable. The nursery menus offer healthy varied choices which go down very well with our usually fussy toddler. Our eldest has gained a great deal of confidence and independence since attending, building positive relationships and making really good friends. Our baby is feeling right at home there, even after her first sessions.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I enjoy seeing my granddaughter smiling and happy when I collect her from nursery. She is always busy playing with the range of resources. The staff make the collection process seamless.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter loves coming here and settled very well. She seems to enjoy the food and loves all the learning opportunities.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Since my daughter started Busy Bees they have been more than welcoming, attentive and positive about all aspects of care. They have also been very accommodating to the medical needs that my daughter has and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure she is well. The management were extremely helpful when booking her in and setting her days ensuring that it would suit my needs. As an EYFS Teacher myself I witness outstanding care at all times.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our child has been here since eleven months old and gone through all age rooms. The care for his emotional, social, physical and developmental needs has always been to a high standard. The onsite catering is fantastic, management team extremely supportive and staff generally very caring but they also expect and instil good behaviours as well as encouraging play and learning. It is not cheap but you get what you pay for.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Busy Bees in Welwyn is a very friendly nursery. All of the staff are smiley, welcoming and approachable and you can tell that they really care for the children. My daughter really enjoys her time there!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has been at the nursery from nine months. It really is his home away from home. A lot of the staff have been there all this time and he's now three, so as we walk in, my boy gets hello's from everyone as they have been there as he's grown up. The garden area is excellent, and the food is varied, excellent quality and wholesome (the kitchen runs like a restaurant kitchen... puts me to shame the days I have my son! The nursery has been amazing for his social skills and I love that he gets to interact with children of all ages in the garden area. They have thoughtful setups and activities that are different and creative every day. The staff personalise things very well which encourages my son's interests.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Fantastic nursery with a warm, friendly feel.
My daughter adores the environment and staff, meaning she has settled in with ease from day one.
All the staff are approachable and create a happy, relaxed atmosphere for the children.
Would highly recommend to any parent!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

An outstanding nursery with lovely and caring staff, who build fantastic relationships with the parents as well as the children. The communication between the nursery and parents is exceptional.

We absolutely love sending our children here and would recommend to everyone.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter loves going to Busy Bees and she is very happy there. The staff are fantastic - friendly, caring and attentive - and they have recently been very supportive in helping our daughter with her medicines and exercises for her poorly knee. As parents, it is very important our daughter has a varied and balanced diet so we love the variety of food she eats and that all the food is homemade - they never seem to run out of ideas for meals! We also love all the creative and outside activities the children engage in.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our 2-year-old son has been attending Busy Bees since he was 9 months old for one day a week. He absolutely loves his day at nursery and gets so much out of it. His emotional and physical development has been hugely helped by attending Busy Bees, as well as his language. We were initially attracted to the setting because of the freedom the children have to go outside whatever the weather and our son always mentions how much he loves playing in the garden.

The staff are all so friendly and welcoming and our son is always talking about them and asking about them at home. They are great at staying in touch with parents and letting you know what your child has been up to. They have lots of fun days with dress up days for the kids and a summer and Christmas fair which provide a great way to get to know the staff and other parents.

I would highly recommend Busy Bees to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My 2 sons have attended Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City since June 2016 and are both very, very happy there. My youngest was very clingy and high needs having been born with reflux and a dairy allergy. The staff did an amazing job of settling him and the dairy free options provided for him have been excellent.
My other son loves the great outdoors and the open door policy they have relating to outdoor play benefits him greatly.
All my interactions with staff members have been positive and if I have had to raise anything it's been dealt with quickly.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

This nursery has everything my daughter could wish for, nurturing environment, friendly staff and a sense of independence where needed. She has thrived in this environment. I would not hesitate to recommend it to others in the area.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I've been really pleased with this nursery. I think the staff are always thinking about the child's development and how to keep them busy and entertained.
It has really helped with his behaviour and I can notice the difference with peers who don't go to nursery.
My only bit of feedback would be on communication between the office, caring staff and parents. This can sometimes be missed, but overall I'm very happy with this nursery and it's a weight off my mind. I don't have to worry about him whilst I'm at work.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Both our children have attended Busy Bees part time since they were a year old. The staff have always been fantastic and it's obvious that they have a great relationship with our children. The facilties are great and the food freshly prepared for each meal. On the odd occasion when one of them has been a bit tearful at drop off, the response has always reassuring and kind and even followed up with a call to say that they are fine and playing happily. We can't fault the care and nurturing that our children have been given from their first day.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter always looks forward to her time at Busy Bees. The staff are so friendly and always take the time to get to know your child and family, which makes me feel confident in leaving my child as I know she is getting the best possible care.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our little boy has been attending Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City for over 18 months now since he was 6 months old and we all absolutely love the nursery.
All of the staff are friendly and approachable whether it is to ask for advice or to just have a good giggle with on a wet and dreary morning. Our son is so happy at the nursery and it shows in his development! Thank you. x

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

My 21 month old son has attended here since he was 7 months old. He has various food allergies and they have been nothing but accommodating! They keep his diet varied and healthy without putting him at risk, and if he has had a minor reaction whilst there he has been incredibly well looked after. All of the staff are fantastic and my son loves his days there. The facilities are great and they help maintain your home routine.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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