Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City

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

Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

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 benefitted from extensive refurbishment, has fully enclosed gardens for outdoor play and an innovative sensory room. 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: 74

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

9.5 Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.522)

The Review Score of 9.5 (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 4.8 out of 5 from 20 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 4.7 out of 5 from 10 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 4.846 for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City is calculated as follows: ( (204 Excellents x 5) + (35 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 240 Ratings = 4.846

  • 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 4.676 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City is based on 10 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 14.8 positive Reviews (74 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 14.8 Target = 0.676

  • 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
    19
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    20
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City

  • Mother of Child
    17
  • Father of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
    1
  • Guardian of Child
    1

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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

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 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

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

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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.

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

After gaining guardianship of our little boy when he was 9 months we were worried about him settling into a new home and then a few months later settling into nursery. He loves attending nursery and being around others. The staff have been very welcoming and have settled him into his new room very well.

There are plenty of resources and toys for him to explore and play with and the staff are always interacting with him and doing fun activities even at the age of 11 months. They accommodate his allergies very well and he enjoys the food on offer. I also get a detailed feedback when I pick him up each day. A very welcoming, lovely and caring nursery.

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? 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: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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.

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

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.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? 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: Good

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.

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

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

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.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Welwyn Garden City? 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 19-month daughter attends Busy Bees 2 days a week and has done since she was 6 months old. She had significant health issues when she was born and we had to pick our nursery very carefully to be sure they understood her problems and implications if she were to get ill. From the day we looked around we felt at ease and every single member of staff is fantastic. When I drop her off she smiles, waves and runs off to play - to me that says it all, she is happy to be there. The rooms all have CCTV so I have popped in when passing and I can see her happily playing with the classmates and sleeping (better than she does at home for me during the day!) The activities offered are great and varied and always something new. Her language skills have significantly improved and she is encouraged by everyone at the nursery and the food served is varied. 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

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

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