Busy Bees at Shenley

22 Andrew Close, Shenley, Radlett WD7 9LP

Busy Bees at Shenley, Radlett, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Shenley, Radlett, Hertfordshire
Busy Bees at Shenley, Radlett, Hertfordshire

Busy Bees at Shenley has a fun interior and has benefitted from extensive refurbishment in order to make the most of its early years learning potential, at the same time as being a healthy and secure environment for childcare.

Children also have access to a unique forest and garden area, being encouraging to investigate and explore as friendly professionals look to see independent thinking develop.

A variety of seasonal produce is used to support good health and physical development, with special needs and cultural preferences taken on board.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Zara Habib (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Hertfordshire County Council

Number of Staff: 26

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

Total Places for Children: 110

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

8.6 Busy Bees at Shenley has a Review Score of 8.6 (8.609)

The Review Score of 8.6 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Shenley is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Shenley in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.9 out of 5 from 4 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 4.677 for Busy Bees at Shenley is calculated as follows: ( (173 Excellents x 5) + (75 Goods x 4) + (3 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 251 Ratings = 4.677

  • 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 3.932 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Shenley is based on 4 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.75

    2. Target of 22 positive Reviews (110 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 4 Reviews ÷ 22 Target = 0.182

  • 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
    14
  • Good
    7
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    18
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Shenley

  • Mother of Child
    20
  • Father of Child
    1

I love the nursery, the staff are very caring and hardworking it seems very well organised. Lots of cuddles and care for my child. I like the varied ages of staff, life skills and academic is always a plus. Welcoming on entry.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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 is amazing. My daughter is so happy. They are caring and warm and she loves the activities, playing in the wonderful garden and having lunch with all her friends in the central area.
My daughter always wants to go to Busy Bees Shenley and is always happy when I collect her. I have recently been able to observe the staff interacting with my daughter. The staff were playing with her and the other children, running around and my daughter was laughing and learning at the same time.
I, as a parent, am also so happy. The staff tell me what she's been doing every afternoon at collection. They tell me when she slept, what she ate (all home-made, healthy and tasty, and her general mood) They tell me about her nappies and show me where to find the activities they have done that day. They communicate so well. They know her. This is the most important thing to me.

I love this nursery and the staff here. My daughter will be here until she has to go to school.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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 7 month old son has recently started attending a few afternoons a week. He has settled in really well. They have been great at making sure the care the provide is unique to him. One example is great vegetarian food and supporting us in our decision to do baby led weaning with him. Very happy. Lovely outdoor spaces, great variety of toys and activities for the children and a fantastic team of staff.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The nursery is a very nurturing environment that my son enjoys attending. He is well looked after when he's there and enjoys having access to a wide variety of activities to take part in. Communication about what the children have been learning has become extremely thorough and it's lovely having the opportunity to reinforce what has been taught at nursery when we're at home. All the staff are welcoming and take the time to say hello and goodbye which makes for a friendly atmosphere. There is a lovely outdoor area which the children have year-round access to so they are always able to run off some energy and the small woodland area is perfect for exploring. The nursery's catering is certified by the Vegetarian Society and always looks appetising and varied. It is overall a lovely nursery and I would recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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: Don't Know

After having my son in the nursery from the age of 2, all I can say is that he absolutely loves it. He is happy to attend every morning, loves all the staff that work there, and loves all the activities they provide.

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

A great nursery that is very caring with engaging staff. Both my children have been very happy here. I particularly like the fact that you offer additional activities like Click IT and football.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Both my daughters have attended Busy Bees with my youngest still there. The nursery has great facilities and superb outdoor space including a little forest for preschoolers to explore. The staff are always so friendly, supportive and caring and are really understanding and helpful if a little extra help/care is needed with a child. Day to day activities are always varied and fun, with lots of stimulation for the little ones, encouraging them to learn and grow. The daily menu is fantastic, good quality and varied options, encouraging children to try new and different tastes and textures. My eldest has left now but absolutely loved her time at Busy Bees for over 2 years and my youngest has settled really well, she is very happy going in each day and her development is coming on in leaps and bounds. General communication from the nursery needs improvement though, for things like newsletters and notice on days where children need to dress up etc. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I would recommend this nursery to other parents as my daughter has been attending since she was 9 months old. She is now 2 years old and has progressed well and is developing into a well-rounded individual. There has been certain staff that have been outstanding with their support and as a parent I find this to be very reassuring.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been attending Busy Bees at Shenley for nearly a year and we are really happy with the environment and facilities here. The staff really make the effort with her and she loves attending. The facilities are great (particularly the outdoor area) and she does a range of sand play, painting, play doh, other crafts, singing and playing. She is stimulated and the staff are very friendly and approachable.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been at Busy Bees at Shenley now for 4 months and loves nursery. The team are wonderful and she has developed so much in the short time she has been here. My daughter is dropped off early each day and always reaches her arms out to give the staff a cuddle and smile on arrival. A very pleased mum!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My twins are both so happy there! The manager is great, helpful and always willing to help if needed. The staff are very caring and as a full-time worker mum, I know that my kids are in good care. I think the manager is the best thing that happened to Busy Bees at Shenley for a long time!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been at Busy Bees at Shenley for just over a year since he turned one. He has grown in confidence and his language has developed extremely well and he is even talking French. The staff have always been considerate and attentive and nurtured his
well-being and development. They are passionate about their care and their education and food has been exemplary. Their facilities are fabulous and outdoor space is exceptional. We are always greeted with a smile and I have every confidence in their care.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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 would highly recommend Busy Bees to friends and family as we could not be happier with the staff and the facilities. My son is extremely happy, & the nursery is only too willing to help and support with anything and everything.

My son has settled so well and staff are so supportive.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Shenley? 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 enjoyed his time at Busy Bees Shenley very much. He enjoyed playing in the forest area in preschool. He made lots of friends and the staff were really friendly and made his time there really happy.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My children have attended the nursery for over three years and I couldn't recommend this nursery more highly. The staff in the nursery are so caring and very nurturing and work hard to deliver the best possible care/environment for my children. If I have ever had any issues I have felt able to speak to the staff/management to resolve them quickly. Both my children thoroughly enjoy their time here and settled very quickly.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My Son really enjoyed preschool, he really progressed with his learning and development and the fantastic qualified teacher who is based in there. He really enjoyed nursery and used to ask to come in on the weekends, the staff in there are amazing.

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

Wonderful staff are looking after my little boy who is 20 months and the staff are so caring and kind to help him and his learning.

I am very happy that the Manager and the staff always are helpful and caring and always deal with my requests in a kind and professional way.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Great staff, good nursery, great range of activities for the children. Need to greatly improve communication via email/text/social media but apart from that, I would recommend. The Manager is very accommodating and helpful. Improvements have been made over the last 6 months.

Recommendation - need to move quicker with implementing simple parent ideas, every suggestion has to run past head office management which delays implementing.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Sasha Beesley, Digital Marketing Executive at Busy Bees at Shenley responded to this review on 04 Nov 2016:

Hi Koz, we have taken your comments and recommendations on board and thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. Kind Regards

I am very happy with the nursery and with the baby room. My daughter is always happy when I pick her up. The management team are always helpful and very informative.

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

Both my daughters go to Busy Bees at Shenley my eldest has been for almost two years now. Recently my eldest daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. The nursery staff have been amazing at working with us to ensure that her additional needs have been met. From carb counting her meals to giving her daily injections. It has been a really upsetting time for us as a family and the nursery have provided us with outstanding support even being there with a shoulder to cry on. I have total confidence in the staff and really appreciate the great lengths they go to, to reassure me of my child well being. They are all very professional and caring in what they do. Assets to the children.

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

The nursery is very good with all kids, especially those with confidence, speech and self esteem issues. The key workers are very understanding and help kids to overcome the problems. My three year old is much more responsive and communicative in the last couple of months. She looks forward to going to nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

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