Busy Bees at Clare Park

Beech Road, East Malling, West Malling ME19 6DY

Busy Bees at East Malling is located in park-like surroundings in the grounds of the Malling School in East Malling.

The nursery provides childcare services for children who are a range of ages and is ideally situated for local schools in Leybourne, Aylesford, Larkfield and East and West Malling.

Children in each age group at the nursery have their own fully-equipped play room with a skilled and dedicated care team who plan a range of activities both in and outside of the nursery. All rooms have access to the nursery's outdoor space and the communal garden offers a sensory experienice for children as they investigate and explore.

The nursery offers an after-school and holiday club facilities and is located near to junctions four and five of the M20, and is situated between East and West Malling railway stations.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Kelly Maskell (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council

Number of Staff: 28

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

Total Places for Children: 84

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Parking:

Located in the grounds of the Malling Secondary School, parking is available to the front of the nursery and also at the top of the car park.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Clare Park 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 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Clare Park in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.6 out of 5 from 10 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 4.785 for Busy Bees at Clare Park is calculated as follows: ( (199 Excellents x 5) + (50 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 251 Ratings = 4.785

  • 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 4.595 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Clare Park 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 16.8 positive Reviews (84 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 16.8 Target = 0.595

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

9.4 Busy Bees at Clare Park has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.380)

Average Ratings

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  • Good
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Clare Park

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Father of Child
    2

The nursery has been a great place for my son to be while I'm at work. He enjoys his time there and looks forward to going. This is down to the enthusiasm of the staff and the commitment and care that they show for the children. He has built very good relationships with the staff and other children that attend and always seems to have had a fun day.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Both my boys have busy and enjoyable days at Clare Park Busy Bees.
The free-flow into the outside, age-specific play areas and the enthusiasm of the room managers in particular, are the factors which helped me decide this was the right nursery setting for my children.
The on-site chef makes fantastic food and even the occasional treat for the parents during morning drop off!

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

This nursery is a lovely welcoming place, great staff, atmosphere, and a very warm feeling.
They make you feel welcome, they know yours and your child's names straight away, you're treated with respect.
I have no worries about leaving my child there.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son absolutely loves going to nursery here, the staff are lovely, the rooms are well looked after and the kids get to do all sorts of activities, I'm even jealous of the food!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I cannot rate this nursery highly enough, not only is it friendly and welcoming to both my child and us as a family but my son's development has been amazing. All the little events and themes really make it a pleasure and I feel so confident leaving my pride and joy with them every day.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

When we were looking for somewhere for our little one, we 'just knew' she'd be happy there...and that was 3 years ago!

Today, our daughter is a funny, caring, playful and happy little girl. She has developed educationally, socially and emotionally whilst there and staff remain very thoughtful towards her own learning style and needs.

Clare Park has increased her confidence and she's more creative because of the care and time invested in her by the staff.

The food is nutritious and adventurous, thanks to a dedicated chef. Communication is good and concerns are listened to.

The outside area is a good size and come rain or shine, kids can play outside. Our daughter enjoys her days there and accidents are reported to us either by phone or when we collect her.

Staff are brilliant at encouraging our daughter to join a planned activity if shes tearful at drop off, and in moments the tears are gone and her smile has returned...alongside laughter as she joins the fun!!!!

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Both our daughters started in the baby room at Busy Bees (eldest is currently in primary school reception) and youngest is currently in the pre-school room at the nursery. We have had a fantastic experience.
The girls absolutely love(d) their time there, and have been so well looked after. The nursery is like a family, the staff know your children, they really care and there is always a hugely positive atmosphere. There are always lots of lovely activities and experiences for the children - lots of messy play, loads of outdoor play and learning. The children feel safe and secure, they have their key-worker who they (and you) really build a relationship with so you know how your child is getting on.
The chef cooks high-quality food which is varied and healthy. It's a happy place. My daughter's primary school told us that the handover and communication they received from Busy Bees was better than any other local nursery. The nursery has been a very supportive partner in raising our girls.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Our son and daughter have both attended Busy Bees Clare Park. I am pleased to say that in the 8 years that I have been using this nursery I have never had cause for complaint and both our children have always been really happy. The staff are always looking for ways that they can improve and are keen to go the extra mile. Both our children formed strong bonds with their key people and there has always been a real sense of warmth and genuine care.

Leaving your children with others is always a worry but I can honestly say that I have always been confident and happy leaving them in the care of the staff at Busy Bees. I can't praise enough the wonderful staff that we are lucky enough to have there - everyone is so genuinely warm and friendly which is so important.

Another fantastic thing about Busy Bees Clare Park is their fabulous in-house chef. Again, it is a great comfort to know that our daughter is getting freshly cooked food every day which she enjoys and says is delicious!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All of the staff are extremely friendly and efficient. My little girl gets so excited when it's time to go to nursery. I couldn't ask for better knowing that my daughter is safe and happy whilst I work. Two of my nieces have also attended this nursery and they had a wonderful time too! The manager is very hands-on and I like that also!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has just graduated from the nursery having spent the past 3 years there. I have always found all of the staff at the nursery to be excellent.
The staff seem to genuinely care about the children and always go the extra mile for them.
The communication has always been fantastic and key staff are constant which enables children to develop very strong relationships with key workers.
The nursery is very friendly and all staff (including the chef) knew all of the children by name.
I love this nursery and will miss the staff a great deal.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has been at the nursery since he was 4 months and he's now 4. All the staff are extremely friendly. We have never had any issues. The daily feedback we receive is brilliant and we are always told what our son has eaten and what they have been doing. We would highly recommend this nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My older children came to the nursery a few years ago and loved it, I'm very impressed with the re-vamp andI am feeling confident about starting my baby soon. I know a lot of the staff from when the older two came and have always felt welcomed. When I have had concerns they have always found the time to support me. (They now have a parent room in which to do this so complete privacy)
I also love that all the food is cooked on site by a chef. Very impressed.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter loves spending time at this preschool! She has become such a confident young lady due to the social skills she has gained from here. She receives such loving care from her group leader and all the other carers in her room that I know she will miss them all terribly when she moves on to primary school in September.

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

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

My son was extremely happy throughout his time at Busy Bees. The staff were friendly and nurturing from the outset and I couldn't have wished for a better start for him. The nursery set up enabled him to experience a wide variation of activities.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

A lovely nursery where our two daughters have been extremely happy. The nursery has strong 'family' feel, it's warm, friendly and we have never had any concerns about leaving our girls in their care. The staff are excellent with many having been there for a long time - our youngest daughter has the same key worker that our eldest had in the baby room and will do so again as she moves up to the toddler room, giving us as parents a real feeling of consistency and security. The environment and gardens are fantastic and both girls always spend a lot of time outdoors while there which, for us, is great. We always get a good handover about how the girls have been and what they have been up to at the end of the day and if we need to ask more questions time is always made for this. The nursery rooms have recently been redecorated. There are often creative initiatives for the children and families to participate in and we feel the nursery is really a partner with us in our girls' development.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has attended this nursery for 3 years and is now in the pre-school room. He thoroughly enjoys going and I have never had any problems. Communication is great from all areas. All the staff are lovely and I really feel they take the time to get to know your child. Very friendly place.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

My daughter has been attending the nursery for 15 months now. I am very pleased with the progress my daughter has made since being there. Staff are extremely attentive and caring. I receive constant updates and daily feedback from staff. I would definitely recommend this nursery to any parent.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

Busy Bees is a fantastic school to send your children to. Our child joined at the end of last year and we have nothing but good things to say about the school and the staff. You can see that the staff care for the children, and that it is not just another job to them.
Our child is always telling us about things that he does each day whether it be planting vegetables, playing with water, painting, and other activities with the keyworkers and his friends. He is so happy at school and barely even says 'bye' to us when we drop him off.

The staff have made us feel so welcome and work with us to resolve any issues our son has had i.e. Fussy eating etc. The staff feel more like family. Our child has grown in so many ways since joining Busy Bees. They have had their kitchen refurbished this year and have a wonderful chef who prepares varied and nutritious meals for the children on site, a great addition to the school.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

A loving and caring environment with lots of hugs and cuddles - more like an extension of the family unit. My little one started at this nursery as a baby and is now in the pre-school room. She still has contact with her previous carers at the nursery and often gets cuddles from them. She is confident, secure and happy - excelling in her development as are her nursery friends. Staff go the extra mile and genuinely care, offering help and solid advice.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter currently attends the nursery and my eldest daughter did until she went to school. Both kids have been very happy there. I particularly like the amount of outdoor spaces available to the children, most evenings I would go to pick my eldest up and find her in the garden, regardless what time of year it was, and I like this fact, children need to be outside and there is really good use of the outdoors, since the new room manager in e preschool took over there have been a lot more activities involving planting and growing and using nature in the environments and I think that it is important for children.
The staff are always polite and chatty and I get lots of information about my child's day which is nice when I am, working all day and can't see what she's up to.
I also like that there are parents evenings as I cannot always pick her up, so it is nice to still get information about her development.

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My son has been going to this nursery since the age of 16 months and is now three. My daughter has also started at the age of 7 months. The staff are extremely friendly and cater to your every need for your individual child. The interaction and care they have given to my son as been second to none. They are always there for advice and always thorough with an update on his progression and development. The environment in the nursery is very fun and safe. I can only thank busy bees for everything they have done for my son and look forward to seeing my daughter enjoy the next three years here too. Thank you busy bees!

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

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