Busy Bees in Chatham

Brunel, Chatham Maritime, Chatham ME4 4AF

Busy Bees in Chatham has achieved consistently high Ofsted standards, making the most of an experienced team and a versatile facility that supports all key areas of growth and learning.

The focus is on helping children through all key stages of their pre-school development, offering care where required but also allowing free-flow play, new interests and the imagination to flourish.

A varied food menu supports good nutrition, incorporating any particular dietary requirements. Children also get to practice problem'solving and numeracy.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Sarah Young and Toni Morley (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Medway Council

Number of Staff: 14

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

Total Places for Children: 72

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 6 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1900

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Chatham 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 21 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Chatham in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 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 4.857 for Busy Bees in Chatham is calculated as follows: ( (216 Excellents x 5) + (36 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 252 Ratings = 4.857

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Chatham 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 14.4 positive Reviews (72 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 16 Reviews ÷ 14.4 Target Reached = 1

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

9.9 Busy Bees in Chatham has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.857)

Average Ratings

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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees in Chatham?

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Chatham

  • Mother of Child
    17
  • Father of Child
    4

Excellent nursery highly recommended. Excellent and hard working and lovely staff. Very welcoming too, everyone you meet is very warm and friendly. The management team are very lovely and helpful and so supportive.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Our son has been at Busy Bees in Chatham since he was 6 months old. He's now four and a half so he's basically done a third of his growing up in the Nursery. I couldn't be happier with the way that 4 years has gone by and there will be tears come September when he says goodbye for the last time, I know it.
The staff are never less than outstanding, keeping him happy, engaged and learning. There's always feedback when we pick him up and via text messages, calls and the Parent Zone app.
On the very rare occasions when things have required attention, they've been handled promptly and professionally. All we ever hear on the way home is what he's done, what they've made, who he's played with and what he's eaten. Frankly, if they offered me the chance to pick up my own lunch from the kitchen then I'd do it! It's no surprise it gets such glowing reports from Ofsted and parents. Opens early, closes late, no extras to pay over the headline fee. I can't see anywhere better.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have been extremely pleased with the care and attention that our children have received at the nursery from day one.
All staff members are caring and polite.
If we have any concerns or queries we have no qualms about talking to management or the child’s key person in order to find a solution.
The only negative we believe there to be is that the pre-school room is a bit on the small side (especially on days when all the children are in) and it does get distracting for the children with people walking through to get to the other rooms since there is no wall separating it from the walkway (perhaps a half sectioned wall with glass at the top).
We will be very sad when the time comes for the children to move on.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We are really pleased with how our daughter is progressing at Busy Bees in Chatham. It has taken a little while for her to come out her shell but now she's really confident and enjoying nursery. The staff/management have encouraged this and engage so well with her. There are so many varied, fun activities for her to try. I also like the freedom of the garden in all weathers. I think Busy Bees accommodates every need and adjusts accordingly to each individual.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been going to Busy Bees since she was 11 months old in the baby room. She settled in very quickly and has recently moved up to the 2-3 room.
Whenever we pick her up she is always happy in her surroundings. She always comes home happy and demonstrates things she has clearly learnt at nursery.
The updates on ParentZone throughout the day are excellent as it gives us the opportunity to see how she is and the observations and pictures are always appreciated.
Excellent nursery, very friendly caring staff and warm welcoming surroundings.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I strongly recommend this nursery who have been hugely supportive and accommodating since our son started when he was 9 months old. He is soon to be leaving to go to school in September and we can not fault the nursery, staff, leadership and learning environment.
They have provided a welcoming, warm and encouraging nursery experience and have nurtured his needs with compassion, deligence and care.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Busy Bees in Chatham has a very warm and friendly feel which makes dropping my son off so much easier. He absolutely loves going to nursery and gets very excited to talk about what he has done during the day and the exceptional interactions he has had with the staff and children which are clearly evident around the setting. I genuinely feel like this is home from home for us and wouldn’t think of going anywhere else with the thought of my little man missing out on this amazing experience. We are forever thankful to Busy Bees in Chatham.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic day nursery, my son loves going and all staff are friendly and welcoming and they always put themselves out to make sure my son has everything he needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Both of my children have been attending this nursery for a couple of years now and I am really happy that they get to spend their time away from us in such a lovely environment. The staff are amazing, provide great feedback at the end of the day and show genuine interest in the kids. I am always impressed at how much the kids eat - more than they do at home - so goes without saying the food is a big hit with my two. Although it is one of the more expensive nurseries in the area, it is worth it for the peace of mind I have when dropping the kids off before work. I am impressed with the activities which are undertaken to help progress development and also find the Parent Zone app really useful in keeping up to date with day to day activity and also assessments and observations. I recommended this nursery to a friend who also now sends her child and would recommend to anyone else looking for a nursery in the area.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter is my second child to attend Busy Bee’s Nursery, the child care is absolutely amazing and the dedication and commitment from the staff is outstanding. The communication between parent and staff is always 100%, which leaves me as a parent, very reassured that my daughter is in best care without the need to worry.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has attended the nursery from 5 months old and over the last year, I have seen him develop significantly. The nursery covers a wide range of activities and this has helped him develop into a confident toddler. The staff are very engaging and the feedback at the end of each day is great as well as the online parent zone that gives me daily updates on activity in the nursery. The nursery is always adding new ideas and their recent parent's breakfast table is great for parents on the go.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

When we were looking for a nursery for our daughter, we didn't know what we wanted or were looking for. When we stepped foot into Busy Bees we knew we had found it. From the first impressions of the modern and well-maintained building, to the warm, friendly welcome from all the staff we were really reassured. Now our daughter has been at the nursery for three months we know we have made the right choice. She loves it and we feel like the staff have become like extended family for her! She loves going and all the staff are so kind and friendly to us all. She seems to eat better at nursery than at home and is always tired out from all the activities they have done with her during the day. There is always something new to do and we love the app they use which updates us on what she has been up to during the day, as well as what and when she has eaten, slept and had nappy changes. We are really happy with Busy Bees!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Busy Bees Chatham consistently receive an outstanding and for good reason. The staff are warm, welcoming and understanding of all situations and family make up.
Staff keep parents well informed of children's progress and events (via an online system, face to face discussions, phone calls, letters, texts and emails).

My baby started here at 8 months old and has really taken to the change well. She has grown close with all staff members in her room and will often smile or turn when she hears their voice.
My baby is a bit of a picky eater, but she consistently eats up the meals provided by the onsite chef. The menu is so well rounded, I've recently started trying out some of the meals at home.
As a first time mum, staff members have really gone above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. It is one of the pricier nurseries in Medway, however, it is definitely worth every penny.
Peace of mind, as well as the safety, security and well being of your child, is priceless.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My little boy has been going to Busy Bees for 5 months and is thriving. The staff are extremely friendly and we have no hesitation in leaving our son in their capable hands. He has learnt so much in a short space of time and it has calmed him down with the little tantrums he used to have. He has become independent and learnt social skills. We would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy loves coming to nursery and his development has been so good thanks to all the staff that look after him.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

We can't fault this branch of Busy Bees in Chatham and have found all of the staff to be amazing with our daughter.
We have had to change nurseries due to moving to another area and the new nursery has big boots to fill!
Our daughter has been at Busy Bees in Chatham for almost 2 years and has thrived, exceeding our expectations for learning.
I will be very sad for us leaving this nursery and wish all the staff the best for the future.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

This is a lovely nursery and all staff are very friendly. I would highly recommend the nursery to friends and family. Our son thoroughly enjoys his time here and gets on well with the staff and other children.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My Son absolutely loves Busy Bees in Chatham - the environment is fantastic with loads of space and he particularly loves spending time in the garden.
His development has been fantastic and he is given individual care, support and development when ever needed.

He always looks forward to going to nursery

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

We have always found the staff very friendly and helpful in taking great care of our child. The nursery has a personable atmosphere and they are great at coming up with inventive and educational activities for the kids to take part in. I feel confident in their professional and devoted attitude to nursery care.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Busy Bees in Chatham is a fantastic nursery. My son has been going there since he was 11 months old. In every room that he has been in, he has developed massively and made some fantastic relationships.

The team that work there are great, they are supportive and helpful. My son did not eat until he was one, I struggled with this as he wouldn't wean and therefore I felt a failure. The team at Busy Bees were amazing, they helped no end and really supported me through that.

They always have great ideas and offer some really lovely options - hand printed mugs/photos/pictures, you name it!

I would not hesitate in recommending this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

I am so pleased that I decided to send my daughter to this nursery. I am over the moon with the care she receives and I know that she is in safe hands every day. All of the staff here are amazing and my daughter looks forward to seeing them every morning. The management are very approachable and I often see them spend time with the children not just sit in an office as you would expect. The quality of food that is provided is exceptional, my daughter is very fussy but always enjoys the meals/snacks given to her. I am forever recommending this nursery and have nothing but praise for all of the dedicated hard working staff there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Chatham? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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