Busy Bees at Hempstead

197 Hempstead Road, Hempstead, Gillingham ME7 3QG

Busy Bees at Hempstead, Gillingham, Kent
Busy Bees at Hempstead, Gillingham, Kent
Busy Bees at Hempstead, Gillingham, Kent

Busybees at Hempstead offers a homely facility providing full time care for children aged from three months to five years. All equipment is thoughtfully designed with young children in mind.

Staff offer children new experiences and encourage individual development on a daily basis in a caring and secure environment. The children have access to a refurbished garden to encourage active, outdoor play whatever the weather. A chef is also on site, preparing and cooking nutritionally balanced meals and teaching the children the importance of healthy eating.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Claire Arkell (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Medway Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 76

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

9.3 Busy Bees at Hempstead has a Review Score of 9.3 (9.267)

The Review Score of 9.3 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Hempstead 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Hempstead in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 7 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 4.806 for Busy Bees at Hempstead is calculated as follows: ( (145 Excellents x 5) + (35 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.806

  • 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 4.461 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Hempstead is based on 7 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 15.2 positive Reviews (76 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 7 Reviews ÷ 15.2 Target = 0.461

  • 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
    15
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Hempstead

  • Mother of Child
    12
  • Father of Child
    3

So glad we found this nursery. The staff are all excellent and have a real enthusiasm for their work which shows immediately in the way they interact with the children. Our little girl really enjoys her days there and felt settled in a very short space of time, which I have no doubt is due to the excellent staff.

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

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This is the best ever nursery, my daughter is well cared for by the staff, the staff are all lovely and genuine people and always stop to have a chat with me, my other child has special needs and has been without school for a while now, staff have done their best to support me with extra hours and know my son's first name. I wished I found this nursery years ago, it's by far the best and so caring, I recommend this nursery to other parents 5 stars! Thank you.

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

Lovely friendly nursery. My daughter loves her morning sessions. Staff are all friendly and welcoming and provide very good care. The nursery is always clean and toys and play equipment always look in very good condition.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

As soon as I walked into the nursery I just knew it was the nursery for our 2 year old after viewing 5 others in the area. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. My little girl didn't want to leave, she started 2weeks later. She absolutely loves it and we are so happy we found this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Hempstead? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We fell in love with this nursery the moment we visited it. It can very daunting for parents to leave their children when returning to work and we wanted to find a place that we felt would feel like home to our daughter and this one is. The moment we stepped in the Baby Bungalow we knew this was the right one for her and for us. Fast forward 3 years and she still loves it and is now in the Preschool Room. We are so pleased that she has experienced nursery here. The staff are wonderful, always loving and caring. They love what they do and that is important. It will be a sad chapter when she has to leave the security of the nursery and start a new adventure in school.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My child has settled in very well. Staff are very caring and nurturing, diligent and show keen observations. My child has come on leaps and bounds since starting, he is being stretched developmentally, and has an individual learning plan.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Amazing nursery! Such a warm and friendly atmosphere every time I walk in. Couldn't fault it at all, my daughter has come on leaps and bounds since joining in 2016, especially with her speech and communication, so glad I chose this nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

I was really worried about leaving my 8-month-old daughter at nursery when I went back to work but the staff at the nursery were great. We had a few stay and play sessions where they offered to take my daughter for a couple of hours. This really eased my mind as she thoroughly enjoyed herself each time. Since she has been attending 2 full days a week she has loved her time there and often cries when I put her in the car to take her home!
All of the staff are really friendly and all know my daughter, it's not just left to her key person. Also, they seem to have a good menu every day all cooked on site. Mostly very healthy but with the odd treat too which is lovely.
The outside areas have been renovated recently and are fantastic. The smaller ones have their own area too.
My daughter is very confident and already taking a few steps at 10 months which I think is due a lot to being around the 'wobblers.'

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Choosing a nursery as a parent is always quite a daunting experience. Knowing your child will be happy, looked after and happy is so important. From the moment my husband and I visited Busy Bees at Hempstead, we knew this was the right place! All the staff are so friendly, kind and patient. They helped with settling in and made every effort to make that transition as easy and comfortable as possible. To hear our little boy come home and talk about all the staff and how happy he is is simply lovely. He has come on so much in such a short time and absolutely loves nursery!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

They have taken both our children from 9 months old and have helped them develop into amazing little people. The services offered are excellent and really help with every facet of intellectual as well as emotional development.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Hempstead? 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 my children attended this nursery from 9 months old until they left to go to school. Both loved the nursery and it gave them a great start in life. Even now whilst at school, they still mention the girls who worked in the rooms if we drive past the nursery and they have lots of great memories.
The staff are friendly and warm and it was comforting knowing that they would be well looked after and enjoy their day whilst away from me whilst I worked. I have lots of paintings and crafty bits from their days at nursery along with a folder documenting their days. Also, an added bonus was when they did a full day at nursery I didn't have to cook an evening meal as they were well fed by their chef!!

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

The nursery staff all genuinely care about the children in their care. When we moved into the area my two children started at the same time, one was 10 months and the other 2 years 10 months so they started in the baby room and toddler room. They moved through the rooms with the help of settling in sessions which really helped their transition. My children learnt a lot of social and communication skills which prepared them for school, both children have progressed to school age now but they often say they miss nursery and they remember their carer's very well. The opening hours are good (which was a big factor in choosing the nursery) and the staff are really keen to help if you have any concerns, they go the extra mile to reassure you and never mind if you telephone to check if your child is settled and enjoying their day.

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

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have already recommended this nursery to friends who have taken up places there with their little ones. The atmosphere is amazing and the staff are fantastic. My little one has been going since she was 10 months and enjoys every day she's there. She has been nurtured, loved and cared for in every way. She has a fantastic bond with the staff and her peers. She has been supported to make the transitions from each room and has been made to feel safe and secure every step of the way. I couldn't ask for more. The team work so hard and they create a brilliant blend of learning and fun. It's not just educational learning that takes place it's social, emotional and skills for life. The food always goes down well which is a bonus! Plus the recently refurbished outside play area is perfect.
I highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Hempstead? 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 have an 18-month-old at the nursery, he loves going and is really settled at the nursery. The staff are friendly and go that extra mile to meet every child's needs. My little boy enjoys going in the newly refurbished garden and being involved in the messy play at nursery. I have had two other children go to the same nursery, they are now in school. I found they came on well socially and were prepared well for school.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Hempstead? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Fantastic nursery. My daughter has attended since she was 5mths old and she loves it. She is now 2.5yrs. I looked at around 8 nurseries before I chose this one. I can't imagine leaving my daughter in the care of anyone else. The staff are professional, polite and knowledgeable.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Hempstead? 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: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

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