Busy Bees at Lewes, Lewes, East Sussex
Busy Bees at Lewes, Lewes, East Sussex
Busy Bees at Lewes, Lewes, East Sussex

Busy Bees at Lewes day nursery is a thoroughly converted and refurbished Victorian school house that is suitable for modern care and hygiene standards. Up to fifty-one children of various pre-school ages can receive quality care and education here, enjoying a wide range of games and equipment, as well as secure walled gardens that make for an excellent play area. Parents can go about their day secure in the knowledge that their child has been left with professional and qualified carers, in a facility that is fitted with its own secure entry system. Disabled access is also good and any personal needs that children have are taken onboard.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Clare Howard (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: East Sussex County Council

Number of Staff: 21

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

Total Places for Children: 51

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.4 Busy Bees at Lewes has a Review Score of 9.4 (9.402)

The Review Score of 9.4 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Lewes 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Lewes in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 5 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 4.912 for Busy Bees at Lewes is calculated as follows: ( (208 Excellents x 5) + (20 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 228 Ratings = 4.912

  • 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 4.49 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Lewes is based on 5 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 10.2 positive Reviews (51 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 5 Reviews ÷ 10.2 Target = 0.490

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

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Lewes

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    1

My son has enjoyed nursery - the staff are very energetic and engaged. They monitor the child's progress and develop key skills for milestones. The staff are friendly and warm and put the child first.
There is a very social environment that my son loves, the nursery is always busy and working with cultural holidays and seasons, like Autumn, Halloween and Mothers Day. Observations are completed regularly and reporting on children's activities are thorough. The provision of nappies, hot meals and laundry makes life much easier for parents.

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

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We could not be more excited that our little girl goes to this nursery. From the initial phone call enquiry about this nursery to her settling in has been so smooth.

All staff are so friendly, reassuring and professional. The nursery is like a little school, it's so lovely, clean and full of fun. The outside space is really safe and secure and full of activities. The food is varied and fresh. I love that my little girl tried new things there.

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

Friendly and caring staff who have always made both my children's time at nursery fun, exciting and interesting. Everyone is helpful and kind, the food is delicious. My children love going every single day and I think that counts as the best of all. Thank you all, especially the manager.

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

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

A great nursery and the staff really get to know the children. They care for the children and want them to thrive. Great faculties and outside space so they have fresh air every day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 management and the team in pre-school are absolutely fantastic. My 4-year-old loves going to nursery. He has developed so much while at Busy Bees at Lewes and is becoming a very bright, rounded and inquisitive little boy. I thank the nursery for much of this. I am so happy leaving him there and I am confident with everything the staff do. I can't thank them enough and as my son says, "I love nursery".

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 eldest boy started this nursery at 8 months old, he was settled very quickly and loves all the activities they do, he talks about his friends and gets very excited telling me about his day. My youngest boy who is very attached to me took a while to settle in but thanks to the kind and caring staff he loves being at nursery. The staff here are very friendly and caring.

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

Both of my daughters have attended Busy Bees Nursery and have had care of an extremely high quality. The staff in 'Penguins' are particularly caring, professional and highly skilled. It is clear that they have built strong relationships with the children they care for, based on warmth and trust. They communicate clearly and in detail to parents. I couldn't be happier with the care my daughters have received!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 going to nursery. She tells us all about her day. The staff are caring and attentive. Education is given the correct weighting and learning is made fun and varied with imaginative activities that are run.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Both our children (32 months and 17 months) are at Busy Bees Lewes, and we are delighted with the nursery. When we visited to look around, I knew this would be the one. I feel happy and reassured when leaving them in the care of the wonderful staff there, even though my son still struggles during drop-off in the mornings. He tells me about all the things he got up to during the day, and has clearly had a great time. For me above all, I want my children to be somewhere they feel happy and secure balanced with a level of engagement and activity, and I know they get this from Busy Bees nursery and staff.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My two boys go to Busy Bees at Lewes and they love it. Their days are filled with lots of fun and diverse activities and they go out for little trips around the town. They also spend a good amount of time on learning activities. Through the parentzone I get really good information about what they are up to and how this contributes to their learning. The staff are all excellent and ensure that the children feel settled and happy at all times. When settling my little one in recently, the staff spent lots of time asking me questions to understand his routine and needs and making sure that his first few weeks have been as easy a transition as possible. The food is also excellent and I always recommend Busy Bees when talking to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 daughter has been at Busy Bees for around 2 years and loves it. She's been through the baby room, kingfishers and now pre-school and each room caters for the age range very well. The chef prepares a very good range of food and caters for all needs such as preparing my daughter's meals separately as she cannot have dairy.

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

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My little girl has been going to Busy Bees Nursery for over 2 years now and there hasn't been a day she hasn't been happy/excited to go to nursery. The staff are exceptional. They are incredibly friendly and absolutely adore the children. I am very happy that I choose Busy Bees at Lewes and have highly recommended the nursery to friends and family.

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

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have been very pleased with my choice of Busy Bees Nursery. My two 16-month-old girls attend the nursery. They seem to love all the different types of play. The staff are very good at listening and are attentive and caring with my babies. The flexibility of the nursery has really helped them settle in.

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

My daughter has attended Busy Bees since she was 5 months old. I immediately found it to be a caring and nurturing environment for my baby to be in. Now, 2 years later, she is secure, happy and flourishing in this nursery. I couldn't be happier with my decision to chose Busy Bees. I have high praise for the staff, the education, the care and the resources. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any parent.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 started at the nursery in the summer when she turned two. The staff have all been great at helping her to settle into nursery life. I would happily recommend the nursery to others and I'm sure my Son will enjoy the nursery too when he joins next year.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 14-month-old daughter has been attending the nursery for the past 6 months. I am thrilled with how quickly she was able to settle in which I feel is a testament to the kind nurturing environment at the nursery. I always find the staff to be extremely professional, accommodating and informative. Great care is taken to make the activities and their surrounds very stimulating for the various ages whilst also encouraging quiet time and cuddles. I am extremely happy with my choice of nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 son has settled in so well at Busy Bees, he particularly likes messy play and the outdoor facilities. He has a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day. He has learnt so much in the 3 months he has been there.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son started Busy Bees when he turned 12 months. He is a very sensitive child who found the transition times in the morning difficult. I know the close relationship with his key worker is brilliant, as once we have gone he is settled, he sleeps and eats really well. I know he is happy when we are not there, as the nursery have a fingerprint recognition system on the outside door. This means, when I go to pick up him up, I can scan myself in and go to the area where he is learning and playing. I can clearly see he is enjoying himself before he sees me! At the end of the day, his key worker always has time to share what he has learnt or experienced that day. I can also use parentzone to view what he is learning and they share his next steps. My son is thriving in their care, I cannot thank the all of the staff enough for their kindness towards my family. I am so glad a friend recommended Busy Bees to me, it was the right nursery for us.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Lewes? 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 son is a sensitive boy who finds being separated from me difficult but the staff at Busy Bees have made the transition to nursery very straightforward. He is very settled there and I am fully confident in the standard of care in all respects. He and I both have a lovely relationship with his key worker, but all the staff are so friendly and involved that everything runs just as smoothly if his key worker is on holiday, which is so reassuring.

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

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