Busy Bees in Huntingdon

Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon PE29 6FN

Busy Bees in Huntingdon, is part of the Busy Bees Nurseries Group. It was purpose-built for the challenges of professional childcare and offers extended opening hours and its own private care park.

Children and babies can have fun in their own learning environments.
Each age group has access to their own designated gardens. As well has holding 5 Star in its kitchen, the setting holds a silver soil award in catering and is part of Vegetarian Society.

A qualified chef provides for the dietary requirements of the children, with health and security concerns incorporated into the childcare provider’s philosophy.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Christine Richardson (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Cambridgeshire County Council

Number of Staff: 30

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

Total Places for Children: 100

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1830

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Languages Spoken (other than English): Spanish; Castilian, Polish

Overview

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Huntingdon 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 20 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Huntingdon in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.4 out of 5 from 7 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 4.895 for Busy Bees in Huntingdon is calculated as follows: ( (215 Excellents x 5) + (23 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 239 Ratings = 4.895

  • 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 4.35 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Huntingdon 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 20 positive Reviews (100 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 7 Reviews ÷ 20 Target = 0.350

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

9.2 Busy Bees in Huntingdon has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.245)

Average Ratings

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

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Huntingdon

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  • Father of Child
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My son was 9 months old when he started to attend Busy Bees nursery. At the beginning, I was very anxious about how he was going to settle in. Straightway, the nursery staff put me at ease; I was encouraged to call whenever I wanted to, to find out how my son was doing. At the end of each day, there is always a friendly member of staff available to tell me at length about my son’s day, which activity he enjoyed and how well he ate and slept. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly he settled in. Now he can't wait to get out of the car when I drop him off in the morning!

I also like the fact that the nursery organised various activities throughout the year which is a great way to meet other parents and get to know the nursery staff a bit better. As a member of the PPG, I feel involved in nursery life to some extent as I get the opportunity to regularly meet other group members to plan future events and discuss any issues.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I was so worried when I first put my son in the nursery when I went back to work but the team at the nursery welcomed us and he settled very quickly. Since then he has thrived and developed so much. The team are so caring and give so much affection to my son. I'm so happy we made the decision to take our son to Busy Bees in Huntingdon. Thank you!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been to 3 different nurseries and Busy Bees in Huntingdon is by far the only one I'll be sad to see him leave when he starts school in September. All staff are very friendly and very good with the children. Would definitely recommend Busy Bees in Huntingdon to anyone looking to send their child to nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son was 7 months old when he started at the nursery and is my only child, I was nervous about how he would do due to this. I am happy that the nursery staff treat him brilliantly, it gives me a massive relief. He loves going to the nursery and loves all the staff. He runs into the building in the morning and looks forward to his day.His key worker is amazing and has been very supportive of me and my son and is always approachable and contactable. I’m glad I chose this nursery over others as my son is treated so well and it’s a good price. I would 100% recommend.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The level of care at the nursery is exceptional. Everyone works well as a team and the children always appear to be so happy. I have never encountered a miserable child or carer.
The menu is varied, wholesome and natural, sourcing high-quality local farm produce as well as encouraging the children to enjoy the experience.
They are attentive if the children are poorly giving a comprehensive update on how they appeared during the day. They encourage development in a structured and meaningful way keeping you constantly updated on their progress via the parent zone as well as giving parents homework for the improvement areas.
Lastly they follow the three hours per day exercise routine hence my little one loving the outdoors and never wanting to sit down!
My child is a very well balanced happy and well developed child and I thank all the staff at Busy Bees for their dedication and support and for creating an environment that my little one loves and enjoys.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Busy Bees is excellent. We have had the pleasure of sending both our Son and Daughter to Busy Bees. I couldn’t recommend the manager and her team enough.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

In addition to the friendliness and consistently high standard of care, we love Busy Bees because:

There is sufficient dedicated parking, it is very unusual to be unable to park straight away on either drop-off or pick up.

The manager and staff have a strong commitment to staying open. Last autumn they managed to remain open as usual despite a burst pipe flooding two rooms overnight!

Transitioning between rooms is handled very well, with visits to the older room over several weeks as well as a Transition Report and daily settling in Observations via the Parentzone app.

All-around good recordkeeping, both of daytime activities (including naps/meals via the app) and for invoicing.

The high standard of maintenance and regular refurbishment of care rooms and gardens, adapting the space to the Nursery, not vice versa.

A commitment to letting the kids play outside every day if at all possible (splash suits and wellies definitely get used!)

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

The lovely team of ladies at Huntingdon Busy Bees do a wonderful job of looking after my daughter. My son recently left to start school and we were very sad to be leaving pre-school, but they still greet him with warmth and a cuddle when we collect my daughter! The facilities are great at Busy Bees and the activities they organise act as great inspiration for craft time at home! She also bakes on a regular basis and enjoys sharing her treats with her brother. The garden facilities are great and it's reassuring to know that they can choose to go out when they want. They also offer a wide variety of snacks and dishes at mealtimes. At home, my daughter is a fussy eater but she regularly surprises me with what she has eaten at nursery! I've said this before but it will be a sad day when my daughter leaves this nursery as the staff are so caring and we have formed many friendships!

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

We absolutely love Busy Bees nursery Huntingdon. From the moment we first looked we knew that our son would be safe and have a great time. I can go to work and not worry about him, as their care is second to none. I can't thank them enough for everything they do. If you are looking at nurseries in the area for your child look no further.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My 22-month-old son has attended this wonderful nursery since he was six months old. He attends 07.30 - 16.30 Monday - Friday. During last 16 months, he has received excellent care from both his key workers and all staff.

The 'Parent Zone' is an excellent way of feeling part of my son's journey through his early years, we are able to view his day to day journey along with his assessments and transitions from key worker to key worker and room to room.

I can remember the day I made my first visit to the nursery to speak to the manager and have a tour and I knew as soon as I entered the nursery this was the nursery for our growing family. It had family feel and each room I entered the children were happy playing but learning. The nursery gardens are the best I have seen from babies to pre-school.

The food is all prepared on site by its own chef with fresh ingredients.. which again is a winner knowing all meals are nutritionally balanced.

This is why it is rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child was 10 months when she started. We have been attending for 2.
The staff here really care about the children. The nursery manager is passionate about childcare and the nursery which fills us with confidence.
The facilities are really geared towards the development of the children, both in the inside and outside spaces, something we felt that was different from the numerous other nurseries we visited.
Our daughter loves her key person and we have already had a parents evening to discuss her development.
Our daughter suffers with feeding issues and I get lots of feedback and regular updates. I feel we are working together on dealing with issues and I feel comfortable leaving her at nursery despite the issues she has had.
Although we haven't been there long, we can already see there are lots of activities and special days to be involved in both for our daughter and parents.
We are very happy with the nursery and would recommend it to others without hesitation.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have a son and a daughter that attend two days a week at this wonderful nursery. Both the management team and staff couldn't be more helpful. My children get a good mix of education and play. The out of hours activities that are put on once a month are brilliant.

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

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

My little girl loves this nursery! From the second we walked in, we made up our minds to enrol there. Friendly staff, who clearly know their job and went out of their way to accommodate our requests on more than one occasion. In-house cooked fresh food that caters for special dietary requirements (my girl always has seconds!), well-equipped rooms, fantastic outdoors play area, a detailed day-to-day diary to keep track of what’s happening, long opening hours, theme days, events and even ‘homeworks’ for parents.
I did have my concerns at first, as my girl is very deeply attached to me and yet she settled in really quickly. Now she cuddles with all members of staff, showing lots of affection and attachment. We have seen a noticeable difference in her speech, motor and social skills development and the fact she enjoys it so much, puts our mind at ease that kids are respected and well treated there.
It ticks all the boxes in my book and I cannot recommend it nursery highly enough.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my son and daughter attend Busy Bees, they find the experience wonderful. My children started when they were nine months old. I found it difficult to leave my children, but the team in the baby room and the manager couldn't be more helpful and reassuring, which made this period much easier. The outside area is fantastic and the food they all eat is of a restaurant standard.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Huntingdon? Extremely Unlikely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Fabulous nursery. My daughter has come a long way with her development since joining Busy Bees in January 2017. She eats a well balanced and varied meals. The lovely staff provide her with excellent care. Both the staff and management do all they can to fulfil the requirements of all the children. Thank You Busy Bees.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter attended this outstanding nursery for 4 years before starting school and my son has been here for over a year. I have been so impressed with the nursery and my daughter flourished in the time she attended. She has started school confident, happy and academically beyond where would be expected from her age. The staff create an atmosphere where each child is valued and their own interests are recognised and used to support them in their development. My daughter's pre-school key worker amazed me with her creativity, care and support for my child - we still have to visit her! The nursery is a fun, exciting place for children and they have so many opportunities to develop each child as a whole. My son is safe, happy, developing and wants to be at Busy Bees - what more can you ask for!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

A wonderful nursery! My son has been coming here since he was 6 months old and he is now 2 years old. I have no worries leaving my child here as I know he is well looked after. I have just enrolled my 5 month old son to the same nursery and they have been nothing but excellent!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Busy Bees has been a wonderful experience for my child. The staff there are not only patient and attentive but they give off the feel of a big family. The environment there is one that seems to stimulate creativity and exploration, lots to look at, touch and play with. They hold fun events for the children and families about once a month and go over the top to make sure parents are in the loop. To top it off the meals they have for the children are great. Wonderful School! Thank you!

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my boys have had a great time at Busy Bees. The staff are friendly and look after the children well. Plenty of cuddles if needed! Both boys have progressed well and always look forward to going and seeing their friends.

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Busy Bees in Huntingdon is a really good nursery. My son has been going there for 3 days a week since he was 6 months old and he's development is amazing. He loves being at nursery and has now started in the Pre School class. All the staff are very professional and attentive and if I have any concerns or questions there is always someone to help and listen. There is lots of variety for the children - painting, cooking, outside games, the gardens are lovely and the way the classes are laid out is great as it prepares them for a school environment. Over all I think this nursery is the best in the area and I'm very pleased I chose to send my son here.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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