Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe

Northside Road, St Andrews Business Park, Norwich NR7 0HT

Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk
Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk
Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk

Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe is purposely-designed and resourced to suit early years learning. A spacious and stimulating interior is kept clean and secure, maintained by an experienced and qualified team who value the contribution and feedback of parents.

The nursery is fully compliant with Ofsted regulations and has excellent outdoor play areas. As well as age-specific play activities, children enjoy a nutritious menu and food and their own 'key person'.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Suzanne Breeze & Danielle Harrington (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Norfolk County Council

Number of Staff: 22

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 2 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

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Reviews

9.6 Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe has a Review Score of 9.6 (9.614)

The Review Score of 9.6 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 12 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 4.781 for Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe is calculated as follows: ( (180 Excellents x 5) + (46 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 228 Ratings = 4.781

  • 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 4.833 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe is based on 12 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). 12 Reviews ÷ 14.4 Target = 0.833

  • 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
    17
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    19
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe

  • Mother of Child
    16
  • Father of Child
    3

All of the ladies at Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe are always very welcoming. Our daughter has a lovely bond with many of the activities. We couldn't be happier with our choice of nursery.

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

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Norwich Thorpe Busy Bees has been part of our three-year-old daughter's life since she was six month's old. Naturally, we were a little apprehensive at first but were welcomed into the family very quickly. The relationship we have with the centre is extremely good as is the most important one, between our daughter and the team. She has a huge smile both at the start and end of every day she attends, which is enough for me to rest easy. She seems to be developing into a thoughtful and individual young girl and part of this is certainly down to the time she spends in the centre with other children and with the team.

On top of the above, we have enjoyed exceptional customer care and communication throughout. That said, it often leads to jealousy when reading the food menu for the day!

I would not hesitate in recommending the centre to others.

Keep up the great work!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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 daughter only attends once a week but in that time she has achieved so much. Always doing different activities, it’s helped with her speech and social skills no end.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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 child has been in the nursery since the age of 11 months. Throughout the whole journey from babies to now pre School, we have always felt his care & well being has been a priority for both the Management team & room teams.
Every member of the team takes an interest in my child's development while ensuring he is happy & content from the moment he is dropped off.
The room managers have always been approachable & also willing to help with any queries we have had, whilst his Key workers have always communicated extremely well with both myself & my wife about any development needs that we could work on together, to enable his development to be linked together between nursery & home.
Parents evening have been very good, however, the most recent one was extremely good, providing a very balanced view of his development, while detailing the key activities & milestones to work on over the coming months.
The admin team have also been very efficient at dealing with any queries.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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 daughter has been at Busy Bees Thorpe since she was 1 (now 2). We looked at various nurseries before deciding on this one and chose it because of recommendations from friends and the friendly "family feel" of the nursery. We also liked that each age group had its own garden with direct access to the garden area from the rooms.
My, daughter can be a bit of a wuss and the staff have always gone out of their way to make sure she is happy. She always has a smile on her face on pick up and if you do have any concerns or issues they always take them seriously and resolve them straight away. As a demanding first time parent I would always recommend this nursery and always know my child is cared for not just on a clinical level but by staff that are really invested in the children.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our daughter has been attending Busy Bees Thorpe for 2 years since she was 10 months old. We are very happy with the nursery and would definitely recommend it. It is a clean, pleasant and stimulating environment for children. It as good learning and play facilities and the staff are often very creative with the children's activities. My daughter has always had a good attachment with the staff, in particular, her key workers as she has progressed through the rooms. They were extremely supportive with toilet training recently, as they have been with all her developmental needs. We always find the office staff to be accommodating and helpful. They offer a varied menu and have always been supportive with my daughters dairy allergy. Overall very happy with Busy Bees Thorpe.

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

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our child loves attending the nursery as had done so since the age of 9 Months. He is well looked after and has an array of activities throughout the day that keep him engaged such as cooking, painting, water play, drawing and garden activities.
I would highly recommend this nursery to anybody in the area and an extremely happy with the care, quality of staff and overall experience my child has.

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

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter loves this nursery and so do I. All the staff are friendly and very welcoming would defiantly recommend

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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 little girl has been attending Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe since 2015 when she was 3 months old. I have always been more than happy with the care they have provided and the whole learning spectrum. She has grown into a very bright, well mannered and outgoing child and a large part of this can be accredited to Busy Bees. The staff are all very friendly and my daughter enjoys her time spent at nursery. She always enjoys the food which is both nutritious and made on site. The fees may not be the cheapest you will find but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and I think it is excellent value for money.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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'm very happy that I chose Thorpe busy bees.
Soon as you walk in you feel welcome all managers are very kind, staff and my child's key worker is very helpful, kind and caring I feel good leaving my child in safe hands like the nursery workers are lovely people and I can see that my child feels good around them.

Thank you

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

Value for Money: Excellent

My twins started at Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe in May 2017 and the settling in process in the baby room made my transition back to work smooth and not as stressful as I imagined. The staff were professional throughout and got to know my children so well that they love coming to nursery. The online journals are amazing and I love looking every night to see what they have been up to and the photos the staff take. It's great I can see what they have been doing using my phone. The staff helped with weaning and the meals provided are second from none, they eat better than I do!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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

Staff are always helpful and happy. They are always keen to communicate no matter what.
Always put the children first and keen to help them achieve their potential.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

My youngest has been going to Busy Bees for a few months now - I chose it mainly for location as it is very convenient for work. They have been excellent, staff are very friendly, seem to be very happy with the kids and my son loves going. The facilities are very good, especially the outside area which is fantastic for a city based nursery. The food is great, varied and healthy. The nursery has a light friendly atmosphere and would highly recommend it to other parents.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We have been using this nursery since my eldest son was eleven months old. We have been delighted by how well he has been cared for and the progress he has made. The staff are professional but friendly and warm. The management are approachable and pro-active. The on-site meals are delicious and nutritious. We are so pleased with this nursery that we have recommended it to several friends and we have enrolled our second son for when I return to work from maternity leave. I urge you to visit and meet the staff.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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 seems very settled at nursery and has progressed loads recently. He's been visiting the 2-3's room where he will start soon and seems to love it.
Over the summer there was a lot of outside play which was very good and we've been getting a lot of painting, pictures, cakes and biscuits made by the children home recently too.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Leaving your child in the care of others is a hard thing to do which is why I am so pleased I chose this nursery. The staff are so friendly and caring, I feel very reassured my daughter is in safe hands. In addition, the quality and variety of food served is superb and the outside space is brilliant. It is not just a place for my daughter to be while I am at work, I know she is gaining many skills and learning so much while she is there.

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

Value for Money: Excellent

Both my children attend Busy Bees at Thorpe and have done since they were 14 months old. The staff are great and have formed strong bonds with both my children, who thoroughly enjoy attending.
Once I drop them off in the morning, I have complete peace of mind that they will be fine and when I pick them up, they will have had a day full of variety and learning. Both children are very confident and outgoing and I do feel that this is a reflection of how supported and cared for they are whilst in the teams care.
I would and have recommended them to friends and colleagues. I viewed several nurseries before selecting Busy Bees and I felt they stood out to the rest.
The food is amazing and both children love it and are encouraged to experiment with new foods and flavours.
Busy Bees use parent zone so I can see updates in the day about what they are up to.

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

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have been so impressed with the care, warmth and enthusiasm that is shown by the manager and all staff from the day I first viewed the nursery. It's a big step sending your LO for the first time and I have always felt their priority was the children. It is a very friendly child focused nursery and seems to always strive for further improvements. Fully recommended.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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 absolutely love Busy Bees at Thorpe. Our son has been there since he was 6 months old, and we have been so impressed with the staff at every stage. They really look after him and his needs, and he loves being there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Norwich Thorpe? 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

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