Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood

29 Smalley Drive, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2SF

Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood, Derby, Derbyshire
Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood, Derby, Derbyshire
Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood, Derby, Derbyshire

Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood is ideal for a wide range of stimulating activities and learning objectives, tailored to EYFS objectives and including French lessons and moving and singing classes.

Staff are thoroughly qualified and have their skill development supported with access to robust training programmes. They understand the benefits of building strong relationships with parents and providing regular feedback.

A vibrant early years education is complemented by home-cooked meals, which can be catered to allergies or dietary requirements.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Catherine Bailey (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Derby City Council

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

Total Places for Children: 102

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1900

When Closed: Christmas day, Boxing day, New years day

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.5 Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood has a Review Score of 9.5 (9.451)

The Review Score of 9.5 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 10 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 4.961 for Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood is calculated as follows: ( (172 Excellents x 5) + (7 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 179 Ratings = 4.961

  • 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 Derby Oakwood is based on 10 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 20.4 positive Reviews (102 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 20.4 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
    15
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    15
  • 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 Derby Oakwood

  • Mother of Child
    13
  • Father of Child
    2

I would wholeheartedly recommend Busy Bees to anyone looking for a childcare provider.

I was a little nervous about leaving my girl as most new mums would be but the staff and management here are fantastic. Since joining Busy Bees, my girl has gained many new skills and she is so confident in her environment there, which echoes out into every day life.

The nursery nurses are amazing and cater to her personal needs from potty training methods used at home to social and emotional support when it's needed. I am very happy with the care and fun they provide for my daughter and I can safely say that she loves Busy Bees! The ladies in the office are very friendly and the manager has personally helped me with any queries and paperwork I've had. The nursery is clean and well looked after with an up to date range of activities and challenges for the children.

Thank you to all the ladies there for everything they do, they make a huge difference! Nursery is now something my girl looks forward to!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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 moved my child from a previous nursery and have not looked back since. The staff and management are fantastic and my child has come on leaps and bounds since joining with their speech, confidence, eating habits and general engagement with others. My child is always beaming with happiness when I pick her up at the end of the day and clearly loves the time she spends there and the mixture of brilliant activities she is involved in. I wish I had moved her sooner!!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

Our daughter started here in January 2016 and has thrived since then, she loves attending nursery, quite often running through the door and leaving us behind. Working full time, this gives us absolute peace of mind knowing that she is very happy and content. Her learning has been incredible, we know this is down to the environment that Busy Bees provides for our daughter. We have already referred other people to the nursery and will continue to do so at any given opportunity. Thank you for all the love and care you provide to our daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

We have been very impressed with the Early Years experience our child has received since joining Busy Bees in July 2016. We are very pleased with the progress he has made socially, his personality has blossomed and he has made a lot of friends. The learning environment provided, both indoor and outdoor, has ignited an enthusiasm in him for playing, exploring and learning. He has developed a real interest in role play and numbers and carries out related activities at home constantly. The staff at Busy Bees have taken the time to discover our son's interests and this is reflected in the observations and assessments we have seen.
We would like to thank everybody that has been involved in his time at Busy Bees. His self-belief and confidence have grown dramatically due to the safe and welcoming environment that is present. He talks fondly of the activities he does, the friends he plays with and the adults who help him.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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 has been at Busy Bees since September and I am very impressed with the care that she has received. I get daily updates of her development and behaviour. The staff are kind and caring and go out of their way to ensure the best for each child. I would highly recommend the nursery and am very glad I sent my daughter here, it's good to go to work and not have to worry. The full-time special offer is also very good value for money compared to other nurseries.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Since first phoning up to enquire about a place for my daughter I felt welcomed. Leaving a baby for the first time after maternity leave is always a difficult and worrying process, however, all the staff at Busy Bees made this transition easy and stress-free.
My daughter has settled extremely well since starting in August 2016 and I am very happy with her care and progress. All the staff are very helpful and attentive and most importantly, my daughter has built great relationships with a fair few of the staff and it's comforting to go to work knowing she is happy and content.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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 am very happy with Oakwood Busy Bees. My little girl is very happy here, she is learning so much and has a lot of fun. The staff are friendly, understanding and helpful. The nursery is very welcoming and I really appreciate all the ways that parents are included and can see their childrens progress. I would strongly recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

We have been taking our daughter since 3 weeks before she turned 1, she is now 26 months old. She thoroughly enjoys going to nursery and is loving it in the toddler's room. She has come along so much since she started nursery. We feel it has done her the world of good and it will make her adapt to school easier with her being at nursery. The staff at Busy Bees are fantastic and make us feel a lot easier in dropping her off as she feels content there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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 2-year-old daughter attends Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood 2 mornings a week & has been since she was 13 months old. The staff are absolutely fantastic and the care they have for all the children really is remarkable. I am always informed of any events that take place and it's great that they involve the parents as much as they can. I haven't a bad word to say about Busy Bees, it's such a wonderful nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

Following in the footsteps of our son, we had no hesitation in choosing Busy Bees at Oakwood for our daughter's nursery.
We've always found the staff to be very welcoming and supportive also offering a fabulous range of activities for the children. The new Parent Zone is wonderful and gives you a glimpse of those special moments you might otherwise miss.
Our daughter loves every minute of her time there and is always eager to go, testimony to the friendly, fun environment which all of the staff work so hard to maintain.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this fantastic nursery to anyone looking for quality childcare.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

Since my child has attended this nursery his maths and literacy skills have shown rapid development. All staff throughout the setting are warm and welcoming and my son's key worker and other staff based in his particular room have a wonderful relationship with him and he loves them all to bits! The nursery offers a brilliant online journal where I can track my child's educational progress and wellbeing whilst at the nursery. I can also add to this with activities he has experienced and learnt from at home. They regularly offer brilliant, fun themed days and opportunities for my child to get involved in which further enhance and enrich his educational experiences. All of this alongside a caring and nurturing environment and staff team means I would be happy to recommend this nursery to anyone who was looking for a placement for their own child.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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 at Oakwood Busy Bees full time and has been for the past 18 months since he was 6 months old. Each child gets a lot of attention from the staff and they are always doing lots of different activities with the children. My son prefers to be at nursery than at home as he is having so much fun whilst learning! They serve wonderful meals and snacks which is all homemade on a daily basis.
The indoor and outdoor facilities are all in really good condition and aid in the children's learning. The nursery occasionally runs extra activities at the weekend which are quite fun as you get to spend time with the nursery staff and other parents without having to rush to work! We have already booked our second son a space at this nursery for next year! Cannot recommend them enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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: Don't Know

My son has been full time at Busy Bees Oakwood for almost 2 years now, in both the baby and toddler rooms and he loves his time there. The variety of learning activities is fantastic and the staff are so caring and experienced. They make such an effort to know my son on a personal level. He has formed a trusting relationship with his key worker, his area staff, and the fabulous manager, which is really comforting to see as a mother. As a Dietitian, I'm pretty particular about my son's diet and I am so pleased with the healthy variety of meals/snacks the children are offered. The online 'parent zone' is great because I can see my son's daytime routine (naps, nappies, meal completion, activities, photos/comments) before I pick him up so I know how his day has been. This nursery is so well managed and I'm very confident in their ability to make my son feel 'at home' away from home! I've got number 2 due in 3 weeks and she will be joining her brother at Busy Bees when the time comes!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

Fantastic nursery, my son loves coming to the nursery each day. The manager and the staff are very welcoming and from my experience are understanding the individual needs of each child. My son seems to do a range of different things each day including craft activities, outside play, water play, baking, storytelling plus much more. The freshly cooked food that the nursery provides for the children is healthy and runs on a three weekly cycle so the children are always eating something different. The menus are also regularly changed. My son gets to eat things that he wouldn't necessarily get at home, which is fantastic. The Parent Zone app that the nursery has launched is a really useful tool as you can see information regarding your child's day before you pick them up such as the amount of nappies used, the length of nap and how much they have eaten. I find that this allows me to chat to the nursery nurses more about the activities that my son has taken part in that day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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

Finding good childcare for my son was paramount for me. I went back to work when he was 6 months, so I started looking around at nurseries local to work. Busy Bees Oakwood was by far the best in the area. Not only for the location, but all staff members were attentive, polite and no way pushy. My son is now nearly 2 and is full-time Mon-Fri from 7.30am-6pm, so it's such a big weight off our mind knowing he is safe, secure, happy and learning. The staff pay a lot of attention to the children; we receive live reports and photographs via an app, which is wonderful whilst you are at work! The home cooked food is amazing! The indoor and outdoor facilities he had in the baby room provided plenty of stimulation for mind and body. My son has come on leaps and bounds and we are so thankful we have found a good nursery. We are hoping he will stay there until he starts school as we are so content with him being there and the service we receive.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood? 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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