Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian

Meridian Leisure Park, Meridian Way, Braunstone, Leicester LE19 1JZ

Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian, Leicester, Leicestershire
Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian, Leicester, Leicestershire
Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian, Leicester, Leicestershire

The Busy Bees Leicester Meridian Nursery and Foundation Class is a purpose built setting located on the Meridian Leisure Park, dedicated to providing children under five years of age with quality care and education.

Awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in October 2013, the nursery caters for children aged three months to three years and the Foundation Class caters for all children aged three to five years.

The refurbished Foundation Class is a bespoke environment that prepares and supports children for their transition to school. In the Foundation Class, children receive their own polo shirt so that they can familiarise themselves with a uniform style in preparation for school and the EYFS curriculum is delivered through focused teaching and learning activities so that each and every child is confident when starting their new school. The key areas of the Foundation Class are Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design, Science and Discovery, ICT, Imaginative Play.

The nursery consists of a baby room and toddler area that provides unlimited opportunities for babies and toddlers to develop their core skills, whilst having fun.

Each day, children are served fresh meals and snacks, prepared on-site by the dedicated Nursery Chef in line with the Silver Food For Life Catering Mark, awarded by The Soil Association. The nursery and Foundation Class are also vegetarian approved and able to cater to all children's individual dietary requirements.

Parents can use the secure online learning journal, Parentzone, to keep up to date with their child's activities, progress and achievements during their day at nursery.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Michalea Leigh and Sarah Boon (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Leicestershire County Council

Number of Staff: 35

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

Total Places for Children: 130

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Directions:

Our Busy Bees nursery at Leicester Meridian is situated on Meridian Leisure Park, next to D. It is near to Thorpe Astley Housing Estate and Meridian Business Park and is ideally located for the M1 corridor.

Visiting:

When visiting the nursery please buzz at the entrance and then a member of staff will get you to sign in, in the reception area. Bring ID

Parking:

There is plenty of parent parking available outside the building and to the rear of the building.

Vacancies

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Reviews

9.2 Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.229)

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian 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 Leicester Meridian in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 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 4.767 for Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian is calculated as follows: ( (139 Excellents x 5) + (40 Goods x 4) + (1 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 180 Ratings = 4.767

  • 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 4.462 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian 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 26 positive Reviews (130 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 12 Reviews ÷ 26 Target = 0.462

  • 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
    13
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian?

  • 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 Leicester Meridian

  • Mother of Child
    13
  • Father of Child
    2

Myself and my husband viewed several nurseries and from the moment we walked in, we knew that Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian was the one.

I was nervous and anxious leaving my 10 month old for the first time and I felt so reassured and comfortable. All the staff at Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian look interested and take a genuine interest in the little ones. They are always happy to see the children and look enthusiastic.

The staff have always made time to speak to me if I was worried or concerned and the management is approachable and accessible. My daughter is now a thriving two-year-old and loves her days at Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian. They offer a range of activities and parents are constantly updated via the app on the goings on throughout the day. The nursery is clean, bright and welcoming. The menu has lots of variety. I could not ask for more in a nursery! 10/10 from me!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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

Our children aged 3 years and 19 months have loved their time at this nursery. Both have attended since the age of 11 months. They have both developed significantly during their time here & we believe this has helped them become the confident, happy and sociable children they are.

The facilities at the nursery are excellent. The building itself is purpose built which provides a fantastic area for the children. The children are split into different age categories which we believe better assists in their development and level of learning and play.

The 3 weekly food menu is amazing. Our children eat like kings, often they eat food at nursery that they refuse to eat at home.

The nursery manager is very approachable and friendly, as are all of the nursery staff. Within each room base the children have been assigned a key person, which both children have formed lovely bonds with.
We are sad to be leaving this nursery but a house move forces it.
We would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 been attending this nursery since 9months old and is now soon to be 3!

Staff in each room have been fantastic and get to know and take time out for parents as well. Like any new parent we obviously had concerns of many 'issues' with our little one not doing this or that, but with advice and help from the staff, any concerns we had always went away and at no point has it ever felt like the staff don't want to answer or help.

My little one is very fussy with food but the chef always makes sure he never comes home hungry!

My son has learnt so much already and the time and effort that this nursery has put into my son's well-being and welfare is priceless, his key worker at the moment is his 'best friend' which shows me that staff always engage with him. We are so so glad we found this nursery (saw 12 others!) from the moment we saw the rooms and staff and the way kids were around the staff, we knew it would be the right one. We haven't looked back since!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 loves to play in the home corner and the staff have incorporated this with learning whilst play. The staff have been great in supporting me in potty training my little one. Really helpful and supportive.

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

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My little boy has a great time in toddlers. They had messy activities out on display and the children got a choice what they wanted to make. Friendly staff willing to help children and parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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

Had a wonderful time at Busy Bees Meridian when I was invited in for Mothers day afternoon. The staff are always welcoming and very friendly. Had the opportunity to have tea with my little daughter and enjoy some wonderful activities set out by the staff. The nursery is my daughters 2nd home so I'm really pleased she enjoys all the activities and loves all the staff members. I am pleased we sent her to this nursery, definitely recommending this place to other mums/dads. Thank you to all the staff for making the nursery a superb place for my daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 son has attended Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian since he was 2. He is now 4 and is based in foundation class. Since starting foundation class my son's confidence has increased and his language/communication skills have developed tremendously. He is quick to respond positively to new experiences and I believe this is because of the experiences he receives in foundation class. These include day trips, French lessons and baking!
The resources they have in foundation class are fantastic and the way the rooms are set up in areas is a great tool to help prepare the children for school. My son particularly likes the science area with the skeleton!
The introduction of the home book is a great tool to share what my son has done at home and what he is learning at nursery. It is a great way to work together and ensure the best outcomes for my son. I would highly recommend the foundation class as they go above and beyond to ensure the children in their care are happy and developing to their full potential.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 son has attended this facility since he was 12 months old, he has recently moved into the foundation preschool class which has exceptional learning facilities. I thought the parents evening with an induction to preschool was a wonderful idea, it gave a great insight into what activities my child has at his fingertips. The staff at this nursery show such a deep level of care and concern for my child it makes me feel so comforted in the knowledge that he is safe, having fun and learning. I would not hesitate to use this nursery again in future and I always highly recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 attended this nursery before going off to school, he participated in so many exciting activities and new learning experiences. Starting school was smooth and he was so ready for this next stage. Staff were always welcoming and supported our son, this excellent start has given him the confidence to be with other children and adults.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter loves her time at nursery. She is always asking to go and talking about her carers and friends at home. The staff at the nursery are always friendly and welcoming. The staff are also happy to help encourage and support anything you may be trying at home e.g. potty training. She has received the extra push at nursery she needed in her potty training journey. They have even got her a sticker chart, to reward her progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 honestly cannot thank the staff at Busy Bees Meridian enough, they are absolutely amazing.

My eldest went to this nursery and now my youngest is there and I would not send him anywhere else.

Busy Bees truly is a home from home environment with the friendliest staff.

After recently going through a life changing event the management team exceeded all expectations with the level of support and assurance they have given me.

Being apart from the most precious gifts in your life can be scary for any parent, but I assure you I know when I leave my little one there I can go to work and not even think about him being okay.

Having my eldest in primary school has really made me appreciate the love, care, and support our children are given at Busy Bees and I wish they were able to offer education past preschool.

Once again I thank the manager and all the staff at Busy Bees Meridian from the bottom of my heart for everything that they have and continue to do.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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 attending this nursery over a year ago, she arrived with a strong speech issue which meant she could not talk or be understood by most people. With the help of the SENCO trained staff and the patient nature of the other staff members, within months she started pronouncing single words. She now has been taken off Senco as she can form full sentences and can say most words with ease.
The rooms the children play in offer a variety of different activities, allowing them to explore at their own pace whilst learning new skills.
With regarding food, my daughter always seems to eat seconds so I've made the assumption it's pretty decent.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Our boy moved to this nursery and they made him and I feel very welcome. They made sure he settled in well and kept me informed of everything. The staff are amazing, caring and friendly and all are approachable. The building is bright and colourful and the security is fantastic. There is a big garden outdoor space which is not overlooked by anyone. There is such a variety of toys for the children to play with and there are trips out sometimes which are fantastic. The actual learning side of things is also amazing - they actually want to teach your child things and broaden their knowledge and understanding. The variety of food cooked for them is fantastic and they cater for all needs, and is cooked by professional chefs - my boy always has extra portions as he enjoys the food that much! I have recommended this nursery, and others in the Busy Bees chain, to friends as I have no concerns about my boy's safety, health and wellbeing when he is with them. He is looked after and cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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

My older daughter has just left nursery (to start school) and my younger daughter is still there. They have both had a lovely experience and have learnt so much especially with eating and table manners. I feel my younger daughter is learning so much and is becoming so confident.

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

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Busy Bees is a great nursery. I have found the staff, particularly the management, have listened to any concerns and used these to further improve the nursery. My child is always engaged in interesting activities at the nursery. (Painting, singing, cooking, arts, crafts etc.) The nursery has assisted with my plans to toilet train, which helped my son come out of nappies at 17 months! The choice of meals is excellent. Being a vegetarian, I am extremely pleased with the options offered and how well my child eats at the nursery. This is a happy with dedicated staff. It would be nice to see the nursery arranging trips for age 1-3 too as currently I don't think this happens, but the fees increase every year for all age groups, which I think is a little unfair.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian? 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: Satisfactory

Michaela, Nursery Manager at Busy Bees at Leicester Meridian responded to this review on 18 Nov 2015:

Thank you for your review of our Busy Bees nursery at Leicester Meridian Park. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care through highly trained staff, unique learning enhancements and fresh and healthy meals, so that children are given every opportunity to develop and grow in our Outstanding nursery environment, as awarded by Ofsted. Fees are very much based on the cost of living and minimum wage increase, so whilst we appreciate that fee increases are rarely welcome, we are sure that you will understand that this is necessary to support the continued investment in the staff and resources that make this possible.

We are currently looking into trips for 2016 for our 1-3’s which we did discuss at our November staff meeting last week. We work in partnership with parents to understand the individual needs of each and every child and if you have any concerns at all, myself or Sarah would be happy to discuss them with you further.

We are delighted that you and your son are happy at our Busy Bees nursery at Leicester Meridian Park and we thank you for taking the time to review our setting.

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