Busy Bees at Preston Hospital

Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston PR2 9HT

Busy Bees at Preston Hospital is a secure and purpose-built setting where children have multiple learning opportunities, thanks to an age-specific approach from an experienced team.

A large outdoor area complements the interior, allowing for great physical and imaginative play, while staff look to encourage independent thinking as much as possible and provide parents with regular feedback.

The nursery has an excellent rating for food hygiene and the service is regularly assessed for any potential improvements of modernisations.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Vicky Millar & Hayley Hardman (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Lancashire County Council

Number of Staff: 24

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

Total Places for Children: 60

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: Full Day -2 £49.70, 2+ £42.00

Directions:

On the Preston Hospital grounds. Drive straight in the main entrance, straight down the hill and past Rosemere building and they are situated behind on the road bend. Look out for the Busy Bees Sign.

Parking:

They have 5 Busy Bees parking bays for any visitors or parents dropping or collecting their children.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Preston Hospital 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 23 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Preston Hospital in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 10 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 4.828 for Busy Bees at Preston Hospital is calculated as follows: ( (228 Excellents x 5) + (43 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 273 Ratings = 4.828

  • 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 Preston Hospital 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 12 positive Reviews (60 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 12 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.

9.7 Busy Bees at Preston Hospital has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.661)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
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  • Poor
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  • Very Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Preston Hospital?

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    23
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    0
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Preston Hospital

  • Mother of Child
    18
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Aunt of Child
    1
  • Grandfather of Child
    1
  • Grandmother of Child
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My eldest child has been attending for over two years and my youngest is just about to start. I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough. The staff are very welcoming. Whether it is staff who are currently working with my eldest, ones from his previous rooms or new staff, they all acknowledge him by name and take the time to interact with my youngest.
My eldest has had special dietary requirements due to allergies and the nursery are exceedingly accommodating of this, asking for guidance and advice where appropriate and sharing their knowledge too, particularly the chef.
They ensure where possible that my son is not excluded from any activity, as a result of his allergies, altering cookery tasks to ensure he can taste the results of his efforts.
Even though each child has a dedicated key worker, the staff all have a good understanding of the daily events and each child's needs and I find that I can speak to any of them about how my son is doing and any concerns I may have.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Great nursery. Staff very caring and will comfort my daughter if upset on arrival and throughout the day. When unwell the staff were excellent at responding to high temps etc until I came out of work to take her home.
Management team and all the staff very approachable. Well done xx

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

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Fantastic, friendly and caring atmosphere. Both our children have looked forward to going each day. Fantastic staff, great place to look after your kids.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has been at Busy Bees at Preston Hospital for almost a year now. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff are amazing: they always seem as excited to see my little girl as she is to see them. My daughter races into nursery every day and I have no guilt leaving her there as I know she is happy to go.

During her settling in period when she was a bit tearful, they handled us with great care and understanding. They do loads of art and her clothes are never ruined! They take care of her belongings. Nappies are included in the price so I don't have to worry about providing them. She loves the food and she's developed using cutlery really early which I believe is because they encourage this at the nursery. Tricky issues are handled with tact and discretion. The management are unbelievably flexible, helpful and organised. This is the 4th nursery I have used (as I have 2 elder kids) and it is the place that I have been happiest with. There is just a lovely, happy vibe as soon as you walk through the door.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My grandson attends full time and everyday he comes away beaming having had a fun filled day with all his friends and teachers.
Management are attentive and caring towards any specific needs and the chef creates some lovely well balanced meals.

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

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Throughout the December period, I was really impressed with the number of activities and fun experiences my child was involved in. My son has brought home pictures, crafts, and images of the fun he had had in nursery. He told me about each day and the fun times he experienced with his friends and teachers. He continues to enjoy his full-time place in nursery and cannot wait to move up to pre-school in September.
The teachers went out of their way, each day and week over Christmas to make each child feel special, we also loved our Christmas gift from Santa. Thank you.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fabulous setting - both of my children have attended since they were 13 months old. Both settle extremely quickly, clearly enjoy their time there and look forward to going back. Staff are attentive to their needs, especially with medical issues/allergies.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this nursery to my friends and family.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Fantastic nursery, our child is a fussy eater and since going to nursery her eating has massively improved. She really enjoys going and the staff are all lovely and very helpful.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has been going to Busy Bees for nearly a year, she has totally come out of her shell and her eating has dramatically improved. She has just moved into the next classroom and has had no problems settling in as she knows all of the staff in each room really well.

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

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My daughter has settled very well into nursery. The managers and staff are lovely and always have smiles on their faces. They are very attentive and always give a report at the end of a session.
There are always a variety of toys and activities set out which help the children to develop and be happy.
The food is very good and is cooked fresh daily.
This is a brilliant nursery and I'm glad that my daughter goes here.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I am very pleased with the nursery at the hospital. It's great because it is on site and if I need to get to the nursery quickly for any reason then I'm only a 2 minute walk away.
The staff are lovely and my little boy has formed a real bond with quite a few of the staff members who have looked after him. He looks forward to going and he's always comforted straight away by the staff if he's ever having an off day or a little bit clingy when I'm dropping him off.
I like that the staff inform you of what they have done during their day whilst at nursery and what and how much they've eaten at meal times.
I'm looking forward to seeing my little boy's development with them as he gets bigger and moves up to the older classes.

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

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

Busy Bees at Royal Preston Hospital has been our childcare provider for over 5 years, first with our son and now with our daughter who both started at the nursery when they were just 9 months old. We have always been very pleased with the enthusiasm, friendliness and professionalism of all the staff and have never had any issues with the nursery. My husband and I are confident that our children are being cared for and nurtured constantly when they are at nursery and we never worry that they are unsafe or at any risk at all. Both our children have developed hugely since attending the nursery, both in their drawing and writing but also in their social development too. Aside from the important basics such as safety and cleanliness standards we have always been very pleased with the healthy meals they provide for the children and the little extras like Mothers Day cards and birthday cards that they send home. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Busy Bees Preston to anyone.

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Every single member of staff from management to the chef, to the room staff are friendly and helpful. They listen to parent wishes and concerns and nothing is too much trouble. They know each individual child and each child is cared for and treated as an individual. The staff are a credit to this Busy Bees Nursery.
I have and will continue to recommend this nursery to other parents/carers as they fulfil every parent's wishes and the children are their main priority. The children are happy and safe and well, and my daughter asks every weekend to go to nursery.

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

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I came with my sister to view the nursery as I was also looking for my own daughter. The nursery had brilliant resources and lovely staff and such a shame it's to far for my to bring my own daughter as I would have loved to send her with her cousin as Busy Bees was excellent.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My grandson attends nursery full time, since the age of 8 months. I pick him up daily, and he is always happy and socialising when I arrive and he rarely wants to come home. He speaks highly of the teachers and runs into nursery each day. He plays so well at home, and his development has come on leaps and bounds since January. I speak highly of the nursery to all friends and family and would encourage anyone to attend :)

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

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our son attends Busy Bees 2 days a week at Royal Preston Hospital. The staff are welcoming to us all and we feel happy and confident in leaving him in their care. It is a very good nursery that is incredibly convenient for hospital staff.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I personally think this is a very excellent nursery. My son has developed loads since starting 2 months ago. The staff are very friendly and helpful. My son has settled in so well and has his favourite teachers already. I love the fact they give you updated developments of my son.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My child is just about to start preschool and started going to Busy Bees at Preston Hospital when he was 9 months old. From the beginning, the staff have always kept me fully informed of his progress and activities at the nursery and made me feel at ease leaving him. This was really important to me as a new mum going back to work full time. My son loves going to nursery and telling me what he's been up to that day. He is always surprising me with what he has learnt.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My son has attended the nursery since May 2013 and really enjoys himself, has lots of friends and talks highly of all the staff. My daughter started in May 2016, she settled really quickly. The staff are fantastic and are aware of the children's needs.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

I am extremely happy with the standard of care that my child has received throughout the one and a half years he has been attended the nursery.
My child has been encouraged and guided in his development, creatively and academically in ways that I would never have thought of. Since joining the nursery my child has become a lot more socially confident and now enjoys playing in groups of children and
is happy to be left with any of the members of staff.
During his time in the nursery various requests have been made by myself for extra input of care either for medical or personal care reasons and these have always been met by the nursery staff as required.
Also, the menu at the nursery has given my child a healthy varied diet that he seems to enjoy.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

As a mother of a child who has attended Busy Bees at RPH over the last 2 years I cannot praise the management team and the nursery nurses enough, this is an excellent nursery and provides high-quality childcare. Parents can be assured that their child will be cared for by exceptional and motivated staff that clearly enjoy the role they do. All aspects of the children's needs are managed appropriately and every effort is made to ensure the children feel at home.

At Busy Bees the children are looked after within a purpose-built and secure environment with the necessary toys, equipment and activites to keep children stimulated. The menu has also been very well thought through and provides children with balanced and nutritional meals.

The nursery also uses 'Parent zone' enabling parents to review a timeline of their child's activities which are also mapped to the developmental assessments (Early Years Foundation).

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have been using Busy Bees Nursery since 2013 when my daughter joined. She started school this time but my son is still there (he is 2). I cannot fault the nursery or the staff. Both my children love it and so do I. As a mum, it is hard to leave your children with someone else, but the whole team at Busy Bees have made it that bit easier for me as their professionalism and care is second to none.
All of the girls are always happy to help with any queries that I may have. At the beginning of this year (whilst still attending nursery) my daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy. To say that the girls put my mind at ease is an understatement. Thanks to their care, attention and willingness to learn more about it, I felt completely satisfied that should my daughter have a seizure whilst in their care, she would be in safe hands. This really is a fabulous nursery and the staff (especially the management team) are a credit to the Busy Bees Company.

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

My son has been attending Busy Bees since January this year, he attends full time and loves coming into Nursery. Each member of staff goes out of their way each morning and night to make my son feel welcome and special. I connect is updated each night so I know everything my son has been up to, as well as seeing beautiful pictures of what he has been creating in the day. He is a very caring child and I feel that has a lot to do with the key staff in his room. We receive pictures each day to show his creativity within the room and the staff displays A3 posters of fun filled activities that go on each day in nursery. Management are attentive and proactive and are always welcoming. I would always promote this nursery to others, and encourage friends to bring their children here.

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

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

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