Busy Bees at Ashton House

Ashton House, Ashton Park, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston PR2 1HL

Busy Bees at Ashton House is a converted manor house, tailored to early years play and exploration and staffed by a team with a varied range of qualifications and experience.

An extensive range of interests and activities are stimulated within the setting, such as creative art, singing and sensory play. Staff look to support children develop confidence and independent thinking to help them with future challenges.

A parent partnership meets throughout the year to provide regular feedback and during school holidays there are visits organised to various parks and attractions.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Claire McGowan & Sarah Welburn (Managers)

Local Authority / Social Services: Lancashire County Council

Number of Staff: 50

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

Total Places for Children: 161

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 11 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 8.8 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Ashton House is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.4 out of 5 from 28 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Ashton House in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 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 4.443 for Busy Bees at Ashton House is calculated as follows: ( (178 Excellents x 5) + (137 Goods x 4) + (15 Satisfactorys x 3) + (4 Poors x 2) + (2 Very Poors x 1) ) ÷ 336 Ratings = 4.443

  • 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 4.311 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Ashton House 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 32.2 positive Reviews (161 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 10 Reviews ÷ 32.2 Target = 0.311

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

8.8 Busy Bees at Ashton House has a Review Score of 8.8 (8.754)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
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  • Good
    14
  • Satisfactory
    1
  • Poor
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Ashton House

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  • Father of Child
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  • Foster Parent of Child
    1

My son started at Busy Bees in April. He has settled really well, all staff have gone above and beyond for him meeting all his needs and him learning new things daily. I would highly recommend the nursery to anyone and also have other family members' children that I have recommended. Since he started the nursery management have been really supportive with leaving him making sure I always felt reassured.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have used Busy Bees Nursery now for 2 years since our daughter was 9 months old. We've found that it's great, staff are polite, friendly and I know that my daughter's needs are met and the care provided is directed firstly at the children. Really happy and would advise anyone to use.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter is starting at Ashton House this March the staff and Management, have been nothing but helpful to help the transition run smoothly, which has put my mind at ease about her starting at Ashton.
Staff and management are always friendly and go out of their way to help with any questions or query’s I may have about the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We have 2 children at this nursery and are very happy with the service. Our eldest child has special needs and they have always been extremely supportive and accommodating. There have been a couple of issues of concern over the years but these have always been dealt with and resolved quickly.
Both our children are happy and making progress in their own way here. Staff go above and beyond regularly and are very approachable (particularly middle management, floor managers, room leaders)

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

Overall, excellent facilities. Staff go above and beyond for the children. Only comment would be compared to our previous nursery there could be more recycling bins to teach kids about environmental issues.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Friendly nursery. Fantastic gardens for children to play in.
Friendly, dedicated and professional staff with good and clear bonds with the children. Good value for money. Both of my boys love Busy Bees nursery, they enter with a smile and leave with a bigger one.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

All the staff have made me feel very welcome. They have been very helpful and provided any information I required whilst arranging a nursery place and sorting out funding.
My child loves going to nursery and already had joined in many new activities with the support of the staff.
The rooms and activities are age appropriate and the staff know the children and share what they have been doing.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Overall this nursery is a great nursery. I have been using this nursery for over 4 years and 2 children!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

The nursery is Excellent, my son loves going to Busy Bees Ashton House and has excellent bonds with staff and children. The nursery has helped him become a confident and independent little boy. I would definitely recommend the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child settled in well here. He has always been with me so he had quite a bit of separation anxiety in the nursery. The nursery understood this and helped my child settle in in his own time and pace, never forcing him to do anything he didn't want to.
My little boy enjoys the nursery and has come on since he started in May this year. The staff are very friendly and always helpful.
The only issue I had and did upset me a little was that come September all children had their coat hook and picture up and my lad had been missed for some reason although he had one previously. I felt a little saddened by this. Other than that a great nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

The staff take the time to talk to my child as she is very quiet and will sometimes not want to talk to them. They have found different ways to communicate different things to her and encourage the children to help her. I have noticed that the boards in the room promote differences as my child is mixed race. This is nice to see the children all know they are different but valued. The floor manager has made a good impact on this floor.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

My two children love coming to the holiday club here. The staff are very professional and friendly. The nursery is very well situated in the middle of the park making use of all the natural surroundings. My son has food intolerances and the nursery was more than happy to accommodate all our needs.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My son is very happy here, always keen to go to nursery. He is fed very well, and the facilities and activities are excellent. They have various gardens in the grounds so each group can have their own section which I like. The rooms and gardens are very spacious giving the children plenty of space to play in. The staff are all very friendly and appear more than competent in what they do. I have never had any reason to complain. I like the way the children are split over various rooms, my son is 2 years 6 months and in his 3rd room, I prefer this to the standard 0-2, 2-4 age split.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am very happy with Ashton House as a full-time nursery for my daughter. She has attended since January 2016 and she is always given a warm welcome by all staff. The EY Educators in her room provide exceptional care and my daughter has always formed a friendly, trusting bond with her key workers. She is always actively involved in nursery life when I return to collect her and she happily settles in the morning. I am confident that she is in safe hands.

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I am delighted with my experience with Busy Bees at Ashton House so far. My daughter has settled in straight away and seems so happy to be in the nursery which makes us very happy too! The girls in the WTP and Piglets Room are all fabulous and always take the time to tell us about our daughter's day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

It has been quite daunting leaving my little boy at nursery but the staff have made me feel reassured by being so friendly and informative. It is extremely clear that my little boy has an amazing time. The room staff are very clear with everything he's been up to through the day and they have his best interests at heart. He is developing daily and this is enhanced by the work the room staff carry out. A big thank you to everyone and very well done :)

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

My son loves being at Busy Bees at Ashton House. He really enjoys the interaction with the staff and the other children. His favourite activity is spending time in the garden (which is one of the main reasons we chose this nursery). The staff give full detailed handovers. The only improvement would be lines demarking parking spaces in the carpark.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.4 out of 5

My son enjoys nursery and has come on in leaps and bounds. Any problems are addressed and dealt with and we feel comfortable raising any issues.
Only negative is the food is not consistent, nothing different offered when he doesn't like a meal.

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

My child enjoys the nursery.
I am happy with the care and learning she receives.
Staff are professional, approachable and helpful.
There are lots of exciting activities at the nursery.

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Average Rating:   3.9 out of 5

My daughter has blossomed whilst attending nursery. Her speech is excellent and she is learning new things continuously.

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Overall, a good nursery. Great room staff. My daughter is very happy, however, they could improve the communication.
Outside space is good with specific areas for different age groups.

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Average Rating:   3.8 out of 5

Very good. Staff are always very friendly and polite. Lovely rooms and gardens for them to play out in.
Great atmosphere, all the children seem very happy and comfortable in their environments.

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Fantastic staff, they pay attention to the children attentively.
The facilities need an upgrade with worn out carpets and general ware and tear items.

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Average Rating:   3.4 out of 5

Nursery staff are brilliant.
Nursery itself is great, but I wish prices would be better as they go up in May.
Needs more indoor and outdoor toys.

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Average Rating:   3.9 out of 5

Staff are always very friendly. A varied food menu is great to allow children to try different foods. Any time I've needed to speak to anybody about anything, matters have always been dealt with.

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Average Rating:   4.3 out of 5

I always feel like I am leaving my child in responsible hands.
The staff are friendly and helpful and encouraging.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Ashton House? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.1 out of 5

I am very happy with the staff in my son's classroom. I think they give the children a lot of time. They do a lot of learning and development. I have noticed my son has really come on in this classroom and will be ready for school.
More learning toys are needed.

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Average Rating:   4.2 out of 5

Cring staff, good atmosphere, nice building.
Paying via direct debt caused constant problems as it was never correct.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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