Busy Bees in York

Eccles Close, Rawcliffe, York YO30 5XJ

Busy Bees is a calm, homely and welcoming nursery with caring staff.

The large, purpose-built nursery, fully refurbished in 2017, is accessed only by a secure key fob system, with age appropriate rooms all having access to outdoor areas including an enclosed woodland walk.

The long serving staff team have a comprehensive range of qualifications, the majority holding Level 3 in Childcare and the Foundation Class has a Qualified teacher.

The staff team develop strong relationships with their key children parents, giving daily feedback to keep them informed of their child's progress.

Nursery chefs are committed to providing nutritious and healthy meals for the children including any dietary requirements, using fresh ingredients which are locally sourced. The nursery achieved the highest possible rating for food hygiene being awarded 5 out of 5 stars by City of York Council.

The knowledge and expertise of the staff team at York is complemented by assistance from the National Support Centre with dedicated departments such as Health and Safety, Catering, Estates and an EYFS Childcare Team.

Even more reasons to love the nursery…
Outstanding Ofsted 2015
Online learning journal system in conjunction with ParentZone
Baby Development Group
Shake and Write – dance activity to support the physical skills needed for handwriting – exclusive to Busy Bees
Wake and Shake – exclusive to Busy Bees, a singing and dancing activity to give your child a healthy start to the day
Kinder Musik - An interactive music and movement programme.
Large baby area with individual rooms suitable for all areas of development including a separate sleep room
Great travel links and easy access from all main roads to York
Exciting outdoor areas including giant sand pit and Woodland Walk
Large car park for drop off and collection
A 10% discount to all York NHS Foundation Trust employees as from 1st January 2018

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Belinda Hammond (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: York City Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 120

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Overview

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in York is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 16 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in York in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 6 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 4.938 for Busy Bees in York is calculated as follows: ( (180 Excellents x 5) + (12 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 192 Ratings = 4.938

  • 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 4.25 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in York is based on 6 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 24 positive Reviews (120 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 24 Target = 0.250

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

9.2 Busy Bees in York has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.188)

Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    16
  • Good
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  • Poor
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees in York?

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in York

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Father of Child
    1

I cannot speak highly enough of the facilities and staff at Busy Bees! From our first visit, through our son's settling in days and every day to date we have been confident that our son is being cared for, nurtured, taught and nourished to the highest standard. The staff here are amazing. Truly amazing. They take great care to get to know each of the children and really know them, quirks and all! Our son has been attending since he was 10 months old and is about to turn 2. He loves it!

The staff are incredibly attentive and we are kept very well informed through Parent Zone updates and conversations at drop off and pick up. Our son has an ongoing health issue and everyone - managers included - is aware of it and very considerate, noticing very quickly if he needs his medicine (inhaler). I will end with simply that this nursery is OUTSTANDING in all areas. I cannot fault it. I never worry about our son while he is in Busy Bee care!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter has been attending Busy Bees in York since she was about 9 months old and is currently in the foundation class. Over the years we have been delighted with how professional and welcoming the nursery is and the way it has helped our daughter develop from baby to almost school age. We are always kept informed about our daughter's day and her overall progress, receiving feedback at the end of each day and also at parent's evenings at certain points in the year. The nursery uses the parentzone app which is also useful to see how your child is doing throughout the day. Each child at Busy Bees in York has a key worker and the children clearly love the staff. The nursery has good facilities and educational areas, the food provided is varied and healthy and there is a real community feel to the place (the nursery often raises money for charities and had special events such as summer fairs.) We have felt extremely secure and happy leaving our daughter at Busy Bees in York, knowing she will be well looked after and will enjoy her day. Our son has also recently enrolled and is currently enjoying the baby class.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

We have been extremely satisfied with all aspects of Busy Bees in York.
The staff all know our little boy inside out and have been nothing but kind, caring and professional. It was a daunting prospect leaving him with strangers for the 1st time but he loves being there and has come on leaps and bounds in his development. It is kept clean and the décor/equipment is 1st rate. It feels extremely secure and safe.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Since starting nursery, my son has been very happy.
The staff are lovely and my son is happy to see them on a morning.
Busy Bees has such a warm and friendly atmosphere. My son's development skills have improved a lot since starting.
I would 100% recommend Busy Bees to family and friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Excellent experience from day one. All the staff members have made us feel 100% comfortable in sending our child to Busy Bees.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Great nursery. Lovely staff. Wonderful environment. My little girl loves it. Always has a huge smile on her face and loves all the staff. The baby room is spacious, clean and full of fun activities.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Love the nursery and staff are all fab and helpful. My son has moved into a new room and they have made the transition so easy and stress-free for him. He loves going and doesn't want to come home at the end of the day. The nursery is well equipped with activities to enhance his learning and development at every stage and staff are committed to encouraging him wherever they can. I can't recommend highly enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Every member of staff is fantastic.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very helpful staff. Twins have an amazing time at the nursery, always come out smiling and happy- developing new skills every single time. As English is not their first language starting the nursery was a little scary for me as a parent but the staff were so helpful and assisted the twins in settling in and making them welcome and part of a group. Thank you to the ladies for all the hard work.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

I have two children attending nursery, one in the baby room and one in toddlers. As a family, we are always made to feel incredibly welcome by all staff. What I always find striking is how much the children are spoken to and sang to; communication, speech and language is clearly a high priority. Home cooked meals are cooked on site and there is always a range of fresh fruit and vegetable. I have no doubt that attending Busy Bees has had a big impact on the positive start to my children's life.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Lovely friendly staff at Busy Bees York, they have welcomed our daughter and supported me since she started there. We are very happy with her development and progress there. Most of all, our daughter is happy there and enjoys it.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

Since leaving my daughter in the care of Busy Bees, at 1 year old, when returning to work, I have always been safe in the knowledge that she is happy, cared for and having fun. She is now 4 years old and thoroughly enjoys the time she spends there. She has very close relationships with staff members and all of them, regardless of room, remember her by name. The transition between rooms has always been smooth and she has been lucky enough to form firm friendships with other children, as many have moved through the nursery with her from being babies. My daughter is a confident, polite and social little girl and I have no doubt that the Busy Bees environment and its staff members have contributed greatly to that.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I've been using Busy Bees in York since 2012 and am very happy with the level of care my children have received. I really believe that what they learn there sets them up for school and beyond and I would definitely recommend them to others.
I chose Busy Bees initially because it just felt right and it continues to provide a safe and caring environment but it's also an exciting and challenging one at the same time. My youngest daughter is now in the Preschool room and she's making great progress with learning and friendships. Development is well documented and communication between nursery and home is excellent.
This is a great nursery and my daughters have definitely benefited from being there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

We have been using Busy Bees in York for over a year now and our daughter is very happy there. The nursery is split into 4 age areas (babies, 1.5 - 2yrs, 2-3yrs and 3-5yrs). The rooms are clean, bright and airy with different play area in every corner. There is also large outside play area. All staff are qualified, very friendly and always happy to help and go along with your wishes. The children do different activities every day (from playing with toys, puzzles, painting and even helping to bake muffins). They also have different meals every day which our daughter enjoys. The pre-school group do Nativity plays for Christmas, and the whole nursery has a Christmas fair with Father Christmas, they do dress up days and much more throughout a year. You can also have access to your own online account where you can get updates and photos of your child at nursery. All staff at Busy Bees in York do a fantastic job.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Busy Bees is a fantastic nursery. My two year old is still there and she is very happy. Staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend to any parent. The rooms are bright and staff make a real effort to change activities and areas fresh and exciting. This is my second child who has attended the nursery and we have used the nursery for over 5 years. You are always welcomed by happy staff and children.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I attended the free baby group on a Monday morning for a few weeks before returning to work from maternity leave. I met all the staff that would be looking after my son and they are really lovely and caring and are so dedicated to providing the best childcare. He really loves going to nursery and the baby group really helped with settling in and with my anxieties about leaving him as I have no doubt he is in the best possible care whilst I'm at work. The nursery facilities are fantastic, caring for all of my child's needs and the daily activities are fun and exciting keeping him entertained and educating him too.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in York? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

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