Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne

Silver Fox Way, Colbalt Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE27 0QJ

Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne, at Cobalt Business Park, employs a friendly and professional childcare team dedicated to helping children pursue a wide range of early years learning goals, including in key areas such as numeracy and literacy, within fantastic secure environment and garden space. The nursery was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in November 2016.

Part of a nationally respected day nursery provider, the Busy Bees team takes pride in consistently high standards while valuing the feedback of parents and keeping up-to-date with regulatory standards.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Victoria Solomon (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Number of Staff: 40

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

Total Places for Children: 110

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1815

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Parking:

Parking facilities on site for use by parents and carers for dropping off and picking children up, secured by a barrier.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne 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 22 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.7 out of 5 from 16 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 4.935 for Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne is calculated as follows: ( (248 Excellents x 5) + (13 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 263 Ratings = 4.935

  • 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 4.727 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne is based on 16 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 22 positive Reviews (110 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 16 Reviews ÷ 22 Target = 0.727

  • 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 in Newcastle Upon Tyne has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.662)

Average Ratings

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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Mother of Child
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  • Father of Child
    3

My little girl started nursery when she was 1 and has loved it from the start. She is 3 and still enjoys her day at Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has come on miles since joining Busy Bees in May 2016, just before turning 2. She is always happy to attend and has made lots of friends. She always has something new to say, she has done or learnt throughout the week.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has been at Busy Bees since she was 9 months old and she is now 3, getting ready to go to preschool. I have found that the key workers in the room are all brilliant with her and treat her as if she was family. My daughter has learnt the importance of sharing, she loves the programme of activities, especially the variety of dance class, wake and shake, that is now, shake and write. She has learnt how to be creative through drawing and role play within the room. The quality of role play items is really good and the area is always clean. Her key worker has been very influential in my daughter's development, I was very impressed that my daughter was able to write the first letter of her name and I think she will be able to write, recognise the letters in her name very soon. The observations are now being published in a timely manner that when I have access they are more relevant in time and I can work on developing at home.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.5 out of 5

My son is very happy and well cared for at nursery. I'm always kept well informed of what he's done through the day. The staff are always very friendly and do a great job looking after him.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Son has been in this nursery for over two years and has improved in confidence and social skills, as well as learning so much from the play time and activities the nursery staff encourage them to do. Would highly recommend the nursery to anyone thinking about it as a place for their young one. Staff are very skilled and lovely with the kids as well as adaptable depending on the individual needs of the child.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attended the nursery for almost three years from the age of 2 and my daughter since 7 months old, both children have attended part-time. I can hand on heart say that the staff and facilities here are fantastic. We have seen amazing progression with our children in many aspects of their developmental stages and feel the staff are an extension of our own family.

Many people would be put off by the cost of private nurseries, however, the standard here is exceptional - and who wouldn't want the very best for their children?

The nursery strives for excellence, this is evident in the ambience of the staff and children. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery and would be happy for people to contact me through their Parent Partnership program.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little boy loves nursery, the staff have been massively supportive and always take the time to talk to me about my child's day and listen when I want to share something. They keep me informed of any relevant information regarding his progress and are always willing to share ideas to further aid my child's development.

The surroundings are fantastic and I love that my child has access to outside whenever they like. It's clear that staff spend quality time considering what activities to have out for the children and take into consideration the interests of the child as well.

Staff are cheerful and friendly. You always get a warm welcome when you arrive and leave.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My child is so happy at nursery. The warmth, care and love for my child are so transparent. Staff are very approachable, have in-depth knowledge of my child and always have time at the end of the day to talk through what has happened and share news with me.
All staff at the setting are friendly and helpful. We, as parents, couldn't ask for a better setting for our child.
Activities are both child-led with children's specific interests taken into account and adult led to ensure a balance throughout the day.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Absolutely brilliant nursery. My daughter loves coming here and has made so many friends. It's lovely hearing about what they get up to when I've finished work and come to pick her up. They have an exciting food timetable and really useful online log in to track how they're doing. 100% recommend.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Our daughter has been at this nursery since she was 9 months old and we have always felt that she is well cared for, her needs are met, and her education at all levels has been great. She's learning new things all the time and has been encouraged in her curiosity about the world, as well as in her need to get muddy, wet and covered in sand! Her key workers have always been fantastic and the nursery is happy to talk about any issues at any time. We'll be sad in September when she leaves for school.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son joined Busy Bees when he was 10 months old, obviously, I was very apprehensive leaving him with strangers when I returned back to work. His key worker was fantastic and very reassuring and after a few settling in sessions he was great and it was a real reassurance leaving him. I can’t fault the nursery one bit and he has really progressed since he joined almost 12 months ago and settled with his new key worker. I find him very sociable with other children, willing to try new things and in a great routine, I feel this is partly due to him attending nursery. My only negative would be that we can’t send him more often. All the staff are fantastic, very friendly and very caring towards the children.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has attended this nursery since my return to work after maternity (she is now 3) and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nursery to go to.
The staff are all very friendly and approachable and have your child's needs as a priority.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My daughter has attended Busy Bees for the last three and a half years. In that time the care she has received has been exemplary. The staff are amazing - they care for her in a way that makes me feel like she's the most important child there. The staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and use this to develop the children socially, emotionally and academically. There is a great pupil: staff ratio, so I know that supervision is always appropriate and well covered.

IN house cooks ensure that meals are cooked daily and onsite from fresh produce. This has encouraged my daughter to try new things, which is excellent as she tends to be quite a picky eater.

I cannot support Busy Bees as a Nursery and Pre School provider enough!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Very pleased with the quality and level of care that my daughter receives, and both myself and my partner both like seeing her progress on the parent zone app.

I feel as though I can drop my daughter off and go to work with the peace of mind knowing she is well looked after by the excellent staff, and she enjoys being there.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

I send my two children here numerous times each week, I couldn't say anything bad. They both love their time at nursery with their friends. The staff are great with the kids and it shows in how much my children love their nursery teachers. I've seen the menus the children get which is nice and varied and considerate of their dietary requirements. Over the Xmas period, the nursery has continued to run fine too, despite the very poor conditions we've had, it's been open business as usual and on time which really impressed me.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both my Daughter and Son have attended Busy Bees over the past 7 years and they have loved every minute of their time here. The staff and facilities are fantastic I couldn't ask for more.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have recommended the nursery to a friend whose daughter now attends Busy Bees Silverlink as I am so happy with my son's progress. His confidence is increasing each week and he really enjoys it, which makes it so much easier to go to work knowing he is content and comfortable and the friendly, helpful staff really make a massive difference too.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The nursery is excellent and our daughter loves coming. We know she is very well cared for and there is a great mix of play, fun and learning. The staff are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble. We'll be very sad when our little girl has to leave to go to school. Thank you for being brilliant!

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I am a parent to two children in Busy Bees Newcastle, my little girl has just turned 2 and is in Squirrels class and my little boy is 3.5 and is in Owls, which is the preschool class, both have been attending since approx 10 months old.
The reason for our choosing Busy Bees Newcastle was mainly due to its amazing outdoor space. They operate an open door policy which means the children can go outside whenever they like and as a Mum of two very outdoorsy and active children this is fantastic. Each class has its own dedicated garden area and within their gardens, there is an undercover section so they can be outside even when raining.
Each key worker that my children have had, has come to know myself and my children so well, I leave them there on a morning, knowing that they will have an amazing fun filled day, packed with activities and they are fed incredibly well with all food prepared and cooked onsite from scratch.
It really has been an excellent nursery for us all.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Our daughter has been at Busy Bees for several months now, and she absolutely loves it. She is always talking about what she has been up to, and we are really happy with all the activities and food options. Having used other nurseries elsewhere before we moved to Newcastle, I can honestly say that Busy Bees is the best - lots of space, lovely outdoor play area, friendly staff and plenty of opportunities to get involved.
We have also really enjoyed taking part in the charity activities.
In practical terms, the location is also really useful with lots of space for parking/dropoff.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Both of my children have attended the nursery and I have been extremely happy with the care they have received. The staff are warm and friendly and are always available to talk to about any aspect of my child's development.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

Extremely happy with the care provided by Busy Bees. My kid is a happy boy now. He just loves his nursery. Would definitely recommend it to my friends. Very dedicated team members. Would respond to all your queries as soon as possible.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees in Newcastle Upon Tyne? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

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