Busy Bees at Guildford

Hanover House, Cross Lanes, Guildford GU1 1UG

Busy Bees at Guildford, Guildford, Surrey
Busy Bees at Guildford, Guildford, Surrey
Busy Bees at Guildford, Guildford, Surrey

The nursery in Guildford is a purpose built nursery, situated close to Guildford town centre, with access to the main line train stations and the A3/M25. The Nursery is managed by Jackie Gumbs and is one that commits itself to the development of children in a home from home environment.

The nursery has specifically designed rooms to encourage child development and to meet the needs of the individual age groups. Within this safe environment, the children can properly explore and question their surroundings.

The security of children is of the highest importance, with CCTV in all rooms and a secure video door entry system ensuring parents have peace of mind that their children are being cared for in a safe environment. The nursery is fully air-conditioned and has its own private parking.

The spacious outdoor play area incorporates astroturf and comprehensive climbing apparatus. They also actively encourage visits and trips to places of interest.

The nursery is registered with Ofsted and inspected to ensure the education requirements of the Government’s Early Learning Goals are met. The staff are only too pleased to discuss your particular requirements and extend an open invitation for you to call or visit.

Busy Bees Nursery is dedicated to providing the finest quality childcare and education for children aged from 3 months to 5 years. Full and half day sessions at competitive rates are offered. The Nursery offers light and airy rooms with staff who are dedicated to providing a safe and stimulating environment for all of the children within its care.

With the excellent facilities and devoted staff they are able to offer the children an environment where they will grow and learn. Staff will support each child as an individual and ensure that all children are giving the opportunity to develop at their own pace.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Jackie Gumbs (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Surrey County Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 84

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1815

When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas

Fees Guide: Morning (0730-1300) & Afternoon (1300-1815) sessions £40.00 All day (0730-1815) session £66.50

Languages Spoken (other than English): Spanish; Castilian, French, Italian, Polish

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Reviews

9.1 Busy Bees at Guildford has a Review Score of 9.1 (9.056)

The Review Score of 9.1 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Guildford is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.7 out of 5 from 24 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Guildford in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.4 out of 5 from 6 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 4.699 for Busy Bees at Guildford is calculated as follows: ( (208 Excellents x 5) + (70 Goods x 4) + (8 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 286 Ratings = 4.699

  • 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 4.357 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Guildford 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 16.8 positive Reviews (84 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 6 Reviews ÷ 16.8 Target = 0.357

  • 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
    18
  • Good
    6
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Guildford?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    3
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Guildford

  • Mother of Child
    19
  • Father of Child
    4
  • Grandfather of Child
    1

The team at Busy Bees are amazing and have made my transition back to work easy. The care and support they have shown towards my little girl has been outstanding and she absolutely loves going.

Every member of staff makes an effort to get to know you and your child and they are all welcoming, friendly and very helpful. The management are extremely supportive, very friendly and very keen to provide as much support and interaction to both the staff and parents using the nursery. I am delighted that we chose to go here and they've continued to impress me.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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 oldest daughter is in preschool and absolutely loves her days at nursery. She has made great friends and loves all her teachers. She gets so excited about going to preschool. My youngest daughter is in the baby room. Her carer has been amazing at getting her settled in quickly. Very happy with everything at Busy Bees at Guildford.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

An outstanding nursery. The staff have looked after my daughter since she was a baby through to preschool - I cannot recommend them enough. I must also mention my daughter's amazing key worker. Thank you!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

From the moment we walked around Positive Steps, we felt happy we'd made the right choice. It's such a tough decision when you are leaving your 1st child with strangers but I've come to see the staff at the nursery as an extension of my family - so welcoming, warm and I have no reservations about leaving him each time. The staff genuinely know him well and he loves seeing them and even jumps out of my arms when I drop him off. It is a lovely atmosphere, everyone is always happy and the staff look as if they genuinely enjoy their jobs and they want to be there every day. I would recommend the nursery to everyone.

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

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

The quality of attention from the pre-school team is the best with great reports explaining the progress from my daughter. Also clear plans to help her get into the school of preference really helped my daughter.

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

Average Rating: 

 3.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our 18-month-old daughter loves going to nursery and always has a fun time. As a full time working mother, this has really made me feel better about returning. The staff really care about the children, they are fantastic! The nursery and the gardens are well kept and full of toys. They even have a pet hamster which my daughter loves.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

Good opening times and flexible drop off/collections. Plenty of space and activity and good daily feedback. Good meals.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Friendly staff. Kids seem very happy.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Both my children attend the nursery, with one in the babies room and the other in the toddlers. Both have a great time, engaging in activities such as outdoor play and creative play, that extends beyond what they would get at home. My sons transition into nursery has been so well managed. Both he and I feel happy, my son has settled incredibly well.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Staff are always friendly and treat my little boy with such love, that I do not worry about him and how he is doing on a day to day basis. Staff always know what each child is up to in their development. I cannot express how happy I am with his key worker and how he likes it when she's around.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My granddaughter has been attending this preschool for sometime. Initially we planned to move her into another nursery after she reached her 2nd birthday but after seeing how the staff look after her, we decided to continue until she is 3 years old.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son joined nursery a year ago. This is his first experience at nursery. He has settled in so well and it has made me confident in being able to leave him for the first time.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

Positive Steps are a nursery you can trust. My son has enjoyed playing and interacting with the staff and has continued to develop and grow into a confident toddler.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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 little one loves his days at nursery and even asks to go at weekends! Staff are friendly and very supportive, give great feedback on his day and are very approachable. He especially loves the outdoor space.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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 child is very happy at nursery - he likes coming in on the days he does. He seems to be engaged in a wide range of activities week by week, including those I wouldn't attempt/think of doing myself. He comes out with new words and concepts at home, which I know he can only have picked up in the education and play activities, so I am pleased with that.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.1 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Value for Money: Good

Staff are always really friendly, I could not ask for nicer people to look after my special little girl. Always lots of fun things for her to do, as she is always difficult to tease away from her toddler chums. Thank you all.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been at Positive Steps for over a year. The team has been fantastic and really helped her blossom into a chatty little girl from a bum shuffling baby. They have provided great care, in depth feedback and addressed problems quickly and efficiently.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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 eldest daughter started at preschool in September following our move from London and was extremely shy and clingy at the start. I can't thank the staff enough for their time and patience, as she now loves going to preschool and will be sad to leave next month. My youngest daughter has settled in the last few weeks and has loved her time there so far. All the staff really care about the children and bring out the best in them.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

Very caring and attentive staff. Always give good feedback on how the day has gone. The nursery take the time to understand and accommodate any special circumstances.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Very pleased with the care of my daughter.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my sons have attended the nursery, the eldest is now in Reception and is excelling in reading and numeracy. This would not have been possible if it wasn't for the provision that the nursery has getting him ready.

My youngest is still at nursery and absolutely loving his time here!!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Satisfactory

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Our daughter has attended the nursery since October 2015, in the older babies room.
We visited other nurseries but we found the staff at Positive Steps the friendliest and most professional.
We immediately had a good vibe when we walked through the door.
The facilities are excellent with a high standard of cleanliness.
Our daughter is very happy and settled there, and has developed in herself far more than we expected. Each day we are told what she has done, and we are encouraged to say the areas we want our daughter to develop.
The manager and team are genuinely interested and caring about her needs and we are very happy with our choice.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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 has been attending the nursery for 7 months now and started at 11 months of age. The staff have all been so supportive to my daughter (and us as parents) whilst she settled in and accommodated any needs she had or any concerns of ours. I love that she is always greeted so positively when she arrives and happily starts to play. Returning to nursery after nearly two weeks off over Christmas brought a surprise for us; expecting to have a reluctant or tearful toddler we instead saw our daughter confidently stroll into Nursery. She knew and understood where she was and that she was there to play.

A difference between Positive Steps and other nurseries which struck me immediately was the environment. It is light and airy, neat and clean, cool in the summer (air-con) and warm in the winter. The rooms are bright and fresh with lovely quality toys and equipment. The babies/children are stimulated and busy. I did not see any old, broken or scruffy toys and it always looks clean.

My one reservation (before I visited) was that the outside space was smaller than at some other nurseries. Thankfully any concerns I had vanished after I saw the garden. They make wonderful use of their space and the toys and garden equipment are of exceptional quality. Even the crawling babies have their own low-down "climbing frame" which I thought was inspired.

The quality of the food is excellent and my daughter enjoys mealtimes there. She also sleeps well at nursery and any babies requiring extra patting/cuddles/snuggles to settle to sleep get it.

If all the nursery nursing staff are busy then there's always the office lady to greet you with her lovely big smile and say "hello".

I was never going to find it easy to leave my daughter at nursery but I have to say that the staff and environment at Positive Steps make it so much easier.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Guildford? 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

Generally I am very satisfied with the care what we are getting. During the settling everybody was extremely helpful. My only comment is about lunch. Kids always got main course and then desert. I would be much happier if they could get soup and main let's, say, every second day. I really appreciate that the staff are flexible and they do their best to accommodate my daughter's needs in all aspects of the care/sleeping, eating, play time and language development.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Jackie Gumbs

Job Title: Nursery Deputy Manager

Description:

Has progressed into an acting Manager through her experience and managerial skills.