Busy Bees at Plymouth

Seaton Court, 2a William Prance Road, Plymouth PL6 5ZD

Busy Bees at Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon
Busy Bees at Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon
Busy Bees at Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon

Busy Bees at Plymouth has a fantastic range of age-appropriate outdoor areas, staffed by a highly-qualified and long-standing team, including sensory areas, an outside wooded area and a holiday club.

Being a forest school allows the nursery team to support learning experiences that children find to be magical, as well as encouraging independent thinking and good communication skills.

Storytelling and songs are a popular part of the itinerary, while the nursery is equipped to help develop all key learning areas, such as numeracy.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Jodyann Ratchford (Nursery Managers)

Local Authority / Social Services: Plymouth City Council

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

Total Places for Children: 67

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 14 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0700-1800

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Reviews

9.8 Busy Bees at Plymouth has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.793)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Plymouth 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 24 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Plymouth in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 24 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 4.793 for Busy Bees at Plymouth is calculated as follows: ( (228 Excellents x 5) + (55 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 285 Ratings = 4.793

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Plymouth is based on 24 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 13.4 positive Reviews (67 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 24 Reviews ÷ 13.4 Target Reached = 1

  • 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
    20
  • Good
    4
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

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

  • Extremely LIKELY
    23
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Plymouth

  • Mother of Child
    24

An excellent nursery with superb staff who understand children very well. Every time I go in it is calm and my son loves going.
Very good outdoor space and brilliant teaching that is specific to your child.
My son has medical problems and was behind in his speech and language and he is now talking more than his peers!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

The nursery and the services provided are excellent. Opening times are great as this has allowed me to get to work on-time. My children are always happy and excited to attend, they have never cried upon arrival. The resources used are great. My children always bring home the work they've done, i.e. painting, drawing, colouring, etc. The staff are always welcoming and always give you feedback on your child for the day. I absolutely recommend this nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

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

We are really happy with Busy Bees at Plymouth, always clean and tidy with healthy and varied meals. Staff are excellent and flexible to add extra days when needed. Would definitely recommend this nursery.

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

We have been using Busy Bees at Plymouth for 5 years for both of our children since they were 9 months old. They absolutely love every day they have attended.

The opening hours are brilliant for our work life as parents, more importantly, the services they provide the children are perfect. Each and every member of staff that work there are very professional, approachable and friendly. We have considered the whole team an extension to our family over the years as parents and I believe our children do too.

All 3 rooms provide outstanding care (baby, toddler and pre-school) and have equally contributed to the development of our children academically and socially over the years and continue to do so with our youngest who is about to move to pre-school.

The pre-school room has been fantastic with our eldest and most certainly prepared him for the transfer to primary school with their fun approach to learning where he is now thriving.
I cannot recommend this nursery enough.

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

The staff at this nursery truly care about the children in their care. They know them as individuals, their likes and dislikes. They encourage lots of outdoor play which is critical for our daughter. They also set clear boundaries and instil values in the children.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our son has settled well at Busy Bees over the last year. He is engaged in a wide range of learning activities which he thoroughly enjoys. The children are outdoors often and he loves exploring in the garden. There is a good emphasis on encouraging independence with self-feeding etc.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My daughter has been going to Busy Bees since she turned 1 and I have complete faith in the team. I have never struggled to get her to go to nursery and she is always happy when I collect her at the end of the day.

Her keyworker in both the baby room and toddlers room have been and are amazing. They are always happy to talk to me about how my daughter is getting on and will listen to any concerns I have or ways in which I want them to do anything, for example; potty training, they took on board what we were doing at home and replicated this at nursery.

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

The nursery building is clean, inviting and has brilliant outdoor all-weather space for children. The staff are helpful, friendly and caring.

I have been using the nursery for the last 4 years, taking both my children to the nursery since they were little, one has now left and gone to school and she still talks about her Busy Bees days and all the nice things she did while there; her nursery graduation, pretend school days and teddy bear picnics to name just a few!

The team go above and beyond and to know my children are happy while I am at work which makes my work day a whole lot more bearable!!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

We are so happy with the nursery and support from the staff. Our child has settled into the nursery and thanks to the excellent provision and wonderfully caring staff, she is making fantastic progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Plymouth? 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: Don't Know

My son started at this lovely nursery back in August. Our first impression was how caring the staff are. It took our son a good couple of weeks to get settled in but every morning he was greeted with such kindness and lots of cuddles which made his journey so much easier. We can't thank enough to all the lovely ladies in the toddler room, they do a wonderful job looking after all the little ones with so much love and patience.

I feel reassured that my son is in the best capable hands and I would strongly recommend this nursery to any first time mum who has that fear of leaving their child in someone else's hands.

Many thanks once again for all your care!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 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: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

From top to bottom this place is amazing. So much outdoor space to explore and not many nurseries have their own woods. You feel that you are part of a big family and no matter what room your child is in everyone knows and cares about them. Both children are so happy their and their confidence has grown. I couldn't recommend them more and I'm very hard to please!

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

Our son was at Busy Bees for nearly four years. The staff are great and really take the time to develop your child. For example, when our son moved from toddler room to preschool, they made sure a member of staff who usually worked in toddler room was in preschool every morning to ease my son in. His social skills developed considerably being in such a nurturing environment. When he was toilet training, the staff helped and gave good advice.
The turnover of staff is really low, which to me meant they provide good working conditions for staff as well. If I needed extra days at short notice they would try their hardest to help.
The price includes all food which means a lot less stress in the mornings. The Christmas show and graduation shows were excellent. I highly recommend Busy Bees and the location is great if you work at the hospital.

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

Busy Bees at Plymouth has been the perfect setting for my son who is now flourishing at school. Their play based approach to learning enabled my son to become a very resilient learner who is curious about the world around him. He also loves the outdoors which is the best playground to learn in. My youngest son has been attending Busy Bees at Plymouth too since I went back to work. He is different from his brother yet loves Busy Bees at Plymouth just as much. Staff are amazing at tailoring activities to individual children while nurturing group activities. They are always welcoming and always have a smile on their face. I have since recommended Busy Bees at Plymouth to many friends.

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

Staff always go above and beyond for the needs of your child. They have helped my son with his speech and learning and he has come on leaps and bounds. All of the staff are very friendly and approachable.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

I am extremely happy with my child at pre-school. I feel it has enabled my child to become much more independent and confident too. She always seems to enjoy her time whilst there and looks forward to going there which as a parent is always a huge relief!

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Satisfactory

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son enjoys so much going to his nursery, especially because of the amazing spacious pre-school garden and lovely and caring staff. He improved not just in his language and practical skills, but also his eating habits and social skills.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Don't Know

My son started at Busy Bees in February 2017. He was very tearful and still is on occasions, but the staff there always ensure that he is given the attention that he needs. His key worker is really lovely and my son is very fond of her and talks about her at home. All the staff are friendly and very good at their jobs. The food is fantastic and the nursery itself has great facilities and I am pleased to have got my son into this nursery. Very happy with all aspects.

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

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended the nursery since she was three months old, she has always been supported and cared for exceptionally well and I have always felt confident that she is happy. She is now two years old and thriving, I have no doubt that her speech and communication is as good as it is because of the staff and social aspect she gets from being in the nursery.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Having researched and viewed many nurseries, Busy Bees, Plymouth stood out for us above the others. The professionalism and efficiency of the office staff was just outstanding and we cannot praise enough how helpful the nursery has been to accommodate us with our study/working pattern.
Our son has thoroughly enjoyed his settling in sessions and we look forward to all of the activities and play available to him in the coming years, especially the outdoor areas.
We are completely satisfied with our choice knowing that our son will be nurtured, educated, active and safe.

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

All the staff are friendly and know my daughter's name whether they look after her or not. Her key worker very quickly seemed to learn my daughter's ways and learnt how to settle/distract her.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Our two children attend Busy Bees Nursery in Plymouth. They were just 11 months old when they first started and from the first visit we did, our children felt at home. The staff are amazing and like family to us. Their skills and experience meant that our bilingual children received the support they needed to develop their language skills. We are truly happy we chose this nursery and our mind is at peace while the children are there.

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

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little girl has been going to Busy Bees since she was 8 months old. She is now 2 and I could not be any happier with how the staff at the nursery look after my little girl when I am at work.
The staff are always so friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble. My little girl is always coming home with things they have made and she is always learning new things. I could not imagine her going to any other nursery. Busy Bees is highly recommended.

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

Our son has attended Busy Bees since he was 11 months old. He will be leaving to go to school in September 2017 and during his time at the Busy Bees nursery and pre-school. He had developed into a confident, adventurous and happy little boy and we really believe this is due to his wonderful experience at Busy Bees. We have always found them to be friendly, approachable and very professional and are excited to be sending our younger son to Busy Bees in February 2017

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

I have been really impressed by the level of care, range of stimulating activities and extra services available with Busy Bees at Plymouth.

I was quite anxious about my child starting nursery, but the team of workers are phenomenal and so caring that I know my child is in safe hands. I have also been delighted that I could continue to breastfeed my baby during my lunch breaks and I have received nothing but support from the team with regards to this.

I feel that the team really know my child and with the daily updates in my child's diary I feel connected to my baby.

I can't recommend this nursery highly enough. I can only thank the team for their time, kindness and care.

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

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