Busy Bees at Reading International

Basingstoke Road, (behind the Verizon Building), Reading RG2 6DA

Busy Bees at Reading International, Reading, Berkshire
Busy Bees at Reading International, Reading, Berkshire
Busy Bees at Reading International, Reading, Berkshire

Busy Bees at Reading International employs a highly-qualified nursery team who are supported by robust training initiatives and an excellent range of learning resources to achieve high standards of education and childcare.

On-site play equipment is state of the art, there are stimulating sensory play areas and parents have the benefit of a bespoke settling in package tailored to the needs of each child.

The provider is committed to the happiness and well-being of each child and staff encourage an atmosphere of common courtesy and mutual respect.

Group: Busy Bees Nurseries Ltd

Person in charge: Michelle Thatcher (Nursery Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Reading Borough Council

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

Total Places for Children: 93

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

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

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Reviews

9.2 Busy Bees at Reading International has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.225)

The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Busy Bees at Reading International 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 19 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Busy Bees at Reading International in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.5 out of 5 from 9 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 4.741 for Busy Bees at Reading International is calculated as follows: ( (173 Excellents x 5) + (51 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 228 Ratings = 4.741

  • 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 4.484 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Busy Bees at Reading International is based on 9 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 18.6 positive Reviews (93 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 18.6 Target = 0.484

  • 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
    17
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Busy Bees at Reading International?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    18
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Busy Bees at Reading International

  • Mother of Child
    15
  • Grandmother of Child
    2
  • Godfather of Child
    1
  • Great Aunt of Child
    1

I have visited the nursery on a number of occasions and found the staff are very friendly, cautious as to who I was though and children were happily playing.
It's very clean with plenty of toys, learning games, role play and dressing up. I was also impressed with the outside role play area which had a construction site!
I would recommend this nursery to all my family and friends.
A happy child makes a happy mum and dad and peace of mind whilst working.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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

My twins attended this nursery from the ages of 7 months to 3 years. They thoroughly enjoyed their time at Busy Bees and the reason for leaving was to attend a Pre-school near our home and not near work as our jobs have changed.
The nursery is well organised, very friendly and I love the structure that is in place in each of the rooms adhering to the requirements of the age groups in the specific room. The nursery was always clean, great choice of activities and toys for the children and the staff are accommodating and friendly. I have recommended the nursery to many other families in the area.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My son has been attending for last few months and I have found the nursery very friendly, he enjoys playing in the outside area the girls are all very welcoming and always make me feel confident about leaving my son, he is always happy to attend.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

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 Reading International is a lovely nursery, with nice surrounding and resources. The staff are friendly and always happy, my niece has a great time at nursery, whenever I pick her up all the children seem very happy and well cared for.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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 am very pleased with my daughter's development since starting nursery. She is confident in her ABC and knows every nursery rhyme as well as all the actions and this has been taught by the nursery staff.
My daughter is always happy to go to nursery and sometimes asks to go when it's not her designated day, this fills me with confidence that she is being cared for brilliantly in my absence. The staff are always friendly and welcoming.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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 son has attended this nursery for nearly two years now and he has gone through each of the rooms happily. It's great that the girls help out in the other rooms meaning there is always a familiar face nearby. He has come on so far since starting nursery and learnt so much, educationally and socially.
The feedback to parents is also great so we always know what our son has been up to. A lovely place!

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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 sent my son here after he had already been at a previous day nursery for a year and a half. I was very worried he wouldn't settle as he was such a shy little boy and didn't like strangers. How wrong I was, my son had come completely out of his shell and was so much more confident in just a few weeks of attending the nursery. It wasn't just me noticing it my friends and family couldn't believe the change in him. His speech has improved dramatically and he loves going to nursery, he loves it so much he asks to go on the weekends.
I would most certainly recommend this nursery, the staff are really nice and the manager is lovely you can talk to her about anything, they are very accommodating if you need extra days or even need help the same day they do their best to help you. 10 out of 10 in my eyes.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

My granddaughter attends this nursery. The staff are extremely friendly and happy. The food is great and the resources are exciting. The nursery is a real community spirit and children are always happy. The location is great for me to collect as it is so close to the M4.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

One of the best nurseries in the Reading area, very flexible, the timings are great and means parents get ample time to drop off in morning and get to work. I have collected my Godson on several occasions and I know the flexibility and time of opening, as well as locations, really help my friends. The care provided is premium, good quality.
I would definitely use for my little one. Food is quality and children love it.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

My one-year-old daughter has attended Busy Bees Reading International since September 2016. She attends babies room four times a week 5 hours per day. I am exceptionally pleased with the care provided as the staff look after her so well and they are genuinely interested in her development and well-being. Every morning my daughter is so excited to be there, she is taken so much by all the toys and educational materials displayed in the room that she crawls happily straight away to play and explore. Also babies room has access to a lovely garden with lots of opportunities for messy play and activities. In particular, she loves playing with the sand pit. I really feel that my daughter is secure, happy and enjoys her day in this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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

My son has attended Busy Bees at Reading International Business Park for the last 2 years and has progressed up through all the rooms. He absolutely loves it and especially now he is in pre-school, he doesn't want to leave at the end of the day and wants to carry on playing and exploring. He has learnt a lot at nursery and enjoys the activities - dancing, singing, art and craft or even just helping do the simple things like setting up the table for tea. The staff always make time to listen and talk about his development, helping though those tricky developmental stages such as potty training and tailoring their approach to individual child needs. I've always been happy with the nursery and impressed with the Manager and her approach to running the centre.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

I viewed a few nurseries and when I visited the team at Bust Bees I was immediately put at ease. I did have concerns that my daughter, at just under 1, would get 'lost' in such a large space as she wasn't walking just yet. I was given a full overview of the trials the team do, the observations they make and the plan for introducing new children. My little one was comfortable straight away. Busy Bees were able to get us on the books quickly to accommodate our needs, they were able to maintain the skin care routine we have for her eczema and her restricted diet at the time. They always maintain open lines of communication, so I can give feedback and ask questions at any time. More than everything we already liked about the nursery, the staff are the thing that stands out. Our daughter is happy and well cared for. She's bonded with a few key people but is happy in everyone's company. She excitedly tells me all about her day, the people she's played with and the food she's tried.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

This is a excellent nursery, my child is always very happy going to nursery. The staff are very friendly and helpful, They have a great food menu. I would definitely recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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 this nursery since July 2016 when she just turned one on a full-time basis. I can see she absolutely enjoys going to the nursery and has loved it there. The staff has been extremely lovely and caring and she always gets her cuddles. I also receive a full update of what she does on a daily basis. It is reassuring for me to know that my daughter is well taken care of and is happy. This is all thanks to the amazing staff and also the nursery manager. I won't hesitate to recommend anyone to this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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 son has been attending this Nursery since he was 9 months old, he is now 3 and in Preschool, he adores his teachers and feels totally happy and comfortable in the Busy Bees environment and that really makes me feel at ease when I head off to work every morning. I was very nervous when looking for childcare, as he is my first born and I had to go back full time when he was very young. The staff at Busy Bees are truly fantastic, and I love him being there. He is coming on from strength to strength and his personal development is fantastic! He loves the food and always eats everything (if not double portions most days!) so overall, I am very happy with the service I am provided with by Busy Bees.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Satisfactory

Busy Bees is a great nursery which accommodates my shift pattern. My daughter has recently left for school and my son is in toddlers. My son is happy there and I know my son is in good hands. At short notice, I know the nursery helps me out. Thank you.

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

Average Rating: 

 4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Impressive experience when I needed a nursery urgently with my first child at 9 months as I was due to return to work earlier than anticipated. This was the third nursery school we saw and I was absolutely impressed with what they offered and the price which was of great value in comparison to the others.
One and a half years on, the experience is the same and my 1-year-old now also attends this great nursery.
I would recommend and have recommended the nursery school to family and friends. Currently, 5 parents within my network send their kids to this nursery school and are all as impressed as I am.
Feedback is welcomed and taken on board albeit far and few between. The extra activities outside of nursery hours promote parent and child activities and also help parents engage with one another and gives us an incite into how our kids are when they are at Busy Bees at Reading International.

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

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending nursery one day a week since she was 4 months old. She is now 2 and a half. She absolutely loves coming to nursery in the mornings and is keen to show me around her room when I pick her up at the end of the day. The staff are really caring and someone is always available to talk to. The resources are great and the nursery is an extremely safe environment. I would highly recommend this nursery and I will be sad when it's time for her to leave! Thank you for all you do for my daughter.

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

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has attended this nursery for the past two years and I would highly recommend it. The nursery itself is delightful, with all the latest toys and technology, but what makes this place special is the staff. From the initial days of starting nursery, to the transition through the classes they have been wonderful and being very patient with an overly worried mum making sure myself and my son felt happy with every step. The room leaders are fantastic and the level of care and education as wonderful. A beautifully run setting with a truly welcoming team.

How likely would you be to recommend Busy Bees at Reading International? 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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