Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge is a beautiful nursery set in the rural area of Harpenden, with easy access to the M1 and walking distance from Harpenden train station. There is plenty of off-road parking and the nursery caters for 70 children per day in a home away from home setting.
The nursery has a total of five children’s base rooms catering for children from 3mths – 5years. The bottom floor consists of two children’s rooms which range in age from 3mths – 2years. While the first floor consists of three children’s rooms which range in age from 2 – 5years.
We have three main secure garden areas which consist of sand and water play, sensory walls, chalk boards, soft play, slides, climbing frames and many more. The garden areas are broken down in to three age groups. The baby room (3 – 15mths) have a free-flow system from their room to their own secure garden area, the tot’s room (16mths – 2years) also have a free-flow system from their room to a secure garden area which they share with the toddler room (24 – 30mths). Both Small (2&half – 3years) and Big Pre-School (3 – 5years) share the biggest garden area. We also have an outside school room which is easily accessible to the Pre-School children throughout the year.
We have an exceptional staff team who are truly committed to providing the best quality of care for every child in the nursery. Staff regularly attend training through Busy Bees to further their knowledge of working in a nursery setting. There is also plenty of opportunity for staff to engage in NVQ training to enable them to further their development and careers.
Julia our Head Chef has worked at the nursery for over eight years. Julia is dedicated to providing a healthy, safe, nutritious and interesting menu for all the children. She is fully trained on catering for children with special dietary requirements.
The nursery also has a parent partnership group which meets quarterly. This group consists of representatives from each of the children’s rooms. These parents are a little more involved in diary dates throughout the year and supporting the nursery through fundraising events.
We also have a few initiatives we are implementing in the nursery. These are listed below in our facilities.