"We started Busy Bees because we wanted to provide exciting, innovative care for our children, in an environment that presented plentiful opportunities for play, interaction and development, simply because we wanted them to have the best possible start in life.
We created a nursery environment that was safe, with resources nowhere near as sophisticated as those in our nurseries today, but learning opportunities were always plentiful. We recruited staff with passion, enthusiasm and a never ending commitment to the children. Parents were always assured that their child was happy, because their interests were nurtured, and their individuality respected.
We continue to preserve this ideal in all of our nurseries today, by employing dedicated staff who share our vision and who are passionate about shaping a future generation."
Marg Randles, Managing Director and Co-founder
"SMILE with values of PRIDE"
S = See the Difference
M = Make the Difference
I = Innovative Care and Education
L = Learn, Develop and Grow
E = Exciting, Enabling Environments
with values of...
P = Professionalism
R = Respect
I = Inspiration
D = Dedication
E = Enthusiasm
At Busy Bees we believe it is essential to ensure the best possible care is being provided in each of our nurseries, which is why our team of over 100 people at the National Support Centre support and offer guidance to all of our nurseries and their staff teams.
Each of our Nursery Managers are supported by a Regional Director, who regularly visit each of the nurseries they manage to ensure that best practice is being adhered to, and to support the Nursery Manager with any issues or questions they may have. All Managers attend regular meetings with their Regional Director to ensure that all information is cascaded and best practice is shared.
The quality of the staff teams at our nurseries is paramount to creating a safe and stimulating learning environment. Busy Bees have a dedicated HR team who offer support to Nursery Managers on all employment matters, offering guidance and advice to ensure we recruit, retain and develop individuals who share Busy Bees’ vision in providing the best possible care.
Busy Bees are committed to training and developing the capable staff we recruit, so we use our Training Team to deliver in-house training for staff at all levels, as well as funding external training programmes and supporting Busy Bees learners while they work towards their qualifications. Training not only keeps our employees up to date on the latest childcare developments, policies and procedures, but also empowers and inspires them, so they have the knowledge and vision to deliver the best possible care to your children. Our training team operate so efficiently that Busy Bees has retained the Investors in People Award since 1994 for our commitment to training and development.
A number of departments at Busy Bees have received acknowledgements for the service they provide, including our Health and Safety Team, who have worked hard to ensure we retain our membership of the British Safety Council. Our National Health and Safety Advisor is responsible for advising and updating company policies and maintaining high standards of safety in nurseries. Our advisor also monitors changes in national standards and ensures that they are implemented throughout our nurseries.
Busy Bees understand that safety is of utmost importance, and we want parents to feel safe in the knowledge that their little ones are in a safe, caring environment. Our Health and Safety team regularly visit the nurseries to support and audit practice, and each of our nurseries have their own Health and Safety Co-ordinator, who ensures health and safety guidelines are being adhered to at all times.
Each of our nurseries receives annual Environmental Health inspections, and our Nursery Managers are supported by our Catering Team. The Catering Team work closely with the nursery Chefs, not only on health and safety in the kitchen, but also on promoting healthy eating with well planned menus. They also work closely with our national food suppliers to ensure the quality of food and allergy control is maintained.
Our Catering Team carry out regular audit inspections at each of our nurseries to ensure Busy Bees are fully compliant with the Food Safety Act, and a Food Safety Management System is in place for all nurseries to adhere to.
Our nurseries in England follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),in Wales, we follow the Foundation Phase and Birth to three and in Scotland we follow the Curriculum for Excellence (CFE), Pre-Birth to Three and the National Care Standards.
English sites are inspected by Ofsted, Welsh sites are inspected by CSSIW and our Scottish sites are inspected by the Care Inspectorate.
Busy Bees have a Childcare and Curriculum Team, who are responsible for ensuring the staff have everything they require to deliver the curriculum to the highest possible standards. The team regularly roll out childcare initiatives such as Busy Babies, Cooking with Me and Imagination Station, to enhance the Environment and offer further opportunities to extend the learning and development within all of our nurseries. Childcare Advisors visit the nurseries regularly to support, audit and implement new ideas in to practice.
Our National Support Centre provides advice and guidance to all nurseries throughout the country and each member of staff has training and experience in the role they carry out, so they can deliver the best service to our Nursery Managers, who in turn can provide the best care to your child.