40 Years of Busy Bees

Mayor helps to open new Busy Bees Addlestone nursery

Published: 03/03/2023

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The Mayor of Runnymede, councillor Margaret Harnden, joined Busy Bees childcare Co-Founder Marg Randles to formally open our latest nursery for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, in Addlestone. 

The centre, on Simplemarsh Road, provides high quality care and early years education for up to 113 local families. 

Councillor Harden said: “I was impressed by the friendliness and how knowledgeable the staff team were. The children were all happy and enjoying the wonderful resources available. This centre is a wonderful addition to Addlestone’s family friendly facilities, giving local people the reassurance of quality childcare while they work.” 

The Mayor cut a ribbon to formally declare the centre open, alongside Marg Randles who helped to launch the very first Busy Bees nursery, in Lichfield, 40 years ago. 

Marg said: “We started the first nursery to give our own children and others like them the best opportunities and are committed to ensuring that every child has the best start in life. 

“For the past 40 years we have remained true to the values of our very first nursery, striving to create safe and enriching environments filled with opportunities to learn and develop.  

“Opening a new centre is as exciting today as that first nursery was, and I know our Addlestone team are looking forward to playing their part in the lives of their community.”  

Busy Bees was founded in 1983 with one nursery and an aspiration to give children the best start in life. Today, the UK’s leading nursery group cares for more than 40,000 children in 391 centres in the UK and Ireland, and 85,000 children globally across 10 countries.  

Tanya Howard, Centre Director at Busy Bees Addlestone, added: “We feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this new nursery, which brings together carefully designed rooms, a child-centred approach and tailored care to give every single Busy Bees child the very best start in life.  

“We intend to offer a home-from-home environment that is safe, secure, and nurturing, with plenty of room for children to play, learn and explore, creative play areas and outdoor spaces – and peace of mind for parents, knowing their child is in the best place.” 

The Addlestone nursery has been designed to offer an exciting and inspiring environment, with careful consideration of the environment and sustainability.  

Some unique features include ‘indoor living pictures’ – wall mounted frames planted with a selection of foliage to support learning, health and wellbeing by naturally purifying the air and encouraging children to touch, smell and care for the plants. 

Sustainable travel options are supported through the provision of a cycle rack for staff and parents, electric vehicle (EV) charging points for staff and a buggy store for parents who walk to drop-off/pick-up their children.  

Tanya, who has more than 13 years of experience in early years, added: “It has been a privilege to introduce our first families to our beautiful nursery and to showcase some of the wonderful facilities that will help to shape their children’s learning and development.” 

To find out more, please visit www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk/nursery/addlestone or call 0330 333 8133 to enquire.