Busy Bees in Bedford

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Manton Lane
MK41 7NU

Opening Times

7:30am - 6pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

3 months - 5 years
  • GOOD Ofsted 2009 - click here to see our report
  • Wake and Shake singing and dancing to give your child a healthy start to the day
  • Our Imagination Station for all those budding little explorers
  • Pre-school Sports Skills 
  • A fantastic new wooden adventure garden to challenge and interest the children
  • Bio Metric System for secure entry
  • Recently refurbished throughout
  • Long standing qualified staff
  • A large car park making it easy to drop off and collect your child
  • Good location - 15mins from the local train station and 10mins from the town centre

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Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees in Bedford Manton Lane provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2009). Busy Bees day nursery at Bedford is a purpose built nursery in the Brickhill area of Bedford. The nursery is easily accessible from Bedford town centre as well as the A6 and A421 bypasses, we are also a short 20minute walk from the train station.

The team at Bedford are extremely passionate about what they do; many of them have been here since the nursery opened 10yrs ago! Our staff are all level 3 or are working towards their qualifications and the manager holds a level 4 qualification in leadership and management as well as the NNEB. We encourage all our staff to attend further training to develop their skills; we have a dedicated training team at our head office that provides a varied training package for all staff.

We ensure that your children have an enjoyable time while at nursery and that their needs and interests are met through exciting activities and play opportunities. The children take part in a range of Busy Bees initiatives which include Wake and Shake, Kindermusik, Busy Babies and Our Imagination station. Our outdoor area is fantastic! We are lucky enough to have a purpose built wooden adventure play area, a separate baby garden as well as gardening areas for the children. We offer the children the choice to play indoors or outdoors by promoting free flow throughout the nursery.

Leanne the nursery chef and Pali her assistant provide healthy and nutritious meals for the children. All food is cooked fresh daily and is locally sourced. The nursery menus are varied and we can cater for any dietary requirements.

We have built good relationships with the local Sure Start Centre and other agencies including Mid Bed Twins club, Local health visiting teams and the early years team at Bedford Borough council. We provide a Parent Partnership group which allows us to work in partnership with our parents listening to their views and making any necessary changes/improvements

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Meet the Team

Nursery Manager

Hello my name is Zoe and I have worked in the childcare industry since qualifying with a NNEB in 1993 - 20 years ago! For the last 9 years i have worked here at our fab Manton Lane setting. I was employed as an Assistant Manager and then promoted to Nursery Manager in 2005.

During my time working for Busy Bees i have attended a number of training courses including Paediatric 1st Aid, BSC Level 1 in Health and Safety, SENCO, Behaviour Management, CAF and Safeguarding. I am the Safeguarding officer at the nursery as well as the Training mentor.

I manage a team of 27 staff who all bring their own unique qualities to the job. We are very lucky to have a strong and long standing team with many staff members that have worked here since the nursery opened.

I love my job - To see the children progress and develop into confident little people whilst attending our very own setting is extremely rewarding.

I always look forward to meeting the new families that will be joining us. Feel free to come and speak to me at any time.


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Kitchen Team

Leanne Kondortas- Head Chef
Rattan Kaur- Kitchen Assistant

We pride ourselves on preparing and cooking lovely homemade meals that are nutritional and healthy. We cater for any diet or cultural needs.
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Pre-School Team
Room Team

Claire Latter (Middle) - Senior Room Manager Leila Henderson (Left) - Room Manager Melanie Worker (Right) - QEYE
A well established Pre - School team. Claire, Melanie and Leila have all been here since the nursery opened 10 years ago! Come and visit them, they would love to show you their fantastic Pre - School Enviroment.
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Under Two's
Room Team

Amy Pothecary- Room Manager for Under 2's
Alex Walsh- EYE (Mars)
Kim DeQuincey- EYE (Saturn)
Suhna Najib- EYE (Key Buddy for under two's)
Seema Mistry- EYE (Saturn)
Nana Antwiwaa-EYE (Baby Room)

Please come and visit us we would love to show you what fun and exciting activities we have on offer for children, we love to help encourage and develop children's learning through play.
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Toddlers 2-3's
Room Team

Theresa Blunden - Senior Room Manager for 2-3's
Carol Saunders- Room Manager for 2-3's
Hannah Barkham- QEYE (Jupiter) Alice Males- EYE (Jupiter)
Helen Patmore- QEYE (Venus)
We are the Toddler team and we look forward to meeting you, and showing you are fantastic rooms, we have lots on offer and love to have fun! Come and look at our lovely Imagination stations within our rooms.
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Babies 0-1 yrs
Room Team

Linzi and Daljeet take fantastic care of our babies. Both girls are fully qualified and have worked here at Manton Lane for over 5 years. Linzi oversees the running of the whole 0-2's department. The babies adore them both!

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Busy Bees in Bedford

Michelle Copsey

Hi My name is Michele and i have recently returned to work at Revenue and Customs 4 days a week. I am mum to Lee and Nina who attend 3 days a week.

"Lee has been at nursery since he was 11 months old and i have seen him become an sociable, friendly and chatty little boy. Now 3 he has started the Pre School class which he loves and i can already seethe transition to school will be relatively smooth. Nina started just before her 1st birthday and loves it just as much as Lee does, I have already seen an increase in her speech, eating and drinking abilities and understanding of instruction."
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