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 2013 click here to see our report
  • Long standing staff qualified staff
  • Our imagination station for all those budding little explores
  • Shake and write to support children with the skills for writing
  • Babble to Chatter to support children of all ages with their communication skills
  • A fantastic  wooden adventure garden to challenge and interest the children
  • Key fob system for secure entry
  • A large car park making it easy to drop off and collect your child  
  • Good location- 15 minutes from the local train station and 10 minutes form the town centre
  • Exciting Busy Bees Enhancements in all rooms to support your Childs learning
  • Good links with the local schools 

Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees in Bedford Manton Lane provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2013). 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 15yrs 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, busy babies, talk time baskets, shake and write, chatterboxes, 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.

Lena the nursery chef and Fran 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, 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. We also hold open events for to support the local community such has baby group, play and stay sessions and messy play sessions.

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Meet the Team

Theresa Blunden

Nursery Manager

Hello my name is Theresa Blunden I have been working with children for 18 years since qualifying in 1999 for 12 of those years i have worked here at  busy bees firstly as a nursery nurse where I worked in the toddler room, I then got promoted to assistant manager and I am now acting manger for 9 months.My new role means I am lucky to manage a longstanding staff team of 33 staff who all bring their unique qualities to the job, some of our staff have been here since the nursery opened 13 years ago!

The best part of my job is meeting new children and parents and supporting them with their transition into nursery, I love to see the children learn, grow and develop into happy confident independent little people ready for school. 

Working for busy bees gives me great opportunities to attend some valuable training which means I am trained in safeguarding children,first aid, behaviour management and SENCO.

I am also the mum of a 3 year old son and I understand as parents we want our children to to receive the best childcare, I always strive to ensure that is what we do each day at Manton lane. Please feel free to come and talk to me any time 



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Kitchen Team

Lena Hedges Head Chef
Fran D'Amelio Kitchen Assistant

We pride ourselves on preparing and cooking a varied selection of lovely homemade meals that are nutritional and healthy. We cater for any diet or cultural needs. Lena also enjoys producing speciality menu's for occasions throughout the year. We mark every child's birthday with a homemade cake which they then decorate before blowing out the candles.
Lena is supported in all kitchen duties by Fran.
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Pre-School Team
Room Team

Leila Henderson - Senior Room Manager
Melanie Worker- Room Manager
Talisha Lewis-Powlette- QEYE
A well established Pre - School team. Melanie and Leila have both been here since the nursery opened fourteen years ago and Talisha has been part of the team for two years. Come and visit them, they would love to show you their fantastic Pre - School Environment.
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Mars 1-2's
Room Team

Amy Pothecary- Room Manager for Under 2's
Sarah Barns- EYE (Mars)
Sophie Cartwright- EYE (Mars)

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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Venus 2-3's room
Room Team

Carol Saunders- Senior Room Manager for 2-3's
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. We open up the area outside 2-3's rooms to allow the children to free flow to the garden on a daily basis.
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Babies 0-1 yrs
Room Team

Daljeet Shergill - QEYE Room Manager
Valentina Watson - EYE
Daljeet is room manager in the baby room and works along side Valentina. They both take fantastic care of our babies. Daljeet is fully qualified and has worked here at Manton Lane for over 8 years. Valentina has been working at the nursery for two years now and is working towards her qualifications.
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Saturn 1-2's
Room Team

Daniella Schiavone- QEYE Room Manager (Saturn) Jess Kierkwood - QEYE (Saturn) Jenna Swinford-EYE (Saturn) You will love our beautiful rooms, we have a cosy room where we can explore the small world toys and read our books. We also enjoy getting creative in our messy room.

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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Sarah Kelly

Hi, my name is Sarah Kelly, I am a mother of two- a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. We recently moved to Bedford, having been living in Biggleswade for 2 years. We looked around several nurseries, to establish where Caitlin would go to pre-school. Caitlin immediately responded and warmed to Busybees and the staff. It had lots of space and plenty of messy play opportunities, which Caitlin loves. Caitlin loves to go to pre-school every morning, and always talks of her new friends and what she has been doing. She is developing well and growing in confidence. Everyday I drop Caitlin off, Callum wants to stay and play, I am sure that when I am back at work, Callum will love Busybees as much as Caitlin does.

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