Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow

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Progress Park
MK42 9XE

Opening Times

7.30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

0-5 years
  • GOOD Ofsted 2013 - Click here to view our report
  • A purpose-built nursery with warm nurturing rooms for children aged 0-2 years, bright stimulating toddler rooms and exciting pre-school rooms which are perfect for preparing each individual child for school
  • A large outdoor area which is full of exciting opportunities for the children to explore. The benefit of outdoor play is well documented and we are particularly proud of the large garden and varied play equipment
  • Extended opening hours from 7.30am - 6.00pm which are designed to give parents the greatest flexibility
  • A private car park which helps make visits to the nursery with your child safe and secure
  • Nutritious meals which are included at no extra charge and are freshly prepared and served daily by our qualified cook
  • Caring qualified staff who strive to ensure each child is happy, well cared for and supported as they grow and learn

Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Just Learning in Bedford Elstow provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2013). Just Learning Bedford is a children’s day nursery situated within quiet surroundings in Progress Park, Elstow, alongside the Park and Ride. We are easily accessible from the A6 and the A421. We have a large private car park to ensure your child can be dropped off safely.

The nursery is purpose built and has access from the rooms into a spacious secure, stimulating outdoor area. All rooms are furnished and resourced age appropriately to ensure we are offering an exciting and stimulating environment to enhance opportunities for our children.

We provide a friendly and welcoming environment where our children and families feel safe and part of our nursery family. We ensure activities are offered for all the family by having Mother’s/Fathers Day breakfast, Christmas family fun day, open days and recently Busy Bees 30th Birthday Party.

We have a happy and motivated staff team of which most are qualified to a Level 3 or above. Our staff attend further training to keep up to date with current legislation and to develop their future skills.

We follow the Early years Foundation stage. There is a strong emphasis on practical investigation and active learning through play, both in the play rooms and outdoors, carefully planned to develop children's individual skills and understanding. We promote inclusive practise and encourage children to be independent and make choices.

As a team we are passionate about providing stimulating learning opportunities, each child’s learning journal shows their current interests and achievements with photos and observations which promote the developmental stages and interest of each individual child.

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Meet the Team

Sara Vobe

Nursery Manager

Hello my name is Sara Vobe and I am the Nursery Manager for Bedford Elstow.

I have over 25 years experience in childcare, firstly as a mum of two wonderful daughters. Whilst my daughters were young I became a registered childminder and during this time I achieved my NVQ 3 in childcare and education. I applied for a position within our local community Pre-School as an assistant and within 6 months I was offered the Pre-School Manager position. After four fantastic years the Pre-School Turned into a Phase One Children’s Centre, my position became redundant and it was then that I applied for the Nursery Managers position and was successful and remained there for several years, during which time I achieved my Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in July 2008.

In March 2010 I joined Bedford Elstow and have seen the nursery team and opportunities for children and families grow.

We aim to offer a high standard of care and education where each child as an individual can achieve their Goals!
My motto is ‘Reach for the sky and be the star that you are’

During my spare time I like to spend time with my family. I like walking around the marina with my dog. Going on holidays in the sunshine and gardening.

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Our preschool team
Room Team

In our Preschool room we have 4 members of staff that make our team.
We have Chealsea Hollis who is the room manager of preschool and has worked for busy bees since 2010 and has got experience in all of the age groups. We also have Mandie who is a EYE, Rebecca who is a QEYE and Eli who is a EYE.
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2-3's room
Room Team

In our 2-3's room we have 4 members of staff that make up our team. We have got Cheryl who is the room manager, she has worked with us since 2006 and has got lots of experience. We also have Hannah who is a EYE and started with us as an apprentice, Rebecca who is new with us and is a EYE, and Geeta who is a QEYE.
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Under 2's
Room Team

In our under 2 department we have got Hanna who is the room manager and over looks the whole department. She has worked with busy bees since 2013 and has moved over from a Northampton site. She is also the assistant manager. We also have Lesley who is a QEYE and has been with the nursery since it opened. We have Roma who is a QEYE and has also been here since the nursery opened. We have got Kerry who is a QEYE and has been here since 2015, and Daniella who is a EYE and has worked here since 2015

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Parent Representatives for Busy Bees at Bedford Elstow

Becci Satham

Hi my name is Becci and i am a mum of one happy, outgoing little boy. My son Ryan started Busy Bees Bedford Elstow (formerly Just Learning) at 9 months old and has loved it from day one.
"When Ryan started Nursery i was more nervous than he was the first few days but the support and advice i received from the the nursery staff made the transition much easier. Nursery was definatley the best option for Ryan. The wide variety of activities and toys keep him busy, engaged and allows him to run his energy off. Ryan loves the food at nursery and even eats better than me! If you have any concerns or questions about sending your child to nursery, i will be more than happy to help."
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Katie Bayliss

Hi! I'm Katie and i am the mummy to a cheeky monkey (also) called Logan, who is currently in 1-2 room. Logan has been at Elstow since he was 6 months old. As a first time mummy, i was incredibly nervous about leaving Logan, but as the last several months have passed i can honestly say that he has come on leaps and bounds during his time at Elstow. He loves his main carers dearly, this is a massive relief to me, as i know i can go off to work and not feel too guilty.
"When i decided to return to work i visited 4 different nurseries across Bedford, but there was something that kept drawing me back to Busy Bee's Bedford Elstow. The staff were friendly and professional, the children i saw looked happy and engaged, the outdoor space was amazing. The team constanly look for ways to enthral the children at all ages, from new toys in the lower groups, to pumpkin growing for the older groups! It would be great to build up a parent network for the children who attend."

Suzi Whiting

Hi. My name is Suzi and my little boy (now 21 months) has been coming to nursery since he was 6 months old. Sending your child to nursery is always a big step and i think all parents worry. What i particulary liked about this nursery was the way the staff always made time to chat with me to discuss any worries i had. I also appreciate how every child is treated as an individual.
"Both Zak's key workers have really got to know him as a little person and i am very grateful for that. Should you wish to talk about anything regarding nursery, please feel free to come and have a chat!"
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