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Busy Bees


Book your visit today

Call 0131 629 3363

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Notable for its distinctive beauty, exemplary facilities, and resources, Hopefield Castle Nursery joins the ever-growing Busy Bees family to be known as Busy Bees at Midlothian Hopefield Castle.  

Set in a formidable 17th-century fairytale castle with 1.5 acres of secure grounds, our nursery in Bonnyrigg is the perfect place for children to play, imagine and grow. With spacious and bright rooms designed to meet the needs of every age group, we ensure that our children’s individual needs are met daily. The free flow system in place allows children to choose whether they would like to play inside or outside and gives them independence and freedom of movement in a safe environment. 

As well as having extensive grounds within the nursery setting for the children to explore, there are many local parks and amenities within walking distance. We ensure that our children learn through experience, giving them opportunities to get involved in the local community, with regular trips and a strong link between home and nursery.

Our talented team of early years educators is fully qualified and each has their own specialism. We are committed to supporting our educators in continuing their professional development and offer opportunities for further training and education. 
Download our Parent Pack for more information about our day care nursery in Bonnyrigg. If you would like to meet the team in person and view the facilities, book a visit today! 

Not sure if Busy Bees Midlothian Hopefield Castle is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Edinburgh to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

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Busy Bees at Midlothian Hopefield Castle

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Lauren Glodek - Centre Director

Lauren Glodek

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Midlothian Hopefield Castle

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Bonnyrigg. Click on each facility to find out more.

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Car Parking
We offer ample parking on-site for your safety and convenience.

Buggy store
A safe place to store your pram while visiting the nursery.

Our nursery is fitted with CCTV for the safety and security of our team and the children in our care.

Secure Access
Our entrance ways are fitted with an intercom system and all access points are safe and secure.

Nappies and Wipes inclusive
Fees are all-inclusive to include nappies and wipes.

Formula Milk provided
Fees are inclusive to include formula milk if required.

Meals and Snacks Provided
All meals, drinks and snacks are prepared on-site by our chef and are NHS accredited.

Outdoor Facilities
Our outdoor environment offers space to explore and take safe risks with the support of our team, aiding child development.

Sensory Room
Our Sensory Room is a relaxing space providing a unique sensory experience with activities and equipment to explore, engaging and stimulating children’s senses.

Parent Room
Our parent room is a dedicated safe space for us to get to know your family and you to speak in confidence with our nursery team about your child's nursery life.

Smart Board
Our Interactive Smart Board is used daily to bring learning to life and provides children with a hands-on approach with technology.

Funded Childcare
We offer government funded places for children aged 2 to 4 years, please speak to the Centre Director for more information.

We have a fully qualified Teacher in our pre-school room who delivers exciting learning opportunities, whilst ensuring statutory and legal welfare requirements are met for every child.

Foundation Class
The foundation class nurtures each child's natural curiosity within a structured framework providing pre-school children with an early introduction to school life.

We keep families informed through ParentZone, an online learning journal platform, which can be accessed via a smartphone app.

Exclusive to Busy Bees, UP is a learning and development app used by educators in our nursery and parents at home. Search ‘UP by Busy Bees’ on the app store to find out more.

Book Extra Sessions Online
We offer online booking for extra ad-hoc sessions at this nursery with Pebble.

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Food at Busy Bees at Midlothian Hopefield Castle

At Busy Bees, we understand the importance of promoting healthy eating habits early on in life. That’s why we ensure all the food and drink we serve is nutritionally balanced. 

Our Bonnyrigg nursery offers mouth-watering meals that children love. During your child’s typical day at our setting, they’ll enjoy meals freshly cooked from scratch each day and refreshments from our NHS Startwell-accredited menu. 

There’s nothing extra to pay for this – it’s all included in your nursery fees. Everything is freshly prepared on the day by our talented on-site nursery chef. And if your child has any specific dietary requirements, don’t worry – we can account for their needs. Speak to your Centre Director for more information. 

Want a taster from our menu at Busy Bees at Midlothian Hopefield Castle?


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge. 

Morning Snack  

Fresh fruit with wholemeal toast or baked goods, served with a cup of milk or water. 


Chicken goujons (vegetarian option: vegetable croquettes) served with homemade baked beans, mixed potato wedges and a cup of water. Followed by pears for dessert. 

Afternoon Snack  

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks served with a cup of milk or water. 

Early Evening Snack 

Cheese twists to start, followed by spring vegetable soup served with a cup of water. 

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Preparing for School

In order to best prepare the children for the next big chapter of their lives, Busy Bees do all that they can to support and celebrate the transition. All of the planned activities and experiences which take place within our Busy Bees Nursery in Bonnyrigg are designed to provide a foundation of skills that will help them grow in becoming confident and capable learners.

Learn more about how we support the journey from nursery to school by taking a look at our "My Journey to School Tracker". To read more and learn about the other ways our expert team supports the transition to school level, take a look at our Starting School page.

Busy Bees Nursery Bonnyrigg Location

Ideally situated in Bonnyrigg, close to Edinburgh, our nursery is very convenient for families with excellent public transport links. There is also a car park on site. 

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Book a Tour

Our friendly, expert team of staff are always happy to welcome you and your child for a tour of the facilities on offer at our nursery in Bonnyrigg. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Bonnyrigg for yourself.


Jacqueline F.


"The car park is in need of some repair works - I was hoping this would have been carried out since busy bees taking over. Along with compulsory reverse parking during pick up and drop off to avoid risk of incidents - having witnessed a few near misses. In winter the car park is also very poorly lit - this could be addressed as well now Busy Bee’s have taken over. Tonight as an example the car park was full and no lights were on at 5:20pm. I had to ask for these to be put on - I would expect these to be on a timer or turned on by 4pm as a minimum. With the exception of the staffing update this week, the communications around staff members leaving is poor. Largely parents are told by the staff member on their last week or learn of departures by overhearing conversations / staff photos disappearing from the window. Observations and handovers could also be better and more frequent. I have not had any contact with my child’s key worker since the summer. I have raised this previously and understand that this isn’t the policy at hopefield castle due to the fact that all staff interact with all children however it still seems to vary from any other nursery setting that friends are using for their children. Drawing a direct comparison with our Busy Bee’s Inverurie experience there is room for improvement for Busy Bee’s at Hopefield Castle."

Karolina R.


"I was expecting a little bit more to be honest. Like learning journey or photos or updates on wee ones development. But i cant complain really. Wee one liked the food and she liked going there. She improved her language and other skills. Overall i would recommend to a friend but there is definitely space for improvement."