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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted

23 Reviews

Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01376 552700

Opening Times:

From 07:00 to 18:30 Mon - Fri

Our Outstanding purpose-built nursery is located in a beautiful, quaint square in the heart of Great Notley Garden village surrounded by close links to Chelmsford and Stansted.

Our unique, thriving Foundation Class nurtures each child’s natural curiosity within a structured framework providing Pre-School children with an early introduction to school life. We support children with phonics, letters, counting and other fundamental skills such as concentration and contribution. Foundation Class Educators work closely with the children to progress their learning giving them the confidence to thrive. Children are encouraged to ask questions, make an inquiry, research and be eager for knowledge.

We have an amazing, spacious, exciting outdoor space, with designated areas for the different age groups, sparking curiosity and offering endless learning experiences for all.


Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree offers the flexibility of booking additional sessions for when you need them.​ Find out more about our nursery session booking app, Pebble.

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Melissa Harrison - Centre Director

Melissa Harrison

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Great Notley, Braintree

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Braintree. 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 Great Notley, Braintree

Fees include all meals, drinks and snacks prepared on site by our nursery chef.

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Food Menu

Take a peek at our NHS accredited menus below.

If you'd like to speak to someone about your child's diet, talk to your centre director.

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Click the button below for weekly, daily, and session rates for our exceptional childcare.

Did you know Busy Bees also offers government-funded childcare? If eligible, you could be entitled to up to 570 or 1140 hours of funded childcare, depending on your eligibility and your child's age, each year for your child. Find out more on our 'Funding Options' page. Or alternatively, speak to your Centre Director to learn more.

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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 Braintree 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.

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 Braintree. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Braintree for yourself.


Katie L.


"We would highly recommend Great Notley Busy Bees. The ladies are amazing there. They care so much for our boys, really working on their needs and also working on any interests they have. They help so much with their development. Everyone is really friendly and always willing to help with any queries etc. Thank you. "

Alicia H.


"Excellent service. Supportive, caring and accommodating. "

Leanne E.


"All of my children so far have been to busy bees. Great nursery and the staff are amazing, they make sure they get to know all of the children personally, for eg my son loves dinosaurs so they set him up a dinosaur activity when he arrived. "

Sarah H.


"Very good communication and organisation from the team at great notley"

Kayleigh B.


"No problem at all. "