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Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01227 479036

Opening Times:

From 08:00 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Here, at Busy Bees Canterbury, we believe in giving children the very best start in life. Nestled not too far from the banks of the River Stour, our nursery is a safe place where children can try new things, develop skills and make new friends.

We provide childcare in Canterbury for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Our spacious nursery is separated into different age groups and offers a warm, welcoming environment for the children. Our dedicated team is always looking to keep the children engaged with stimulating activities they can enjoy.

Our nursery also includes several additional facilities, including a sensory room and an outdoor play space. The sensory room provides access to equipment specially designed to allow children to explore their senses. In our outdoor space, the kids can challenge themselves on our mini obstacle course and learn to take safe risks in a supervised environment.

At Busy Bees we want to do everything possible to make parents’ lives easier, so we provide nappies and wipes to the younger children in our care, as well as snacks, meals, and drinks from our NHS-accredited menus. This is all included in your fees.

Book your visit today to come and see our Canterbury nursery for yourself. We can't wait to meet you!

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees Canterbury

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees Canterbury 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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Busy Bees

Busy Bees Canterbury

The Riverside Children's Centre

Kingsmead Road



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Lisa Farrow - Centre Director

Lisa Farrow

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees Canterbury

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Canterbury. 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 Canterbury

Eating well is a huge part of growing up. It's so important that children get the nutritional goodness they need, which is why we provide your child with healthy snacks, meals, and drinks throughout their day at our Busy Bees nursery in Canterbury.

Our seasonal menus have been carefully developed to provide children with a nutritional balance in the dishes they enjoy. They're NHS-accredited and every dish from them is prepared on-site by our nursery chef.

We can cater to any dietary or health requirement your child might have too. To find out more, just speak to your Centre Director.

Here's just a sample of the goodness-packed snacks and meals your child could expect to enjoy on a typical day with us:


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.


Vegetable and lentil casserole with new potatoes as a main. Summer fruit crumbled and low sugar custard for dessert. Served with a cup of water.

Afternoon Snack

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

Early Evening Snack

Veggie dippers with a garlic and herb dip to start. Rainbow vegetable pitta pizza or margherita pitta pizza. Served with a cup of water.

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5* Food Hygiene
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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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury Location

You'll find us at The Riverside Children's Centre - that's just across the road from the Kingsmead Leisure Centre. We're not far away from the city centre either - just a 15-minute walk away from Canterbury Cathedral.

If you're visiting us via public transport, there are plenty of options. The nearest train station is Canterbury West, which is a 15-minute walk. There's also the Sainsbury's bus stop right next to The Riverside Children's Centre. It's served by 4, 5, 21, 21A buses.

Our nursery features lots of on-site parking space, so you can pick up and drop your children off with total peace of mind. We also have a buggy store, which means you can securely store your pram or pushchair during your visit.

Find the exact location of Busy Bees Canterbury by using our What3Words:


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


Risqat B.


"Great ambience and fantastic team of staff. Our son is always happy and eager to return to nursery. In house chef also cater for our dietary requirements. Totally impressed "

Krista I.


"My twins love the staff at the canterbury branch. They are always happy when we pick them up and the staff are caring and informative."

Sophie G.


"Myself and my son have loved every minute of his time a busybees. I’m sad for him to be leaving and he is only leaving due to a change in personal circumstances. All the staff have been amazing and a know that they have the best interest in all the children they look after. It truly has been a lovely experience. Thank you. "

Naomi W.


"My child is so happy here. She love coming every week "

Gemma T.


"Busy bees have had an amazing impact on kayson from his education to lots of fun I have recommended busy bees to many people "