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Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01332 281 978

Opening Times:

From 08:00 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Looking for childcare in Derby? Our beautifully presented nursery is a purpose built two-storey day care setting designed to meet both children’s and parents’ needs. 

The qualified and experienced staff go above and beyond the EYFS statutory framework. Our aim is to maximise the potential of every child and set the foundations for lifelong learning. We do this through a combination of child-led and creative play, introducing gentle routine and structure as children progress through the nursery. 

The nursery is fully equipped and split into four key age and stage appropriate rooms to accommodate children’s various developmental needs. A secure and self-contained Baby Room on the first floor offers a unique homely environment designed to promote a familiar and reassuring environment that makes the settling-in process as smooth as possible. We strive to develop happy, independent and confident children with a wide range of educational and social skills. At Busy Bees Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive, we embrace a diverse range of activities, from messy play and imaginative role-playing to essential pre-school subjects like phonics, literacy, and foundational mathematics. We also offer offer PE sessions for preschool children as part of a school readiness programme to get them fully prepped for the next part of their education adventure. 

Our long-established team maintain strong links with the community. Children regularly go out and about in the community on trips to local parks, children centres and to Springwood Library for story-time and reading sessions. The younger children also get to enjoy visits out in the community with our unique buggy bus. Our preschool children tend to go on to neighbouring schools Cavendish Close, Park View, Breadsall Hilltop, Roe Farm and Springwood. 

Children at Busy Bees Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive enjoy extracurricular activities at our secure, cosy garden and additional spacious hall. We offer football lessons for preschool children, designed to stimulate imagination, aid early development skills such as learning colours and numbers, following instructions and playing as a team.

To find out more download our Parent Pack and if you would like to have a look around our fantastic nursery in Derby book a visit today. The team would love to welcome you and your family.

Not sure if Busy Bees Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Derby to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive

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

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Kristina Beal - Centre Director

Kristina Beal

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Derby. 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 Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive

Getting healthy, nutritious food into the mouths of little ones can be a challenge! We understand appetites vary from child to child, which is why we try our best to provide varied food options throughout the week and change our menu seasonally. 

Even better, the fees you pay includes all meals, drinks, and snacks, all of which are prepared on-site by our nursery chef and follow the NHS-Startwell programme, encouraging healthy eating habits. .

Get a taste of what you can expect your child to eat while at Busy Bees Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive:


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge. 

Morning Snack

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


Vegetable spring roll with plum sauce, followed by Chinese-style orange chicken or tofu with egg noodles and broccoli, with a cup of water. 

Afternoon Snack

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

Early Evening Snack 

Turkey or hummus and tomato sandwiches served with cucumber sticks followed by a banana, with a cup of water. 

Want to learn more about how we encourage children to eat well and get into positive eating habits? Read more on our Eating Well page by following the link below. 

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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 Derby 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 Derby Location

Situated in the residential area of Oakwood, Derby, set back off Bishops Drive our Busy Bees nursery is conveniently located next to a shopping precinct and a Doctor’s surgery. The nursery is close to the A38 and A52 for easy commuting to Derby and Nottingham and a bus stop outside the nursery is served by local routes into Derby city centre. Parking is available outside on the main road, but parents can also use the large shopping centre free car park at the rear of the nursery for easy drop-offs and pick-ups. 

Find the exact location of Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood Bishops Drive 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 Derby. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Derby for yourself.


Joanne A.


"Amazing staff, my little one is so confident and happy to attend "

Joshua B.


"Fantastic nursery for our daughter. She is 20 months and has been going since 9 months. We have always felt that she has had the best care and we are completely at ease leaving her there. They keep us updated with progression and could not recommend them enough. All the staff are super friendly and our daughter loves going there"

Alison H.


"Our little girl is very happy and settled. She loves the girls that work in her room and all the staff are lovely and very friendly. We will be sending our new baby to the same nursery next year "

Rebekah P.


"Our son has come on leaps and bounds since attending Busy Bees Bishops drive, We are over the moon with all the support that we've received and all the staff are excellent!"

Sheryl P.


"Lovely, friendly staff who keep me up to date with everything regarding my daughter, from what she’s eaten to her development and activities to support it. "