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Rated Good by Ofsted

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Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01332 518888

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

It is never a dull day here at our purpose-built nursery in Derby Heatherton with the wide range of fun-filled activities we have on offer. 

Your little one will have heaps of fun during their time at nursery as they get involved in weekly Spanish lessons, bi-weekly football sessions and termly exotic animal classes!  

We understand just how important it is for children to discover outdoor learning and enjoy the fresh air. So, with our unique discovery garden, children can continue the fun outdoors as they explore their imagination and take on safe risks whilst supervised.

Rest assured, your child will be fully supported throughout each stage of their development as they prepare for the next steps in their educational journey. Taking on a nurturing approach, our highly qualified team goes above and beyond to provide every child with the best start in life. 

Here at Busy Bees Derby Heatherton, we are lucky to have a long-standing member of the team who has been with us since 1999, along with a level 6 SENCO, and a teacher, to help support every child throughout their development.  

So, if you’re looking for childcare in Derby Heatherton, which provides a stimulating environment for your little one to reach their full potential, then look no further.  

We would love to welcome you to our Busy Bees family. Book a visit today to see the fantastic facilities for yourself.  

Interested in learning more about Busy Bees at Derby Heatherton? You can find everything you need to know in our Parent Pack.   

Not sure if Busy Bees Derby Heatherton 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 Heatherton

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 Heatherton 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 Heatherton

Hollybrook Way



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Emma Jones - Centre Director

Emma Jones

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Derby Heatherton

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 Heatherton

Children need nutritious food to get them through their busy days. At our nursery in Derby Heatherton, we provide snacks, meals, and drinks for your child during their day with us, all of which are included in your nursery fees. 

Delicious and packed with all the natural goodness growing children need, our seasonal menus are NHS-accredited and are prepared with locally sourced ingredients. They're prepared on-site by our trained nursery chef, who would be happy to accommodate any dietary requirements or allergies, simply speak to your Centre Manager to find out more. 

Want a taster from our menu at Busy Bees in Derby Heatherton?  


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. 


Garlic bread, followed by seaside pasta bake (vegetarian option: veggie pasta bake) served with green beans, sweetcorn and a cup of water.  

Afternoon Snack  

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

Early Evening Snack 

A selection of pitta pockets for the children to choose from, served with coleslaw and a cup of water. Followed with fresh fruit for dessert. 

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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

You will find our nursery in Heatherton on Hollybrook Way just a 15-minute drive from Derby City Centre. 

With the A38 just a 2-minute drive from the nursery, we are in the ideal location for those commuting.  

Rest assured, if you are arriving by car, there is a private car park onsite for safe and seamless drop-offs and collections.  

Arriving via public transport? There is a bus stop just a short distance from the nursery at Nuffield Hospital, serving routes 234 and V3. 

Find the exact location of Busy Bees at Derby Heatherton 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.


Sanaa E.


"excellent assistance"

Simon B.


"Overall a good and professional service, carers are always welcoming and the activities planned for the children are always engaging for them. "

Carly S.


"All staff are amazing and supportive with both me and my daughter. I can’t fault any of them. My daughter runs into the nursery every morning she loves it here and has such a good time everyday. Wouldn’t take her anywhere else "

Mohammed A.


"Staff are helpful and accommodating. "

Chloe M.


"Personalised, built relationships with leadership team, flexible, "