40 Years of Busy Bees

Busy Bees at Derby Oakwood Smalley Drive

Meet the Team

Sam Pickering - Centre Director

Sam Pickering

Centre Director

Hi my name is Sam and I am the Nursery Manager here at Busy Bees in Derby Oakwood I have worked for Busy Bees since 2004 and I have been very fortunate to have had lots of experience and managerial experience in several nurseries. I completed my NNEB at college when I left school and I have since attended University part time and completed the Foundation degree in Children and Young people’s Services and also my BA (HONS) in Early Childhood studies.

Over the last 14 years I have also attended lots of other training courses such as Safeguarding, customer service Behaviour Management and many more. This training has not only enabled me to gain a wealth of Knowledge and experience but to be able to put this into practice and share with my staff team.

I am very committed to ensuring that myself and the team deliver high standards of care and education to the children who attend our nursery. We work hard as a team to ensure that the children have a variety of learning opportunities that are planned to individual children’s needs and interests.

I have two children myself both of which have been into nursery full time and now both have gone to school so i am fully aware how important it is to choose the right nursery for your children to have the best start in life.

I really look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our nursery.


Senior Staff

Pink U shape Yellow shape
Team Member Rachael Yates

Rachael Yates

Assistant Centre Director

Team Member Fay Dunn

Fay Dunn

Room Manager

Team Member Von Slater

Von Slater


Become part of the team

We love to hear from skilled, ambitious people who can help us give children the best start in life.

View Vacancies
Busy Bees staff team chatting