40 Years of Busy Bees


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Rated Outstanding by Ofsted
Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01353 661172

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Harlequin Childcare, located at The Old School House on Downham Road, Ely, is one of the longest-established nurseries in Cambridgeshire that has been part of the community for 20 years. We are thrilled that this lovely childcare setting is now part of Busy Bees Nurseries, to be known as Harlequin Childcare by Busy Bees Ely.

With rooms for babies, toddlers and a Pre-school area, there is also a delightful nursery garden. All children have regular access to the garden regardless of the weather, as we have a large canopy providing extra protection from the elements. In the vegetable patch, the children grow food which they harvest with the chef for cooking, helping develop their understanding of where food comes from. There is also a calm and tranquil area making for a beautiful sensory garden. 

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Busy Bees Ely strives to provide children with the best start to lifelong learning. This is a safe and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to explore and discover throughout their day, the team considers the individual interests of the children and achievements are placed at the heart of their learning. 

We would love to welcome you and your child to our wonderful nursery, why not call our Ely team today on 01353 661172 to arrange a visit to see it for yourself. 

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Busy Bees

Busy Bees at Ely

The Old School House

54 Downham Road




Jemma Jackson & Emma Harvey - Centre Director

Jemma Jackson & Emma Harvey

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Ely

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

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