Busy Bees at Glenalmond

Call Ruby on 01727 854 499

14 King Harry Lane
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3 4AP

Opening Times

7:30am - 6:30pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

3 months - 5 years
  • GOOD Ofsted 2012 - Click here to view our report
  • Wake and Shake singing and dancing to give your child a healthy start to the day
  • Our Imagination Station for all those little explorers
  • Busy Babies initiative to enhance your babies senses
  • Interactive smart board for all those IT users
  • Extra curricular activities including Tiny Mites, Mini Mites, Drama Mites, Tiny Ballerina, Click IT computer skill and FUN French
  • Exclusive Pre-school academy
  • Secure fingerprint entry system and CCTV
  • Bright, welcoming play areas for each age group
  • Large indoor soft play area and sensory room 
  • All inclusive price including nappies, meals and refreshments
  • 4 large outdoor play areas which are age specific
  • The nursery can be flexible to meet parent’s needs within the opening hours, by prior arrangement
  • Beautiful location
  • Good onsite parking facilities

 

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Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees at Glenalmond provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2012)

Busy Bees at Glenalmond is a nursery set in a beautiful original building set on the outskirts of St Albans near to the town. We are in easy distance of the M25 and M1 and have our own car park. The nursery has a total of 8 children’s base rooms across three floors and is divided into different age ranges. The bottom floor caters for children aged between 3mths and 2 and a half. The first floor then ranges from 2- 3 and half, followed by our Pre-school 1 and Pre-school 2 for over 3’s.

We have a wide range of incentives for all ages some of which are; Busy Babies, Wake and Shake, Imagination station and and our Mamas and Papas baby room with was opened in May 2013. The Mamas and Papas room and Busy Babies are focused on children under the age of 1, supporting babies with their development but also offering available space and support to outside agencies for both during and after pregnancy.
We have a large garden area and nature trail outside and a soft play and sensory room inside. We also offer additional extra curriculum activities such as Tiny Ballerina, Click IT, Tiny Mites, Mini Mites, Drama Mites and French.

As well as our childcare based team we also have a dedicated support team, consisting of a chef and kitchen assistant who prepares fresh, healthy and tasty meals for all our children. We are dedicated to making transitions as easy as possible so allergies or culturally based preferences will be catered for.

Due to the capacity of the nursery we have a large dedicated staff team, whose main priority is to provide the highest possible level of care to children. We provide a safe, secure, fun and happy environment for children to promote their talents, skills and development.
Our staff team largely consist of qualified level 3’s and we have staff who are currently training towards this and a level 4. All staff have been trained in safeguarding and first aid.

We also have a great Parent partnership group who support the nursery. If you wish to gain further information or book in to have a look at the nursery, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact Busy Bees at Glenalmond

Please answer the questions below so we can direct your enquiry to the correct department.

Meet the Team

Nursery Manager

Hi my Name is Ruby Sharma and I have been managing the Glenalmond Nursery since October 2006. Having studied at the Leeds Metropolitan University, I obtained a BA Hons Degree in Professional Studies specialising in play work.

I have a vast amount of experience in childcare and I have been managing nurseries for in excess of fifteen years – I thoroughly enjoy my job and the challenges that it brings. My daughter also attends the nursery and loves it. She can not wait to come in every morning and never wants to leave at the end of the day.

Hi my name is Michelle French and I am the Nursery Performance Manager, My employment at Glenalmond began over 7 years ago, having been in the banking industry for 18 years. My initial role was as a Financial Administrator and I have worked my way up to Nursery Performance Manager working alongside Ruby; I am responsible for the Business side of the nursery. My qualifications are in Business Management , which I studied at college in St Albans.. I enjoy my role, embrace the daily challenges that it brings and more importantly enjoy being part of a successful Nursery team.

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Michelle Hurst
Assistant Manager

Hi I have been working for Busy Bees for 7 Years now and have trained and worked my way up to Assistant Manager. I completed my level 3 in childcare and I am currently studying for my level 4. I am also the nursery SENCO, health and safety Officer, Behavior Management Co-ordinator and training mentor.

First aid/ first aid at work qualified.
Designated person for safeguarding
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Aimee Berry Tatnall
Senior Room Manager

I have been with Busy Bees for 3 years now and completed my level 3 early this year. I am hoping to start my level 4 next year. I enjoy my role and managing my room and staff. I also enjoy working with the senior team. I am also health and safety co-ordinator. Equal oppotunities co-ordinator.

First aid/ first aid at work qualified.
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Katy Bell Taylor
Room Manager

Hi my name is Katy and I am a level 3 qualified and am currently room manager of sunstones caring for the babaies. I have worked at Glenalmond for over 4 years and have loved my job since day one. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and love building bonds with all the children.

First aid qualified.
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Aleksandra Duczmal
Room Manager

Hi, My name is Aleksandra. I have been with busy bees 6 years and 36th year in childcare. I have a university degree in science and college diploma in early childhood education. Pre-School is my favorite age group. I love watching the children growing, learning, playing, chatting and developing. Becoming independent, confident, skillful and social people.

First aid qualified.
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Celia Kurkcuoglu
Chef

Hi my name is Celia and I have been the chef at Glenalmond for nearly 3 years. I hold a level 3 in supervising food safety in catering (merit)I have a wealth of experience in the catering trade. Here at Busy Bees we believe that a well balanced and nutritious diet equals a happy and healthy child.
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Bev Stephenson
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Bev Stephenson, I have a cache level 3 Diploma in childcare and education. I have worked for Busy Bees for 6 years and I thoroughly enjoy my job. I enjoy working in a team and with the other members of staff.

First aid/ first aid at work qualified.
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Collette Sturgess
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Collette and I am a qualified level 3. I have been at Busy bees for over 4 years. I enjoy working with children and i love to watch them progress and develop. I have spend the majority of my time with the babies but enjoy working with all ages. I really enjoy my job and find it very rewarding.

First aid qualified.
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Danielle Picton
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Danielle, I have worked for busy bees for 3 years. I started as cover staff working downstairs in the baby rooms. When I started working towards my level 3 qualification I moved to the pre school room. I have worked in pre school for 2 years and love this age.

First aid/ First aid at work qualified.
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Michelle Browne
Early Years Educator

I have been at busy bees for over two years and am a qualified level 3. I work in Emeralds with the 2 year olds and love my job. I enjoy what I do and wouldn't want to do anything else as I get so much joy out of job.

First aid qualified.
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Alice Bainbridge
Early Years Educator

Hi my name is Alice. I have been woirking at busy bees for 2 years now. I am currently working towards my level 3 qualification. I am based with the 16 months to 2 year olds at the moment. I enjoy working with age. I love working as part of a team and i get on well with them all.

First aid qualified.
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Kelly Ash
Early Years Educator

Hi, My name is Kelly. I have been with the company for just over a year. I work with the 1-2 year old children. I am first aid qualified and like to be creative and do outdoor activities. I am currently studying for my level 3 in childcare.

First aid/ first aid at work qualified.
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Catherine Hailburn
Early Years Educator

Hi, My name is Catherine. I have recently qualified as a level 3 in childcare. I have been with the company for 4 years. I enjoy giving the children the oppotunity to explore through expressive arts and design. Im currently working in sapphires with the 2 year olds.

First aid qualified.
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Hajarah Younas
Early Years Educator

Hi, My name is Hajarah. I have been with busy bees for 3 years. I started off as an apprentice and have just qualified, completing my level 3 diploma in childcare. I love working in pre-School and spending time with the children and always giving them the chance to learn and explore something new everyday.

First aid qualified.
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Sandra Malin
Early Years Educator

Cover member of Staff: Hi, My name is Sandra. I have been working with busy bees for 4 years. I am cover staff and like to work with children of all ages. I especially like working with the babies and children of this age. I have 2 older children of my own and 2 young grand children, who i often look after.
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Bobbie Egeron
Early Years Educator

Cover member of staff: Hi, my name is Bobbie, I am a cover member of staff. I have recently completed my apprentership level 2 with the company. I am now doing a degree in photography but wanted to still be involved with the children.

First aid qualified.
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Linda Hobbs
Early Years Educator

Cover me,ber of staff: Hi, my name is Linda. I have been working as a cover member of staff for over 4 years now. I have children and grand children of my own. I really enjoy my job, and love to work with children of all ages and use my experience to make a positive impression.
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Kristina Rowthorne
Early Years Educator

Cover member of staff: Hi, My name is Kristina. I have been with the company for the past 4 years. I am level 2 qualified. I like to work with children of all ages and experience new challenges. I enjoy working as part of the team and find it very rewarding.
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Tricia Rowlands
Early Years Educator

Cover member of staff: Hi, My name is Tricia. I am a cover member of staff and have been with the company for the past 4 years. I have my own chidlren and have grand children, who i very often care for. I enjoy socialising and meeting new people and always have the children's best interests at heart.

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Our Pre-School Academy is tailor-made by our team of in-house childcare professionals and teachers to meet the emotional, social and physical needs of children aged between 3 and 5 years old. We work closely with a network of local schools and offer a range of resources that ensures that every child in our care experiences a seamless transition to reception or year 1 at your chosen school.

Through a stimulating and entertaining timetable filled with age appropriate activities, your child will be are exposed to valuable learning opportunities every day which are in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Foundation Phase, and Curriculum for Excellence and National Care Standards.
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Our Pre-school Academy activities include ICT, languages, numeracy, literacy, cooking, building and construction, role play, story time, music, PE and sports, arts and crafts - plus much more.

We hold regular assemblies, circle time and show and tell sessions to encourage our children to share their views and opinions with others, helping them to develop their communication skills as well as their confidence and self-esteem.

Each child is assigned a dedicated Key Person, who is responsible for ensuring their individual interests and needs are met and their skills developed. We have enhanced child to staff ratios in our pre-school rooms, ensuring that there is always at least one qualified staff member for every eight children, an added benefit compared to schools who have one to every 12.

To further enhance preparation for school and independence with dressing, children in our Academy wear the Academy uniform.

Our large, welcoming rooms are fully equipped with modern, age appropriate toys and resources that keep children entertained, engaged and happy, with various small, focused areas of learning and play to help develop specific areas of development.