Busy Bees at Grays Chafford Hundred

Call Fleur on 01375 480600

Howard Road
Grays
Essex
RM16 6YJ

Opening Times

7.00am - 6.30pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

0-5 years
  • GOOD Ofsted 2013 - Click here to view our report
  • A newly refurbished, purpose-built nursery with 4 warm nurturing rooms for children aged 0-2 years, 2 bright stimulating toddler rooms and 1 large pre-school room which is perfect for preparing each child for school
  • We supply nappies & wipes
  • A large garden area, enabling free-flow from all the rooms and offering a wide range of activities to encourage exploration and creativity outdoors
  • Extended opening hours from 7.00am - 6.30pm which are designed to give parents the greatest flexibility
  • A private car park which allows parents to leave their car and walk to the local railway station when their child is in the nursery
  • Nutritious meals which are included at no extra charge and are freshly prepared and served daily by our qualified cook
  • Caring qualified staff who strive to ensure each child is happy, well cared for and supported as they grow and learn

 

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Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees in Chafford Hundred provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2013).

Busy Bees Chafford Hundred is a children's day nursery situated underneath Bannatynes Health Club, just a 5 minute walk to Chafford railway station which is on the main line to London Fenchurch Street.

We are an established nursery and have been open for 15 years. 

We have a great team that have worked together over many years which helps consistency throughout the nursery.

We recently set up our parent partnership group with 5 of our parents, where we have meetings and plan events which involved the whole nursery. This is also a great way of new parents getting a view of the nursery from already established parents.

We have 6 rooms in total in our nursery, we are very fortunate in being able to offer the children free flow into the garden from every room and take full advantage of this.

Bumbles

Our baby room is for our 6 weeks to 1 year old babies/ We initiated the busy baby's incentive earlier this year, we have a black and white area which research has shown is stimulating for the babies with the contrasting colours, where the lilac area is calm and relaxing.

Ladybirds

Our 12-18 month old room - A  large room with lots of light and space. We also have a separate garden enabling babies to free flow inside and out as they wish, we also have a large sensory are for babies to rest.

Caterpillars

Our 18 months to 2 years room - We have 2 integrated rooms and a garden where the children free flow into the different areas, separate and messy play rooms, with staff encouraging self selection this gives the children choices and encourages independence at a young age.
A bright and airy space with the children's work on display in every room.

Butterflies ]

Our 2-2.5 year old room - This room has it's own access to the garden area, enabling free flow, giving the children freedom of choice.

Children are becoming more independent in this room, staff encourage this by working with parents on things such as potty training.
Our Butterflies also get a chance to interact with pre school in the garden, which prepare them for the transition into that room.

Dragonflies

Our pre school room for children age 2.5-5 years - A very large room where we can take up to 40 children, which prepares the children for school. 
The designated learning area, free flow into the garden area, a great team of 7 staff who plan individually for your children and extend there learning, help to achieve t he many attributes our pre school room can off to assist your childs development in preparation for school.

Contact Busy Bees at Grays Chafford Hundred

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

Meet the Team

Nursery Manager

My name is Fleur Jones-Mannix and I’m the nursery manager for Chafford 100.


I Have an NVQ 4 in early year’s management, and have been in childcare since I left school.
I’ve managed the nursery since March 1999 and I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength, there is no other job I would rather be in.

We pride ourselves on our partnership with parents, and seeing the children progress through the nursery and graduate for school gives a great sense of achievement and is a very rewarding experience for us and the children.
I manage a strong team of 26 staff, all of whom are qualified and experienced in childcare, some of the team have been with me for over 10 years.
No day is the same, and every day brings new challenges and experiences for us to grow from.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my family, which includes 2 west highland terriers Taffy and Elvis.

I enjoy swimming, and listening to music, I also love Disney.
 

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Hannah Wallace
Assistant Manager

Im Hannah and i'm the assistant manager for the nursery. I qualified in 2008 and have been working in a nursery in London. In my spare time time I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children. I also like to swim and enjoy participating in charity work.
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Kim Chalk
Financial Administrator

Hi,im the financial admin for the nursery. I've always worked in finance, and its what I enjoy. I have 2 children and a dog which take up all my time! we also enjoy spending time together at our family caravan.
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Dawn Greenwood
Senior Room Manager

My name is Dawn and I've worked at the nursery for over 5 years.
Ive recently been promoted to third in charge, which means I spend a lot of time overseeing all rooms.
In my spare time i enjoy babysitting, and love spending time with my nieces and nephews.
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Carin Rollo
Senior Room Manager

My name is Carin and I am senior room manager of ladybirds room. I've worked at the nursery for over 5 years. all of my spare time is taken up with my little girl Macie-Lyn.
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Vicky Wilkin
Room Manager

My name is Vikki and I am roomleader in the Ladybirds room, I've been at the nursery for over 2 years.
When i'm not at work I enjoy going out with friends, and attending dog shows where I show my German Shepherd,Taio.
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Kelsey Boosey
Room Manager

My name is Kelsey and I am the room manger of Butterflies room. I've been at the nursery for over3 years. I love to keep fit and i'm a keen runner. I also love to spend time with my family and friends.
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Marie Swash
Room Manager

Im Marie and I am room leader in Bumbles baby room,I Have worked at the nursery for 6 years. My spare time is spent with my daughter amelia, swimming,reading and her favourite thing arts and crafts!
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Lisa Greenwood
Room Manager

Hi My names lisa and I am joint room leader of dragonflies pre-school room . I have worked at the nursery for 4 years and I really enjoy my job. I have nieces and nephews who take up all my time outside of nursery!
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Dave Meurs
Chef

Dave joins us from a brasserie in London, and brings with him a wealth of experience. Dave's son also attends the nursery in our Pre- school room,and Dave is part of the PPG, so plays a very active part within then nursery.
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Steve Walpole
Early Years Educator

Hi I'm Steve and I've worked at the nursery since 2012 in Butterflies room. In my spare time I enjoy playing football with my friends, and spending time with my girlfriend.
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Keeley Thurbon
Early Years Educator

Hi Im keeley,and I work in Dragonflies pre school room, Im currently on maternity leave, and have just had a beautiful baby girl called daisy.
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Kelly Shorey
Early Years Educator

I'm Kelly I work at the nursery as a lunchtime assistant. I work Term time only, as I look after my children during the school holidays.
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Lisa Bird
Early Years Educator

Lisa joins us straight from college and has just recently qualified. Lisa is based in our caterpillars room.
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Sophie-Lea Delaney
Early Years Educator

My Name is Sophie and I work in the Pre-school room. I qualified in 2014, and have worked at the nursery since September. In my spare time I enjoy Irish dancing.
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Deborah Layton
Early Years Educator

My Name is deb and I work in the Pre-School room. I have been in child care for a few years, and enjoy my job. In my part time I love to spend time with family and friends.
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Carlie Langdon
Early Years Educator

My name is Carlie, and I've worked at the nursery for over 8 years. I work in ladybirds room, 2 days per week. I have 2 children, a Boy and a girl, who take up all of my spare time!
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Carly Yard
Early Years Educator

My name is Carly and I work Bank staff at the nursery. I really enjoy the freedom of being in all different rooms, I never know where i will be from one day to the next, and I love being able to see all the children, and planning for all different ages.
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Patricia Wall
Early Years Educator

Hi Im Patricia, and I am bank staff at the nursery. I have 2 children of my own, and when i'm at the nursery I work in all the rooms, which I enjoy.
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Sophie Fogg
Early Years Educator

Hello, my names sophie and I work in Dragonflies pre-school room. In my spare time i run a brownie group in grays, and love to spend time with my family.
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Sheryl Rogers
Early Years Educator

I'm Sheryl and I work as a lunchtime assistant at the nursery. My spare time is taking up with my son, who keeps me very busy.
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Lucy Marlowe
Early Years Educator

I'm Lucy and I work as bank staff in the nursery, I really enjoy working in the baby room, and this is where i'm mostly based. In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends and family.
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Jody Barry
Early Years Educator

I'm Jody and I'm part of the bank staff team at the nursery. I work in all rooms, and enjoy all ages. I enjoy going out with friends, and spending time with my family.
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Sarah Pumfrett
Room Team

Hi Im sarah and I work in the pre school room. I have been at the nursery for 6 years, when I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband.
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Donna Doran
Room Team

My Name Is Donna I am currently working a bank staff at the nursery. I have 2 grown up children of my own,and its great to be able to use my personal experiences within my job.
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Daisy Hampshire
Room Team

My name is Daisy, and I'm part of the team in Caterpillars room. I am currently studying for my NVQ with busy bees, and enjoying every m minute of it. I started as an apprentice, and have recently been taken on as a nursery assistant.
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Mel Johnson
Room Team

My names Mel, and I'm a lunch assistant at busy bees. My spare time is mostly taken up with my family, especially my daughter who is very sporty.
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Amy Mepham
Room Team

My name is Amy , and I've just started at the nursery as a lunchtime assistant. My spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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Carla Moore
Room Team

My name is carla, and I'm bank staff at busy bees. Im mostly in the babyroom, which I enjoy. I have no spare time, as its taken up caring for my 2 daughters, I'm a very busy mum!
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Rachel Hill
Room Team

Hi I'm Rachel, and I work in Butterflies room with the 2-2.5 year old children. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family & friends and I also like to ski!
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Sophie Bayes
Room Team

I'm Sophie and I work in Ladybirds baby room. I became qualified in June 2014. In my spare time I enjoy socializing with friends.

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Busy Bees at Grays Chafford Hundred


Dave Meurs

My name is Dave, I'm married to Paula and our son is Daniel. Daniel is our only child and he means everything to us. I am a Senior Chef based in London so making sure my son eats well is one of my main concerns.

"It was one of the toughest decisions we had to make when we decided to put Daniel into nursery.On his first day we called at least 5 times to see if he was ok, and every time his key worker reassured us and told us what he was doing. As a chef I want to know what he is eating. I have no concerns as the menus are varied, and Daniel always seems to eat everything. We cannot thank the staff enough. Joining the nursery was one of the best decisions we've made,and we would highly recommend them."
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Kim Stonehill

I am Kim Stonehill and I have two daughters Emily two and half and Megan seven months. I am a Claims Manager for an International Insurance Company.Both my children are in nursery full time. Making the decision to return to work after having my first child, Emily was one of the hardest. I researched all the childcare options available and my husband and I agreed on Busy Bees, Grays by Bannatynes. We liked the staff and professional atmosphere of the place.

"Nevertheless the guilt I felt by leaving Emily was immense. There were many questions, was I making the right decision? Was this right for her? Am I selfish? Very quickly it become obvious that Emily loved attending nursery and strong bonds were forming with the staff. My guilt started to subside. She has now been at full time nursery for 18 months and in this time she has become a very confident and independent child. She has a close circle of friends and her personal and academic achievements"
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Natasha Jassel

My name is Natasha and I've been bringing my daughter Reeyun for just under a year.

"Picking Reeyun up from Nursery in the evening, looking through the window and seeing her playing, talking, laughing or having cuddles with the lovely busy bee ladies, you know your child is in a happy environment! we can see her development and improvements in all aspects."
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paula meurs

I’m married to Dave and I’m a first time mum to Daniel who is 22 months. We have been with the nursery for over a year now and Daniel loves it. I’m a Supervisor for a Tourist Attraction in London and I work Full Time. The 2 days that Daniel is at Nursery I’m truly amazed by how much he has learnt and its always something new each week.

"The first day we walked into the baby room all the little Boys and Girls were sitting around the table eating their breakfast and I thought to myself how very cute. Daniel took to eating at the table straight away and now always wants to eat at the grown up table at home. Every morning he is greeted by the staff with a big smile and a cuddle which is really nice. He likes to be independent but seems to have many friends in his room and they all seem to say bye bye to each other when they go home. I know Daniel has had a great time cause at the end of the day he comes running over to me with a big smile and gives me a big kiss and cuddle. Cannot thank the staff enough for all their hard work and being able to trust them with my son is a great achievement."
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Sam Field

Hi, My name is Sam Field and I am a Building Surveyor. My first experience of Fleur and her team was when my daughter attended in the fall of 2008 when she was year old. Emily really enjoyed her time at nursery and because of the great start she had she has become a very sociable and hard working little girl and enjoys school and many other aspects of life. When Fleur asked me to undertake this role I considered it for a week or so, eventually I said YES because I want to be able to assist in steering the nursery in the right direction and to answer any queries that you may have, so please do feel free to approach me or send me an email.

"When our son Jake was born we always knew that he would be attending a nursery. At first we were a little apprehensive about coming back as the nursery had been acquired by Busy Bees and we were concerned that the concept had changed. To our delight we found that although the name had changed the energy and professionalism that Fleur and her team have had not. Jake, like his sister started attending when he was a year old. He has become a very cheeky little chap and his character and social skills have come on leaps and bounds since he started in March 2014. This said, and I am sure Fleur and her team will concur; I do not always agree with the policies or how certain situations are managed but at the end of the day I feel comfortable enough to be able to discuss my views with Fleur and her team. We may not always agree with the each other but we still have a laugh and joke"
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