Why You Will Love Our Nursery

St Albans Nursery and Montessori Pre-school provide GOOD childcare as reported by OFSTED in 2013. We are looking forward to our next inspection to demonstrate our commitment and continual improvement.

Hatfield Road was established in 2001 and is a two-storey building which provides a homely environment for all. The nursery is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, please read our latest news stories to capture our progress.  We provide GOOD childcare for up to 65 children a day from 3 months to 5 years in a friendly, welcoming home from home setting.

The staff team are passionate about the care they give the children and the customer care the parents receive. The staff are committed to ensure a delivery of a range of indoor activities that promote the developmental stages and interests of the individual child. The children are encouraged to make choices creating opportunities to engage in activities that will promote the social development of children’s language and communication, creativity, individuality and to develop interest in books.

To see children grow from a baby and develop into young children from following their passion is always an achievement and we are always proud to see the children leave us to go to school.

Situated on Hatfield Road in St Albans, the nursery is within close proximity to London. The nursery is near to the main train stations and on commuter routes for the M1, M25, A414 and A582. We are located close to local parks which is ideal for trips for the children to explore.

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Meet the Team

Nursery Manager

I qualified (NNEB) in 1999. I have been employed by Busy Bees since 1999 where i spent 6 years at Mardley Hill Nursery and 7 years currently at Hatfield Road Nursery. I started as a Nursery Nurse and worked my way up to Manager.

During this time i have had a huge amount of experience that ranges from working in a base room, caring for children and also planning stimulating activities to managing a nursery and the staff team to ensure we provide a high standard of childcare in all areas.

I really enjoy my job, working as a close team that provides a safe, homely and welcoming environment for all children to experience a high level of quality childcare by a dedicated staff team as well as being introduced to different learning experiences. It it very rewarding watching the children develop and grow whilst in our care.

I am a married mother of two young children, Grace who is now at school and Rose who attends the nursery. In my spare time i enjoy spending it with my family and friends.



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Carolyn Lemare

I have worked for Busy Bees for nearly 4 years at Hatfield Road. In 2011 the nursery was awarded one of the Busy Bees 'Centre of Excellence' for catering an achievement which the nursery is immensely proud of. This year we also received a '5 Star' Grade in our Environmental Health Inspection which is the highest grade you can be awarded.I really enjoy providing healthy and nutritious meals that the children enjoy.
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Room Team

Our Daffodils room is for children aged 2.5 years until 3.5 years. The Daffodils team are:
Antonia Dillingham who is our Qualified Early Years Educator and has her NVQ level 3 in childcare and has been with the nursery since June 2014.
Nicole Levi who is our Early Years Educator and has also been with the nursery since June 2014.
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Daisies and Tulips
Room Team

Our Daisies and Tulips room is for children from 18 months until 2.5 years. The Daisies and Tulips team are:
Kirstie Oakeley-Woods who is our Senior Room Manager and has her NVQ childcare level 3, Kirstie has been with the nursery for 6 years. Sophie Reynolds who completed her NVQ childcare level 3 this year and has been with the nursery for nearly 3 years.
Katrina Dargon who is a new member of our Daisies and Tulips team starting in March 2015, Katrina is currently completing her NVQ level 3.
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Pre-School Academy
Room Team

Anne is our Early Years pre-school teacher who has been working at the nursery since 2007. Bibi is our Senior Room Manager and Pre-School Leader. She has been at the nursery since 2008.
Together we have a very experienced pre-school team who are totally dedicated to develop the children's learning in preparation of going to big school.
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Baby Unit
Room Team

Our Baby Room is for babies from 3-18 months the room can hold 12 babies.
Louise King who is qualified NVQ level 3 and has been with us since 2008 Louise works the afternoons 12-6 daily.
Jo Halliday worked at the nursery for 5 years and has had experience with all the ages in the nursery and has been based in the Baby Room full time since March 2014.

Parent Partnership Group

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Andrea Veysey

Andrea has one son who is currently in our Daffodils class from 2.5yrs. Andrea has been a parent of the nursery since October 2012.

Debbie Chachulski

Debbie has two children. Her son has been at the nursery since April 2013 and is now in our toddler room. She has also has a young baby girl who will be joining Busy Bees soon.

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The Montessori approach allows children to discover things individually using all five senses and not just listening, watching and reading. Maria Montessori, the founder of Montessori learning, believed that children shouldn’t be pressurised at a young age and should learn at their own pace which she thought was much more effective for their future education.

The five key areas of in a Montessori education are:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Cultural
  • Language
  • Maths

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These areas will be added to the current areas of learning that are on offer within the pre-school room, to further extend your child’s learning opportunities.

A Montessori Education

Practical Life – The Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the co-ordination of their child movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to their society.

Sensorial – The Sensorial is for the children to acquire clear, conscious information and to be able to understand their environment.

Language – The Language area is to develop the children’s powers to communicate and express what they are thinking. It also promotes the development of thought and enriches vocabulary in a number of ways.

Cultural – The Cultural area is to provide the children with knowledge of geography, history, general science, botany and zoology. The resources will allow children to explore their place in society and understand similarities between their own culture.

Maths – The Maths area allows the children to explore concepts such as pattern, sequence, order and symbolism. This helps to prepare children for counting and understanding the value of quantity.

The Montessori approach links to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through the use of learning cards. Learning cards cover the areas of learning within the EYFS and are used to support the children with a variety of activities and learning opportunities.

The Montessori approach will support your child so that they demonstrate excellent levels of positive social and behavioural development, giving them a strong sense of self-esteem. It is believed that children who have experienced the Montessori approach have a higher level of cognitive attainment at the age of 5, exceeding the national average.

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Our unique and complete baby package provides everything required to create a secure, comfortable and loving environment for your baby. We believe in building strong relationships with our parents - our nursery is your nursery. That’s why we offer everything you need for a truly home from home experience with our optional ‘Travel Light’ concept.

Travel Light is exactly that.

We can supply everything your baby needs, so that you can leave the heavy bags behind and concentrate on your busy day ahead. Items in the Travel Light service include:

  • Freshly laundered bibs and muslin cloth;
  • Soft and cuddly sleep suits and vests, which can be worn throughout the day and even to go home in;
  • Baby bottles and formula feeds, prepared to order during the day to suit your baby’s needs and specific dietary requirements;
  • Pampers nappies and wipes;

What’s more, we know that many new parents look for guidance at every stage of your baby’s development. We have over 30 years’ experience of caring for children and are on-hand to provide parents with advice, compassion and support on a range of issues.

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Toddler Exclusivity

Your child is unique - we know that.

Our skilled key carers recognise and celebrate each child’s individuality and capability in every aspect of the care and education we provide. We work alongside our parents with every approaching milestone, providing support through 2 year checks, toilet training, personal and social development and every stage in between.

Bright, spacious rooms provide an exceptional environment to develop language skills as we explore literacy in a variety of forms and with ample resources that grab your child’s imagination.

Our bespoke music and movement programme, Wake and Shake, is a fun and energising way to stimulate the brain, as well as enhancing physical development and coordination, building confidence, stimulating language and listening skills and encouraging social interaction with their peers.

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