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 has recently under gone a complete refurbishment with all brand new toys and equipment in every room. 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.
Babble to Chatter – a unique educational enhancement to support communication for children of all ages
Busy Babies – a multi-sensory, cosy area, allowing babies to use their senses to explore and discover, encouraging their physical development
Talk Time Baskets – tactile baskets of high quality resources to explore language and sounds
Wake and Shake – exclusive to Busy Bees, a singing and dancing activity to give your child a healthy start to the day
Shake and Write – dance activity to support the physical skills needed for handwriting – exclusive to Busy Bees
PEAL – Preparing an Early Approach to Literacy encourages a love of books and enhances pre-reading skills
Online learning journal system in conjunction with ParentZone
Extra Curricular Activities include:
Tiny Mites Music Class – All age groups – Tuesday pm
Super Sports – Pre School Montessori – Wednesday am
French – Pre School Montessori – Wednesday pm
Click IT Computer lessons – 2yrs + - Thursday am
– Exclusive care packages for parent and baby – Celebration of individuality and capability – A Montessori Pre-School with incomparable transitions to school
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.