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Emma Barrell

Nursery Manager

I'm a full time working mum with two boys, one who attends this nursery and the other at school.  Having worked in nurseries for over 20 years; 8 of them as Manager I believe that with the help of my fabulous team here at Hove I can offer your family reassurance and comfort in the care given here.

I adore working with children and enabling others to nurture and support the families that come through our setting.  My passion and enthusiasm encourages my team to do the best they can for all the children who attend here.  We are one big extended family.

I live locally by Hove Lawns and can often (when there isn't too much swell) be seen out on my kayaks with my husband.  We surf each year in Devon and love the outdoor life, but as you may have discovered yourselves, those activities aren't as common having two active young boys around.

I have an open door policy at nursery and love a chat, so if you have any queries or questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. 

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Jess
Assistant Manager

I am the Assistant Manager of the nursery, but can often be found in the Preschool age group. I have been working at Busy Bees for the last 7 years. I have loved following the children through the nursery over those years, I have worked in all the different ages groups within the nursery. In my spare time I enjoy going on holidays and doing lots of shopping. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
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Verity
Financial Administrator

Hi I'm Verity! I joined Hove Busy Bees as the Finance administrator in March 2012. I am here to help with all your finance queries. I work in the Office on a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm.
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Amber Rice
Senior Room Manager

Hi, I'm Amber. As well as running the 0-2 year olds unit I am third in charge. I have my own little boy that keeps my time at home busy as we are very active and enjoy adventures in and around Brighton together as a family. I have a huge amount of experience, especially with under twos, which I adore. I look forward to sharing this exciting time in your little ones life with you.
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Sara
Teacher

Hola, I'm Sara the Preschool Teacher based in the Preschool room. I am originally from Spain so use this extra skill set to teach the children Spanish songs as well as basic words. I am very passionate about supporting children in their individual learning and love small group activities with the children fast approaching school age. I look forward to getting to know your family and settling your big boys and girls into Preschool.
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Ben
Chef

Hi, I am Ben, I started as the Nursery Chef, here at Busy Bees Hove in April 2018, having transferred from Busy Bees Crawley. I enjoy spending time cooking in the rooms with the children and ensuring that they have nutritious menu for their meals at nursery. In my spare time i enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
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Natalie
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hi, I am Natalie, I am a qualified early years practitioner working in Bumblebees, I work on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and Tuesday all day. When I am not at nursery I enjoy spending time with twins Masie and Herbie.
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Debbie
Early Years Educator

Hi, i'm Debbie, i have worked at Busy Bees Hove for the last 8 years, splitting my time between the supporting in all the age groups and in my role as the nursery housekeeper. In my free time i enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends.
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Angel
Qualified Early Years Educator

I'm Angel, I came here as an apprentice and successfully completed my level two in the summer of 2019. I'm working my way through multiple courses as well as my Level 3 in Early Years. I am passionate about the children's learning and am very creative when planning their activities. More often than not you will find me in with the Preschoolers. I just love their cheeky personalities.
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Charlotte
Qualified Early Years Educator

Hello, I'm Charlotte and work at Hove Busy bees 2 days a week. I have worked here for over 4 years. I used to work full time but since having my little boy who also attends here I reduced down so I could spend more time with him. You can find me in the 2-3 years old room where I enjoy supporting the children in their learning, especially the music and movement.