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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

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Opening Times:

From 07:00 to 19:00 Mon - Fri

Discover Busy Bees at Ilford, a warm and welcoming nursery nestled in the heart of East London where your little one can learn, grow and shine. With a focus on quality childcare and preschool education, we are committed to giving every child the best start in life. 

Your child can get involved in a range of fun-filled activities and enhance their learning with the variety of engaging resources on offer. With something available for every child to enjoy, there is never a dull day here at our nursery in Ilford. 

Rest assured, our dedicated team will support your child every step of the way throughout their development journey. From those exciting first steps, to preparing for the next key stage, our highly qualified nursery team goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care for your child. 

Our engaging preschool program is thoughtfully designed to ignite your child's curiosity, build important skills, and promote a love for learning. With hands-on activities, interactive experiences, and a nurturing environment, we ensure your little one is well-prepared for the exciting next steps in their educational journey. 

So, if you're looking for childcare in Ilford where your child can unleash their full potential, look no further! Book a visit today to see the fantastic facilities for yourself and meet the friendly team. 

Interested in learning more about Busy Bees at Ilford? You can find everything you need to know in our Parent Pack.   

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Ilford

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees at Ilford offers the flexibility of booking additional sessions for when you need them.​ Find out more about our nursery session booking app, Pebble.

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King George Hospital

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Katie Harvey - Centre Director

Katie Harvey

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Ilford

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Ilford. Click on each facility to find out more.

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Car Parking
We offer ample parking on-site for your safety and convenience.

Buggy store
A safe place to store your pram while visiting the nursery.

Our nursery is fitted with CCTV for the safety and security of our team and the children in our care.

Secure Access
Our entrance ways are fitted with an intercom system and all access points are safe and secure.

Nappies and Wipes inclusive
Fees are all-inclusive to include nappies and wipes.

Formula Milk provided
Fees are inclusive to include formula milk if required.

Meals and Snacks Provided
All meals, drinks and snacks are prepared on-site by our chef and are NHS accredited.

Outdoor Facilities
Our outdoor environment offers space to explore and take safe risks with the support of our team, aiding child development.

Sensory Room
Our Sensory Room is a relaxing space providing a unique sensory experience with activities and equipment to explore, engaging and stimulating children’s senses.

Parent Room
Our parent room is a dedicated safe space for us to get to know your family and you to speak in confidence with our nursery team about your child's nursery life.

Smart Board
Our Interactive Smart Board is used daily to bring learning to life and provides children with a hands-on approach with technology.

Funded Childcare
We offer government funded places for children aged 2 to 4 years, please speak to the Centre Director for more information.

We have a fully qualified Teacher in our pre-school room who delivers exciting learning opportunities, whilst ensuring statutory and legal welfare requirements are met for every child.

Foundation Class
The foundation class nurtures each child's natural curiosity within a structured framework providing pre-school children with an early introduction to school life.

We keep families informed through ParentZone, an online learning journal platform, which can be accessed via a smartphone app.

Exclusive to Busy Bees, UP is a learning and development app used by educators in our nursery and parents at home. Search ‘UP by Busy Bees’ on the app store to find out more.

Book Extra Sessions Online
We offer online booking for extra ad-hoc sessions at this nursery with Pebble.

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Food at Busy Bees at Ilford

Here at our nursery in East London, the fees you pay include all meals, drinks, and snacks, which are freshly prepared on site each day by our talented nursery chef. At Busy Bees Ilford, we understand the importance of providing your child with nutritionally balanced meals, and the impact it can have on their overall health and well-being. If your child has any specific dietary requirements or allergies, please get in touch with the Centre Director who would be happy to discuss some tasty alternatives with our kitchen team. 

At our Ilford nursery, we try and make mealtimes a fun and enjoyable experience, as we know that sometimes it can be tricky to get children to eat the right things. Below is an example of what you could expect your child to eat while at our day nursery in Ilford: 


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge. 

Morning Snack  

Fresh fruit with wholemeal toast or baked goods, served with a cup of milk or water. 


Moroccan chickpea and vegetable tagine, served with couscous and a cup of water. Followed with banana and low sugar custard for dessert.   

Afternoon Snack  

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks served with a cup of milk or water. 

Early Evening Snack 

Hummus with vegetable sticks to start, followed by a cheese and apple scone served with grated beetroot and a cup of water. 

Want to learn more about the ways we encourage eating well at Busy Bees at Ilford nursery? Click the link below for more information, and to access the full NHS accredited menu. 

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Click the button below for weekly, daily, and session rates for our exceptional childcare.

Did you know Busy Bees also offers government-funded childcare? If eligible, you could be entitled to up to 570 or 1140 hours of funded childcare, depending on your eligibility and your child's age, each year for your child. Find out more on our 'Funding Options' page. Or alternatively, speak to your Centre Director to learn more.

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Preparing for School

In order to best prepare the children for the next big chapter of their lives, Busy Bees do all that they can to support and celebrate the transition. All of the planned activities and experiences which take place within our Busy Bees Nursery in Ilford are designed to provide a foundation of skills that will help them grow in becoming confident and capable learners.

Learn more about how we support the journey from nursery to school by taking a look at our "My Journey to School Tracker". To read more and learn about the other ways our expert team supports the transition to school level, take a look at our Starting School page.

Busy Bees Nursery Ilford Location

Providing high quality childcare in Ilford, you will find our nursery conveniently located at King George Hospital in East London, making it an ideal choice for families seeking childcare in the area. 

Located just off the A12, we are in the perfect location for those commuting with the M25 at Junction 28, just a 17-minute drive the the nursery. Rest assured if you are arriving by car, we have an onsite parking facility to enable safe and efficient drop-offs and collections.  

Arriving via public transport? There is a bus stop a short walk away at King George’s Hospital which serves routes 396, 173, 362 and EL3. Additionally, Goodmayes train station is just a 20-minute walk away, providing connections to the Elizabeth Line. 

No matter what your preferred method of transportation, Busy Bees at Ilford is easily accessible. We understand the importance of convenience for families, and we strive to make your journey to our nursery as seamless as possible. 

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Book a Tour

Our friendly, expert team of staff are always happy to welcome you and your child for a tour of the facilities on offer at our nursery in Ilford. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Ilford for yourself.


Rehana L.


"Busy Bees have been absolutely fantastic for our daughter. We have seen how much she has developed and grown in that environment, becoming a bubbly and confident girl. The fact it is a purpose built nursery, with excellent facilities, has contributed to this as it provides a variety of different activities for our daughter. The food they serve is varied and our daughter enjoys the food, meaning she has plenty of energy for all of the activities. They make the effort to include parents in activities, by hosting events where parents can attend (e.g. sports day, mothers/fathers day etc), which we really appreciate. We also receive updates and photos throughout the day via the app. Lastly, our daughter has just moved up a class so we wish to highlight the amazing work by Danielle, Anita, Karina, and Shanel in Bombos 3, who really bonded with our daughter and were a key part in our daughter's growth! We are delighted with how things are going and would highly recommend Busy Bees Ilford to anyone."

Radhika P.


"Excellent service provided to all the children and staff"

Alicia G.


"Lovely staff, my child comes out happy every day and the staff are very informative about her day."

Sejal P.


"Amazing "

Anushka P.


"Very friendly staff. My daughter loves going to nursery and has learnt so many new things."