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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 0113 264 8617

Opening Times:

From 07:30 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

At Busy Bees Leeds, Colton Mill we offer a wide range of exciting activities and fantastic learning resources so that every child can learn and develop whilst having fun during their stay at nursery.  

With bright and welcoming rooms, filled with excitement and laughter, there are endless opportunities for your child to explore their imagination. The fun doesn’t stop indoors with our large, enclosed garden area available for all children to enjoy the fresh air and learn about taking safe risks under adult supervision.  

We understand that every child develops at their own pace, which is why each of the rooms are tailored to suit each age group, along with a separate sleeping and dining area for the littlest ones.  

So, whether they enjoy discovering their inner Picasso getting creative, developing their physical skills in our yoga room, or exploring the secure outdoor area, rest assured there is something for every child to enjoy. 

Our highly experienced team strive to provide the best possible care, to ensure that every child is supported, safe and well looked after during their stay. With an onsite training room, we encourage staff development to ensure we offer every child the best start in life. 

Not only do the enthusiastic team supply children with brilliant opportunities to play, learn and develop, but Busy Bees also provide you with the opportunity to continue the fun at home with the UP – Unleashing Potential app.  

Want to learn more about our fantastic facilities and meet the friendly team? Get in touch today to book a visit, we cannot wait to welcome you! 

Not sure if Busy Bees at Colton Mill is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Leeds to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Colton Mill

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees at Colton Mill 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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Busy Bees at Colton Mill

Stile Hill Way


LS15 9JH

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Kirsty Johnson - Centre Director

Kirsty Johnson

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Colton Mill

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Leeds. 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 Colton Mill

We know just how important it is for little ones to get the nutrition they need. That is why we provide delicious food and drink packed with goodness throughout your child's day with us. We have carefully created menus that put new twists on childhood favourites and encourage healthy eating.  

Accredited by NHS Startwell, our menus change seasonally, so there are plenty of opportunities to try something new.  

All meals, snacks and drinks are freshly prepared, on-site, each day, by our talented nursery chef. And want to know the very best bit? It is all included in your fees - so, there is no extra cost involved. Get a taster of what your child might get to enjoy on a typical day at our Colton Mill nursery.  


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. 


Chicken Pasta or Blackeye beans and vegetable pasta with green beans. Served with a cup of water.  

Afternoon Snack 

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

Early Evening Snack 

Homemade baked beans on toast, followed by rice pudding with date and apple sauce for dessert. 

Does your child have specific dietary requirements? Simply speak to your Centre Director - we can account for any special food needs and provide safe alternatives. Learn more about our approach to getting children to eat well or see our menus in full by clicking the buttons below. 

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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 Leeds 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 Leeds Location

Located just off the M1 at Junction 46 you will find our Leeds, Colton Mill nursery on Stile Hill Way.  

With Leed’s City Centre just a 20-minute drive away, we are in the perfect location for commuting parents, with safe and secure onsite parent and child parking available to make pick-ups and drop-offs as seamless as possible. 

For those visiting us by public transport, there is a bus stop nearby on Stile Hill Way, served by bus routes, 19, 19A and 22.  

Arriving on foot? Be rest assured there is a buggy store available for you to safely secure buggies or pushchairs during your child's stay at nursery.  

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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 Leeds. Book a visit today to arrange a personal tour to see Busy Bees Nursery Leeds for yourself.


Lydia H.


"I have loved teddy's journey at Colton he has thrived and genuinely can't speak highly enough of all the staff. 100% would recommend to friends and would use you again "

Melinda O.


"Caring, attentive staff; take the time to get to know families"

Noemi C.


"My daughter loves every single teacher at nursery, so I strongly recommend it to other parents."

Amy M.


"Really great nursery. The staff are so loving and caring and really take good care of my daughter. The only area for improvement is the collection procedure, we are often waiting long times for our daughter to come down from the room. "

Dannielle Y.


"Staff are brilliant with children. They recognise areas that children need to work on and embed this into their planning. Frequent communication is fantastic, both on the door and via phone call when there is a concern. Only concern we can think of is the recent problems with the paying system where invoices have not been sent to us without us needing to email the main office. "