Busy Bees in Lewes provides OUTSTANDING childcare, as reported by Ofsted 2016
Busy Bees at Lewes has been a nursery setting caring for children aged 0-5 years since 1995. The building itself, once a school was erected in 1871 and is full of character. We have a beautiful front garden that includes a vegetable patch created and cared for by the children, a mini beast garden and plenty of room to run, climb, ride and explore in. All of the children access the outdoor area everyday regardless of the weather as we firmly believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad planning! The staff and children alike like to take advantage of going for walks and ‘adventures’ around beautiful and scenic Lewes. To the rear of the nursery we have a smaller but just as lovely outdoor space that the babies and toddlers love to use, whether it’s to play on the tricycles, play in the sand or enjoy a picnic tea.
We have four rooms on one floor, a dedicated baby room that consists of a ‘home from home’ sleep room, milk kitchen and large play space that is adapted daily to meet the needs of the babies in our care whether they are not mobile yet or at the stage where they want nothing more than to explore. Each baby has their own routine that parents follow at home, this is mirrored by the staff at nursery to ensure comfort and consistency.
Our toddler room is just next door and is a large open space that caters for the needs of busy toddlers with so much they want to do in one day. The sand and water is always out and the children can paint, sing, dance, build and most importantly find a cosy corner for a cuddle with their key person.
The 2-3 year old room is always a hub of activity as the children gain in confidence and are encouraged to exercise their independence. The children can choose from a variety of activities and the staff plan for them as individuals to ensure that needs are not over looked and are met in full every day.
The pre-school is a fantastic space made up of different learning areas whereby the children can access a number of opportunities to support their development and prepare them for school. Every day is learning through play for all of the children in our care and the older children in particular love to participate in Wake and Shake, an initiative from the Childcare team at our National Support Centre that we have successfully implemented, along with being inventive in the Discovery area.
We are easy to get to being in close proximity to Lewes train station, bus routes and the A27.
All the staff are great, in particular the staff in Preschool, especially Julie and also Becca in Kingfishers - Fiona
Both my children go to busy bees in Lewes and I'm very happy with the nursery - the staff are so warm and friendly and make so much effort with all the children - Sarah Collins
Theo looks forward to going to nursery and always has lots of things to tell us about at the end of the day. - Emma Roberts
I think the facilities and equipment are first rate. Overall I think the nursery is very good for my children's confidence and self esteem and they seem very settled at busy bees - Sarah Collins
Tania clearly goes the extra mile in the dishes that she produces but it's lovely that this extends to getting involved with the children both in terms of food production/harvesting & cooking - Lisa Walker
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