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Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 0131 226 5692

Opening Times:

From 08:00 to 18:00 Mon - Fri

Discover our fantastic Busy Bees Nursery located on Forres Street in Edinburgh New Town, providing top-quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. 

The enthusiastic nursery team are passionate about creating a nurturing and engaging environment for children, which is why they plan and prepare a wide range of fun-filled activities throughout the nursery, to ensure every child's interests and developmental needs are met. 

Rest assured, your child will be fully supported throughout every stage of their development, from those exciting first steps to mastering the art of writing their name and preparing for the transition to school life. 

Our New Town nursery boasts a lovely outdoor play area with a purpose-built play cottage and dedicated planting area, along with a paved area for sand and water play. But the outdoor adventures don't stop there. The nursery, which has been established for 16 years, is surrounded by picturesque parks and gardens which the children use daily and have regular access to the beautiful Moray Place private gardens which provides ample opportunities for children to explore, run around, and investigate their surroundings. 

So, if you're looking for excellent childcare in New Town that prioritises your child's development, safety, and enjoyment, then Busy Bees on Forres Street is the perfect choice for you. Book a visit today, and our friendly team will look forward to welcoming you.

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

Not sure if Busy Bees Edinburgh Forres Street is the best option for your family? View all of our Nurseries in Edinburgh to explore all Busy Bees locations in your area.

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees Edinburgh Forres Street

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees Edinburgh Forres Street 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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Laura Mutter - Centre Director

Laura Mutter

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees Edinburgh Forres Street

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Edinburgh. 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 Edinburgh Forres Street

At Busy Bees Forres Street, we like to make sure your child continues to get all the nutrition they need when they're with us. They'll receive regular meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day, all included in the fees you pay - at no extra cost.  

Accredited by expert child nutritionists at NHS Startwell, these menus change seasonally, so there are always plenty of opportunities for the kids to try new delicious and healthy new foods. It's all freshly prepared, every day, by our on-site nursery chef.  

Want to discuss your child's dietary requirements? Just speak to your Centre Director - we can always account for specific requirements.  

What can your child expect to enjoy on a typical day at our day nursery in New Town? Just take a look below. 


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. 

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Did you know Busy Bees also offers Funded Early Learning & Childcare for up for 1140 hours for all 3 and 4 year olds to help support parents with the cost of childcare? 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 Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh Location

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Busy Bees Forres Street offers a convenient and central location for families seeking quality childcare.  

Situated within close proximity to excellent public transport links, the nursery is easily accessible for parents and families. Nearby bus stops such as Drumsheugh Place, Queen Street Gardens West, and Hill Street (Stop GU) serve multiple routes, providing convenient options for transportation. For those arriving by train, Waverley Train Station is just a 20-minute walk away from the nursery, ensuring accessibility for families relying on public transportation. 

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


Krishma B.


"Great nursery. Lovely staff. "

Claire M.


"Superb. Maisie is thriving at nursery and loves going "

Lucy K.


"Both children return home incredibly happy!!! That’s THE most important thing and they absolutely love the team. I’ve been so in awe of Karen and Alisha at how well they have taken to their new roles - they’ve been amazing!! "

Aikaterini K.


"Was very happy when my daughter was on the baby room but not so much now in the Clownfish room."

Shelley K.


"New Town Nursery Too is a special place. The staff make this nursery what it is, they are all so kind and caring. When I drop my little one off I know he is in safe hands and my mind is at ease while I am at work which is a massive relief for working parents."