Busy Bees at Ashton House

Call Tina on 01772 726 696

Ashton House, Ashton Park

Opening Times

7:30am - 6:00pm Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

3months - 11years
  • Good Ofsted September 2014 - Click here to see our report
  • Activities planned and tailored to each child’s unique needs
  • Nurturing and caring environment
  • Qualified and experienced team passionate about children’s learning
  • Spacious fully enclosed gardens with woodland area
  • Grow your own for our budding little gardeners
  • Cooking with me
  • Babble to Chatter to promote communication development
  • Football lessons
  • Acting lessons 
  • Cooking with Me – specifically designed for creative little people
  • Fresh meals prepared daily by our qualified chefs
  • Baby led weaning
  • Wake and Shake- singing and dancing to promote health and wellbeing

Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Ashton House is a 200 year old grade 2 listed manor house set in the beautiful grounds of Ashton Park. We have several large gardens for the children to play and explore, all equipped to provide exciting learning opportunities.

Our long serving experienced team of staff hold varying childcare qualifications and aim to provide the very best learning opportunities for each child. Several of whom are fluent speakers in Polish, Punjabi and Russian.

Our baby and toddler rooms are caring, nurturing environments supporting each child’s growing needs. A day at Ashton House includes singing, music, creative art, sensory play, playing outside and time for rest. Treasure basket exploration is specifically designed to stimulate and develop young babies senses.

Our pre-school rooms encourage each child to develop their ability to look after themselves and the environment they are in. We offer extensive activities providing children the opportunity to explore their imaginations through play. Our activities help develop concentration and co-ordination with each child gaining the confidence and independence for future progress.

We believe working in partnership with parents is key to the development of each child and encourage our parents to be very much involved with the nursery. Ashton House has a parent partnership group which meets regularly throughout the year to receive feedback.

Our chefs, prepare nutritious meals using locally sourced produce. Our menu can be adapted to suit any specific dietary requirements for your child. Ashton House holds the Food for Life’ silver award along with a 5 star hygiene rating.

Ashton House provides a holiday club for children aged 5 to 11 years in ‘The Hive’. The Hive has an extensive range of resources including laptops with safe internet access. During school holidays children visit local parks, museums, the beach, bowling alley and various other attractions.

If you would like to find out more about other extensive learning opportunities we can offer your child please feel free to drop in to nursery anytime or call Jayne on 01772 726696.

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Meet the Team

Tina Pickering

Nursery Manager

Hi, my name is Tina Pickering and I am the Manager at Ashton House Nursery. I have a wide and varied career, with lots of experience in Safeguarding. I have worked for Busy Bees in many different locations and am really excited to bring my experience and enthusiasm for giving the very best to all of our children.



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Jennifer Carr and Tasha Helm
Assistant Manager

Jennifer has worked for Busy Bees for 6 years and has a level 3 BTEC National Diploma. and Level 3 in Management . Tasha used to be our Baby Room Manager and a early childhood studies BA honors and she has just completed her Level 3 in Management and is currently undergoing her training in Level 5 in Management. Jennifer and Tasha are committed to their roles in delivering excellent learning opportunities for all of our children.
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Abby Stackhouse
Financial Administrator

Abby is responsible for the smooth running of our office and all financial matters. Abby started work here in September 2014 and is a qualified Accounting Technician with over 20 years experience in Finance,Admin,IT and Management.
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Winnie the Poohs
Room Team

Winnie the Poohs is our baby room, Sarah is a qualified level 4 and is the Room Manager she works with Lauren and our nursery apprentice who is currently completing her Level 3 Qualification. The Babies enjoy sensory play and love exploring all things messy!
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Room Team

Piglets classroom is a lovely bright space of children aged 12-18 months. Alice is the Room Manager with Kerrie and Megan in her team.
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Room Team

Tiggers is our oldest room we enjoy playing in the garden and doing messy play. Rebecca Stuart is Room Manager and is a qualified level 6. Rebecca works alongside Savannah, Liz and Lucki.
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Room Team

Maples children are aged 2 years plus. Hannah is the Room Manager with Sara and Abbie as a part of the caring team!
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Room Team

Children in our Willows room are aged 2 to 2 1/2 years. Our Room Manager is Claire and Beth, Marcus, Mel and Laura are in the team.
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Room Team

Welcome to the Buttercups classroom. Hannah is our Room Manager and also supports the nursery as the second SENco. Rachel, Sandra and Crystal then make up the team. In Buttercups the children enjoy exploring the outdoors , making dens and following nature trails.
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Room Team

Poppies are aged 3 to 4. Chelsea is our Room Manager and is a qualified level 3 she works alongside Denny, Gail and Hollie. Poppies love being Pirates and enjoy role play.
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Room Team

Welcome to Bluebells. Jen is our Room Manager of Pre school and she is also one of our Assistant Managers. Aldona, Carolanne and Emily also support Jen in the Pre school classroom. Bluebells enjoy creative play and themed fun days.

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Busy Bees at Ashton House


Aysha has been a fantastic memeber of the PPG since starting with the nursery. Her daughter is currently in the Willows Room.

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Clair Wellard

Clair is a great memeber of the PPG> She has one daughter who attends nrusery and is currently in the Piglets Room.

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Ross and Debbie

Debbie is a great memeber of the PPG with lots of suggestions. She has a son who is in the Poppies Room at nursery and has recently had a lovely daughter who will be joining Winnie the Poohs in September.

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News Archive

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The Hive Holiday Club

We have large Out of School facilities providing Before and After School and Holiday care.

Louise Hays is our Hive Coordinator.

Our facillities include the following activities plus much much more.

  • Playstation 3
  • Wii
  • Xbox kinect
  • Guitar Hero
  • Laptops - Fizz books
  • Safe internet access
  • Trips out in the buses
  • Gym
  • Large outdoor areas
  • Local parks
  • Games room
  • Chillzone
  • Cooking with Me - For all those little chefs in the family

Shuttle Bus from Royal Preston Hospital

We will collect your child from Royal Preston Hospital outside the Gordon Hesling Block in the morning and bring your child back for you to collect at the end of the day.

The bus will be ready to collect your child at 7.45am and will leave at 8.00am prompt. The return to your collection point will be at 4:45pm, all children must be collected by 5pm prompt.

For an up to date listing of our Current Holiday Dates and activities please see our 'what's on' listing on this page.

Download our Hive Club application form

Terms and Conditions

The Hive Out of School Club

Drop Off / Pick Up Points

Schools Drop off and Pick list

Our Out of School club includes Dropping off and collecting your child from their school,  we currently offer this service for the following schools.

  • Roebuck
  • Cottam
  • St Andrews 
  • Fulwood and Cadley
  • Queens Drive
  • Sacred Heart
  • Lea Community


Busy Bees Childcare Out of School Club

Photo Galleries

Childrens Gallery
Nursery Gallery
Garden Gallery