Busy Bees at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Call Michelle on 0121 428 4950

160 Metchley Lane
Birmingham
B15 2TX

Opening Times

7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

3months - 5years

Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees at the QE Hospital is a purpose built building, which was opened in 2007. There are 8 Rooms, Poppies holds 9 children aged 0-12 months, Snowdrops holds 9 children aged 9-24 months, Sweetpeas holds 9 children aged 9-24 months, Dragonflies holds 9 children 12-24 months, Bluebells holds 12 children 12-24 months these rooms are all on 1-3 ratio. Butterflies holds 24 children aged 2-3 years and Ladybirds holds 21 children aged 2-3 years both rooms are on 1-4 ratio, Pre-school holds 40 children aged 3-5 years on 1-8 ratio.
We are a secure building which can only be accessed through our display buzzer system. We are open from 7am-6pm (closed on bank holidays). The rooms are all large and airy rooms with Fire exits in each room downstairs. All of our rooms have a Room Manager or Senior Room Manager overseeing the room. We offer emergency places for families attending the QE hospital or who work for the armed forces and have been injured during service.

We have a large garden area which is split into 3 sections that the children can access, a soft play area, a grass area and 1 playground. The children are able to grow their own fruit and vegetables, dig in the mud or sand pits or take part in a variety of exciting activities offered.

The staff at QE Hospital site are dedicated in giving the children the best start and work alongside the parents to provide every opportunity to each child. We follow the EYFS within the nursery and continually observe and support the children in their individual needs. All of our staff are either Level 3 or above trained or are working towards their level 3 qualification. All the staff at QE Hospital are committed in personnel development and attend a variety of courses offered by either our National support centre within the Busy Bees company or with Birmingham council such as First Aid, Food Safety and EYFS to name a few.

We have many initiatives within the nursery designed by our support centre that are offered to the children. Babies have the Busy Babies initiative. This is the black and white area in babies. We also have Wake and Shake. Pre-school children have access to a touch screen computer.

The children's time in nursery is treasured and remembered in a variety of ways, such as displays, photographs and the children's learning journals which are their own to keep when they leave the nursery, we also have a graduation ceremony for all the children to attend when they leave us for school.

We hold parents evenings twice a year for the parents to come along and speak to their child's key person and we have a large amount of parents in our Parent partnership group who support the nursery in many ways.
We have a Senco, Behaviour management co-ordinator, Designated safeguarding officer and Health and safety officer on site who specialise in these areas and support the children, staff and parents.

We offer a healthy and well balanced menu for all the children and have been awarded the 5* award in excellent food hygiene standard. The food is all prepared on site by our trained kitchen staff. There is a four week menu in place that is changed seasonally which includes a weaning menu for our babies.

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Meet the Team

Michelle Ford

Nursery Manager

I have been working in Childcare since 1995 and I hold a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Services. 

Before working for Busy Bees I have worked in a number of different roles including Area Manager and Quality and Practice Manager where I supported nineteen nurseries helping them to attain 'Good' or 'Outstanding' outcomes at Ofsted Inspections.

Providing outstanding care for children has always been my passion!

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Sharon O`Toole
Assistant Manager

Sharon started at Busy Bees QE in 2008 and was based in our Dragonflies room. She is NVQ level 3 qualified and has worked in childcare since 1994. Sharon has been Deputy Manager of the nursery since October 2013
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Ingrid Baker
Financial Administrator

Ingrid started working in finance in 1995. Ingrid has worked for Busy Bees at the QE since 2007. Ingrid deals with all aspects of administration from your booking to your final payment here. Ingrid has gained her NVQ level 2 in Business Admin while working at the nursery.
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Julie Prandle-Smith
Senior Room Manager

Julie started at Busy Bees at the QE in 2007 when we first opened. She has worked in childcare since 1996 and is qualified to NNEB. Julie works in our Poppies room.
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Helen Thorn
Senior Room Manager

Helen started with Busy Bees in January 2008 as a level 3 nursery nurse. Helen became Room Manager in 2009 and is the Room manager of Snowdrops. Helen has worked in childcare since 2005. Helen enjoys her job and likes that every day brings something new.
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Heidi Brown
Senior Room Manager

Heidi joined Busy Bees in August 2005 transfering to QE branch in 2012. Heidi is Level 3 qualifed and has worked in childcare since 2003. Heidi is the Room Manager of Sweetpeas. Heidi enjoys working with the children and watching the children grow and develop each day, extending their speech and vocabulary and promoting their every day needs.
Heidi is one of our Health & Safety co-coordinators and became Senior room manager in September 2014
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Beth Cook
Room Manager

Beth joined Busy Bees in 2012, she has worked in childcare since 2010 and is qualified to level 3. Beth enjoys her role and seeing how the children learn and develop each day. Since September 2014 Beth became Room manager of Snowdrops
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Emma Bennett
Room Manager

Emma joined the Busy Bees team in 2012 as an early years educator, she has worked in childcare since 2007. Emma enjoys working with the children, seeing them grow, learn and develop.. Emma is now Room manager of Butterflies
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Kim Allen
Chef

Kim has worked for the company since 1998 as Head chef. She works hard to produce good quality and healthy meals for the children. Kim takes pride in her work and enjoys her time in nursery, she produces some lovely food for special occasions such as Chinese new year and Christmas. Kim has always maintained a 5 star rating from the food standards agency. Kim is a grandmother to 2 who both attended Busy Bees nursery.
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Amanda Greasley
Early Years Educator

Amanda started at Busy Bees April 2012 but has worked in childcare since 2008 and works in the snowdrops room. Amanda is Level 2 qualified and will is currently completing her level 3 in childcare. Amanda enjoys her job and seeing the children grow and develop each day.. She is looking forward to a new challenge when she moves to Butterflies.
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Lisa Wicken
Early Years Educator

Lisa joined Busy Bees in April 2011, she has worked in childcare since 2003, Lisa currently works in the pre-school room. Lisa is one of the behavior management coordinators and prides herself on giving the children the best each day.
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Steph Coates
Early Years Educator

Steph joined Busy Bees in 2011 as a level 3 nursery nurse. Steph works in the Bluebells room. Steph has always wanted to work with children and has worked in childcare since 2009. Steph really enjoys her job and watching the children grow and learn, she finds it rewarding when she sees the children thriving, knowing she has contributed to this.
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Keziah Tarrant
Early Years Educator

Keziah joined Busy Bees in 2012, she is level 3 qualified and has worked in childcare for the last 3 and 1/2 years. Keziah enjoys her job and likes being able to meet the children's individual needs, taking part in different activities with the children.
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Kirsty Williams
Early Years Educator

Kirsty joined Busy Bees in 2012. Kirsty has worked in childcare since 2010 and is qualified to level 3. Kirsty enjoys working with the children and watching how they develop.. She is based in Bluebells
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Charlotte Clarke
Early Years Educator

Charlotte joined Busy Bees in April 2012. Charlotte is level 3 qualified and has been in childcare for over 1 year now. Charlotte enjoys her role in Poppies which is where she is based. Charlotte has a good knowledge of all children on site and enjoys working in all rooms.
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Ann Marie Tyrell
Early Years Educator

Ann Marie has worked in childcare since 2004, starting at Busy Bees 2011. Ann Marie also volunteers at Rainbows, an activity center for 5-7 year olds. Ann Marie is level 3 qualified and enjoys working with the children, watching them learn new things.
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Sayla Ali
Early Years Educator

Sayla has worked in childcare since 2004, working at Busy Bees since 2011. Sayla is level 2 qualified and works in the pre-school room. Sayla enjoys working with the children and watching them learn and develop.
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Kath Rush
Early Years Educator

Kath is level 2 qualified joining childcare in 2008. Kath is based in the Ladybirdss room, she enjoys her job and being able to see children develop to their full potential. Kath has a Nineteen year old son.

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Busy Bees at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital


Elizabeth Phillips

I have one son who has attended the nursery for over a year. I trained as a Nursery Nurse going on to gain a degree in Early years studies and have worked with children and families for over ten years. I am very interested in early years education and how my family can work together with the nursery to best support my child's learning and development. I bring experience of working in different childcare settings and working with the whole family to identify needs and the best support for them.

"We have found staff to be supportive and willing to share ideas. The nursery provides a wide range of experiences encouraging the children to learn and grow at their own pace."

Julie Cassidy

My daughter Holly has attended the nursery since she was 10 months old. She is now 2. I have always found the staff and managers caring and attentive and always strive to do their best for the child's individual needs.

"I am delighted to be a member of the parent partnership group. I feel that together we can do the very best for our children by working together, drawing from our different experiences, ideas and cultural backgrounds and strengthening the bonds between parents and the nursery staff."

Ranjit kaur Phull.M.A.

I am a mother of a beautiful daughter, Sana. Sana has attended Busy Bees Nursery since she was 11months old and is now 2yrs old. My husband and I have watched Sana grow and develop into a delightful young toddler, who is confident, social and mostly very happy, offering a big smile to anyone who passes encouraging them to say hello and share a smile with her. Sana appears to enjoy attending Nursery and I am very pleased with how she continues to develop positively and the input from the staff wh

"I have worked a counsellor/therapist for 13yrs, predominately working with children from age 4yrs, adolescents and adults. I am an integrative therapist using play, art and music, particularly drum therapy in both my one to one therapy and group work. I also run my own business of supervision and group work for professionals and organisations. I have a keen interest in people and encouraging them to grow and develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituality. I am very pleased to be a pa"
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Sarah Aldred

I have 2 children at the nursery, my son Thom has been at Busy Bees since he was 5 months old, he is now 4 and 1/2. My daughter Lotte is 2 and has also been attending nursery since she was 6 months old. I think its fair to say that we have experienced most, if not all, of the rooms at the nursery as our children have worked their way from babies up to pre-school over the past 4 and a bit years!

"As a parent, the thing I want most from the nursery is that it provides an environment where my children are happy and well cared for, and I believe that Busy Bees provides that environment. The nursery has some outstanding staff, and where there is room for improvement, they are willing to listen. I'm interested in education, from early years right through to adulthood, and in my professional world I am a lecturer, so its important to me that the nursery is a stimulating environment. I am keen to work with parents and the nursery to get the best care for children at the nursery."

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