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.
James has had the best start to his foundational education, both from an academic and social footing, and for this we shall be forever grateful
Excellent nursery. Our child has really enjoyed it and looks forward to coming to nursery.
Excellent nursery. Our child has really enjoyed it and looks forward to coming to nursery. He names his nursery nurses every night!
Busy bees has not only felt like a place of education to us. It has been a place where our child has gone every day to spend time with an extended family.
I have been working in childcare since 1994 and have worked for Busy Bees since February 2004. I started as a Nursery Assistant working my way up to Nursery Manager. I have managed a number of Busy Bees sites covering the Managers maternity leave before securing a permanent Managers position at Birmingham QE Hospital site. I started at this nursery in October 2012 and thoroughly enjoy my time here working with the parents and staff to provide the best possible care for the children.
Before having my son in 1996 i qualified to NVQ level 3, and am hoping to complete my childcare degree soon. I also hold first aid at work, pediatric first aid, Safeguarding, Food safety plus many more.
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."