7:15am - 6:30pm, Monday to Friday
3months - 5 years
- Online learning journal system in conjunction with ParentZone
- Wake and Shake singing and dancing to give your child a healthy start to the day
- Grow Your Own for all those budding gardeners
- Steps to Independence - lots of fun activities for the children, encouraging their independence
- Cooking with Me for all those creative little chefs in the family
- 2 Touch screen computers - come on all you IT users show us how its done
- Nappies and wipes included within the daily rate
- A parent representative group which meets three times a year
- A large, secure and spacious outdoor area with a separate baby garden
- Professional, friendly and committed staff team
- Outside classroom to enable children to access garden at all times of the day
Why You Will Love Our Nursery
Busy Bees in Rothamsted Lodge provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2013).
Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge is a beautiful nursery set in the rural area of Harpenden, with easy access to the M1 and walking distance from Harpenden train station. There is plenty of parking in the car park at the side of the nursery. We cater for 70 children per day in a home away from home setting.
The nursery has a total of four children’s base rooms catering for children from 3mths – 5years. The bottom floor consists of two children’s rooms which range in age from 3mths – 2years. The first floor also consists of two children’s rooms which range in age from 2 – 5years.
We have three main newly refurbished secure garden areas which consist of sand and water play, sensory walls, chalk boards, soft play and many more. The garden areas are broken down in to three age groups. The baby room (3 – 15mths) have a free-flow system from their room to their own secure garden area, the tot’s room (16mths – 2years) also have a free-flow system from their room to a secure garden area which they share with the toddler room (24 – 30mths). Big Pre-School (3 – 5years) have the biggest garden area. We also have an outside school room which is easily accessible to the Pre-School children throughout the year.
We have an exceptional staff team who are truly committed to providing the best quality of care for every child in the nursery. Staff regularly attend training through Busy Bees to further their knowledge of working in a nursery setting. There are also plenty of opportunities for staff to engage in NVQ training to enable them to further their development and careers.
Julia our Head Chef has worked at the nursery for over eight years. Julia is dedicated to providing a healthy, safe, nutritious and interesting menu for all the children. She is fully trained on catering for children with special dietary requirements.
The nursery also has a parent partnership group which meets quarterly. This group consists of representatives from each of the children’s rooms. These parents are a little more involved in diary dates throughout the year and supporting the nursery through fundraising events.
We also have a few initiatives we are implementing in the nursery. These are listed below in our facilities.
The nursery offers a fantastic range of activities. Lots of learning and activities, exercise and play. The children are constantly engaged!
The nursery staff are fantastic - we are sad to be leaving
The staff are so dedicated to the well-being of the children. Joshua seems very happy of his days at Busy Bees Rothamsted Lodge, he always has so much to tell us everyday! - Joshuaâ€™s mum
Andrew has had a wonderful time at nursery and had always come home happy. Many thanks for looking after him and teaching him so much. We will miss you all
I would not hesitate to recommend Busy Bees to anyone. The care and service provided is exceptional
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Meet the Team
I began working at Busy Bees, Rothamsted Lodge in 2007 as a Nursery Nurse and completed my Level 3 in childcare in 2009. Since then I have followed my ambition to build my knowledge and experience to proudly become the Manager of Rothamsted Lodge.
During my time with Busy Bees I have transferred to other local nurseries to develop my understanding in different Senior roles. Partnership with parents is the key to a successful nursery to allow the children to have a home from home environment. Supporting each individual child to develop and grow has always been a real passion of mine.
I have patients and enthusiasm which allows me to support and teach the staff in the nursery to build a positive and motivated atmosphere for the staff, parents and children.
I am looking forward to welcoming you and your family to our friendly and stimulating nursery to discuss your individual requirements.
Leanne joined the team here at Rothamsted Lodge in 2014 transferring from another Busy Bees nursery in St. Albans.
She has since progressed from being Senior room manager and now to Assistant manager.
Leanne enjoys supporting the team and the children any way she can here at Rothamsted Lodge.
Leanne is Level 3 trained and holds her Level 3 in leadership and management and is currently working towards her Level 5.
Sandra is the nurseries financial administrator.
Sandra joined the team at Rothamsted Lodge in July 2014 and is really enjoying her role at the nursery.
Sandra works Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Katie joined the nursery in 2014. Katie is a Qualified Early Years Educator who works in the Tots room with Shannon and Zahida.
Katie loves the Tots children and is always thinking of new and exciting activities for the children to engage in such as plunge planting and doing lots of science experiments.
Sara is a Qualified Early Years Educator who works in the Toddler room.
Sara has a daughter who also attends the nursery in the baby room.
Sara is an energetic staff member who loves getting the children outside to explore the surrounding countryside.
I have worked at Busy Bees for 11 years as the nursery chef.
I am first aid trained and I have food hygiene levels 1 to 3 and also have level 3 for managers and supervisors.
I enjoy getting involved with the children's activities such as the 'Grow your own' initiative which assists the children with growing various fruit and vegetables.
Kriston supports the chef, Julia, on a daily basis. Kriston loves working alongside Julia preparing the children's meals and snacks.
Kriston also works alongside the rooms by helping them do 'cook with me' activities.
Early Years Educator
Laura is a member of cover staff at the nursery. Laura has experience across the nursery in all age ranges and is currently covering in the baby room with Sacha.
Laura is a very calm and loving staff member who ensure each and every need of the babies is met.
Laura loves to share messy activities with the babies doing lots of creative work for displays and to send home.
Early Years Educator
Bria is a cover member of staff who covers the staff's holiday.
Bria really enjoys working with all the children at the nursery gaining experience in all age ranges.
Bria really enjoys sharing books with the children and engaging them in the magic of story telling.
Early Years Educator
Stacey is a cover member of staff who covers the staff training days and holidays.
Stacey loves the Tots room with children aged 12 months to 2 years.
Stacey really enjoys getting messy with the children and engaging with the children doing creative activities.
Early Years Educator
Shannon came to Rothamsted Lodge for her placement at college and returned once she had completed her Level 3 as a full time member of staff in the Tots room. Shannon likes to be creative with the children and likes exploring in the garden with the Tots children.
Early Years Educator
Daljeet is a member of our cover staff here at Rothamsted Lodge. She enjoys working in all the rooms and has built a good relationship with all children. Daljeet enjoys spending time in the garden and playing action games with the children.
Julia is the head chef in the main kitchen and Kriston supports Julia in the day to day running of the kitchen and covers in Julia's absence.
Both Julia and Kriston work well together providing all meals for the children from Breakfast to Tea.
Baby Outdoor Environment
This is the outdoor environment for the babies from 3 months to 15 months.
We offer many opportunities outside as we do inside the nursery such as sand and water play, cozy area and physical activities.
Pre-School Academy Outdoor Environment
This is the pre-school academy outdoor environment for children aged 3 years to 5 years.
The outdoor environment offers a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow while in the fresh air. Opportunities for the children include, sand and water play, a story telling gazebo, outside class room, digging areas and so much more.
Pre-School Academy Messy Room
The Pre-school Academy has 3 rooms this is a picture of the messy room which the children can freely access as they wish.
The messy room offers experiences such as a discovery area, sand and water trays, creative area and a literacy area.
The Tots room is for children aged 1 to 2 years old.
The room offers arrange of activities exciting for all children to be engaged in.
This is the Tot's room for children aged 12 months to 2 years. The room has arrange of activities for the children to engage in.