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Busy Bees


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New parent? Call 0330 333 8133

Existing parent? Call 01582 462533

Opening Times:

From 07:15 to 18:30 Mon - Fri

Are you in search of top-notch childcare in Harpenden? Look no further than Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge! Our nursery welcomes children from babies through to preschoolers, creating a nurturing environment where every child can learn, develop, and thrive. 

Here at our nursery in Harpenden, our dedicated rooms are tailored to suit each age group, ensuring that every child can develop at a pace that suits them. From babies taking their first steps to preschoolers preparing for the next big adventure, we provide an environment that supports each child's unique journey. 

Rest assured, our dedicated team goes the extra mile to ensure they make every day an exciting adventure. With a passion for planning and preparing a wide range of activities and supporting your little one every step of the way, your child can unleash their full potential during their time at nursery. 

We truly believe in the magic of the outdoors! With our outdoor garden, children can continue to discover their independence and explore their imagination whilst enjoying the fresh air. Additionally, to help keep their minds and bodies active, we offer exciting sports activities in the garden for little ones aged 2-5, along with walks to the countryside.  

If you're looking for a nursery and preschooler in Harpenden that provides exceptional childcare and a stimulating environment, Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge is the perfect choice for you. Book a visit today and experience the Busy Bees difference for yourself! 

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

Pebble flexible childcare at Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge

We understand that parents and carers lead busy lives, and we want to do everything possible to help. That’s why Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge 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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Diane Chichester - Centre Director

Diane Chichester

Centre Director

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Nursery Facilities at Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge

Here's a snapshot of just some of the wonderful facilities we offer at our Day Nursery in Harpenden. 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 at Rothamsted Lodge

At Busy Bees, we understand the importance of promoting healthy eating habits early on in life. That’s why we ensure all the food and drink we serve is nutritionally balanced. 

During your child’s typical day at our Harpenden day nursery, they’ll enjoy regular meals and refreshments from our NHS Startwell-accredited menu. 

There’s nothing extra to pay for this – it’s all included in your nursery fees. Everything is freshly prepared on the day by our talented on-site nursery chef. And if your child has any specific dietary requirements, don’t worry – we can account for their needs. Speak to your Centre Director for more information. 

Want a taster from our menu at Busy Bees Rothamsted Lodge? 


Fresh fruit with a selection of cereal or porridge.   

Morning Snack 

Fresh fruit with wholemeal toast or baked goods, with a drink of milk or water.  


Cream cheese pinwheel followed by beef/turkey or lentils in gravy with new potatoes and broccoli, with a drink of water.   

Afternoon Snack 

Fresh fruit or vegetable sticks with a drink of milk or water.   

Early Evening Snack  

Chef’s daily special, with a drink of water. 

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Our Fees

We believe in an open and transparent approach to nursery fees. Click the button below for weekly, daily, and session rates for our exceptional childcare.

Did you know Busy Bees also offers government-funded childcare? If eligible, you could be entitled to up to 570 or 1140 hours of funded childcare, depending on your eligibility and your child's age, each year for your child. 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 Harpenden 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 Harpenden Location

Conveniently located, our nursery and preschool are a quick 5-minute drive from Harpenden's center and the M1 at Junction 9, making it ideal for commuting parents. With ample onsite parking, drop-offs and pick-ups are a breeze. 

If you prefer public transport, Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge has you covered! There is bus stop just a 3-minute walk away at the White Horse serving routes 308 and 357, along with Harpenden train station just a 23-minute walk away. 

Find the exact location of Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge by using our What3Words:


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


Pollie D.


"We absolutely love Busy bee's Rothamstead lodge, my son Freddie enjoys going in and he always comes out with a big smile on his face. We think Diane is a brilliant manger and all of the staff are wonderful "

Sara C.


"Great staff and lovely grounds "

Jaclyn N.


"A caring nursery with staff who go above and beyond to ensure your children feel happy, safe and secure. Highly recommend!"

Deepali M.


"Great location and the team are fantastic!"

Katie B.


"Friendly staff & always approachable and both my boys love it & they get excited to go"