Busy Bees at St Andrew's Ridge

Call Niki on 01793 726919

The Neighbourhood Centre
Highdown Way
SN25 4FD

Opening Times

7:30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

3 months - 5 years
  • Outstanding Ofsted 2016 - Click here to view our report
  • Busy Babies initiative to enhance your babies senses
  • Our Imagination Station for all those little explorers
  • Wake and Shake singing and dancing to give your child a healthy start to the day
  • Cooking with Me for all those little chefs in the family
  • Steps to Independence for children 2yrs onwards to develop independence within the setting. Children are encouraged to clean up after dinner, wash windows and much more. Smiffy the Germ encourages the children to learn about how to keep healthy
  • Emotional Transitions for Pre-school - Supporting children through early life and emotional experiences
  • Extra curricular activities including Music Bugs
  • Sensory room for those quiet moments
  • Fantastic refurbishment in May 2011 
  • Friendly, experienced staff team
  • Secure access with CCTV throughout
  • Freshly prepared home cooked meals are provided each day
  • Large fully equipped base rooms designed specifically for the age groups which lead directly onto the garden
  • Open Afternoons every Monday, 2pm - 4pm - call in and see us!
  • Our Pre-School have PEAL. ( Preparing an early approach to literacy)




Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Busy Bees St Andrews is a home from home environment for children offering the warmest of welcome. The staff are passionate and dedicated to providing the very best possible care, leaving parents feeling reassured and children happy.

In 2011 the nursery received a full internal refurbishment creating 3 base rooms that are brightly decorated with opportunities for all children to explore and investigate the lovely environment. All rooms open up onto the outdoor area which provides an extension of the children’s learning environment.

In March 2012 the nursery was recognised by the company as a Centre of excellence, a status devised by Busy Bees to represent the finest standards in childcare and catering. This is a real honour and shows the dedication and passion of the staff team.

The catering award recognises the exceptional food provided and also the opportunities to provide healthy options throughout the children’s time at nursery.

Busy Bees childcare team have created various initiatives that provide children with opportunities to learn and develop. As a nursery we have successfully implemented these which include Busy Babies, Our Imagination Station, Steps to Independence, Cooking with Me and  Wake and Shake, which we would love to share with you whilst visiting the nursery.

Our long serving staff team are very dedicated, passionate and hard working which in turn provides a high quality service for children and parents. We have a high level of qualified staff and provide internal training to further the qualifications and knowledge. Through the staff’s knowledge, experience and working together to ensure all children have a variety of learning opportunities and a safe caring environment to grow up in.

We would like to invite you to come along and spend some time in our nursery and experience the great care and learning environment we provide.

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Contact Busy Bees at St Andrew's Ridge

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Meet the Team

Niki Eyles

Nursery Manager

I transferred to Busy Bees St Andrews in August 2005 after joining the company in May 2005 as a Maternity Cover Manager.

I first qualified as a nursery nurse in 1995 when I gained my BTEC National Diploma. Since then I have gained a wealth of experience within different childcare settings from being a full time nanny caring for new born twins and also triplets. I have also managed a pre-school, after school club and a private day nursery.
Since joining the nursery in 2005 I have gained various qualifications and training including First Aid, First Aid at Work, Food Hygiene 2 & 3, Health & Safety and in September 2010 I completed my NVQ4 in Childcare. I am currently enrolled on the Level 5 Leadership and Management and due to complete December 2016.

I am always looking to further my own personal development and also that of my team, ensuring we access up to date training. 

We are also proud to have successfully trained apprentices at the nursery who progress further with their training as they become full time members of staff.

I have a long serving senior management team who all have a minimum of 5 years’ service. Staff are highly motivated, enthusiastic and are dedicated to ensure a great learning environment is provided for all children. I am proud of my team who make a difference to the lives of the children they care for, providing them with new opportunities every day in a safe and stimulating environment.

Give me a call and I can arrange for you to come and visit our lovely nursery.

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Rachael Allen
Assistant Manager

Hi my name is Rachael, I started with the company as a student in 2005 and have worked my way up to my current position as Assistant Manager and Senior Room Manager of Pre-School. I have achieved my level 3 in management and I am the nursery Childcare Representative. I love helping the children learn and develop ready for their next adventure in life and enjoy being part of such a fantastic team.
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Morag Puffett
Assistant Manager

Hello my name is Morag and I started with the nursery in 2001. I have worked in childcare since leaving school and have a great passion for helping children grow and learn. I have worked my way up through the nursery to my current position as Senior Room Manager in Toddlers. I am also Assistant Manager.
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Carla Sage
Financial Administrator

Hi my name is Carla I joined the nursery in 2003 originally working in the rooms. Since having my own family I have now taken the role of Financial Administrator. I work Monday-Friday 8am-1pm and I am happy to help new and existing parents with any queries.
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Sophie Haworth
Senior Room Manager

Hi my name is Sophie. I have worked for the company since February 2011 and transferred to St Andrews Ridge in October 2014. I am the Assistant Room Manager in Pre-School. I enjoy helping the children learn, develop and grow.
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Rachel Bish
Senior Room Manager

Hello my name is Rachel and I joined this nursery in 2007. I have been in childcare since leaving school and am passionate about helping the children learn, develop and grow. I have worked in all rooms within the nursery and I am now senior room manager in Toddlers, supporting their growing development.
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Alice Smith
Room Manager

Hi my name is Alice. i have worked with the company since October 2012, starting as an apprentice and working my way up to my current position as Assistant Room Manager in Toddlers. I enjoy seeing the children learn and have fun.

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Busy Bees at St Andrew's Ridge


I have been a parent at nursery since March 2013

"My name is Bev and i have a daughter Florence who is in the Ladybirds room. Florence started at Busy Bees when she was 7 months old when i returned to work as a Training Officer. Florence comes to nursery Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday all day. Florence's favorite things at nursery are playing outside, in the bubble room and Music Bugs."


I have been a parent at nursery since July 2012.

"My name is Sarah and my daughter, Adi has been at Busy Bees since July 2012. Adi moved up to Ladybirds in February after 7 months in Butterflies. The staff at Busy Bees are wonderful, offering support and information through each of the development phases and transitions that children make during their time at Busy Bees. I joined the parent partnership to provide another support network for parents."

Come along to our next event

Nursery Event for our Busy Bees at St Andrew's Ridge nursery

26 September - Harvest Festival week

Planned activities throughout the week including preschool making a Scarecrow more info »

Other events...

26 September - Baby development group - Sensory and bubble play

Baby development group - Sensory and bubble play. more info »

26 September - Open afternoon 2.00pm-4.00pm

Come along and meet our team. more info »

03 October - Baby development group - Busy baby music and singi

Baby development group - Busy baby music and singing group more info »

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