Busy Bees at Welwyn Garden City has been awarded GOOD with OUTSTANDING childcare elements by Ofsted 2013.
It is a purpose built, single storey building ideally situated on Shire Park Business Park in the heart of Welwyn Garden City. It is close to local shops, and the town centre is within 15 minutes’ walk away. The nursery is easily accessible from the train station and A1M motorway.
We have a very strong staff team here at Welwyn Garden City who are extremely passionate about what they do; many of the staff have been here since the nursery opened in 1994! We have 85% of our staff at qualified level along with 3 members of staff with a Foundation Degree in early years. We encourage all of our staff to attend further training to develop their skills; we have a very dedicated training team that provide a varied training package for all staff.
Our nursery chef and kitchen assistant provide healthy and nutritious meals for the children. All food is cooked fresh daily and is locally sourced. The nursery menus are varied and we are able to cater for any dietary requirements. We are very proud to have received the Sliver award with the Soil Association and also 5 stars on our Environmental Health Inspection.
As a team we are very passionate about the environment and recycling, so much so that we offer Bio-degradable nappies and wipes, we have recycling bins throughout the nursery and encourage the children to recycle, we collect rain water to water our plants and we are currently growing our very own vegetables. We also have the opportunity for parents to recycle their batteries.
In January 2015 we introduced Formula Milk for all babies up to 1 year old.
The staff team are passionate about the range of indoor and outdoor activities they provide to encourage and promote the developmental stages and interests of each individual child. We promote equal opportunities within nursery and encourage the children to make choices, plan and evaluate their activities to enable them to promote social, creative, language and communication skills. It is lovely to see a child grow and their interest change just simply by allowing children to make choice and follow their own passions. The children take part in a wide range of Busy Bees initiatives which include Wake & Shake, Busy Babies, Imagination Station, Cooking with me, Shake & Write, Preparing an Early Approach to Literacy, Emotional Transitions, Talking Baskets and Grow your own. We offer the children the choice to play indoors or outdoors by promoting free flow throughout the nursery to the refurbished gardens.
We have built up wonderful relationships with the local community and are part of the Children Centre and other local agencies including Health Visitors and the Early Years team at Hertfordshire County Council.
To help us make necessary changes and improvements we provide a Parent Partnership Group which allows us to work in partnership with our parents and listen to their views. We currently have 9 members of the Partnership group who meet quarterly to discuss up and coming events. They are also available for support to new perspective parents.
Fantastic care, support and attention provided to each child. The different level of interaction, stimulation and development provided. Warm friendly staff. The willingness to be flexible - Annabelle's mum Faye
Filip looks like he is having a great time everyday he is in Busy Bees. We think the progress he's making is also due to the social skills he got in here - Filip's dad Pawel
Thank you for your support with Spencerâ€™s transition into nursery. He is always so happy every day. Your support has made my nerves (guilt) fade away, knowing that he is in a fun & secure environment
Lovely friendly staff that I feel comfortable leaving my daughter with - Darcey's mum Louise
Good care taken by Chloe, Dawn & Clare. Adi has adjusted well in a short space of time, lots of fun activities. - Advaitâ€™s parents Aviral & Divya
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