40 Years of Busy Bees

Our Story

Busy Bees is the nation's leading nursery group, with 390 brilliant nurseries in the UK, Ireland, and right across the world. Ever since we were founded in 1983, we've believed in giving children the best start in life. As Marg Randles, our co-founder, explains, that's exactly why Busy Bees began.

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The history of Busy Bees begins 41 years ago, with our own search for the right nursery.

We wanted to give our children the best start in life, which to us meant better, more exciting care, stimulating environments, and lots of opportunities for play, interaction and development, at their own pace and in their own space. We couldn't find a nursery that offered everything we wanted. So, we decided to found it ourselves in 1983 and opened The Rocklands in Lichfield, Staffordshire a year later.

In that very first Busy Bees nursery, we created a safe and enriching home-from-home environment filled with opportunities to learn. We recruited passionate staff with boundless enthusiasm for their work and a never-ending commitment to the children. It was a place where children's emotional needs were met, their interests were nurtured, and their individuality was respected, which made it somewhere parents loved too.

The Rocklands formed the blueprint for all of the hundreds of nurseries we run today. Whether it's a nursery in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America, Asia, or beyond, the Busy Bees name has come to represent the same ideals and values that made our very first venture so special.

Over the past few decades I have been lucky to work with some amazing people to provide children around the world with exceptional care. I truly believe that our childcare can be the path to a brilliant future. I hope that, just like we did for my own family 39 years ago, we can give your children the best start in life too.

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Marg Randles, Co-founder

What makes us different?

Setting children apart

A Busy Bees child is happy, sociable, confident, independent, creative and unique. It's all down to our exceptional approach to childcare, where we nurture, challenge, and encourage every child as they develop and grow.

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Preparing for school

Nursery is just the start of your child's education, and we work hard to make sure Busy Bees children feel ready for school once the time comes. Each child is unique, and we individually nurture each and every one to make sure they are the best they can possibly be.

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Sharing our knowledge

We've used our decades of experience to create a kind of childcare parents won't find anywhere else. We share that knowledge internationally across hundreds of nurseries, and through our exclusive learning platform, UP.

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Serving you better

We feel very privileged to work with some truly amazing people that make every day at Busy Bees special. Through our Talent Academy, apprenticeships, and training, we strive to get the best out of everyone on our team to make that service even better.

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