Busy Bees Kindergarten CIC

Unlocking Curiosity


About Us

Since moving into our purpose built setting in 2010, we’ve focused on supporting children throughout their time at Busy Bees. All activities are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of the children at our setting. We create this through stimulating environments that allow children to explore and create while being supported by dedicated early years educators. We believe all children should have the opportunity to develop their bright young minds and focus our learning through play and exploration. 
We originally started as a Pre-school based in two classrooms within Highfields primary school. As we grew in size we knew we needed to look at a larger premises and we began the journey to opening as a Kindergarten offering wrap around childcare. In September 2010 we opened our purpose built setting and were able to begin offering childcare from 3months old. We have continued to grow and have added a successful after school and holiday club to our premises also.
At Busy Bees we believe it’s important that as a setting and early years educators we continuously strive to develop our nursery and be the very best we can be for the children attending our setting. 


Opening Hours

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Mon-Friday: 7.30am - 5.30pm 38 weeks a year


Mon-Friday: 7.30am-5.30pm 44 weeks a year 

Holiday club for over 5s - 6 weeks a year for children aged up to 11 years

After school club 3-5.30pm

Sessions available for our over 2s. School days available throughout the setting with the ability to add hours to suit your individual needs.


Word on the Street


Both my girls have really enjoyed busy bees... my youngest daughter is there at the moment and absolutely loves it. The staff are so friendly.

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Amazing setting. My son has thoroughly enjoyed his 2 years here. The staff and management have been great, he’s developed so well here and is more than ready for school. The link with Highfields is amazing as are the hot dinners they serve at lunchtimes. My son has multiple food allergies and the support and catering has been fantastic. Thankyou and we will miss you.

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My son has not long turned 2 and started busy bees 3 weeks ago. I have never felt more safe leaving my son. Fantastic place and lovely people.

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Girls are all fab! Very good with my little one! Had no problems! Wouldn't take him anywhere else! always get updates and also advice from the girls which is well needed being a first time mum! Feels like home to home! 

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Busy Bees Kindergarten CIC Team

Caring & Dedicated

At Busy Bees Kindergarten CIC, we hire passionate, dedicated and caring educators who are committed to making a difference in children’s lives. Take a look below to learn more about our team, and reach out with any questions.


Michelle kimble

Manager and Proprietor

Having worked in early years for just over 20 years Michelle entered the world of managing and owning her own setting in 2017. Before this she worked as the settings Deputy manager and Director. Michelle is still very much hands on with the children and developing the setting. She’s not one to miss out on an opportunity to get stuck in to the day and spend time within all the rooms. 
“I’ve been in every position Early years has to offer since leaving school and starting my training. Having my own children only grew my passion for providing children with the very best start in life. This means that I’m able to be understanding and compassionate not only with staff as I’ve been in their position, but also towards parents. Leaving our children is one of the hardest things we do, and something that involves a lot of trust. Having empathy is an important part of our role and something we strive to provide alongside all the amazing opportunities on offer for the children attending with us.”


Sarah Hamlyn


Sarah also began her journey in Early years after leaving school. With more than 15 years experience Sarah joined the Busy Bees team over 9 years ago and lead the baby room. After some time with us Sarah stepped up to a Deputy managers position before becoming a co-manager in late 2020. 
Sarah is known for her sparkly personality. The children attending cannot help but gravitate to her. 


Kelly Van Eyk

Deputy manager

Kelly has been in childcare since leaving school and has a real passion for creating exciting and new environments. She’s known for her crazy and quirky personality, as well as the fun she brings to the team. Kelly has worked in many positions within the setting and throughout Early years before becoming the settings Deputy manager in late 2020. Kelly has enjoyed embracing all things child-led and always strives to provide all children with the best possible start. 


Harnessing Creativity

Over the years we’ve spent with children at our setting we have always offered a home feel setting. We believe children learn best when they are comfortable and happy and providing a setting that encompasses a feeling of being at home on a larger scale works beautifully. 
Offering a dedicated key-person system means we are able to adapt each child’s journey with us to their needs. Our early years educators strive to provide a warm and happy environment for the children attending while helping to develop their understanding of the world around them. 
Curiosity is key to each child’s development and at Busy Bees we are working towards a setting that encourages open ended play through natural and home resources.


Outdoor Play

Nature is the best playground

We’ve been busy developing our two outside areas over the years and we have so many more ideas! Our outside space is used all year round and used for a continuation of our open ended play. Our big building and construction area is always a favourite, as well as our designated Mud kitchen area! 

Music and movement 

Music feeds the soul

We’re very lucky at the setting to have Miss Georgia who is not only an early years educator but also a dance teacher at Boogie Shoes Dance Academy!  
Georgia provides some lovely music and movement activities from our smallest children to our eldest there is something suitable for them all. 
Check out the local classes she provides for children aged from 18 months.


Imaginative Play

Be creative and curious

Imaginative play is a key part of what we offer at Busy Bees. Extending a child’s desire to learn from their surroundings is in our opinion the best way of developing their learning. 
We have an open ended play setting with so many learning experiences and the opportunities for imaginative and curious play are at the heart of what we offer. 

Our rising 5s The Dragonflies

Creating confident preschooler's 

At Busy Bees we have a separate pre-school room designated to just the cohort going to school the next coming year.. 
We feel this offers the children the best possible opportunity to be school ready and most importantly make Key friendships. A child who is happy and content will learn. We focus the children a little more in this room while still presenting them with open ended play. We have the opportunity to have a PE class at Highfields school once a week and introduce the children to our school ready activities, such as group times, dressing and undressing, being toilet ready and so much more. 
It’s a large bright room with a toilet area incorporated and direct access to our large outside area. This room is lead by Georgia who not only brings several years experience in childcare but her dancing and show background to the room. Georgia is well known for her ability to engage the children in dancing activities and organising some lovely performances from our rising 5s! 


Our 2-3 room The Butterflies 

Enabling environments 

Our Butterfly room is a large and bright space with direct access to the outside garden. They have a designated toilet and changing area contained within the room and lots of space to explore. The children learn through play and the early years educators play a vital role in developing this age groups understanding of boundaries while encouraging exploring and curiosity to learn. We have a designated room leader called Kelly who has many years experience in childcare and is also the settings Deputy manager, she oversees the daily running of this room and supports the overall development of the nursery. kelly is very well known for her excellent story telling and ability to spark a child’s interest in the world around them. 

Our 1.5-2.5 room, The Ladybirds

The littlest feet make the biggest footprints

Our Ladybird room is a lovely bright and self contained room. Direct access to their own designated outside area creates their own beautiful bubble. This allows the children have complete dedication from the experienced staff in this room. They have a small toilet area and kitchen within the room allowing them to work within one room from the beginning of the day to the end. Our room leader comes with many years of childcare experience and has dedicated her time in particular to working with our babies. Paris loves to engage the children in new activities and is often introducing and creating new things for our little ones. Never one to shy away from making mess and creatively exploring with the children she encourages them to develop a keen interest in the world around them. 


Story time! 

Committed to Creativity!

Over lockdown Kelly spent time recording some very special video stories for children who weren’t able to attend the nursery. These sparked lots of interest from not only the children attending our own setting but we’re shared via social media for many to see! Take a look on our Facebook page for all the videos she created 🐝

Our 0-18month room, Caterpillars

Only children believe they are capable of everything! 

Our Caterpillar room is a calm and quiet space, created with exploring in mind! We have an open space to allow for little hands and feet to roll, crawl and take those new steps. 
Our room leader Siobhan has worked in childcare for many years, with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for providing the best, Siobhan suits this age group perfectly. 


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Our mission

Quality Child Care

From language and literacy development to social skills and creative expression, the children at Busy Bees Kindergarten CIC are constantly being exposed to new activities and environments in which to thrive. We build on the strengths and interests of each child to help build a solid foundation where they can develop their futures. An environment that ensures everyone feels at home and welcome, all while being curious and having fun! 

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Fees, Funding and waiting lists

Our fees are dependent on your needs 🐝
We have a long day rate in each room for our 7.30-5.30pm day. School day sessions between 8.30-3.30pm are available in all rooms. Sessions 8.30-11.30 or 12.30-3.30pm available for children attending our 2-3 and 3-4 room with an hours lunch between 11.30-12.30. Additional hours can be added before 8.30am and after 3.30pm and funded sessions can be used between 8.30-11.30am and 12.30-3.30pm. We accept both 15 and 30 hour funding for 3 year olds.  
Additional hours outside of funded sessions for 2 and 3 year olds are chargeable at a current rate of £6 for 3 year olds and £7 an hour for 2 year olds.
After school club 3-5.30pm is £6 an hour. This includes a snack, drinks and a high tea (after 4.30pm) our ratio is 1 staff member to 8 children. 
Please contact us for a quote for the hours you require 🐝


We accept 2 and 3 year funding as well as the extended 30 hours funding for applicable 3 year olds. This is applicable between 8.30-11.30am and 12.30-3.30pm. You can access just these hours with no additional costs, or add on hours at an hourly rate. 
Please be aware that waiting until your child receives their funding entitlement may leave it too late for there to be available spaces. We always try to accommodate as many children as possible but priority is always given to children already attending the setting and this usually means we are full for September in our Pre-school room. Often our 2-3 room is full by January and very limited availability from our return in September. Unfortunately we cannot hold a space long term due to this. 


Waiting lists:
If you’d like to register your interest in attending Busy Bees kindergarten you can register on our waiting list. Unfortunately we can’t hold spaces long term due to demand but we can of course contact you closer to your requested start date and discuss what availability we have. The best way to guarantee a space for your child and avoid disappointment is to start them as soon as possible. This is particularly the case for our 2-3 and 3-4 room. 


Contact Us

If you’d like to have a visit and look around Busy Bees or have any questions please email us or call and we’ll do our best to answer answers questions you have. 
The office manager is Claire Fearn who can answer any administrative questions you may have. 
The proprietor and Manager Michelle Kimble and Co-Manager Sarah Hamlyn will endeavour to answer any questions you may have in regards to the setting.

Busy Bees Kindergarten, Highfields school, Colchester Rd, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2BN, UK


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Who can I contact for further information?

Your Child’s key person is your first point of contact if you would like to discuss your child’s needs. We are always happy to offer advice about organisations and professionals669 who may be able to support you and your child, such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Essex Child and Family Well Being Service who can help in many ways. We can also access help and advice from the Sen Hub which has recently been launched.

If your child’s need has been referred to a specific team, or Paediatrician we will help and support you wherever you may need this.

We also have a member of the staff who can offer advice on Behaviour Management, Michelle Kimble will be able to help with some strategies.

If at any time you are unhappy with an aspect of our provision or practice, we would ask that you come to us to discuss the matter to see if this can be resolved easily. If you are still unhappy, then please find a copy of our Complaints Procedure in the Welcome Pack that you were given when registering with us. Ofsted’s contact details are also displayed in the Entrance Hall.

How will the setting prepare and support my child: joining, transferring to a new setting or to Primary School?

At Busy Bees we like to settle children in offering an initial visit with their parent/carer staying on site, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s needs with their key person or the room leader.  This is the time for us to learn as much as possible about your child and for you to discuss any concerns or queries you may have.

This also gives us the chance to get to know you and your family, and provides the opportunity for you to share with us details of your child’s needs and the involvement of other agencies, and agree with you a consistent approach to ensure the continuity of care for each child.  We also offer additional settling in sessions as close as possible to their start date.  After this we provide the opportunity to slowly increase your child’s hours attending with a flexible settling in period.  This can be ideal for children who need a little more time to separate from their parent/carer.

We will meet with other professionals e.g. Health Care Professionals, to put in place transition planning/health care plan, or to seek relevant training before your child starts.

If your child attend’s another setting whilst with us or leave’s to go to another setting we would invite your child’s Key person/teacher and SENco to attend sessions with your child to help them become familiar with them and to discuss your child’s strengths and needs. We would also provide all relevant paperwork and developmental information to the new setting, with your agreement.


What support will there be for my child’s physical and emotional wellbeing?

Our practitioners are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach for your child to feel welcome into our Nursery.

They provide good role models for positive behaviour, and we are consistent in our day to day care of all our children, and our happy children at Nursery are testament to this.

We are flexible in our routines to provide a positive environment for your child’s needs, and provide personal care, such as changing nappies respectfully.

Personal health care plans can be adopted if necessary, and staff will be trained in giving the appropriate medication for your child if required.

Activities will be adapted to ensure your child is able to interact fully with their environment, visual strategies and the staff support children to understand now and next activities. Our Curiosity Approach provides natural resources that extends a child’s ability to play and explore using their own curiosity, we have small spaces for children to retreat to when they just need some time to themselves.

The safety of your child is paramount. All staff members are first aid trained and attend a refresher courses every 3 years. We will not allow a child off premises if the person collecting them is unknown to the setting or not on the list of approved adults provided by the parent/carer. We also operate a password system for specific situations.


How will staff support my child?

On starting at Busy Bees Kindergarten you will be given a Welcome Pack with information regarding the Nursery and some forms that you as a parent/carer can add and share with us to help us care and understand your child, this can be as simple as a favourite toy, book or interest.

We encourage you to work with us as much as possible and offer as many visits as is felt is needed and a trial session for your child to attend, whilst you have the opportunity to chat to your child’s key person about their strengths, needs, interests and family.

Children are at the heart of all we do, and we will work with you to support your child together, listening to you as well as your child.

Our SENco will explain how children’s individual needs can be met by planning support observing and to create a One Plan, which prioritises developmental targets initiated by professionals and parents/carers. They will also explain who may be involved and their roles.

Observations, assessments and evaluations all contribute towards a One Plan alongside you as a parent’s views and aspirations for your child your child’s key person would oversee the targets on the One Plan.

Your child’s key person would be in some if not all of the sessions, if not their buddy would be well informed of your child’s One Plan. They will form a strong bond with your child and build a good working relationship. The SENco will also have fostered a good relationship with your child and be able to step in as necessary.  Your child’s key person will identify individual needs and plan next steps, accessing additional support from other professionals where necessary.

The Room Leader will maintain an overview of experiences, progress and the SENco will work with all staff to ensure we are providing the relevant and appropriate support.  We will work in partnership with you, reviewing the One Plan targets and planning new ones together, and giving you ideas to use at home to support your child. 

How does Busy Bees Kindergarten know my child potentially needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have an additional need or disability?

At Busy Bees each child is treated as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person, whose role is to develop a trusting caring and sensitive relationship with parents and children, to enable respectful sharing of information.  If you have any concerns about your child’s development you can ask to have a chat with your child’s key person or the settings designated SENco (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Lily Chapman, at a convenient time for both.

Reports from Health Care professionals, such as Health Visitors and Speech and Language Therapists help to identify your child’s individual needs. We welcome parents and professionals sharing these reports in order to plan appropriately to meet these needs.

Ongoing observational assessments are made of all the Children and these are linked to The Early Learning Goals and Stages of Development. This can potentially identify individual needs where necessary.

These observations will be discussed with the SENco and the appropriate Room Leader. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need, they will discuss this with you in private and plan with you to support your child’s learning and development.

Our SENco will offer support and advice to your child’s key person and other staff in our setting involved with your child. With your permission they will also liaise with other professionals to seek advice and support in identifying individual needs if necessary.

How will I know how my Child is doing? 

Assessment systems are in place such as the 2 year old check, ongoing observational assessment and the Tapestry online system which are all linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.

Our Open Door Policy means that you are always welcome to tell us how your child is doing on a daily basis when handing over which provides an ongoing two way communication between us.

Telephone calls and emails can be used if parents work and are unable to bring/collect your child from Nursery.

We will also invite you to attend a Parents Evening twice a year to discuss your child’s development and update on their next steps.

How are the settings resources allocated and matched to children’s additional needs?

Dedicated budgets have been used to train staff, for example Makaton, Behavioural training.  These can be applied for to support your child in our setting If required.

We also budget to provide for resources such as a visual timetables, sensory activities and emotional resources etc.

How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?

Through the observation process linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development, and in discussion with you we will identify what support is required.

Extra support will be put in place if necessary with the aim of enabling your child to become independent within their environment.

Our SENco will advise you on the process of applying for extra support, and the Inclusion/SEN funding process will identify the level of need based on the evidence submitted by the setting and other professionals who are working with you and your family to support your child.

Reports from Health Care Professionals and other Professionals who are working with your child, will be used to plan support within the setting.

The Early Years SEN Partnership Hub alongside Health Professionals who are involved with your child and the SENco will support the decision-making process to planned targets on the One plan. The One plan will be written with you and will include how you can support your child at home.

Staff meetings within the setting will ensure all staff working with your child knows your child’s strengths and needs, and how to support them.

How will my child be included in experiences away from the setting?

We will endeavour to include parents in the planning of visits off site, to identify the strengths and needs of your child.  We can prepare a photo book for your child, so they know what to expect on the visit and invite all parents to join us on the trip.

We would carry out a risk assessment linked to the visit and the needs of all the children.

We would also take along any aides or medication your child may need.  All visits or trips would be planned in order to include all of our children, and we endeavour to keep them local and low cost.

How accessible is the setting environment?

If you are a parent who does not have English as your first language, we can involve another family member who speaks English, or if possible arrange for an external interpreter.  We are also able to access translation web sites to translate forms, policies and newsletters.

Signs and posters around the setting are used with pictures to direct children and adults.

Accessible toilets and changing facilities are available, and we will explain the limitations of the building we use to you on your visit. The building is fully accessible by wheelchair, as is the garden area.

We provide multi-sensory activities as part of our planning.

Policies are updated regularly and are available for parents in the welcome pack or by request from the office

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?

We encourage you to be involved from your first visits to the Nursery, to register your child at our setting. The child’s strengths, needs, likes and dislikes are discussed at this time to help us make the settling in process go smoothly.

You are involved in identifying needs, information sharing, identifying targets and next steps to focus on at home and in our setting and reviewing progress toward these targets at regular reviews.

Your permission will be sought before involving outside agencies.

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?

We will get to know your child before they start with us through meetings with you and information from other professionals who are involved.  We offer flexible settling in routines that enable you to stagger the process until both parties are happy.

Ongoing observational assessments will be used as a starting point within the first few weeks of starting linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.  Targets will be set on a One Plan if necessary to support the learning and development of your child. This enables planning for individual needs and learning goals.

Your child’s key Person and our SENco will work together to make sure that the environment, routines and activities support your child’s needs.  They will communicate with the rest of the staff to provide consistency and understanding within our team.

We will ask for copies of assessment from other professionals before your child starts, and advice from the EY Sen team, will be sought with your permission.

What specialist services and expertise are available at Nursery?

All staff have accessed Child Development Training and have experience working with the Early Years age group.

Individual staff have accessed specific training on Makaton, Epilepsy awareness, and speech and language courses. We attend regular training and have experience working with children with ASD, sight and hearing impairments. Cerebral Palsy, hyper mobility and speech and language difficulties.

Our SENco attends meetings to keep up to date with the latest information and news.

They can refer a child to the Speech and Language Therapists as necessary.

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Your child’s key person or SENco will discuss with you at your child’s progress review meetings, how to best support your child and give you ideas for activities at home that will mirror what we do at Nursery.

If your child has specific identified needs, we will work with the team supporting your child and explain to you how we are acting on advice given by them to support your child.

We will discuss with you, where possible, on a daily basis at drop off and collection times how your child is doing on that particular day.  This enables you to let us know about any new information we may need to have.

Further Information/Contact

Telephone:  01206 396291   

Mobile:  07841 021060

Email:  busybeeskindergarten@gmail.com

Website:  www.busybeeskindergartenmanningtree.com

Busy Bees Kindergarten moved into its purpose-built building on the grounds of Highfields Primary School, Lawford in September 2010.

Busy Bees is a Community Interest Company.

The conditions of our Registration under the Children’s Act (1989) means that we are regularly inspected by Ofsted in order to ensure that the quality of care and education we provide meets the standards required by Ofsted. Our most recent report can be found by following the link on our web page.

What training have staff supporting children with SEND had or are expected to have?

Our SENCO is completing the most up to date SENCO training, has attended Cluster Group network meetings and cascades any relevant information and changes to other staff at staff meetings.

Some staff have attended communication and language training, and had training on some specific needs Diabetes, Asthma, Behaviour etc.

Staff training records are held on file, and relevant training can be viewed on request to the Managers.

Our Promise

All children are unique and learn and develop at different times in different ways.

We aim to take into account the views of each child and provide for their needs.

We aim to work in partnership with parents, listening to their unique understanding and knowledge of their child.

We endeavour to ensure that each activity can be enjoyed by every child