Busy Bees


Swallowfield Busy Bees is your local pre-school and has been established for over 30 years. We are fully integrated into the main school and positively support the transition into Swallowfield Lower School.

Places are available for children aged 2 years until they start school at 4+.

Most children move from Busy Bees to Swallowfield Lower School (please contact the school direct for the school admissions policy).

We are very proud of our OFSTED inspection reports, which are available upon request.

Central Bedfordshire’s Childcare Development Team and their Early Years Advisory Team support Swallowfield Busy Bees.


  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

The framework we follow covers the education and care of all children in Early Years Provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Busy Bees News

Welcome back from Busy Bees

Friday, January 10, 2020

Welcome back and we hope you all had a relaxed Christmas holiday.

We start this Spring Term with the theme Our World where the children will be investigating and learning about the world they live in.

Our special days this half term are colour days , children are invited to come dressed in an item of clothing or bring something for show and tell that links to the colour of the day and our activities will be based around the colour of the day.

The first colour day is Monday  13th Jan and it will be a Blue Day – to find out what the rest of this half term looks like please check below.

EYFS Medium Term Plan Spring 1 2020 docx

Spring 1 topic overview 2020

Special Days Spring 1 2020


Please make sure your child has a pair of wellington boots for when we go out on our welly walks.

We have been very lucky with the weather this past week and have been able to spend a lot of time outside in the garden – please make sure that the children have a coat to wear outside as it is still quite chilly out there.

Next week is consultation week ( WB 13th Jan )- where you can come and talk to your child’s key-worker about your child’s progress and any concerns you may have. Appointment sheets are outside Busy Bees and there are still appointments available if you have not yet put your name down.

We are in need of recycling for our art and design area – if you have any over the next week could you pop it in to Busy Bees – Cardboard boxes, paper, yogurt pots ( washed) egg boxes , cardboard tubes etc . No packets that have contained nut products or tins.

Happy New Year from The Busy Bees Team


Busy Bees News

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

This week Busy Bees transition children have performed their Nativity to parents and family members .

What stars they all were and how hard they worked . They have learnt their lines , the words to all their songs, the steps to their dances and remembered where they needed to be and when.

We are all so proud of every single one of them.

We would like say a big thank you to all that came and supported them in their performances and we hope you enjoyed them as much as the children did. It was lovely to see you all there. Please remember that if you are using any photos from the performance they must be of your child only.

Busy Bees Christmas Party 2019

Our next event is our Christmas party on Monday 16th December.

Our party starts at 12.15 and all children are invited ( letters have been sent out ) even if they do not attend the afternoon session.

Our entertainment – The Great Gappo – starts at 2pm and the children will sing for you all at 3pm.

I have attached a copy of the letter for those of you that have asked for another one as we need the slip at the bottom handed in by next week.

party letter 2019

We also need a small wrapped gift with your child’s name on it handed in by Monday 9th as we will be having a short visit from Santa before the entertainment.

We are looking forward to the next few weeks and we have lots of lovely things to do before we finish.


This half term at Busy Bees

Monday, October 28, 2019

Welcome back – we hope you had a relaxed half term and the children are ready to have some more fun.

We start our half term with Diwali celebrations and we will be creating some wonderful patterns with the children this week.

Thursday we will be having a Fun Spooky Day for Halloween – the children are invited to dress up in their costumes if they wish but no masks please as some of our younger children be upset by them. We will some fun activities for the children to do.

This half term our topic is Story Time and we have chosen some of the stories that the children have enjoyed listening to.

At the end of November we will be taking part in National Nursery Rhyme Week and I will post a list of the rhyme’s we will be learning for you to try at home.

For our transition children this week we are learning the songs for the nativity as we are performing very early this year – you may hear the children singing them at home – we apologise as it may all sound a little christmassy !

Please have a look at the topic overview below

Autumn 2 topic overview 2019

A few reminders for this half term –

We will be having our Coffee Afternoon next week – poster with details is on the parents notice window.

We  play outside everyday so the children will need coats and as the weather gets colder gloves and hats as well.

Please remember that packed lunches should not include chocolates or sweets. Also no chocolate spread or peanut butter in sandwiches please. Packed lunches also need to include a drink but not fizzy drinks.

This week the list of special days and events will be posted on the parents notice window – it is a busy half term. We hope the children enjoy the run up to Christmas.


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