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

This weeks news from Busy Bees

Friday, February 1, 2019

What a week the children have had at Busy Bees. This week has been Story Telling Week and we have had lots of our lovely family members in to read us some great stories. Some of our stories were brought from home and some of the stories were from our library.

Thank you to all who read to us and well done to the children for listening so well.

We had a fantastic Yellow Day and played with yellow dough, made collages with yellow materials, built towers with yellow blocks and collected lots of yellow things in the classroom. We thought of many things that were yellow in colour.

And what a lovely surprise for us this morning when we found all of that snow – we played outside and made snowballs until we got cold and decided it was time to come back in. We had some warm hot chocolate and at the end of the day we sat down to watch and talk about Stickman.

During the afternoon we had a surprise visit from Elsa who was helping out at the school discos and wondered how we were getting on so she thought she would pop over for a visit. The children absolutely loved having her there and talked about the snow and even thought she had brought the snow this morning ! so thank you very much Corina for thinking about us.

Thank you to all who signed up for consultations , we hope you enjoyed the conversations with your childs keyworker – please remember we are available anytime for a chat if there is anything that you need to talk about or any questions you may need answering.

Thank you very much to all who returned  questionaires – you can still send them in next week if you have not had time yet.

We hope your child has enjoyed their time at pre school this week.

Next week we have a celebration day  – we will be having a Chinese New Year celebration on Tuesday 5th – the children are invited to wear anything red and we will be having spring rolls for snack, there will be many activities related to Chinese New Year.

On Friday 8th Busy Bees will be taking part in the PJ Day in aid of Harry – we will be having a Pj’s, popcorn and film day to help raise those much needed extra pennies for Harry. If the children have any favourite dvds they watch at home they are welcome to bring them in as long as they are U rated- we will have activities out as usual for children to play with.


Gorgeous Green Day at Busy Bees

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Today we had a Gorgeous Green Day at Busy Bees.

Children wore green clothes and also brought in some green items to talk about.

We thought of all the things we could that were green and tomorrow we will be putting them up in the classroom for the children to look at.

Next colour day is Thursday 31st Jan and it will be Yellow Day. Children may wear anything yellow and bring in yellow items to talk about during circle time.

Next week we hold our parent consultations – if you have not already signed up then please do so as this is your opportunity to discuss your child and their progress with their keyworker. It is also an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about your childs.

We also have storytelling week next week and thank you to all of you who have signed up to come and read to the children – if you would like to come and read a story then there are still dates and times left.


Happy New Year and Welcome Back

Friday, January 4, 2019

According to the children everyone had a fantastic Christmas and that Father Christmas left them lots of presents. We would like to say a big thank you for all of our Christmas gifts.

We received some lovely feedback form you about our nativity and we were very proud of the children for their work, and we hope you all enjoyed the Great Gappo.

This week we have been talking about who came to them for christmas, who did the children visit and what things they enjoyed most. They all seem to have had a smashing time.

Chicken pox is still floating about in the background but I think its nearing the end, please remember that children can return to pre school once all of the spots have dried over.

We have been outside a lot this week so just a reminder to make sure the children have suitable footwear and clothing for playing in the garden.

Our plan for this half term and special days are below – our first special day this half term is Red Day this Monday 7th Jan.

Special Days Spring 1 2018

Spring 1 topic overview 2019

As you can see we have Colour Days as our Special Days and the children can either wear something or bring something in to show linked with the colour of the day.

We will be sending out our yearly Parent Questionaire next week but just in case you need another copy you can find the link here,

Parent Questionaire 2019

Once you have completed the form please return to Busy Bees by the 28th January.

Parent consultations begin on the 28th January and the sign up sheets will be on display from monday 7th January. This is your opportunity to speak to your childs keyworker about progress and any concerns you may have.

Have a great weekend .


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