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

Last week at Swallowfield Busy Bees

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We had so much fun last week.

The children investigated our new water play area and enjoyed pouring water and working out where it would end up.

We had the opprotunity to use the library bus last week and the children had a great time looking at books , listening to stories and pretending to be the driver. We are looking forward to visiting it again very soon.

Thank you very much for your family photo’s you have been bringing in – they have given us great opportunities to talk to the children about different members of their families and the children have enjoyed telling us about where the photo’s were taken and what was happening.

This Friday main school is fundraising for Jeans for Genes day – we will be fundraising for this cause also and a small donation would be appreciated. Busy Bees children may wear what they choose on that day. https://www.jeansforgenesday.org/

School photo day is next Tuesday 26th September – children who attend the Am session will be taken over by staff for their photograph, if your child does not attend the Tuesday session then please bring them along at 8.45 and they will still be able have their photograph taken. Children will need to wear their t-shirt.(updated)

We hope the children have enjoyed their first 2 weeks back.


Busy Bees are back !

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Our first week back was a mix of getting to know you conversations and tales of seasides, plane , train and car journeys, adventures with family and friends. We have played in the garden. The children have coped very well with the change in routine when they first come into Busy Bees in the morning and afternoon – and we feel this has helped some children settle a lot quicker.

It was lovely to see how the children had grown and great to meet a few of our first new starters. We are looking forward to meeting more of them over the coming weeks.

If you have any questions please speak to your childs keyworker and they will be able to answer them for you.

Our theme for this half term is All About Me – this will give the children opportunities to talk about themselves, their home, their pets and things that they like.

We would like to make a small display of family photo’s – so it would be great if you could send the children in with a photo for us to talk about and display – we will return them at the end of this half term.

Our special days and planning  are displayed on the parents notice board – please take a photo if this helps. I have also attached planning below.

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Our Special Day this week is tomorrow and we are making our own sandwiches for Sandwich Day  – children will have a choice of fillings to add to their sandwiches which they will be eating at snack time. There will be at least one cooking day every half term – we have timetabled them on different days of the week – this will allow every child to take part.

We hope to organise a ‘Getting To Know You’ coffee afternoon at the end of this half term for our new parents and existing parents – we will keep you posted as to when that will happen.

Please remember that the children need a pair of wellies to keep at Busy Bees permanently, and please name your childs coats, fleece, t shirt, bag etc, this will help us to return them easily.

Welcome Back from The Busy Bees Team and we hope the children are enjoying being back.



Monday and Tuesday at Swallowfield Busy Bees

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What an eventful week so far we have had.

This week we have been finding fun things to do with the help of the children. On Monday we washed all of the outdoor toys and equipment with lots of bubbles and water. Everything was clean and so were the children by the end of the morning !

We have set up our airflow on the school field  as part of fun week and the children have been having 10 minute sessions and timing themselves with our timers. This will be out all week – weather permitting. ( photo’s in gallery)

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Today we took part in The whole school Den Building Day and we built a den for Busy Bees Stanley to have a little holiday in . The children planned how they would do it and what they could use. They gathered together sheets, wood, tyres, sticks and bark, cardboard and Stanley.

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We think they did very well and enjoyed their morning building.(photo’s in gallery)

This afternoon we held our annual Leavers party and what a lovely time we all had. Corina came and surprised the children with Elsa and the added surprise of Spiderman !

They danced, sang , played games , made an amazing mess and cleared it away in the quickest time ever – but had an amazing afternoon. All children went home with stickers and a certificate. Thank you Busy Bees staff for all your energy this afternoon.

Onwards to tomorrow and our Graduation Ceremony. A reminder that only 2 adults for each child can attend. All parents to arrive by 2pm – Busy Bees gate will be open at 1.50pm.


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