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

Busy Bees World Book Day

Thursday, March 7, 2019

What a fantastic day we had today. So many children dressed in fabulous outfits and they also brought in their favourite books for us to read during the day.

The children had a busy day listening to stories, looking at books and reading to each other.

Thank you for such an amazing effort !

Yesterday we hade a visit from Kirstie Watson and she read her book ‘The Witches Cat and the Cooking Catastrophe’.

The children enjoyed listening to the story and they enjoyed the activities that Kirstie brought with her.

Kirstie is writing another book and has said she will visit us again when it is finished.


Welcome Back

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

We are back and busy this week.

We hope you all had a relaxed half term holiday.

Below are the themes for this half term, and these are also on our parents notice board outside Busy Bees.

Special Days Spring 2 19

Spring 2 topic overview 2019

Posted on the window are a couple of March events that we will be having, a visit from Kirstie Watson who has written a book for children called ‘The Witches Cat and the Cooking Catastrophe’ , World Book Day and Red Nose Day – the posters give more detail on these.

From this half term the majority of letters will be sent via the ‘SchoolPing’ phone app, if you have not already done so then please download it. Its easy to set up and you it will keep you up to date with both Busy Bees information and  school events.

Today we watched the very fast Harrier Jets fly over the school – the children were very excited when we explained what we were going to see – and kept their eyes on the sky so that we didnt miss it them (which we very nearly did).

At the end of last half term we had a Chinese New Year celebration – we ate chinese food and learnt many things about the chinese culture. We also had great fun making our own Chinese Dragon.

This Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon our Pre Foundation children have had fun with James who teaches the Swallowfield children tennis – they have practised their ball skills and – bouncing the ball, balancing the ball and dribling the ball with the racket. Thank you James.


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.


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