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 week at Busy Bees

Friday, March 16, 2018

This week has been a very busy one.

We took part in a whole school assembly and sang ‘Be The Change’ with everyone.The children were first in the hall and sat waiting patiently for the rest of the school to arrive.






The children sang the chorus really well and had an enjoyable time taking part.

Today we celebrated St Patricks Day early and we painted four leaf clovers and made St Patrick snakes. We listened to the story of St Patrick and watched some children doing Irish Dancing .

For the whole of this week it has been Science week through the whole school and we have been investigating different things each day.

We made Lava Lamps from water bottles, food colouring and vegetable oil.

We investigated what happened when you put vinegar onto bicarbonate of soda – very exciting ! We had fizzy puddles everywhere!

We are learning about ‘Growth and Decay’ at the moment and so we decided to choose some fruit and vegetables and see what happened when we froze them and then left them out in the classroom for the week – the children made some great comments today as we looked at them, such as “they are all wrinkly, they smell funny” – they also commented that it would be a bad idea to eat them now !

For the growth part we put two beans into plastic bags with cotton wool and a little water and attached them to the classroom windows. Today we noticed that both beans had split – and the children are now very excited for Monday as they believe we will have a bean stalk in the classroom by then!

We made pizza on Tuesday and talked about the changes that happen when we cook things. The children noticed that the cheese had melted and that the bread was ‘crusty’ –  they also enjoyed eating them at snacktime.

Today we found some magical dinosaur eggs in the classroom and the children had to work out how to get the dinosaurs out. We gave them some wooden hammers and watched as they broke the eggs apart and found tiny dinosaurs inside !

Photo’s of all the activities are in the gallery.

Wednesday 21st March

Just a reminder that next Wednesday is Downs Syndrome Awareness Day and we are holding an Odd Sock Day – all children in on that day are asked to wear odd or novalty socks and we will have lots of fun activities for the children to take part in.



Busy Bees Obstacle Course 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our sponsored Obstacle Course this morning.

We had an amazing amount of parents and children with us and it was great to see you cheering the children on. Thank you to the Busy Bees Team for keeping the children organised and occupied and thank you to Sarah Boulton for making sure the course was set up and ready to use.

The children were fantastic and each of them managed to do their 10 laps around the course – so well done to them all.

We would like to thank Sarah Amexeta and Danielle Brown for serving such lovely coffees and cakes as part of the Mother’s Day celebrations and we hope you enjoyed them. We raised an amazing £50 from coffee and cakes alone – thank you.

All sponsor money raised will go towards future projects at Busy Bees – could we please ask that all sponsor money is handed in to Busy Bees by Friday 23rd March.

Thank you again to everyone who came.




Fun in the snow

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Even though it was cold and blowy – we donned our coats, wellies, hats and gloves and braved a play in th snow today.

We wrote letters in the snow and as no one had been on the snow the children had great fun making foot prints in the field.

We made a snow angel and some snowballs – then the children decided it was cold and in we went.

This afternoon we made some coloured stain glass shapes and put them on the windows and looked at the snow through them.

We had a fantastic day !

Don’t forget tomorrow is World Book Day –  the children can dress up for the day in outfits from favourite or popular books.

























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