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 all at Busy Bees

Monday, April 22, 2019

Well its been a great Easter Holiday and we hope you all had a relaxing time.

The weather has been fantastic so just a reminder that children will need to have suncream applied for these sunny days – please use all day cream if you child attends the whole day as we are unable to apply suncream to children.

Hats will be needed but please dont worry if you forget them as we do have some spare that the children can borrow.

From this term children who attend the Transistion session will need a t shirt and shorts to change into for our P.E sessions, they do not need to be school sports kit, we are mainly practising getting dressed and undressed in order for the children to gain confidence in that area and to prepare the children for their Foundation P.E seesions in September.

This 1st half term our main theme will be Jobs People Do – this will include doctors, nurses, teachers etc.

We also have some special days such as Elmer Day and Rainbow Fish Day.

Click on the links below to see whats going on at Busy Bees this half term. ( updated 24th april )

Special Days Summer 1 19

summer 1 topic overview 2019

We have a busy term beginning and have many events coming up – we will update as and when we set the dates.

Lets hope this weather continues so that the children can have a great half term playing and learning outside without the rain and cold weather.

Looking forward to seeing you all this week.

Kim Bishop


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.


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