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

Monday, October 30, 2017

Welcome back .

We hope you all had a wonderful half term and the children have a had a good rest.

This week our theme is Room On The Broom – one of the childrens favourite stories, and we have had lots of exciting stories today about what they are doing for Halloween and what they are wearing. The childen are welcome to dress up all of this week.

Today we set up a Magic Potion Station for the children to make their own magic potions. They had a lot of fun and learnt about filling pots and looked at how things changed when you mix them together.

The children have asked to use it again tomorrow so we be adding some more ingredients for them to add to thier potions.

During the last week of half term we had a lovely visit from Memphis the dog – he was so well behaved and the children that did get to meet him were so gentle and had a lovely time – they gave him lots of hugs, strokes and treats.

We understand that not every child managed to get to see him but we will organise another visit on another day for more of the children to meet him.

Thank you Eleanor and Kate for bringing Memphis to see us.








Nativity 2017

We are in the process of allocating parts for our nativity – you will receive a note next week letting you know what your child will be and what they will need to wear.

We have a lot of things happening this half term and we will send out letters in due course letting you know dates and times.

I have added our themes for this half term and our special days, you can find these on the parents window at Busy Bees.

Autumn 2 topic overview 17-18

Obj Autumn 2 17-18

Special Days Autumn 2 17-18 (2)

Please make sure you have signed up for your consultation appointment – the lists are outside Busy Bees, if these times are not suitable then please speak to your childs key worker and they will help.

If you have any baby dolls / dolls clothes at home that are no longer loved and need to be adopted we would love to put ourselves forward to be their new family, our dolls are wearing out with all the love they receive.

We hope the children have a fantastic half term and enjoy all of the learning we have planned.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Thank you to those of you that came to support us at our AGM on Thursday. We were able to share our plans for the coming year and to elect our committee so that we can continue to raise funds and provide wonderful experiences for the children at our school. A copy of the presentation and minutes are available on the website and please get in touch if you have any questions. As always, there is a busy schedule of activities and a big wish list from the children/ school/ parents so any time you can give big or small will always be very much welcomed.

Busy Bees – World Maths Day fun

Sunday, October 15, 2017

On Friday we took part in World Maths Day – The children spent time emptying their boxes of pennies and having a good look at them.

We talked about the shape of them , the children discussed the colour and how many they thought we had altogether.

They used lots of maths language such as – more, lots, millions, tall and taller.

They practised their counting to 5, 10 and even higher.

Our last activity was to sort them , we discussed the easiest way to sort them – could we do it by size ? or value ? or colour ?

The children opted for sorting by colour, although some children were looking at the size of them at the same time.

The children had a lot of fun taking part 🙂  – more photo’s in the gallery.

A reminder that it is our ‘Getting To Know You’ Coffee Afternoon at 2pm tomorrow – 16th October – we look forward to seeing you and

hope you enjoy seeing what the children do while they are with us.

You are welcome to buy your own child a cake but they must eat it within the designated area as we do have children with serious allergies. Please keep all drinks within the area also for safety.

The appointment booking sheets will be available to sign up for consultation from tomorrow, each key worker has an allocated morning or afternoon to see their parents but if you need a different time then we will try to help.




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