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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Last week at Busy Bees was very exciting – we had sports day and spent a whole week with Supertato helping him catch The Evil Pea.

The children listened to the story and on Monday Supertato left a letter for the children. He asked them to find and trap the Evil Pea so that sports day could go ahead !

The children spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday finding ways to catch him and trap him and the picture below shows their hard work.


Sports Day was amazing and we would like to thank the children for being so enthusiastic on the day – and thank you all for being there to support them.

Next Week is our last week of this school year – we have lots of fun activities planned and we will be extending our Supertato topic to Monday and Tuesday to fit in with some whole school activities taking place.

We have posted a list of activities for the whole week on the parent noticeboard and also below.

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We also have our Leavers Party and Graduation Ceremony taking place next week – and details are also posted outside Busy Bees – if you have any quesries please ask a member of the Busy Bees Team.



Dress Up Days at Busy Bees

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What fun we have had dressing up the last few weeks.

We have been Cowboys and Cowgirls….


We have been Wiches and Wizards……..


We have been Animals……


And we dressed up as the most fabulous Pirates….

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Well done to our Mums and Dads for the fabulous costumes and support of these special days – the children have enjoyed themselves so much .

Transfer today was a great success and the children came back at lunchtime full of energy and excitment – telling us about the things they had done and stories they had listened to.

Swallowfield Busy Bees Sports Day

Next Thursday 13th is swallowfield Busy Bees sports Day and we will be raising money for Barnados Children – so please try and get as many sponsors as you can.

This year our goal is £200

All Busy Bee children and their families are welcome – even if they do attend Thursday Pm session.

Our PTFA will once again be in attendance with drinks and snacks for the afternoon.

The dress code for this year is bright colour’s – think Teletubbies apparently  – so as bright as they can be.

We start racing at 2pm and will be finished by 3.15pm.

Children who attend Thursday pm session will be taken down to the field by staff – children who arrive with their family can be handed over to staff at that point.

All children sit in their keygroups during the races.

When racing is over we will hand your child back to you if they do not attend Thursday Pm session.

Thursday Pm children will be taken back to the classroom and can be collected from there.

Can we ask that all sponsor monies be handed in by Monday 17th in order to have a final total before the end of year.

We are looking forward to seeing you all.


Art week so far at Busy Bees

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What an exciting week we have had so far.

On monday we started our Art week activites off with our pasta fossil pictures, and we talked about what a fossil was and how it became a fossil. The children shared their knowledge with us and they had many facts about fossils. We talked about the different things that could be found as fossils and the children told us you could find trees, plants, leaves, fish, birds and dinosaurs.

They enjoyed making their pictures.

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We made some lovely fern fossil pictures with real ferns from Sarah that she collected from the woods. We used them to paint with and they made some really good patterns.


Yesterday we used the clay to make a dinosaur fossil  mountain – the children named it. They really enjoyed moulding it to different shapes and then building the mountain. We look at fossils in a book and talked about how we could make our own.


Today the children had a go at making their own fossils with the clay and we think they did a fantastic job.

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At snack time today some of the children designed their own fossils with their snack – talking about the shape of the fossils and telling each other what they were.


To finish our day today we listened to our section of the Carnival of animals and then we played along with the glockenspiels – the children really enjoyed this activity.

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We have many more activities to do tomorrow and are looking forward to a dinosaur hunt and a fossil finding activity.




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