Busy Bees Day Nursery at Haywards Heath

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About Busy Bees Day Nursery at Haywards Heath

Name Busy Bees Day Nursery at Haywards Heath
Ofsted Inspections
Address Southdown Park, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4SL
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority WestSussex
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children are extremely well settled, happy and secure within this warm and nurturing setting. Staff have very high expectations for all children and ensure that they benefit from a highly engaging and exciting environment. They take part in a range of activities that link to their interests and individual stages of development.

For example, younger children explored a large tray of flour with extreme excitement. They enjoyed feeling the texture of the flour and laughed with delight as they threw it up in the air and pretended it was snow. Children are inquisitive learners and enjoy working out how things work.

F...or example, older children worked together to break and melt large blocks of ice to reveal what had been hidden inside. Even from a young age, children display a real love for books. They happily take themselves off to the book corner and explore the different pages within their favourite story.

Although they are young and some do not have many recognisable words, they sit extremely content, babbling away while turning the pages. Children's independence skills are highly impressive, especially in those who are older and getting ready to move on to school. They have a secure understanding of their responsibilities to look after their environment and take care of themselves.

For example, after having great fun exploring flour and creating snowstorms, children gathered their dustpans and brushes and began to tidy away their mess. Children's behaviour is impeccable. They show continuous care and thoughtfulness for all of their friends and have strong relationships with each other and all of the staff.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

The management and staff team are exceptionally passionate about their roles in supporting children's learning and development. Staff provide children with extremely rich educational experiences across all areas of the curriculum. The quality of teaching is exemplary.

Staff seize every opportunity to extend children's learning to ensure that every child makes the best possible progress. Staff monitor children's progress meticulously and act promptly to identify weaker areas in children's learning and development.Children's emotional well-being is supported exceptionally well.

The attachment between each child and their key person is undeniably strong. Staff know every detail of their children's routines, interests and next steps. They always know exactly how to engage children and promote their learning.

Partnerships with parents are extremely strong. Staff ensure that they involve parents in all aspects of their children's care and learning. For example, staff send home activity ideas for parents to do at home with their children.

This is celebrated enthusiastically within the setting and photographs and artwork are displayed in the children's base rooms. During the inspection, parents were highly complimentary as they described the exceptional care their children receive and the 'home-from-home' environment that staff provide.Self-evaluation is highly reflective.

The continuous drive for excellence is evident in the staff's attitudes and commitment to providing the highest level of teaching. The introduction of the pre-school academy, a separate area for those due to move to school, has had a positive impact on children's learning experiences and prepares them exceptionally well for the move. As well as all of the aspects of the pre-school environment, there are additional resources to help promote the practical development of phonics, letters, counting and early science.

Staff shower babies with constant cuddles and affection, which they receive with delight and respond with endless smiles. The environment that staff create is extremely heart-warming. Babies' routines are adhered to at all times.

For example, their key person settles them down to sleep as they would be at home.Children have regular access to the exciting outdoor area. There is a variety of bicycles and tricycles that children confidently race around on and practise their physical skills.

Older children enjoy using magnifying glasses and search for bugs, while other children spend long periods of time building structures out of large foam bricks. Staff facilitate children's play and learning excellently. They stand back and observe while children work impressively as a team and discuss their ideas.

Staff ask thought-provoking questions such as 'how are these bricks going to balance?' Further extension provides sensory opportunities for children to explore, for example, they enjoyed mixing sand and water to make cement.Older children have excellent opportunities to develop their early writing skills and understanding of literacy. In all areas of the environment there are clipboards, paper, pens and pencils, recipe cards and other items which enable children to make marks and use print within their play.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have an excellent knowledge of safeguarding procedures. They know exactly how to monitor and report any concerns they may have and their responsibility to keep children safe.

The manager places high regard towards safeguarding. She ensures that all staff receive regular training on the current guidelines and legislation. In addition to training, safeguarding procedures and practice are a key point of discussion during staff meetings and supervision sessions.

Risk assessments of the environment are highly effective. Staff regularly check the indoor and outdoor environments to ensure children can play safely. Recruitment and retention procedures are robust and ensure the ongoing suitability of all staff.