Category "The Buzz"


Busy Bees Preschool is looking to recruit a new Preschool Practitioner

Vacancy details

Type of vacancy: Permanent – part time – 7 flexible hours per week and possible opportunities to increase hours.

Rate of pay: Dependent upon experience and qualifications.

Job Description

Due to expanding numbers we are seeking a caring, enthusiastic and self-motivated person who is able to maintain and continue to deliver a safe, stimulating, nurturing child-centred environment. The successful candidate will be able to work within a small team of dedicated childcare practitioners with a range of experiences. The successful candidate should be a strong role model for staff, children and parents.

Any other information

Busy Bees Preschool is a small, committee-run, pack away setting and forest school located in the centre of the village of Bishops Sutton, near Alresford. The setting is based in Bishops Sutton Village Hall with additional outside space overlooking the surrounding countryside and woodland.

The preschool accepts children from the age of 2yrs until school age and both families and children are supported by a very warm friendly team of practitioners.

Skills & qualifications

Required qualifications:

  • Minimum Level 2 Childcare qualification.
  • Paediatric first aid preferred.
  • Some safeguarding knowledge preferable
  • A sound understanding of equal opportunities.
  • A positive and understanding approach to behaviour management.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and organisational skills.
  • Excellent reflective and evaluation skills.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop.
  • A sound knowledge of the EYFS.
  • A commitment to keeping up to date with ongoing training.
  • A knowledge of Tapestry software is desirable.

Potential candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS disclosure.

How to apply

Please send your CV along with your salary expectations and any queries to Jo Gay, Committee Chair Person on by Friday 2nd August 2019.

Deadline for applications – 2nd August 2019


Busy Bees is pleased to announce that it was rated ‘Good’ in all areas in its latest Ofsted inspection, which took place recently.

The inspector commented on effective safeguarding and that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good.

She noted that the children develop good physical skills, coordination and control of their movements and that they thoroughly enjoyed a diverse range of activities, with activities such as the Forest School helping the children learn to assess risk and behave safely.

To read the Ofsted report in full, click here.






Every year Busy Bees undertakes a survey of parents, helping us to identify our strengths, weaknesses, and where we need to grow to best meet the children’s needs. We are pleased to say that the results of our latest survey were very positive!

  • 100% of respondents strongly agreed that their child enjoys coming to Busy Bees
  • 100% of respondents strongly agreed that their child was helped to settle into the pre-school
  • 100% strongly agreed that they felt comfortable approaching the staff with questions, suggestions or problems
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that Busy Bees encourages the children to be healthy
  • 100% strongly agreed that their child is safe and well cared for in the setting
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that their child’s behaviour is good at the pre-school
  • 100% strongly agreed that they are given enough information about their children and their activities
  • 100% strongly agreed that the pre-school is well led and managed

Feedback and comments received included:

“Very proud to be a Busy Bee!”

“Can’t wait to get to nursery in the morning.”

“We love the whole Forest School side to Busy Bees and feel very lucky to be able to engage in this.”

“Loves preschool, always happy and smiling when I pick up.”

To find out more about attending Busy Bees Pre-school, please contact Debbie on 07815 166687 or email



Join us for some crafty Christmas activities and festive frolics on Saturday 9th December from 10 am-12 noon at Bishops Sutton Village Hall.

Kids can make some sparkly decorations and decorate a Christmas biscuit and mum and dad can enjoy a coffee and cake in our cafe.

Tickets cost £3 per child and include all activities, glitter tattoos and a biscuit to decorate.

Real Christmas trees will also be available to buy in the hall car park!

Hope to see you there!




From January 2018 Busy Bees Preschool will be offering the 30 hours Extended Government Funding with flexible drop off and pick up during term time. Rated ‘good’ in all areas in a recent Ofsted inspection and based in a lovely rural location in Bishops Sutton Village Hall, Busy Bees takes funded and non -funded children from the age of 2 years up to school age.

New session times will be as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8.30am to 12 o’clock
  • Tuesday & Thursday : 8.30am to 2pm

To find out if you are eligible for the extended 30 hour childcare, access the ‘Childcare Choices’ website before the end of November. If you would like to find out more or would be interested in visiting Busy Bees Preschool, please contact either or call our team leader, Debbie on 07815 166687.


Join us on Sunday 12th November for our Festive Food fair – everything you need to eat, drink and be merry over the festive period!

Tastings, demos, cafe, raffle and lots of tasty ideas and inspiration for festive dining and entertaining from local producers.

Tickets are available in advance from Busy Bees Preschool or on the day for £5 per person. Kids go free.

Exhibitors include the Winchester Distillery who will be doing tastings and selling bottles of of their lovely Hampshire Gin and Twisted Nose ranges of gins, and Itchen Valley Brewery who will be doing tastings of their real ales and beers as well as selling pints on the day.

More exhibitors will be announced shortly!

For more information about the event or if you are a local food or drink producer / restaurant interested in taking a table, please call Jo Hilder on 07769 708940 or email


Busy Bees Preschool in Bishops Sutton will be holding a Bags2School collection on Wednesday 27th September. The scheme allows schools to raise funds by collecting unwanted clothing, shoes and bags for reuse and recycling.

All donations of clothing, shoes and bags are gratefully received and help raise much needed funds for our preschool.

Its a great excuse to have a clear out! If you have clothes to donate please drop them down to Bishops Sutton Village Hall any weekday between 9 am – 12 noon or call Jo on 07769708940 for possible collection.


Sunday 29th October 10 am – 12 noon

Bishops Sutton Village Hall

Join us for tricks, treats and a morning of Halloween crafts, fun and activities. Pick and carve a pumpkin and make Halloween decorations ready for the big day. Mum and Dad can relax with a cuppa and a cake in our cafe. Entry costs £3 per child and includes craft activities and a Halloween biscuit to decorate. Pumpkins available to carve for £2. For more information visit , email or call Jo on 07769 708940.