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Busy Bees Preschool in Bishops Sutton is hiring Bank Staff on an ad hoc basis. As a small, nurturing setting focused on high-quality care for children aged 2 and above, we seek enthusiastic and motivated individuals, available at short notice to cover staff absences and short term increases in attendance numbers. The ideal candidate should be an excellent communicator, self motivated and a strong role model to help support the team, children and parents.

To learn more about the role and its responsibilities, please refer to the full advert and job specification:

Bank Preschool Practitioner Advert

Bank Preschool Practitioner Job Description

How to apply

Please send you CV or any queries to Sarah Stratten, Committee Chair on


Due to increasing numbers, Busy Bees is looking for a caring, enthusiastic and self-motivated Pre-school Practitioner to join our amazing team.

The successful candidate will be able to work within a small team of dedicated childcare practitioners with a range of experiences. Sound knowledge and understanding of the EYFS is a vital requirement. The successful candidate should be an excellent communicator, be organised and should always act as a strong role model for staff, children and parents.

Download the job advert and job description.

Please send your CV along with your salary expectations and any queries to Jo Gay, Committee Chair Person on by Monday the 8th of November 2021.



Due to the current Covid pandemic, we are unable to show prospective parents and children around the setting, so to give families an idea of what to expect when their children start Busy Bees, we have created a video with an introduction by Debbie Markwick, the Pre-school Manager, and a virtual tour of the pre-school and forest school.

To discuss applying for a place for your child at Busy Bees, please call Debbie on 07957 152192 or email

We hope you enjoy the tour!



It is with some trepidation, but also excitement, that the Busy Bees team will be opening its doors again to welcome back the children in line with the current guidance.

We are taking every step possible to maintain the safety of all the staff, children, and families, details of which can be found in this letter to parents.

The staff and committee of Busy Bees have undertaken detailed risk assessments and updated the setting’s policies with regards to Covid-19, all of which can be viewed on the ‘Resources’ page of this website.

Your continued support to help us provide a safe, secure, fun, and stimulating preschool is appreciated.

Stay safe and well,

Debbie, Sarah, Helen, and Katie


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 07957 152192 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 07957 152192.