Best Nursery or Pre-School


Busy Bees is the UK’s leading childcare nursery provider, with 338 children’s nurseries nationwide
We are proud that 98% of our nurseries have been rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted, for providing rich learning opportunities in unique and exciting environments.

Each of the 338 nurseries across the UK has been specifically designed to suit the needs of your child. Busy Bees’ child-centred approach promotes the development of creativity, individuality and self-confidence through working in partnership with parents to provide the highest standards of nursery care.

Each of our Nursery Managers are supported by a Regional Director, who regularly visit each of the nurseries they manage to ensure that best practice is being adhered to, and to support the Nursery Manager with any issues or questions they may have. All Managers attend regular meetings with their Regional Director to ensure that all information is cascaded and best practice is shared.

The quality of the staff teams at our nurseries is paramount to creating a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Highly Recommended: The Barn Nursery School
The Barn is run by qualified teachers Victoria Percival & Jess Allen who between them have over 25 years experience teaching and leading Early Years’ units within schools. We are situated in converted barn at Greenstead Green on a working farm, 5 minutes from Halstead and within easy reach of Braintree, Colchester and Chelmsford.


Highly Recommended: Dizzy Ducks
Dizzy Ducks Nurseries provide opportunities for children to develop in a way which will have a direct impact on their future. Their OFSTED reports demonstrate that they continue to provide children in their care with a safe, secure and educationally rich environment in which they thrive and grow.


Highly Recommended: Stanway Pre-School
Stanway Pre-School hope that the friendliness of all the people who work in the pre-school will help to make you feel at home right away. Theyaim to work with parents to ensure that your child has the very best start to their education at the pre-school and hope that you can be confident that your child will feel secure and happy, and that you can become involved in the work of the pre-school if you so wish.


Highly Recommended: St Michael and All Angels Pre-School

We are a friendly, well established local Pre-school offering a stimulating and exciting curriculum for all children aged from two and a half to five years old. We have an active committee of parents and members of the Church and a well qualified team, let by a graduate. We are registered with Ofsted and can offer the free funded entitlement to two, three and four year olds, we are also members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

2017 Winner: Busy Bees

2016: Twizzle Tops Day Nursery
2015 Winner: Dizzy Ducks
2014 Winner: Busy Bees

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