Busy Bees Nursery in Trowbridge has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas for the third time in a row.

The nursery on the Paxcroft Mead Estate in Hilperton has been picked up on its “exceptional partnership with parents”, which Ofsted inspectors say helps children settle in smoothly and thrive at the setting.

Formed in 1983, Busy Bees is one of the UK’s largest nursery groups and has 392 nurseries spread across the UK and Ireland, including two in Wiltshire (Trowbridge and Chippenham).

In October this year, the Trowbridge nursery welcomed its first Ofsted inspector since 2018, and staff could not be more pleased with the feedback they have received.

“The newly appointed dedicated manager and her excellent staff team deliver a diverse, broad curriculum for all who attend. Staff create inspiring, meaningful activities for children, which they model with excitement and enthusiasm,” the inspector observed.

“On starting, key person's create invaluable bonds with families. They take the time to get to know children and families, which creates a smooth settling-in period.

“This continues throughout the nursery and helps ensure seamless transitions for children moving on to the next stage, and staff's exceptional interactions with children keep them engaged and eager to learn.

“Staff tailor not only the activities they provide, but also their style of teaching, to specifically cater for the individual needs of each child.”

The setting has also been praised for the support it provides for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

“The manager and her staff work closely with parents and outside agencies to ensure referrals are made in a timely manner to get children the support they need,” the report reads.

“Parents of children with medical needs say staff go 'above and beyond' to ensure that their children receive the same opportunities as others. Families are valued and very well supported.”

Busy Bees Trowbridge currently cares for 121 children aged zero to five and employs 29 staff members.

Speaking about the hard work that these staff put in, centre director Helen Nester said:

“Securing our third Outstanding is a brilliant reward for our team, who are all dedicated to giving children the best start in life. 

“We were particularly thrilled with the feedback from parents to the Ofsted inspectors, as we believe that collaborating with families is vital to consistently delivering a high-quality learning experience for our children.”