Senior Room Manager/Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Walsall, West Midlands – 11 May 2018
Busy bees are a great company to work for particularly if you want to progress. The training team a big and experienced and always willing to help. Busy bees have a lot of support and therefore there is always someone to help
Early Years Practitioner (Former Employee) – Northamptonshire – 7 May 2018
Shame there was a change in management and so many good practitioners left, although management and regional director only cared about obtaining that all important Ofsted Outstanding- clearly never to be obtained I'm afraid.
Staff turnover constant but totally understandable given the ridiculous paperwork expected and long hours/30 minutes lunch break not to mention in the summer, no air con and the staff can't wear sandals/cooler uniform but of course those in the office can do as they please.
Such a shame as it's the poor children who suffer.
A company who supports those that like to suck up to managers and do as they are told and managers who need training on data protection and confidentiality as that was shocking!
Prefer not to give any stars, but the one star is for the excellent staff that come and go and the lovely children!
EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR (Current Employee) – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire – 11 April 2018
Throughout my time working here I started as an apprentice which was a great time, no paperwork and everything is pretty easy HOWEVER after working thee as a non apprentice I figured childcare is not what it seems, its paper work after paperwork and nothing much about childcare. With EYFS tracking and OFSTED reports and LA tracking you don't get much time to enjoy company with the kids to help nurture them. The only enjoyable part of the job that I wouldn't change is the relationships you build with the kids and parents as they grow and move up.
Early year's educator (Current Employee) – Gillingham – 2 April 2018
Everyday is different, and the children are very entertaining, as we play and learn together. Sometimes they choose what we learn, or we explore a new topic either daily or weekly, expanding their minds.
early years educator (Current Employee) – portsmouth – 12 March 2018
every day is a different experience, some days the children are creative and some they are energetic. everyday you learnt a little more about each child's personality and watched them grow. Management were supportive overall but they also had issues and jobs to do as well as look over us, we were trusted to make decisions and built good relationships with them. The hardest part of the job is when the children are upset or when they argue with one another. the most enjoyable that's watching children take their first steps, or watch them as they achieve something that was once impossible for them.
Nursery assistant (Former Employee) – Woodley – 8 March 2018
I hated working here it was SO boring & draining, sat in a hot stuffy smelly room all day long. The staff were very two faced and the management was awful spoke to you like you’re rubbish & they made you feel worthless as well. Oh and the pay was dreadful. The manager made me go in whilst I was ill with a sickness bug & was horrible to me when I had to leave early from being sick. They don’t care for the children clearly! Leaving was the best thing I done!
Nursery worker (Former Employee) – Chatham – 7 March 2018
I was at the nursery to do work experience. I was there for 2 weeks, but it was such a great experience and would not mind doing it again. Every day was most definitely not the same. I was in different rooms each day
Practitioner (Former Employee) – West Lothian – 1 March 2018
The managers could not care less about you. You are simply there to make up numbers and smile when parents come to collect their children. The parents bring their children in when they are sick (norovirus, gastroenteritis, etc) so you get sick too, and again the managers could not care less. All the other staff members care about is getting to Friday so they can go out and get completely plastered (not the message I would want to be sending to the children). All of the staff members have their favourite children. If you’re not one of their favourites or are “naughty” then the poor kids just get left to their own devices and are ignored/are always last to get attention. You’re expected to be a cleaner too, and clean out the kitchens and toilets. Staff are constantly stressed out because there is no control over these children as there is simply not enough staff. It sometimes fell below the ratio of adults to children. Forget teaching the children anything, the place is an absolute riot. You get paid minimum wage, which makes this job simply not worth it.
Room Manager (Former Employee) – Scotland – 22 February 2018
Poor management, more interested in profit than staff, children or parents. High turnover of staff, pay good but very stressful, more interested in image than staff and children's welfare. An awful amount of paperwork, expected targets to be met asap but with little support and not enough staff to cover shifts so everyone ends up doing overtime which you don't get paid for, time in lieu promised but never delivered as there's never enough staff! HR department an absolute nightmare they never return calls or emails. Equipment and resources poor, badly needs replaced in most of their nurseries.
Room Manager (Former Employee) – Norwich – 18 February 2018
I worked at Busy Bees for 2 and a half years and although it started out well, it soon went down hill. Although they give you lots of training and have their own training centres which is good, you have lots expected of you. It’s fast paced, lots of paperwork, sometimes long days as they are always short staffed. Management are unorganised and sometimes rude. Pay isn’t great for the job you do either
Qualified Early Years Educator (Former Employee) – Salisbury – 4 February 2018
I hated every moment working at Busy Bees! It was managed poorly and I was ended up being bullied out by the manager. Obviously nothing got done about that. The children and staff are just numbers for their books and they’re more focused on Ofsted than anything else, again another tick in a box for their books. The only thing that kept me there was my key children and their lovely parents.
Bank staff (Former Employee) – Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire – 29 January 2018
Busy Bees isn’t a very nice place to work, there is a lot of gossip and clickiness, a lot of the staff are best friends and the wrong people are often put first. Not a very welcoming environment, no real training was offered, I was just thrown into the job. Staff and management not very keen to help and explain when unsure of something and have often had staff roll eyes at me.
A lot of paperwork, so much that staff was running back and forth and hardly had time to sit down with the children.
Worked as bank staff, and the pay was appalling and the hours changed all the time - one week you can have 60 hours, the next only 10.
Would avoid working for Busy Bees.
Long hours, sometimes no hours, unfriendly staff, unhelpful management, no training
Cleaner (Former Employee) – Egham – 22 January 2018
i cleaned offices so it just felt normal not to work with people I may know and will distract me the hardest part of the job was most probably trying to clean without disturbing the people working late. most enjoyable part of the job would probably be at he end of the day no mater how much you work it will al be worth it.
Customer Service (Former Employee) – Fradley, UK – 8 January 2018
I went to work for Busy Bees for a short period.My starting day i was shown around introduced to my team leader and the people i would work with.I was trained to recieve incoming calls from parents who were calling to check if they were entitled to help with there childcare cost for there children.There was a different range of parents that called from people who did not work to doctors.I had to work out from there salary what help they could recieve.Our calls were recorded by Busy Bees to which management would listen to the calls then every Friday you would have a meeting with your leaders who would support you in were you may need extra training or if you were worried over any calls they would advise you how to deal with the customer.I felt this job gave me a lot of confident on talking to parents.The company was pleasent caring clean and a pleasure to work for.I found the late shift that i had to do hard at the time due to my children being young at that point.I enjoyed the people i meet and the friends i made.
Shop Floor Assistant (Former Employee) – Ryde, Isle of Wight – 7 January 2018
Busy Bees is a lovely little garden centre to visit but working there, you do not get to experience it in the way a customer would. It was a lovely place to work at but I am someone who likes to work in retail anyway. The hours were 9am to 5.30pm, which, for a 16 year old at the time, was an extremely long day. I would work every Saturday and Sunday also, however I was only employed for a 3-month contract over the Christmas period. It can go both ways working there, it may either be so hectic that you are tackling several tasks at once or so dead that you are reorganising the shelves just to find something to do.
If staff have a sickness bug they often go to work rather than take time off due to treatment of staff who have time off. The company is very profit driven which has an impact on the staff and children's welfare.