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Not great place to work
Nursery Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chiswick, Greater London17 November 2017
Not great place to work. You won’t get balance between your life and work. It’s important to have this because we are not just born to work we have life outside of work. Too much gossip and very unkind colleagues no respect towards each other. No support with training and career development. If you looking for great place to work this isn’t the one.
Pros
Supporting Beautiful children and their families.
Cons
Long hours, no work balance, no further training
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Outstanding
Nursery Manager (Current Employee) –  Birmingham, West Midlands24 October 2017
An outstanding company commited to its staff and service users. The facilities are second to none with the more recent refurbishment making a lovely calm learning environment. Keep up the good work.
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Rewarding at times but demanding
Training Officer (Current Employee) –  Home Based5 October 2017
The job role and expectations are very demanding and sometimes unreasonable with all the travelling.

The role is more and more about quantity and not quality in my opinion
Pros
Managing own diary
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Great company to work for
CEO (Current Employee) –  Wolverhampton, West Midlands4 October 2017
Great company to work for.
Happy fun environment
Working with children
Entertainment

Various working locations and each day is different.

Staff are great
Pros
Happy and fun working environment
Cons
None
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it is ok
Nursery nurse (Current Employee) –  Sunderland, Tyne and Wear3 October 2017
I don't not want to put a review about were I work but overall it is an okay place to work to say the least, I would like to apply for other jobs as it is not flexible enough
Pros
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Cons
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Fun and Productive Workplace
Nursery Assistant (Former Employee) –  Wymondham20 September 2017
Loved doing my work experience alongside my college course at this nursery. So much fun.
The women I worked with were all lovely considering I was the youngest and the least educated in the room, They treated me as one of the team! Gained so much confidence working with children at this workplace.
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Avoid at all costs
Early Years Practitioner (Former Employee) –  Surrey2 September 2017
Very bad. No support from Management. Management always first to leave. No regards or respect for staff, parents or children. Staff expected to stay late without notice and come in when sick. Ratios constantly broken.
Pros
None
Cons
Very very bad
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good place to work if you are not bank as hours go up and down
bank early years educator (Current Employee) –  Thetford, Norfolk25 July 2017
good team work, varied roles. its good and rewarding helping children .hardest part of job of job is to console a crying baby if you don't know what they want. management is good, have good opportunities to develop career through nvqs.
Pros
workig in a child orintated environment
Cons
not getting many hours in qiute periods if you are bank
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Some amazing staff but appalling work/life balance
Nursery Nurse (Former Employee) –  Coventry, West Midlands6 July 2017
Good job initially but limited room for progression and a lot of unpaid overtime. Always in lou. If you're a good staff member you end up taking on far more than other staff and a lot of staff get lazy.
Pros
Some really good staff
Cons
Limited training, progression and lots of overtime (unpaid)
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not a nice place to work
Room Manager (Former Employee) –  Birmingham25 June 2017
Busy bees as a company are amazing i worked at the flagship nursery in Birmingham where the hours are long and the pay is low and the paperwork is out of this world there is so much to do, being a room manager there is lots to do on opening and closing the rooms and the teams do not work well here there is lots of clickiness between people as best friends and family work together so certain people shine for the wrong reasons, this setting had lots of newly qualified young girls and they all wanted to be senior or room manager fast which causes lots of nastiness.
Im glad i no longer work at this setting but as a company Busy bees is great they cover all areas well and the children are at the heart of all they do its just a shame the head office cant seem to sort out this place.
Pros
big nursery lots of room for progression
Cons
lots of nastiness with young girls.
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good.
Nursery Assistant (Current Employee) –  Preston, Lancashire18 May 2017
amazing place to work. the permanent staff are really nice, the office staff are nice. BUT there are always new staff floating about so no one knows what they are doing.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
long hours. not good pay.
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Busy bees/Positive steps
Nursery Nurse (Former Employee) –  Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire14 February 2017
Under staffed
No management
No ratios
No proper training
Staff come and go
No basic key work or eyfs
Only care about making money
Inadequate ofsted report
Avoid
Pros
Was able to leave
Cons
They are
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Great place to work
HR Assistant (Former Employee) –  Burntwood, Staffordshire23 January 2017
A very friendly and busy office, very enjoyable but can be challenging. The management are fantastic and you get great benefits.
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Friendly work environment
Nursery practitioner (Current Employee) –  Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England15 January 2017
I enjoy working at Busy Bees, as every one is caring and friendly. The staff treat you like family and get along very well. We all enjoy working here and working with other people such as parents and children.
Pros
Chef is willng to prepare a free lunch for you
Cons
some overtime
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Workplace okay
kitchen assistant (Current Employee) –  Dunfermline, Fife10 January 2017
As jobs go it, s okay. It, s a busy nursery, so the kitchen is kept busy too. Management can be bit on your back all the time, depending on the menu, s. Overall a good place to work, staff and kids r cheery.
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Hrs r okay, but have to stay for staff meetings once a month
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Lots of career progression opportunities
Room Manager (Current Employee) –  Northwich, Cheshire2 January 2017
Busy Bees has it's own training academy and are very supportive towards staff who are keen to progress up the career ladder.
Nice environment to work in and management are there to support you.
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Interesting
Qualified Early Years Educator (Current Employee) –  Rainham, Kent6 December 2016
Interesting place to work, with lots of changes. I have learned a great deal of skills through working there, and helped lots of children through my time.
Pros
Having children and parents put their trust in you.
Cons
Too many changes in the system
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Great career progression
Manager (Current Employee) –  Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire23 November 2016
Good place of work, opportunity for progression and training, opportunities to meet goals and targets to enable you to receive bonus. Pay across the company could be more fair
Pros
Bonus
Cons
Very pressured at times
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Rubbish management
Qualifyied early years educator (Current Employee) –  Bristol19 November 2016
It's not the best place to work there. The management is ridiculously stupid and also don't care about the staff or any other people. You can't trust people there.
Pros
Free lunch
Cons
Management paperwork long days
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Long hours
Early Years Educator (Former Employee) –  Bromsgrove15 November 2016
Often needed to stay over after shift due to lack of staff. Nice nursery and lots of room for progression if wanted. Low pay.
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