Parents were happy with the activites they are taking part in, we discussed the new ECAM project and the impact that has on the childrens outcomes.

Parents loved the bake sales we hold in nursery, these to be increased. WE will be holding these on amonthly basis going forward with a different theme each month.

We provide daily feedback, progress reports, learning journeys and regular parents’ evenings. We always have an open door policy and welcome feedback from our parents. is an online venue for families and carers to connect with each other. We do not introduce or supply carers to those seeking care, nor do we select or propose specific carers to those seeking care seekers or care seekers to carers. does not verify the identity of, or information posted by, care seekers or carers. Please see our Safety Centre for guidance on how to verify the identity of, and information posted by, other users.

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The Cottage Day Nursery, Bedford Street, Derby was established in 1990. It is a family run business and managed by Lisa Slater and Hannah Stringer (deputy). Lisa has been with them for 13 years. The nursery is split across both sides of the road and… more

An excellent childcare establishment. I have always used Busy Bees to look after my three children and they have always loved time there, great staff team. - Mrs Hussain

If you have any problems with the form or want further information about EYPP eligibility criteria please contact the Families Information Service on 01332 640758 or email

Playgroups ‐ sessional play work, usually of about three hours duration, catering for children of ages 2 to 5. Again, Ofsted registration is compulsory.

If you are not happy with the staff's response then you need to write to your childcare provider giving as much information on your worries as possible. They will have a complaints procedure which they must share with you and this will set out the timescale in which they must respond to you.

One of the eligibility criteria for EYPP is that children who have been adopted are eligible, we have now created an e-form on the FORMS section of the Provider Portal for you to tell us if you have any adopted 3 and 4 year olds at you setting that are receiving funded hours.

For full information of other childcare options in your area, go to Childcare Link website listing all forms of local and national childcare.

Local authorities will pass the full rate for each eligible child onto the provider.

The Family and Childcare Trust have made a short video that might help you recognise the sort of things to look for.

Communication in the nursery, how can this be extended?

Our Families Information Service provides free, impartial and confidential information. Use this service to find out about: 

Crèches ‐ occasional care for children under 8 years. Ofsted registration is compulsory.

My son has really come on whilst he has been at busy bees over the last few months and all the staff are really good with him. Thank you. - Mrs Mastraoinni

Day nurseries provide care and a space to play and learn in groups for children under 5, though some nurseries cater for slightly older children. Day nurseries are open all day but not evenings or weekends. OFSTED registration is compulsory and all nurseries must be registered with their local authority. They are inspected by OFSTED (the Office for Standards in Education) every three to four years.

PPG Parents decided it would be nice to invite new parents into a coffee morning so they can meet with the PPG and discuss any anxieties they may have but also opportunity to meet with other parents.

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maximise the funding passed from local authorities to childcare providers and the children in their care

* In addition, a child will be eligible if they:

If you have an adopted child currently at your setting please note that we will still accept EYPP applications via the new form for this Summer 2016 term.


The DfE is consulting on proposals to change the way it funds free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:

Busy Bees children's nursery at Derby Heatherton is a large, purpose built, single storey nursery close the A50, A38, Derby Hospitals and Derby City Centre with regular bus service opposite the nursery.

Thank you to all providers who have submitted family details for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) eligibility checking. We have seen a significant increase in the number of families checked and EYPP payments made.

Again the outcome of the Cutting Red tape Review could have positive outcomes for the Early Year sector and am sure many of you will want to respond to this.  

Whilst at nursery the children enjoy delicious home cooked food which is nutritionally balanced and healthy. We have a four week rolling menu which takes advantage of fresh, seasonal produce and allows our children to experience a wide variety of tastes, textures, flavours and colours within their meal. We are also fully equipped to provide food for children with allergies or intolerances as well as cultural preferences and we will always provide a vegetarian option to meat dishes.

Thank you for looking after Thomas for the last 2yrs . The care at Heatherton is first rate & he has always enjoyed being part of it - The Hygates

bring about transparency in the way money is allocated from the Government to Local Authorities using an early years national funding formula

Do you know of any competitors who do any activities which you would like to see here?

create a better deal for disabled children and children with special educational needs

Distances given are in a straight line from the centre of Derby but travel routes may be longer.

The consultation will close on Thursday 22nd September. 

Please see the downloads section on this page for the individual reports.

We have 86 childminders in Derby listed in our online childminding directory.

The library which is in the reception area needs to be promoted more as some of the new parents weren’t aware they could take books home, to add this to the next newsletter.

Occasionally, parents are not happy with the care their child receives from a childcare provider. If you are in this situation then you need to arrange a meeting to talk about your worries with the nursery staff or manager. As a parent you can assess the quality of childcare too.