Work wellbeing score is 62 out of 100
3.2 out of 5 stars.
Write a review

Busy Bees Nurseries Employee Reviews

Review this company
Job Title
United Kingdom992 reviews

Ratings by category

3.0Work-life balance

Sort by

Found 992 reviews matching the searchSee all 1,027 reviews

Great career progression

Indeed featured review

The most useful review selected by Indeed
Great career progression, great team. I enjoy my job and the people there. The children are priority and although a lot of policies and procedures, they are there to protect the children and staff. I have had great experiences and enjoy my time at work.


Great training. Lots of room for progression. Pay is decent for a nursery


Hours are long, don’t get to leave when shift ends, Expected to do excess about of overtime.
Was this review helpful?

Horrible place to work

The most enjoyable part of the job was teaching the children. The management don't care, very few resources, the hours are long, low pay, frequently out of ratio so children were moved between rooms. High staff turnover.
Was this review helpful?

Insights into Busy Bees Nurseries

Based on 474 survey responses
What people like
  • Clear sense of purpose
Areas for improvement
  • General feeling of work happiness
  • Sense of belonging
  • Trust in colleagues

A terrible company to work for .

A terrible company to work for as they do not value as a person .They put added pressure on you to achieve things that are impossible. Ask you to do extra duties not in your remit.No support if you have a problem.


No late nights or evening work


No support
Was this review helpful?

You’re just a number to them!

Manager don’t care about your mental health, they have a number you can call if your struggle with mental health, contradicting themselves as they don’t support you at all! Never get out on time, you don’t get the support and help if you need it.Get looked down on and treated unfairly.Would avoid working here




Don’t get respected
Was this review helpful?

Undervalued and spoken down to a lot

I love the children but the management constantly pressure the staff and make them feel not good enough. There is far too much paperwork too and the hours long. Always understaffed too.
Was this review helpful?

Rate your recent company

Share your experience to help others

Managers treat staff poorly

No one listens when asking for help blame pushed on to staff from managers. Constantly working overtime have to start early or stay late daily. If you don't work hard you become the favourite and get away with anything
Was this review helpful?

Fun but stressful workplace

Children there are amazing and great coworkers but salary should be higher and you get overworked and are forced to do overtime without extra pay, management is kind


Great coworkers, Good kids


Low salary, No overtime extra pay, overworked
Was this review helpful?

Amazing work environment

I highly enjoyed my time at Busy Bees in Sunderland, Ryhope. The management was amazing, always so caring towards my needs as I had personal issues. The staff were so lovely and welcoming, I didn’t feel like a newbie at all. All so caring towards each other and most importantly the children. I was so overwhelmed by the support I received when I first started here. The children highly enjoyed my activities, as I could tell by their smiles and giggles :)
Was this review helpful?

Excellent nursery to work

Outstanding nursery (OFSTED rated and I stand by it 100%!) Learning and development for the children is fantastic, staff I worked alongside were all lovely. Managment are quick to deal with areas of improvment and take immediate actions. Staff training is always up to date, resources for staff to learn more and grow as practitioners are amazing.


pay, staff, education for children


hours, managment respect.
Was this review helpful?

The Children Make the Job Worth it

I worked at Busy Bees Melrose for 5 years and over the years there were alot of changes.My centre director between 2019 and 2022 was such a lovely woman who helped me and made a lot of differences to the nursery. The staff I worked with were friendly and approachable.I am thankful that Busy Bees gave me the opportunity to complete my level 3 within the setting.If I had the opportunity to return to this nursery, I would jump at the chance.
Was this review helpful?

Awful company to work for, only care about profit, not educating.

What is the best part of working at the company?Nothing, the only good thing we're the amazing staff, from preschool to manager all hard working and dedicated.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?All of it, the company were no help, pay was awful hours long.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?People great, company awful.No help with anything, sen, sick children, nothing.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Long, tiring stressful.No extra staff for help,
Was this review helpful?

Amazing company- I love my job

Busy Bees East Keswick is the most amazing nursery! The staff are all so friendly and work together as a team to achieve the greatest outcome for all the children. Management are approachable, helpful and the training received is valuable, you are constantly learning and getting the necessary support. The grounds and environment are just incredible. Having worked in other nurseries, the space at East Keswick is amazing, allowing all rooms to have a great outdoor space and lots of opportunities for learning. I love working at busy bees and recommend the nursery to all my family and friends.
Was this review helpful?


Poor induction. Not given sufficient information to succeed in role.Upper management have poor knowledge of statutory regulations.Poor professional culture, a hierarchy of blame.
Was this review helpful?

If you are desperate

Pros: Children Staff and how they is supported from the RD and other surrounding management.Cons: underpaid, recruitment (more agencies than staff), the demands (unnecessary paperwork) and hours.
Was this review helpful?

Fun but stressful

It’s a good place to work you learn a lot and feel like you’re doing something important for future generations. I learnt a few positive things that I’ll take with me in the future. Management could be better. Wages were never correct


Poor communication from management to staff or favouritism with some members of staff
Was this review helpful?

OK experience

I worked as a relief staff from 2014 till 2022. 8 years. I gain a lot of experience from being there, the children were a pleasure to look after. A lot of training to be done, which was overwhelming.The staff there were mostly friendly and approachable. Management and leadership was Ok, but could of been more respectful.I left there because the job role was getting overwhelming and stressful.I was emotionally abused by a room leader.I wasn't treated as a relief staff.




Long hours and most of the staff didn't work as a team.
Was this review helpful?

Poor place to work

I worked at Busy Bees for 6 months, I never felt more uncomfortable and never respected. Management and senior staff members do not support the other staff. It feels like they belittle you everyday. The hours are very long and it’s rare you get out on time unless you are management or senior staff members. If one thing was misunderstood management would immediately come and shout at you instead of pulling you aside and speaking to you. All they care about is the money and not the staff unfortunately. I would not recommend this company to work for.
Was this review helpful?

The place isn’t the issue, it’s the company.

I’ve worked at 2 busy bees locations and they’ve completely lost touch. Staff are trying to stay about the children, but the company only focuses on money.
Was this review helpful?


Pay isn’t great, but deffo reccomend if you want to get your foot in the door with childcare . Not a job I would stay in forever but deffo learnt a lot
Was this review helpful?

Ok place to work

It’s ok nothing to rave about. Management is always on your back. Care more about what impression they make and what the nursery looks like rather than runs.


Work with children


Everything else
Was this review helpful?

A starting pointing for a career with children

It is a great way to start your career with children and families. You learn the basics of children safeguarding and the development of children 0 to 5 years. They provide vast amount of training, but the hours can be long some days are 7am till 5pm.
Was this review helpful?

Want to know more about working here?

Ask a question about working or interviewing at Busy Bees Nurseries. Our community is ready to answer.Ask a Question

Overall rating

Based on 1,027 reviews

Ratings by category

3.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.0 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

Compare Busy Bees Nurseries with

  • Companies
  • Busy Bees Nurseries
  • Employee reviews
Tell us how to improve this page
What would you add or change?