30 funded hours for 3 to 4 year olds & 15 funded hours for 2 year olds

Bumblebees Day Nursery

About Bumblebees Day Nursery in Woolwell

We are an EYFS based nursery in Plymouth. We care for children from 3 months to 11 years of age, and provide a range of age-appropriate resources and activities to encourage their development right up until they are ready to join school.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on learning through play, ensuring children have the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn - all whilst having fun. By offering indoor and outdoor learning via our purpose-built garden and Story Hut, we are able to create a space where children feel empowered and ready to learn.

Who We Are

Bumblebees Day Nursery was first opened in September 2006 by Gemma and Jamie Whittington and Ian Bealey. Our aim is and always has been to provide a first class nursery environment and exceptional caring staff to develop your children’s potential.


We believe our innovative approach gives children a bright and positive start in life as we encourage both exploration and discovery as well as emotional intelligence and friendship building.


Bumblebees Day Nursery in Woolwell

Ladybirds 0-12 Months

The Ladybird’s main room has been designed to promote a feeling of warmth and calm to make the children feel at ease and free to explore. The sensory room is filled with equipment designed to engage the children’s senses and expose them to various materials, light sources, and sounds.


There is also a large cot room, separated from the Ladybird’s main room to ensure they can sleep peacefully, watched over by a member of staff.


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Caterpillars 12 Months - 2 years

The main room is a large play area for the Caterpillars, where we encourage them to learn through play and socialisation. The room is equipped for various planned and unplanned activities, and we aim to respond to children's individual interests.


The side room was created to inspire awe and wonder in the children, giving them sensory experiences and the opportunity for quiet exploration. The open-ended resources in this room allow children to learn at their own pace, with the support of their key person. We have also developed a special under-twos garden for the Caterpillars use, where they can explore and discover the outdoors safely.


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Bees 2-3 Years

The Bees are an active group, at an age where their curiosity leads them to explore the world around them. A large play area is the centrepiece of the Bee’s main room, and a side room is dedicated to messy play, imaginative play and more! There is a book area in the Bee’s room, where we read together and encourage an interest in stories.


The Bee’s room also opens up to a large, covered deck where the children can enter the garden for free-flow play or planned activities, discovering the natural world.


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Butterflies 3-4 Years

The Butterflies have a main room with age and stage appropriate resources for the children, and they can make use of the Hive space throughout the day.


Whilst the Butterflies take part in many planned activities, they are encouraged to develop their independence with the use of self-selection toys and materials, open-ended resources, and free flow opportunities to explore the garden. We want to develop children’s self-confidence at this stage, especially on the build-up to moving to school, so their individual interests are encouraged and activities adapted to be accessible to all.


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The Hive - The place to bee

For school-aged children, we run a breakfast club, after-school club, and holiday club. As part of our mission to support families in the local area, The Hive has been created as a place for children to play, socialise, and continue their learning.

The Hive - The place to bee

The Garden

Our large garden is a secure space which all the children have access to through either planned or free-flow activities. The garden is filled with play equipment for the children to climb and explore, as well as a sand-pit and water area. By letting the children follow their natural inclinations, the garden allows them to develop their motor and sensory skills, as well as learn more about the world around them.


The gardening zone gives children the opportunity to learn about the natural world. We introduce them to some of the animal and insect-life that is in the garden, and teach them about growing food and healthy eating.


One of the highlights of the garden is the Story Hut, a covered, comfy outside space to encourage the children to read.


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Sport Sessions

With the help of District Sports Plymouth, we run weekly sports sessions for the children. These sessions focus on teaching the children the importance of being active and staying healthy, as well as having fun and working as a team.


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Our Team

Bumblebees is a family-run business, with over 40 years of experience between the staff. All of our staff are qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 and they are First Aid trained to deal with emergencies.


The team is given learning opportunities whilst with Bumblebees as we believe it is important to invest in our team and further their knowledge. This is done through internal training, as well as external courses and qualifications. They are also kept up to date with development within the Early Education and Childcare fields.

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Gemma

Director/Manager

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Faye

Manager

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Fawn

Deputy Manager

As part of our efforts to create a home from home feeling for the children, we operate a Key Person system. Your child will be assigned a member of staff when they first join us who will be their main caregiver and your main point of contact. This allows your child to connect with a specific member of staff, which is especially comforting for children when they first join us.


Your child's Key Person will ensure your child is developing well and that all activities are accessible and engaging for them. They also monitor your child's progress and provide you with updates through Tapestry, an online learning journal. Tapestry allows you to be part of your child's nursery journey and gives you a record of their progress throughout their time with us.

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