Warwick’s Busy Bees nursery officially opens

Warwick mayor Christine Cross, Caroline Peach (assistant manager), Keelie Leahy (operations director) and Harpreet Klear (nursery manager)

Warwick mayor Christine Cross, Caroline Peach (assistant manager), Keelie Leahy (operations director) and Harpreet Klear (nursery manager)

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A new nursery in Warwick opened its doors to the public for the first time this weekend.

More than 80 families went to the opening event at Busy Bees Nursery in Chase Meadow Square on Saturday.

Warwick mayor Christine Cross with Hattie Fellows and Joe Canty with their ten-month-old, Ted, and Cllr Martyn Ashford

Warwick mayor Christine Cross with Hattie Fellows and Joe Canty with their ten-month-old, Ted, and Cllr Martyn Ashford

The mayor of Warwick, Christine Cross officially opened the nursery with a cermonial ribbon cutting.

Parents and children were able to see the finished nursery, meet the team, including manager Harpreet Klear and ask any questions.

The nursery will be able to cater for 115 children aged between three-months-old to five-years-old and children at the nursery officially start on February 20.

As a thank you to parents for their support, Busy Bees created a golden ticket prize draw for parents, which was won by Samantha Aires, mother of 17-month-old Arthur, who claimed £250 worth of Love2Shop vouchers.

Mayor of Warwick Christine Cross and Cllr Martyn Ashford with staff at the launch of Busy Bees nursery.

Mayor of Warwick Christine Cross and Cllr Martyn Ashford with staff at the launch of Busy Bees nursery.

Head Chef, Wayne Price, was also on hand throughout the day providing platters of savoury and sweet tasters as well as answering parents’ questions around his menu and dishes at the nursery.

Residents Hattie Fellows and Joe Canty introduced their ten-month-old son, Ted, to the nursery and staff members.

Hattie said: “We have been looking for a nursery for Ted since birth. We walked into Busy Bees and within seconds fell in love. Harpreet and Caroline were just so friendly and personable and we all warmed to them instantly.

“This is our first baby and it’s a huge step for us to leave him in the care of someone outside of our family. The nursery is just breath-taking - they’ve literally thought of everything - it’s like a baby wonderland with everything you could want, including the most idyllic outside space that looks like Tellytubby land and is completely safe and secluded.

“We literally drop him off and he gets his milk, food and nappies all provided, it saves hours of planning and worrying!”

Warwick mayor, Christine Cross, said: “What can I say. This nursery is truly amazing. It’s been a pleasure to spend time with the staff and parents on this momentous occasion. The clever use of space and those stunning outside areas on every floor level are just stunning.

“I wish Harpreet and all her wonderful staff the very best of luck for the future. Busy Bees should be congratulated for bringing such support and incredible resources to many working families in the community.”

Harpreet Klear, nursery manager at Busy Bees, said: “Wow, we couldn’t have envisaged such a great start! It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all and it was so great to get such instant positive feedback from our parents as they took their first look inside the nursery.

“For the past six months we’ve been working in partnership with the local community, particularly the Chase Meadow Community Centre, to ensure the service we provide is what our parents need in the area, whilst remaining child-focused.

“Our fabulous Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Christine Cross was so supportive and enthusiastic throughout her time here and posed for photos with staff, parents and children.

“Throughout this week, we’re holding ‘settle in’ sessions and a range of fun activities for the whole community to get involved in as part of Love Our Nursery Week.”