CHILDREN at Busy Bees Nursery in Ledbury took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

The annual event sees people across the UK taking part in the recording of bird sightings during January 26-28 for a snapshot on the health of the UK bird population.

The children at Busy Bees even made their own binoculars to get a really good look at the birds.

Jodie Smith of Busy Bees said: "Busy Bees has been operating, in one way or another, for over 40 years. During this time, many changes have taken place, creating the thriving childcare setting it is now. Back in 2018, Busy Bees moved to their current home, The Hive, which they invested in financially to create a modern, light and airy childcare setting.

"It offers purpose planned areas where children, learn, play and socialise in their formative years before starting school. With up to date resources and equipment, children benefit from provision which is fun, engaging and influences learning.

"It is the outdoor space in particular which parents are usually wowed by. Landscaped to provide a natural, safe space where children can run, cook up a feast in the mud kitchen, climb, play hide and seek and garden, the outdoor area is somewhere the children really enjoy spending time.

"High staff to child ratios at Busy Bees mean that children’s learning and welfare is prioritised. This allows for individualised learning as well as staff giving more time and attention per child. It enables the setting to build strong relationships with children and parents, bringing a real family feel to the setting.

"Children are well prepared to start school, particularly benefitting from a range of tailored activities in their preschool year. This includes Forest School sessions where children love to engage in nature based activities which end in a story by the camp fire, hot chocolate and a snack.

"Additionally, children join in with phonics sessions, PE and visits out in the community. Ledbury residents regularly see the children from Busy Bees out and about in town as they visit shops, the church, library and take part in events such as Armistice Day and World Book Day.

"Staff at Busy Bees are warm and welcoming adding to the family atmosphere. They are highly trained, engaging in regular professional development which includes communication and language, safeguarding, special educational needs and paediatric first aid.

"This all helps create an environment where children’s learning is supported and parents and family members are encouraged to become involved. The stay and play events and Grandparents days are particularly popular.

"See what Busy Bees get up to by visiting their Facebook or Instagram."