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Helen at Bumblebees Day Nursery

Hi, I’m Gemma

I’m the founder of Bumblebees Day Nursery. I’ve got over 20 years experience in the childcare profession and it was always my goal to set up an outstanding day nursery offering the very best childcare for children. I’m supported by my manager, Faye and my deputy managers Karen and Fawn (pictured below).

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Bumblebees was opened in September 2006 with a passion to create the very best childcare any parent or carer could wish for. Bumblebees is a purpose-built nursery which can cater for all children from 3 months to 11 years of age. All the children have access to a large and secured multi-purpose garden.

Bumblebees is a family business run by three directors, Gemma Whittington, Jamie Whittington and Ian Bealey. Gemma has over 20 years’ experience in childcare and holds an NNEB and NVQ4, whilst Jamie maintains the administration and finance for the setting. Both Gemma and Jamie work on site and are supported by their full time Manager, Faye Thorning. Faye has been with us since we opened and has helped Bumblebees develop into what it is today, utilising the 20+ years’ experience gained throughout her career in childcare. Ian supports the nursery on an ad-hoc basis when required.

Together we appreciate the vital mix that is needed to provide the very best childcare. Bumblebees, the staff, security and the activities provided are all equally important and deserving of the very highest attention to detail. All the children and their parents or carers can expect to receive top quality care and a friendly welcome.

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To make Bumblebees the first choice childcare solution by providing a first class professional nursery environment and exceptional caring staff to develop your children’s potential

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Sadly, on Friday 14th August Karen will be leaving our team. we are sure lots of you will continue to see Karen around as she will be moving just next door to Bickleigh Down to become 1-1 support within the school. Karen will be hugely missed after being a big part of the Bumblebees team for almost 9 years, we wish her all the best in her new role.

On a more positive note, Sophie who works alongside Karen within Pre-School will fill the position of Pre School Room Leader, Sophie is very keen to take on this role and looks forward to her new responsibilities.
To support Sophie, Sian has also had a promotion and will be the Pre School Deputy room leader!
Congratulations to Sophie and Sian for their well deserved promotions!

Devon and Jess- We will keep you updated with any news with regards to Devon and Jess. Devon is due her new arrival on 7th September, and Jess shortly after on 3rd October. We look forward to sharing their happy announcements with you.
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As a nursery we have always welcomed parents in to the setting with open arms, we love to spend time getting to know you, as well as the children. As our current practice does not allow this, we will be sharing with you over the next week or, so some pictures of the environment your children are playing and exploring in! Today we want to show you some of the displays we have created with the help of your children’s handiwork 😍 We hope you are enjoying your regular tapestry updates too 😍 ... See MoreSee Less

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