Monday, September 25, 2023

Two “Outstanding” Belper Nurseries Get Council Donation

Derbyshire County Council has recognised the Ofsted “Outstanding”  grade given to two Busy Bees nurseries in Belper, by donating £1000 to the childcare providers, jointly.  These are both called Treetops – one on Gibfield Lane and one on Gregory’s Way.

Both nurseries are part of Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare chain, with 361 nurseries, 2 children’s centre and 1 primary school, catering to 50,000 children across the UK. Both Belper nurseries have been praised by Ofsted in their most recent reports (June) for their quality teaching and the inclusive, positive environments they create for the children in their care. The nurseries promote a learn through play approach to education, which helps children to develop the foundations for learning while having fun.

Busy Bees is also the first nursery group to achieve the NHS Startwell menu accreditation, ensuring the food they provide have the right nutritional balance pre-school children need for healthy and happy early years.

On Saturday 11th August 2018 Derbyshire County Councillor Peter Makin, who is also the vice-chairman of the council’s Improvement and Scrutiny Committee, visited Treetops at Belper on Gibfield Lane along with Belper Town Mayor, Tim Sutton, after hearing about the nursery’s recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.  Mr. Makin and Mr. Sutton joined staff at the Gibfield Lane nursery to celebrate the ‘Outstanding’ grade with a piece of cake, before surprising the staff with a £500 donation for their setting, and another £500 for the nearby Treetops at Belper Alton Manor.

Peter Makin said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to visit the outstanding graded Gibfield Lane nursery, which is clearly committed to providing exceptional environments for young children to learn and grow in. At the end of the day, children are our most precious heritage and represent our future “It’s great to see how passionate the staff are about their roles at both nurseries and this is reflected in the happiness and wellbeing of the children in their care, as well as the positive atmosphere throughout each nursery.

It’s a pleasure to be able to present Treetops Belper and Treetops Alton Manor with this donation and long may their great work continue in the local community.”

Kelly Thomas, Regional Director at Busy Bees, said: “I’m very proud of both the nurseries for all their efforts and it’s great to have such positive feedback following Mr Makin’s and the mayor’s visit. Providing children with the best start in life is at the heart of what we do and we’re so grateful to be given this donation which will go towards resources that will help to continue to enhance the childrens learning.”

To find out more about the nurseries, please visit and

Treetops are holding a celebration of these accomplishments and investments and have asked Nailed to invite Belper folks along to help them celebrate:

Friday 7th December 2018 @10:30 am

Treetops Alton Manor, Gregory’s Way, DE560HS

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