Priti tours Busy Bees’ Stanway nursery

Priti Patel with the Busy Bees team from left Mathew Labaki – Operations Director, Karen Mackay MBE – Head of External Strategy, Marcia Brown – Area Director, Marg Randles OBE – Co-Founder of Busy Bees and Gina Curry – Centre Director.

Priti tours Busy Bees’ Stanway nursery

Published: 14th March 2022 - 10:04 am Category: Local News

On Friday, 11th March, Witham’s MP Priti Patel was given a tour of the Busy Bees children’s nursery at 342 London Road, Stanway, Colchester by Marg Randles OBE, Co-Founder of the Busy Bees Group.

The nursery, which opened in 2005, is part of a leading international provider of quality childcare and early years education, with 379 nurseries across the UK and Ireland. The nursery group cares for more than 75,000 children across the world.

Marg Randles along with Centre Director, Gina Curry, gave Priti a tour of the nursery, giving her the chance to observe first class practice within the UK’s pre-school education system.  This was followed by a group discussion about the challenges faced within the early years sector.

The visit also provided an opportunity for the team to showcase Unleashing Potential (UP), Busy Bees’ very own digital learning and development programme. The app brings together activities, songs, games, and advice in one place for practitioners and parents to use with children, inspiring a variety of enriching learning opportunities.

Speaking after her tour, Priti said: “I very much enjoyed my visit and seeing the excellent facilities provided for the care of children by Busy Bees, in my constituency.  It was also great to catch up with Marg and hear about how the business is growing and talk through the key issues affecting the development of children, after the pandemic.  There is nothing more important than getting children off to a good start in life.”

Marg Randles, Co-Founder of Busy Bees, added: “It was an honour to welcome Priti Patel MP to Busy Bees Colchester Stanway and explain how we offer an exemplary educational setting for our children.  As the UK’s largest provider of early years education, it was also an important opportunity for us to address the impact that the pandemic has had on our young children, but more importantly, how our nurseries are continuing to support children to ensure they receive the best start in life, in a nurturing and supportive learning environment.

“Both the children and our team members were delighted to meet our special guest and show her what makes our nursery so exceptional.”

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