About Busy Bee Preschool Petersfield

Our Team

Busy Bee is a family run nursery preschool and was founded in 1985 by Mrs Jackie Pipe, and is currently managed by her daughter Harriet Pipe


I began my career with young children as a primarynursery school teacher. After having my own four children I decided I would set up a Montessori based nursery school from my home. I spent 6 months on a Montessori course which is the foundation of BusyBee’s. I have run the nursery school for over 30 years and have recently passed down my wealth of experience on running and managing the school to my daughter Harriet. However I still like to be in the nursery school now and then and I still work behind the scenes. I love having the young children about my home – it keeps me feeling young!!
I have gained a wealth of experience working in varied childcare environments for 10 years. I have worked in Busy Bee Nursery school for the last five years as a supervisor providing a caring, safe stimulating environment which meets the Ofsted requirements. I have lived in Petersfield all my life and I have very good connections with the schools in the area.

I began my career with children as a History and R.E teacher. I have worked in various secondary schools but gave up my part time post in July 2014 to spend more time with my own family. Having grown up with Busy Bee Nursery School it feels like a second home to me. After having my own family, I realized that I would prefer to work with and get more enjoyment from much younger children. Both of my children have passed through Busy Bee and attend local schools.

I have three boys who all attended Busy Bee Nursery School. I have worked alongside Jackie and her team for many years as a nursery assistant engaging in many diverse activities including cooking, craft etc. as well as ensuring that the children enjoy a safe and nurturing environment.

Peripatetic Team

Fiddlesticks Music

My name is Lyndsey Gilbey and I’ve been singing with the children of Bus Bees since 2003. I am married to Keith and have two teenage sons. My background is in the performing Arts working as an Actress for nearly 10 years before having my sons. Fiddlesticks Music specialises in the musical and cognitive development of pre-school children through singing. The singing voice is our first instrument and at Busy Bees I develop singing, confidence, rhythm and pulse and introduce simple musicianship using puppets, visual aids and percussion. Singing also develops language, listening and processing skills as well as introducing numeracy and literacy through sequencing, pattern, rhythm and rhyme. Of course we also have a lot of fun!


The children are introduced to the French language through ‘La Jolie Ronde’ which is a structured programme which has been in operation for 30 years and is widely accepted as a highly successful teaching method in this country and abroad. Songs, stories and games are used to introduce the children to vocabulary related to themselves, greetings and events such as Birthdays, Christ, Easter etc.

Active8 Minds

Active minds come to Busy Bees once a week to interact with the children. The children are encouraged to engage in physical activities which aim to improve self-confidence, concentration, social interaction and general wellbeing. It has proved to be very popular with the children.

Visits from



Zoolab comes to Busy Bees once a year to introduce the children to the world of mini beasts and nature. It is a hands on experience for the children.



Living Eggs

Every other year we bring in Living eggs to hatch in the nursery school so the children can experience first hand new life and watch the chicks grow and develop. The chicks are then passed on to a local farm to be raised into chickens.



Nature Walks

We believe that experiencing nature first hand is really important for the children’s development and understanding of their world around them. This year we took the children up to Ditcham Park School to visit their bluebell woods.




We also encourage the participation in activities supporting charities including:

Pudsey - BBC Children in Need fundraising.

Marie Curie - Care and support through terminal illness fundraising.

Canine Partners – funding and training dogs for disabled people.

Food & Drink

We provide an organic snack, which is a choice of organic milk or water with a choice of organic/fairtrade fruit and also a choice of a plain biscuit or breadstick.

Children help prepare and distribute the snack for themselves and each other.

We promote healthy eating with our many cooking activities we practice with the children.