Busy Bees, our lively sessions for under-5s, are returning next week and it's important time for the Horniman's Learning team. Aaron, one of the Horniman's Learning Assistants, reflects on what everyone has gained from this regular event over the years.
Being a Learning Assistant for the Horniman Learning team is necessarily a hectic and unruly role, supporting across schools, community learning and volunteering sections. Change is as good as a rest they say but in our ever-developing department the familiar becomes endearing and is one of the reasons that our long-running Busy Bees sessions are a highlight in my otherwise hectic week.
We work with a wonderful team of storytellers, who are also authors, musicians and performers, and they have gathered a dedicated regular following and continue to surprise first timers. It has been a real pleasure to get to know some of our parents and watch their children grow up attending Busy Bees sessions over the years.
Everyone who comes has a great time whether they are under 5 or much much older, here is what they have told us recently:
Fantastic session for mixed age children – baby and toddler – feel so welcome, comfortable and entertained (and educated!) Thank – you.
Such an awesome resource! My eldest loves it – the songs and participation are just excellent
We love the busy bees sessions. I have been bringing my son since he was 8months old – he .... still gets joy from busy bees along with his 4year old sister. Great interactive sessions.
The girls and I always love busy bees, it’s always really engaging and fun for the girls... They thoroughly enjoy the session as they re-enact parts of the story they’ve heard afterwards. Thanks!
One of the strengths of this programme is how flexible it is but, as with all regular activities, it can be subject to changes so do please check the website for timings. Also, although we do not encourage early queuing with early years children, if you want to attend the first session you will still need to arrive fairly promptly to get a ticket.
The new season of Busy Bees gets underway on Tuesday 16 September with 3 sessions held every Tuesday and Wednesday (with some exceptions). Check the event page for more details.