The founding principles of Busy Bees stemmed from her founders’ love for their own children and this has remained core to the belief of the group. To bridge the gap and champion the importance of foundation in the early years, the Busy Bees founders were inspired to serve every child, every household. The quality expected is none less than what they would expect for their own children.

Today, they continue to shape the changes in the education for children, not just within their nurseries, but on a global landscape.

JOHN WOODWARD Chief Executive Officer, Busy Bees Group
  • One of the founding members of Busy Bees, having led the business since inception
  • Developed the Childcare Voucher and subsequent employee benefits business
  • Identified the Knowledge Universe acquisition and currently working in Singapore alongside the local team
  • Qualified teacher
  • Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University
  • Awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire)
MARGARET RANDLES Managing Director, UK
  • One of the founding members of Busy Bees
  • Qualified teacher of children with multiple complex needs
  • Responsible for the delivery of exceptional care performance throughout the UK
  • Strong links with government departments, LAs and national associations
  • Awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire)
JUNE RUSDON Chief Executive Officer, South East Asia
  • Founded the Learning Vision Group in 1989, which was engaged in preschool, enrichment, teacher training and adult education
  • Over twenty-five years of leadership experience in driving business growth including start-ups
  • Led the acquisition and integration of three new businesses into the Group
  • Conceptualised and drove the creation of Odyssey The Global Preschool
  • Expanded operations into Malaysia and India

The Busy Bees Heritage



  • 1980s

    The Children’s House
    founded in Malaysia
    Learning Vision and Pat’s Schoolhouse
    founded in Singapore
    Busy Bees
    founded in the UK
  • 1990s

    Asian International College, Brighton Montessori and Learning Horizon
    founded in Singapore
  • 2000s

    Knowledge Universe acquired Learning Vision and Pat’s Schoolhouse
    Odyssey The Global Preschool
    founded in Singapore
    Busy Bees changed hands from under Gresham Private Equity to ABC Learning to Knowledge Universe
  • 2010s

    Knowledge Universe acquired Brighton Montessori and The Children’s House
    Busy Bees acquired Knowledge Universe’s subsidiary brands in Asia
    Odyssey expanded to Malaysia
    Small Wonder
    relaunched in Singapore
    OTPP acquired Busy Bees from Knowledge Universe
  • 2017Busy Bees

  • 2018

    Busy Bees owns
    71 centres
    across Asia
    Busy Bees owns
    342 centres
    across UK
    Busy Bees owns
    85 centres
    in Canada
  • Official signing of the Joint Venture agreement between Busy Bees and Oriental Cambridge Education Group on 1 February 2018. Witnessed by UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, at the Ambassador’s Residence in Beijing, coinciding with UK PM Theresa May’s State Visit to China.

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