Children spend extended periods of time exploring nature through a variety of outdoor experiences. The large garden is split over two levels and with areas dedicated to different age groups.
To meet the needs of our toddlers and pre-school children, the pre-school has a dual-aspect room with an airy conservatory which leads directly to the top garden. This space is dedicated to arts, crafts and sensory activities.
Our newly built Baby Cottage is a beautifully designed dedicated space for under 2s with separate parent access and direct access to a large outdoor area.
Our rooms are carefully planned around children’s curiosity, equipped with high-quality natural resources and real objects, giving it that home-from-home feel and a relaxed environment that encourages learning and investigation.
With healthy snacks and delicious fresh food cooked every day by our onsite chef, children experience new flavours and look forward to their favourite dishes.
To grow independence, our older children assist with the preparation and serving of mealtimes. We use our delicious, locally sourced food as an opportunity to get your child observing, thinking, talking - and starting to learn about where all that fun and healthy food comes from.
Children at Barney Lodge are curious, creative and confident learners. Our learning environments capture their imagination and deepen their understanding of the world around them. We know that every child is special and make sure they gain knowledge in a way and pace that’s right for them. We have so much to offer your child, whatever their age and stage of development, including our newly built Baby Cottage for our under 2s.
We know the importance of choosing the right nursery for your child, so please do get in touch and arrange a visit so you can see why so many parents have chosen Barney Lodge as a chapter in their child’s story.
The staff are very friendly and lovely and have made my daughter feel so welcome and are also very supportive and helpful. I definitely recommend this nursery.
Facilities there are lovely and homely with so many interesting areas for the children to play, especially the huge gardens and woodland area. My son has been there for over a year and absolutely loves it. I cannot recommend the nursery more highly.
With a variety of natural resources, our baby room offers so many opportunities for sensory discovery and helps babies learn and develop new skills, from walking to talking. The room is fully equipped with individual areas for eating and playing and has its own toilet and nappy changing facilities. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fresh air of our outdoor play area throughout the day.
Babies follow a flexible daily routine allowing us to adapt to their needs. They have their own key person who will get to know and develop a close bond with your child.
We know how important naps are, and make sure that when they need it, children can sleep. After a busy morning of exploring and learning, babies can recharge in our designated sleep room with its calming music and soothing sleep environment.
As their story begins to take shape, growing toddlers are given the time and space to be more independent, discover and learn. Children make friends, learn to play alongside each other and become more aware of the world around them. Our experienced educators encourage language development too, starting with simple sounds and building to sentences.
At Barney Lodge toddlers follow the familiarity of a daily routine but we understand the need for this to be flexible and make sure we fit in around children’s individual needs. So if your toddler needs a rejuvenating nap or some time in our quiet area, your child’s key person will make sure this happens.
Their day is built around both free choice and adult-led activities such as jelly play or creative sessions of painting, sticking or junk modelling. Toddlers also make the most of our different areas for exploring and playing, whether it’s enjoying the free-flow access to our Astroturf or our large open garden.
With growing confidence and ability, we prepare our pre-school children for the learning journey ahead with a focus on phonics, numbers and social skills. We’ll also work with you to help your child with toilet training, giving them lots of support and encouragement along the way.
Children spend their final year at Barney Lodge preparing for primary school. By this time, they have made firm friendships and have experienced all our learning environments in full throughout the year. They leave us as independent, curious and confident learners, ready for the next chapter of their own story.
Amidst all that learning, there’s plenty of time for play with games, creative activities and outdoor fun.
If children prefer some time away from the hustle and bustle, our quiet area is equipped with reading books and spaces to complete homework.
Whether it’s breakfast to start the day or a hearty meal after school, all of our nutritious food is freshly prepared daily.