Barbar Nursery

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Stratford Park, Stroud

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF

01453 840474 / email Johanna:

The staff at Bar Bar show genuine love and support to my child and to us as a family, it is in this environment that my child has flourished. Their focus on good manners and respect is something we encourage at home and this has given her consistency.” Mrs S, 2014

Both my girls absolutely love nursery and it’s clear how much the staff love their job. They always have new displays and ideas which my children are very excited to tell me about. Thank you – it does make working much easier knowing they’re enjoying their time!” Mrs W, 2014

strat park 1BarBar Nursery is a 49 place private nursery set in a beautiful parkland location, close to Stroud town Centre and next to the popular Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

Designed and developed by an experienced management team to provide high standards of child care in a safe and secure environment, it has large gardens which provide play areas including safety surfaces, a children’s garden and a baby garden. All children have supervised access to outside areas throughout the day, regardless of the weather! We often make use of the surrounding parkland to add to the children’s understanding of the world.

Coming to Stratford Park

strat park rainParents are encouraged to visit either with or without their children. This allows for staff to answer any questions or queries that they may have- after all you will be trusting us with your most valuable possession!

We use this time to understand your aspirations for your child whilst they are with us. We discuss how you want to settle your child in at BarBar and tailor this to suit individual families – after all, every child is unique.

Some parents are happy to leave their child and others prefer to bring their children in for a few sessions and stay and play and observe them before heading off to work. We will tell you that “you know your child best” and as such we will be guided by you.


Exciting news

Over the past year we have updated and renovated the whole nursery. We have improved the prime and specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in and around the nursery to support all the children’s development needs.

Fort Bar Bar

We have a fabulous addition to our pre-school garden, Fort Bar Bar! We have had skilled carpenters into the nursery over two weekends that have custom built our new space. We added to the additional funding (EYPP- Early Years Pupil Premium) to create this wonderful space which supports the children’s specific developmental areas. Fort Bar Bar has a ramp; with a slide and two sets of wood strips to climb up on to the enclosed platform at the top. This promotes and supports the children’s physical development with their gross motor movements, their core strength and their balance. The platform at the top has two large glazed Perspex windows for the children to look through and say “I’m the king of the castle!” to their friends! Underneath the platform, there is a cosy area for the children to have quiet time, hide and talk with friends and practitioners.

A tunnel has been created under the ramp. We have had a health and safety inspector visit and he has confirmed it is more than safe enough for adults as well as the children. Once it was completed, the first day we introduced Fort Bar Bar, and the children came up with golden rules like “don’t push” and “you have to wait your turn”. The practitioners came up with some rules as well like “no big objects are to be taken onto the platform” so the children can not climb.

The children have enjoyed using their imagination to create role play scenarios like dragons, princes and princesses after reading similar stories on the Fort. The children seem to really enjoy exploring and playing on the Fort in a variety of ways!


Over the summer holidays, we have renovated our art room in the pre-school. One of our members of staff, Shannon Milsom, is very artistic and has painted wonderful murals onto the wall to inspire the children to use get creative using the available resources. There are spaces on the wall for children display their art work for the week. It has transformed the room and has made it more inviting.

In the pre-school garden, Shannon has also painted a large tree with woodland animals and an alphabet caterpillar which has brightened up the garden. The children have made stories with the practitioners about the tree and animals and the alphabet supports their literacy development. The children have also really enjoyed building structures and paths using the extra blocks and planks which were left over from Fort Bar Bar. The children also helped to plant seeds over spring which turned into delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs which the children have enjoyed picking and having with our meals.

Baby room’s Displays

The new room leader for the baby room, Thomas Mills has created lots of wonderful displays with the help from Tamsin Thornhill and Emily Clarke. They have updated their bathroom to an under-the-sea theme with pictures the children have made and photos of sea creatures for the children which the children can look at and talk about during their nappy change.

In the story corner, the children have brought in photos of coloured objects from their home, which are on the wall for children to look at and talk about their favourite toys and belongings. This activity was sent home over the half term as a project for the children to do with their families. The children also each have a photo album in the book case of photos of family and friends that they can access and look through at any time. This seems to have helped build up some of the babies confidence to talk to the practitioners about their home environments, people and places and has supported making them feel safe and secure.

Another fabulous display the baby room staff have made is their transport display. Transport was the theme for the room planning for two weeks in which the children learnt about different types of vehicles. This was decided as the children had shown a great interest in the cars and trains during free play as well as looking out of the window and watching the leisure centre’s vehicles. The display is now interactive as the children attempt to push the cars along the track they made during one of the activities and there is a large vehicle puzzle attached to the wall. The children can also see photos of themselves when they did some of the transport activities.

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