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Being a mum is one of the hardest jobs you can do, and us mums need all the support we can get to stay whole and keep a sense of self in amongst the craziness of family life.

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Saffron Walden

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About Barn Nursery

Barn Nursery in Stanbrook, Thaxted is situated on a farm which includes a copse and garden area we take children from the age of 6 months to 4+ years. We even have farm animals including our Shetland pony, ducks, chickens, our mischievous pygmy goats.

Our ethos is one of care, concern and commitment to children irrespective of their abilities or individual needs,including children with special needs. We work very hard to provide creative, meaningful and challenging activities in a safe and caring environment.

We welcome and respect every child as a valued individual irrespective of ability, race, gender, religion or any other differences. We are aware of our duties and responsibilities in Law regarding child protection matters.
Barn Kids

Barn Kids is our out-of-school and holiday club for children aged 4-14 years old. Our opening times are 7.45am – 6.15pm. We have our own wood “Wonderwood” and meadowland to play on. We also make use of the two other woods on the farm site; “The Hidey Hole” and “Boggy Wood” as well as taking walks around the surrounding area and paddling in the river Chelmer.

Our focus is on the natural world. We take part in many environmental activities and projects set up by larger charities and companies. We have our own chickens to care for and grow fruit and vegetables for our tea in our own growing garden.

The children participate in everyday decisions about the running of the out-of-school club. At the start of each session the children discuss what activities they would like to do. We also hold children’s council meetings where the children discuss what theme they would like for the term and evaluate the previous terms activities. The children choose their own breakfast and teatime menus.

We have wonderful outside facilities with a large garden full of play equipment; a mud kitchen, animal paddocks, growing area and woods to explore.

During the summer we have lots of water play and our meadow is perfect for ball games and nature walks.

The children take it in turns to care for our menagerie of animals everyday.

We also have a playground with a garage role play area, a thatched cottage playhouse and a bug garden.

Please visit our website to find out more about our nursery and Kids club including our fees.

Contact details and social media:

The Barn Nursery

Tel: 01371 831262
E-mail: info@thebarnnursery.co.uk
Website: www.thebarnnursery.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBarnNurseryThaxted/