About Us

The Barn Nursery and Pre-school benefits from a creative, stimulating and caring environment filled with a great variety of extensive and well chosen resources. 

Established for over fifty years, we enjoy the unique advantages of being a non-profit making charity, with a parent-led committee.  The committee’s chief role is to oversee the managing of the nursery, fundraise (including the organisation of our annual Jumble Sale) and provide opportunities for parents to meet and get to know each other, such as coffee mornings and social evenings.  The committee is made up of parents whose children currently attend The Barn Nursery, the treasurer (which is a permanent role) and the Nursery Co-Managers.

We are based in The Barn Church Hall, in a quiet residential area of Kew, away from all main roads.  We have superb spacious interior premises, with a large light and airy hall, a comfortable class-sized room and a kitchen.  We also have a safe, large, outdoor playground, including an all weather canopy.  All our amenities are suitable for small children.

A valued and respected part of the local community, we have good working relationships with our local schools, the Richmond Borough Early Years and Childcare team, professional agencies and other services.  These links support each child’s needs and the transition to school.

We aim to help each child have the best start in life, by meeting their individual needs and supporting their development, learning and care.


The staff are all well qualified, experienced and have the appropriate Early Years and Childcare qualifications.  They regularly attend training workshops and courses, in order to keep up to date with the latest developments in child development and the Early Years Foundation Stage. All staff have been trained how to use basic signing language (Makaton).

Nursery Sessions

We are open for five sessions a week, Monday to Friday from 9.10 a.m. to 12.20 p.m. for three terms every year, thirty six weeks in all.  We can take about 40 children a day aged between 2½ and 4 years old. We have an Autumn and Spring intake only.  Although we operate a free-flow policy, we divide the children into two groups. Younger children, who attend a minimum of three sessions a week to start with, are our Blue Group and older children who attend all five sessions are the Red Group.


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Partnership with Parents

We aim to help each child have the best start in life by meeting their individual needs and supporting their development, learning and care. At The Barn we want children to feel safe, stimulated, happy and settled. One of the ways we can achieve this is by working in partnership with parents, which is essential to the well-being of the child.  All families are important to us. To help and support and extend your child’s learning and development, we need you to help us get to know them. We have a lot to learn from each other and welcome the contributions of parents, including sharing their skills and experiences with the children in the nursery.

Close contact with all parents is important to us, enabling us to work together to meet your child’s individual needs and give him or her the best possible start in their school life. We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming atmosphere, with staff that are approachable and always available to discuss your child’s progress. We consult with parents and wherever possible, try to meet their requests for care of the child according to their values and practices, preferences and attitudes.

We ensure the individual needs of all children are met by assigning a Key Carer to each child. This way a close relationship can develop and enable children to feel settled, confident and supported.

We keep parents regularly informed about the nursery and their child through daily informal contact, email, newsletters and the parents’ notice board.

We offer review meetings with parents to discuss their child’s care, learning and development and any issues or concerns they may have.

We are always available to discuss things with you and every Summer we hold a Parents' Open Evening.

We aim to make The Barn a welcoming place, where children can settle at their own pace, with consideration being given to the individual needs and circumstances of all children and their families.

Before your child starts:

We provide parents with information about starting nursery.  New parents are invited to our Parent Open Evening in the Summer Term, which provides a good introduction to the nursery and the staff.  Parents are also welcome to visit the nursery or to discuss issues by telephone during opening times.

Children are invited to come in for a ‘taster’ session the term before they start.

When your child starts:

  1. It is important to remember that settling-in is a gradual process, that each child is an individual and that the time it takes to settle can vary.
  2. With this in mind, when a child starts at The Barn Nursery, we discuss the process of settling-in with his/her parents and jointly decide on the best way to help the child to settle.  Parents are encouraged to stay with a child who is unsettled in order to help him/her to gain confidence in the surroundings.
  3. When the parent or carer leaves, it will be for an agreed period of time.  This time will be extended gradually over a number of sessions, according to the child’s requirements.

Keeping Parents Informed

We observe children daily and record their achievements and their needs. We allocate a Key Carer to each child who, along with other members of staff in your child’s group, will help your child to settle.  The Key Carer will collate all information relating to your child’s learning and development and their Learning Journal. They will be available to meet with parents to discuss any relevant information about your child’s progress.

Lunch Club

The Barn offers a lunch club session to its older children in Red Group.  The sessions begin at 12.20pm and ends at 2.20pm, Mon-Thurs.  Please refer to our terms and conditions for details. 

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