About the Group

barbar-logo“Your children are precious…and we think so too!”

BarBar is a happy, safe and secure environment where every child is valued and treated as an individual. The emphasis is to encourage confidence, effort, kindness and humour, whilst educating and preparing children for school life. At all of our nurseries, we pride ourselves on our personal service and flexibility and we will do our best to help you.

“She had a fabulous time at BarBar and came on in leaps and bounds. She is my sixth child and the only one who had such a lovely diary- it was so beautiful, it made me cry. At school last week she was the only one in her reception class who knew her numbers. Thank you all so much!”
Grace’s Mum-Stroud

Carol L3

Carol Barker NVQ3 (Childcare Education and Playwork)

Carol has been associated with The Rosary for over 30 years. Her own children – Shaun and Anne-Marie – all attended the school. Carol has been a fully-qualified and registered childminder, operating from home in Stroud, for many years. During this time, Carol gained numerous qualifications including her NVQ3 in Childcare and Education.

  • Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • Risk Assessment
  • Moving and Handling
  • Level 3 Playwork practitioner
  • Early Years First Aid, Fire safety, Health and safety
Sandra L7 EYPS

Sandra Barton BA (Early Years) (EYP) L7

Sandra has been a childcare professional operating in and around the Stroud area since 1989 starting into this line of work whilst bringing up her three daughters. She also has a number of childcare qualifications including a BA degree in Early Years and Early Years Professional Status (EYP).

  • Early Years First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Child Protection – designated person
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fire Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Moving and Handling
  • FAETC- adult teaching qualification

Emma Cockell: Nursery Manager at stratford park and The Rosary Nursery

  • BTEC L5 Early Years
  • NVQ L3 Playwork
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health and safety trained
  • Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • Moving and Handling
  • Risk assessment trained
  • Talking to the Under 5’s
  • Superhero Play
  • Forest School trained and developing this within the nursery

Rebecca Mulcahy:    Manager at QUEDgeley Nursery

  • Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • SENCO Trained
  • Superhero Play
  • Outdoor Play

Our History

BarBar was set up by two friends – Carol Barker and Sandra Barton – who met in 1992 whilst both Childminding and running Girl Guide Units in Stroud. Several years later, the good friends were able to realise their joint dream of establishling their own Nursery when the premises at The Rosary School became available.

“BarBar” comes from Carol and Sandra’s surnames as well as the wings of the butterfly in flight (as seen on the logo) – signifying a unity of friendship and the freedom to explore. This is carried forward into the settings for the children.