Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF
01453 840474 / email Johanna: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“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- Uplands Stroud
“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- Rodborough Stroud
BarBar 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
Parents 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.
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. Below are some examples of how we have been busy updating.
Fort Bar Bar
We have a fabulous addition to our pre-school garden, Fort BarBar! 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 BarBar 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 BarBar, 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 (i.e. chairs)” which could raise the risk rating on the risk assessment.
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 walls to inspire the children to get creative using the available resources. In the art room, there are now painted spaces on the wall for children display their art work for the week. All of the art room murals have 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 BarBar. 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 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 brilliant display the baby room staff have made is in their transport area. 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.
The newest area that has been updated is their role play area, which has now become a supermarket! The variety of photos of foods displayed, have helped reluctant talkers to speak about familiar and favourite foods. There are also money labels for the food and a till which supports their role play shopping activities.
Our fruit and vegetable gardens
In the baby room and pre-school we decided to grow our own fruits and vegetables for snacks and lunch this year. Our vegetable patch grew a lot over the 6 months! The children planted the seeds in spring and helped to look after the seedlings as they grew into huge plants! Have a look at our transformation from the mud kitchen to our vegetable garden in the pre-school garden.
We moved our mud kitchen to another part of the garden to grow our plants throughout the Summer. At the beginning of September, the children helped to harvest all the green beans and tomatoes which grew really well. There were so many green beans that we decided to offer them to the parents as “green beans (voluntary) homework”. There was a selection of different ideas the children could do with their families to explore the green beans and a variety of conversation starters about them and some parents gave us feedback about what they did with the green beans, so thank you for participating!
We really enjoyed growing this year and the children learnt how to care for their natural environment. Therefore, we have planted new autumnal and winter vegetables to hopefully continue growing throughout all the seasons. This will support the children’s understanding of change and patterns over time.