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

Sandra L7 EYPS

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 set up BarBar in 2005 with her friend Carol whilst also undertaking her BA degree in Early Years and obtaining Early Years Professional Status.

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

Johanna L5

Business Manager

Johanna has been an Early Years practitioner for  13 years starting at BarBar as an apprentice and working her way up to becoming a setting manager. She now supports Sandra, the managers and the staff teams and is working on developing the business for the future.

  • BTEC L5 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • Health and Safety trained
  • Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • Moving and Handling
  • Risk assessment trained
  • Fire Marshall
  • 13+ years experience in Early Years

Danii L5

Curriculum Lead-Nursery Manager

Danii has been an Early Years practitioner for  15 years starting at BarBar in 2019 as the manager for the Quedgeley setting. Since then she has extended her role to include managing the Rosary setting and supporting the Stratford Park setting and taking on the role of Curriculum lead for all BarBar Nursery sites.

  • Level 5 national diploma
  • Paediatric first aid trained
  • Adult first aid trained
  • Designated safeguarding lead
  • OFSTED EIF training
  • Total communication
  • Fire marshal
  • Food hygiene
  • Basic sign language training
  • 15+ years experience in Early Years

Megan L3

Nursery Manager at Stratford Park Nursery

Megan has been an Early Years practitioner for  10 years starting at BarBar in 2016. She has progressed from practitioner, to Rosary Manager and she currently is manager of Stratford Park. 

  • BTEC L3 Early Years
  • Paediatric First Aid Trained
  • DSL, Child Protection
  • Food Hygiene
  • Moving and Handling
  • Fire Marshall
  • Total Communication
  • 10+ years experience in Early Years

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 establishing their own Nursery when the premises at The Rosary School became available. In 2023 Carol retired from the business but she and Sandra remain close friends.

“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.