Stratford Park, Stroud

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AF

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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

strat park 1BarBar 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.

BarBar Nursery at Stratford Park was established in 2010 and is situated in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park in Stroud. The setting was designed and developed by an experienced management team to provide high standards of child care in a relaxed and happy atmosphere enabling children to feel safe, settled and secure. Our environment is stimulating and prepares children for their next stage of development and ultimately providing them with the skills needed for life after nursery.

BarBar Stratford Park is open all year round, but we also offer term time only places too!

We are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm, offering sessions 8:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm and 8:00am-6:00pm.

The nursery team consists of experienced and highly qualified nursery teachers. All of our staff have an enhanced DBS check and undertake continuous professional development in safeguarding, first aid, food hygiene plus many other childcare courses.

We regularly visit the surrounding areas such as the park, duck pond and woodland areas. The nursery manager is trained in forest school and plans lots of outdoor activities. The staff are all trained to a high standard to enable the children to experience outdoor learning. We also link up with our two sister settings twice a year for a summer and winter trip.


At BarBar we promote helping others by participating in many charity events throughout the year. We chose a different charity to support each year, taking into consideration personal experiences. By participating in these fundraising events we are teaching our children the importance of caring for others. Previously we raised money for “Bliss” where the children, staff and parents raised £1177.

In 2021, we are raised money for “The Grand Appeal” which supports the Bristol children’s hospital and neonatal unit. We raised over £1000 from a variety of different events.

In 2022, we are raising money for Winston’s Wish- the childhood bereavement charity.

At BarBar Nursery at Stratford Park there are three age groups of children-

  • 0-2years
  • 2-3years
  • 3-5years

Our 0-2 year age group are located upstairs in our baby room. As our preschool rooms cater for both age groups, we split the groups for various activities throughout the day ensuring that all children have access to their own, age appropriate gardens with play resources and equipment.

Every child at BarBar Nursery has their own key person. The role of the key person is to create a bond with children and their families; a trusting partnership to ensure that your child’s learning and development reaches its full potential. Your child’s key person will support your child’s individual interests, completing learning journeys and assessments as well as recording their milestones. The child’s key person is also there if parents have any questions or concerns during their child’s time with us at BarBar Nursery.

Baby room

Our baby room consists of an eating and messy room, which caters for meal times, adult led activities and sensory/ craft activities. We also have a large carpeted playroom which is used for various activities such as free play, circle and story times, role play, construction, music and movement and much more. Throughout the rooms we have lots of space for the babies to crawl and walk in a safe environment. In addition to these rooms we also have a kitchen area, sleep/ cot room, a nappy/ toileting area and a garden area which is partially covered to enable outdoor play in the rain! This area benefits from a “soft landings” play surface which enables the children to free flow all year round in all weather conditions. The toys and resources are accessible at child height to enable the babies to self-select the toys of their choice to then play and explore with.

Our baby room follows the curiosity approach and uses ‘In The Moment Planning’. The curiosity approach is a modern way for babies and children to learn. Part of the curiosity approach is to move away from plastic toys and introduce and use natural resources. We feel this approach is suitable for our babies in the setting as it enables them to be creative and imaginative, encouraging them to take risks, think for themselves, problem solve and develop their language. We also use ‘In the moment Planning’ within the room as this enables each child to develop and learn whilst using their own interests at a pace to suit them.

Preschool/toddler room

Our preschool consists of two rooms- a large playroom used for free play and adult led activities and a smaller room which we use for sensory/messy play and crafts.

Our large playroom is set up into areas such as a quiet/book and story corner, a role play area, small world area, mathematical area and construction area. We also have table areas for games, puzzles and mark making.

Our smaller room is used throughout the day for children to access arts/ craft materials, sensory and small world activities.

Each day we set up a different sensory activity in our tuff trays using various resources for our children to explore and enjoy.

The preschool has a large outdoor play area which includes a covered area, this enables the children to use the outdoor space in all weather conditions. The preschool garden has a large wooden fort and train, a balancing beam, a mud kitchen, a digging patch, a construction area, craft/mark making areas and space to run and ride bikes.

Our garden plot in the sensory garden area of Stratford Park 

Last summer we were selected by the “Stroud Valley’s Project” to have a plot of land in their sensory garden opposite our nursery in Stratford Park- alongside other community groups.  Our children have been growing various vegetables and plants over the summer which are now ready to be harvested and then used in our lunch time menu.
This opportunity has been great for our children to learn about growth, changes and life cycles.

In our preschool room the curriculum we follow is ‘Development Matters 2021’ this enables the staff to carry out individual planning and assessment on our children. Our planning is child lead; this enables the children to develop around their own interests at a pace which suits them. Our nursery teachers regularly observe the children and send updates to parents through their child’s individual online learning journey. The nursery teachers use these observations to plan activities for each child to extend on their learning.

Transitioning to our preschool/toddler room from baby room

The term after children’s second birthday they can transition into our 2-3 age group downstairs in the preschool room from our baby room. We work with parents to ensure this is a seamless process and children are fully supported through all stages of the transition. Initially, the child’s keyworker will discuss the transition process with parents explaining how it will work in practice. When the child is developmentally ready and their parents are happy, the transition process to the preschool room will begin.

Parents are invited to look around the preschool room and meet the staff. Children spend short sessions in, what will be their new room, thus enabling them to feel comfortable, safe, secure and familiar in their new surroundings. The child’s current key person will accompany them and stay with them during these sessions.  Wherever possible groups of friends will transition together to enable friendships to be kept. Once the nursery teachers and parents feel children are finally ready to transition, the permanent room move can take place.


We believe mealtimes are happy and social times for the children. We are committed to and provide children with healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar, salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings. We offer a balanced and healthy breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and evening snack.

Our menus are planned in advance and are on a three week rota. Our menus reflect cultural diversity and variation. Individual dietary requirements are respected. We gather information from parents regarding children’s dietary needs, including any special dietary requirements, preferences, food allergies and any special health requirements.

Where appropriate, we carry out a risk assessment in the case of allergies and work alongside parents to put into place an individual dietary plan for their child.

We promote shared, enjoyable positive interactions at meal times with the staff using snack and meal times to support and encourage children to develop their independence through making choices, self-serving food and drink, and feeding themselves. Our food hygiene rating at Stratford Park BarBar is 5 stars.

Our winter menu 

Visiting BarBar Nursery at Stratford Park

We encourage parents to visit our setting either with or without their children. This allows for nursery teachers to answer any questions or queries that they may have- after all you will be trusting us with your most valuable possession!

We use these visits to enable our staff to understand your aspirations for your child whilst they are with us. We discuss how you would like to settle your child in at BarBar and tailor this to suit individual families as every child is unique.