About us

Our PHILOSOPHIES & child development

The Barnes Village Nursery has been in the heart of the community for over 40 years. Our mission is to provide high quality education and care for pre-school aged children. Our nursery is geared towards preparing your child for Reception, providing them with a head start both educationally and socially. 

At the Barnes Village Nursery tailor a variety of childcare philosophies to suit each individual child’s needs and development.

We prepare children for school through promoting excellent social, communication, physical and cognitive skills. We introduce letter, number, shape and colour recognition, helping the children to achieve all of their Early Learning Goals, while instilling a life-long love of learning.

As well as teacher-led learning sessions, Barnes Village nursery has a number of enriched learning environments to encourage children to act on their inherent curiosity. We believe that children learn best through play and grow in confidence and ability when allowed a measure of freedom to make choices and have unique preferences.

This approach develops highly motivated self-learners who are resilient, take risks and problem-solve effectively.

The unique situation of The Barnes Village allows for a blended Indoor and Outdoor

Learning sessions, providing both mental stimulation and physical activity. Children at the Village go for walks, feed the ducks at the pond, do bark-rubbing and go on Bear Hunts. Children also learn about their local community and the world around them through trips to the local fishmonger and shops.

The Barnes Village Nursery works towards the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and the 7 key areas of learning.

We work closely with parents to ensure that children leave the Barnes Village nursery as happy, independent and confident little beings, ready for their next steps.


Charting your child’s progress:

Here at The Barnes Village Nursery, we believe in supporting children’s development through extending and building on what they can already do. We Observe, Watch and Listen to (OWL) each individual child. We use this information to plan activities, ensuring each child reaches their full potential whilst playing and having fun!

Parents are kept informed about what their children are achieving at Nursery through a secure online learning journal which is updated weekly with photos, videos and entries. These entries are linked to the 419 learning outcomes that children should meet by the time they leave Reception.


Nursery Curriculum/Timetable

At The Barnes Village Nursery we offer a wide range of activities for your child. Every morning your child will have outdoor play, be that in the playground or out in nature. Each nursery session will include: literacy, numeracy, creative activities, imaginative play, maths shapes & measures and sensory activities.


We also offer additional activities including:

  • Outdoor Learning
  • Spanish
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Ball Skills

“If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairytails. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytails”

Albert Einstein

“If you're feeling guilt about reading a book, the paper or a magazine instead of playing with your children, Don't. Children who grow up with parents who read become readers themselves, and reading opens universes”

Julia Robinson, Head of The Barnes Village Nursery

Our Nursery Groups

Our nursery is split into four groups


Raspberry Group

Typically, 2 year old children join the Barnes Village Nursery in the Raspberry (small and cosy) or Blueberry Group (big and busy) depending on their unique nature and needs. 


Blueberry  Group

Typically, 2 year old children join the Barnes Village Nursery in the Raspberry (small and cosy) or Blueberry Group (big and busy) depending on their unique nature and needs. 


Gooseberries Group

Children with more than 2 years nursery experience then progress to Gooseberries Group.


Rainbow Group

All children come together in their preschool year of Nursery in the Rainbow Group. 

POlicies and procedures

Policies and procedures

The Barnes Village Nursery has a number of Policies and Procedures, all of which are available from the Nursery Office on request and can also be found in our Polices Book in the entrance hall of the Nursery.  These policies are reviewed annually and more frequently if necessary.

A select number of our key Policies and Procedures are accessible below.

  • Insurance
  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety (food hygiene, reporting accidents and incidents, children’s outings, fire safety)
  • Safeguarding (uncollected/missing child, nappy changing and toilet training)
  • Recruitment (staffing, Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Supporting Children with special educational needs
  • Privacy (children’s records, parental involvement, transfer of records to schools)
  • Complaints process
  • Ofsted (The Barnes Village Nursery was inspected in November 2022 and was designated “GOOD”.
  • You can download a copy of our Ofsted report here.