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Barfield School

An Independent Preparatory School for Girls and Boys

Nursery

Nursery

Barfield Nursery is open weekdays 50 weeks of the years from 8am to 6.15pm with flexible options for busy parents

The Nursery offers a home from home environment and small class sizes ensure the Nursery staff know the children (and their families) really well and are able to nurture and encourage them. The individual needs of each child are met through targeted play based learning.

Children can start in the Nursery in the half term after their 2nd birthday following their 2 year developmental check. The Nursery provides a gentle introduction to school life. The Owlets (2-3 year olds) and Owls (3-4 year olds) are very much a part of the school and make full use of Barfield’s extensive grounds with access to a wide range of outdoor learning experiences. The children grow plants and vegetables in the school garden and collect eggs from the chicken coop. Children are exposed to a refreshingly varied curriculum from an early age and are taught by specialist teachers for Swimming; which takes place in the indoor pool, and Music.

Nursery children are integrated into the main school in a careful and considered way, gradually getting to know more members of the school staff, such as the Headmaster, the Sports teacher and the Music teacher.  They use the dining hall to eat hot lunches every day and take part in annual whole school events such as the Pre-Prep Nativity play, Easter bonnet parade and Sports Day. 

Life in the Nursery is busy and varied. These are just some of the activities the children enjoy:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool (weekly lessons in Owls)
  • Music & Movement
  • Forest Schools
  • Cooking in the Cookhouse 
  • Visiting the library
  • Looking after the chickens 
  • Sandy play area with pirate ship
  • Visits from guests including the Fire Brigade and mobile farms!

Please Note: The Nursery is the first phase of Barfield School and it is expected that all Nursery children will progress through the school.