Barney Bear's Nursery

Each Day Learning Through Play



Barney Bears Ilford

St Lukes Court Yard
Baxter Road Ilford IG1 2HN
Tel: 020 8514 1771

Ofsted Good

Ofsted Good

22nd March 2018

Barney Bears Nursery Ilford was opened on the 19th October 2015

We are Ofsted registered, offering places from 3 months to 2 years of age and for children aged 2-5 years. The Nursery was last inspected by Ofsted in 22nd March 2018 and was rated ‘Good’.

The nursery offers full and part-time places and AM and PM sessions from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). The nursery is open for the 51 weeks a year and close 1 week at Christmas. The nursery offers freshly prepared meals on the premises and rotates a 4 week nutritional menu (menus). Within the borough of Redbridge we work closely with the local authority.

What we Offer – Barney Bears Ilford offer three separate areas in age groups where the children can be cared for we rotate the layout of both the pre school, main and baby areas regularly to offer a variety and a new prospective on the space.

The Baby Room – Cares for children under the age of 2 years in a peaceful, calm environment where we provide a comfortable homely space where parents/carers and staff can bottle feed and settle the babies. We follow the babies personal routine by working closely with the parent/carers in line with the EYFS “Partnership with Parents”. Using different sounds, colours and textures to stimulate the babies’ curiosity and desire to explore the world around them.

We also offer a creative area with messy activities for them to explore and experiment. We also use this area for our heuristic play session which is for the babies to explore natural sensory materials.

We have a quiet cot area where the babies and children can rest or sleep. We also provide a separate nappy changing facility. The babies participate in weekly dance movement sessions carried out by a professional music theatre, along with regular cooking activities. Throughout our daily activities we provide real experience for the children to play and explore such as babies using their sense with the jelly, hay, flour, real fruits and vegetables etc. We extend this through our outdoor experiences through our daily outings and trips (events).

Garden – Outside play is paramount to the child’s development we ensure our babies experience garden play each day.

Our Main room offers fun and excitement for the older children from 2 to 3 years through a variety of activities. Our main room children spend their time between the creative area and garden. The main room activities are split into areas of construction for building and dismantle, home corner for Role Play and areas for table top and floor base activities which include mark making, maths, understanding of the world and ICT activities.

There is also an area where children can relax for story time or develop their reading skills.

The creative area offers sand and water, painting, drawing and the opportunity for the children to experience a wide range of other messy materials and activities. The children follow a flexible daily routine which includes, cooking activities, dance and movement, pre-school skills activities.

Garden – Our garden is used for all ages to explore safely and enjoy outdoor play though out the year which helps to improve their physical development.

Our Pre School is a mini vision of the above but offer Pre-skilled planned activities that are planned and tailored to our individual children to focus on skills which encompass personal, emotional and social skills and learning linked to two specific areas in the EYFS curriculum: Mathematics and Literacy. We endeavour to support and encourage children at their own pace with the aim of school readiness. Home learning is extending, the children take home a book bag with work sheets and books, this links with the individual child’s next steps.

Ilford’s garden has a discovery area where children can grow and explore the environment by looking at insects. The area has tactile boards and a shaded area.

Buggy Park – Parents are able to leave their buggies within the buggy park.

Barney Bears Breakfast Club linking with Up Hall Primary School will run from 7.30am for those parents who need to get to work by 9am. The children will be having their breakfast within a safe friendly environment with fully trained staff. At 8.30am the staff will get them ready to be walked across to the school where they will be dropped off to class by 8.50am. All breakfast will be supplied.

Barney Bears Holiday Club runs from our Ilford nursery over the school half terms supporting those parents whom still require childcare or would just like to keep their little ones busy throughout the holidays. The holiday Club will be situated within our preschool, where the children will have access to the garden. Some activities will take part in the church hall.

Holiday Club Staff – All staff work during term time with the children at Barney Bears Nursery Ilford. They all hold a current DBS, along with a NVQ level 3 in childcare. All staff have a first Aid certificate along with food and hygiene. Staff attend regular training to ensure they are current with all aspects of child care especially safe guarding.

The children will be taken out on local and further afield outings which will link to a weekly theme, some of the outings will include – Local and further afield park, Museums, Cinema and bowling (Pack lunches will be provided).

Each week the staff at Barney Bears Holiday Club will be planning for the weeks activities linking with the EYFS for those still of nursery age activities are:

Arts and Crafts, Cooking, FA Sports coach, Music, Movements and drama, Games and free play and many more.

Lunch, tea and snacks will be provided which are Nutritional Freshly Prepared meals with 5 Scores on the door for our Hygiene. (Breakfast will run from 8am to 9am)

The club will be open from 7.30am to 6.30pm for Children aged between 4 to 8 years

Parking – There is a drop of zone for parents.

For more information for this nursery or to book a show round please contact us.


7.30am  - 6.30pm


8am - 1pm  /  1pm - 6pm


3 months - 2yrs



Main Room

2yrs - 3yrs




3yrs - 5yrs



A fixed deposit is required, to secure a nursery space:

  • Hourly Rate = £7
  • 2 days = £100.00
  • 3 – 5 days = £200.00
  • We also require a £25 admin fee on confirmation of nursery space.

Price includes

  • all meals
  • milk formulas
  • bottles
  • extra-curricular activities and outings.

(Excludes Nappies, wipes and cream)

The nursery is closed for one week at Christmas. The fees are based on a 51 week year or 38 weeks for term time. Funding will be deducted from your child’s nursery fees.

(Our Prices are reviewed twice yearly)