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When I made the decision to move my daughter to Barn Owls I knew it was right, but I couldn’t have predicted how much my daughter has grown and developed. It’s made me so proud. Barn Owls staff are friendly, approachable and truly care about the children. They get to know them and ensure activities are planned that they enjoy. This is the beauty of a small setting. Barn Owls also offer additions which really make it unique, my daughter has yoga which has been positive activity inside and outside the setting with her sharing her skill at home as well!

Mr & Mrs F

We felt the our son was in good hands and was really cared for during his time at Barn Owls. He really enjoyed his time with you. Thank you for all the efforts you made with him, and all the possibilities he was introduced to. What a fantastic place! Thank you Barn Owls!


We were thrilled when we found Barn Owls – A small, well run and unique preschool in a lovely setting. We were even more pleased on meeting Joanna to hear her sheer enthusiasm for her profession, and nurturing the children in her care. We have found Barn Owls to be a very professionally run preschool that maintains a really playful and happy atmosphere. The staff are excellent. There isn’t the destabilising turnover of staff that we have experienced in large nurseries and preschools. If you are after a setting where children get one-on-one attention, are allowed to let their imaginations lead the day, encourages them to make lasting friendships and builds their confidence, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Barn Owls.

R&G Evans

We could not be happier with Barn Owls and it’s fantastic staff. It’s friendly, fun, ever changing and an engaging setting. It’s simply great! There is so much for the children to do and that’s without the extras like yoga and baking. The staff really know and care about each child which makes it a place children look forward to coming to. I have never known so many children run to the door to get in in the morning! This just speaks volumes! I have recommended Barn Owls to friends who’ve since started their children at Barn Owls too. They are also very Happy!

Barn Owls you’re great! You’ve certainly exceeded our expectations!



L. Smith

The team at Barn Owls are warm, friendly and attentive to our daughter. She has flourished since we her from another nursery. We wouldn’t be happier with the way the team provide a safe, positive & fun environment for all the children. I always highly recommend Barn Owls to other parents as a wonderful preschool for their son or daughter.

Mr & Mrs S

Upon moving home to Upper Shirley, I found myself in the position of having to source a new nursery/pre school for my 3 year old son.  After researching lots of nurseries in the area, there was one in particular that caught my eye, and that was Barn Owls. With excellent reviews and based in a lovely little setting, next to a bowling green, with a lovely play area outside, which looked onto a little field, it just seemed too good to be true!  On contacting the owner, Joanna Stallard  I was invited around to Barn Owls for a visit, upon which, I immediately had such a lovely feel for.  Barn Owls is a smaller nursery/pre-school, compared to many others in the area that I visited, which in my view (and having had the  experience of other nurseries) is so much better for the children and their development.  I very much liked what Joanna had to say about her ‘vision’ for the nursery and felt comforted by both her values and her extensive experience in childcare.

My son therefore started his ‘Barn Owls’ journey in August 16, and what a wonderful journey it has been.  It was quite nerve wracking for me as a mum, as my son struggled with change, however the staff at Barn Owls immediately put him at ease, and amazingly so, after about a week he was fully settled!  Barn Owls offers children the opportunity to really be themselves, offering educational play, crafts, baking as well as outdoor fun activity, not to mention the weekly music and yoga sessions, and much, much more.  And, you can keep up to date with what your child has been doing with pictures and comments being added to the online Tapestry site, which is easily accessible by simply logging in, using your unique login details.
The care and compassion shown by Joanna, and her team, is amazing.  My son has came on leaps and bounds in the year that he has been at Barn Owls, the education he has received as well as the ‘fun stuff’ has put him in good stead for his start at Shirley Infants this year.  I give total credit to all the staff for the care he has had throughout his journey, and for supporting him all the way through his ongoing learning and development.
It is without doubt, that Barn Owls comes highly recommended by me, and I feel extremely proud to say that my son was able to attend this wonderful and unique nursery/pre-school, and it is with a tinge of sadness that we will be shortly saying good bye.
M. McManus
It was so refreshing and reassuring to see a setting providing such warm-hearted care. Joanna is just so positive and relaxed in her approach to providing care for the children. The staff were also relaxed and not phased by our visit. Our son was instantly relaxed and happy to wander as his curiosity took over!
Any parents wish is to be reassured that their child will be given room to grow and learn in a setting that also can provide love, care and attention to all. My husband and I are absolute in our decision for our son to start in September.
J. Tomkies

Barn Owls is a very friendly preschool with very approachable staff, they made my child feel safe and happy. I’m so pleased I picked Barn Owls Preschool. Having longer hours has made my working life so much easier too. When I leave my child in the morning I know there’s a fun filled day ahead.

A. Jewell

Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time at Barn Owls, learning far more from this pre-school setting than she could ever have achieved through nursery. A friendly environment with knowledgeable staff, helped to create an exceptional ethos in which she felt part of the ‘Barn Owls’ family. Not only did she develop and grow as an individual, but she has made friends for life which she takes with her into her early school years. It is for these reasons that we are delighted to hear that Barn Owls will be continuing with Mark and Jo, and we very much look forward to sending our youngest daughter here in September.

B. Sisson

Healthy & Fresh Food

Barn Owls supplies lunches and teas as part of each session. Each meal is prepared freshly by a professional chef and delivered just in time for lunch.

Small Setting BIG on Fun

We are a small setting with a small number of Children, but this means we can provide a unique individual style of care with an increased number of staff

Language and Movement

French lessons? Yoga? All part of the extra activities available with Barn Owls
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