The Nurture Barn – Stylish Play for Babies & Toddlers.

PLAY

You want the cleanest, safest environment for your child to help them develop and have fun. We offer a high quality drop in centre, with no bookings required. High quality wooden toys across 2 floors and our large fenced in garden is open all year round and boasts mud kitchens, tyres, huts and paddling pools when warm.

WHAT’S ON

With a wide range of weekly Pay As you Go activities including Music, Sensory, Communication, Science, Breast Feeding and Weaning Counselling, Sling Advice, Baby Massage, Mummy Massage, Weigh Ins, Miniature Ponies, Animal Petting, Character Appearances. All teachers have been hand picked to educate and engage with your children. Must Book.

EAT

Our 5* restaurant has been built by parents who know how important mealtimes are. Our delicious Homemade food for you and them, is lovingly prepared by experienced Chefs including many allergy options. Remain seated if you wish and let them go and play, as you will always be able to see them.

BIRTHDAYS

Our Funky Party Room has the Wow Factor. No minimum amount of kids needed. You can spend on child guests at £12 a head and include adults food and drinks to get to the £120 minimum spend. Invites, hot and cold food and quality party bags included plus 2 hours in the party room. Stay on longer in the Barn as unlimited play included.

SUPPORT

A weekly Drop in Breastfeeding session, Baby Led Weaning Theory, Fussy Toddlers, Sling Libraries, Montessori Parenting, First Aid, Antenatal Classes and Indulgent Massages for MUMS.

ANTENATAL

If you are expecting your baby, then it is time to meet The Nurture Barn. Get a group of you together to try it out or check out our What’s On for Due Date meet ups.

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Hollie Sawyer

Went to this wonderful place yesterday with a friend and our 2 babies. My little boy has allergies and I find it really hard finding something we can both eat that is egg and dairy free. The lovely lady at Nurture Barn made me feel...

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Claire Craigmile

My sister and I love The Nurture Barn. As we walked in, we was greeted by Mel, who made us feel really welcome. Although we was unable to get onto the boogie woogie class today, (last minute efforts!)we had a great day with lots for...

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Elaine Boarer

wonderful staff and a relaxed atmosphere with wonderful things for babies and children to play with and explore

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Liane Hopkinson

Brilliant day here well worth the trip out. So many great toys for babies and toddlers to play with indoors and outdoors, and first place I’ve ever been to with a baby food menu! Makes it soooo easy for mums. Loved it!

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Naomi Bignold

My NCT friends and I celebrated our babies' first birthdays here in May 2019, following a one-off visit a month or so earlier to check it out. On the first visit we were really impressed by the food (adult and kids alike), toys and play...

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Jess Ann

Really great food, entertainment for the kids and quiet in the school holiday for under 5's.

Only thing I'd wish for is aircon inside (in the 36 degree heat 🔥) but we did find a fan hidden upstairs to camp in front...

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Christine Orrin

Our first visit today with my daughter and grandson. What a lovely safe space for children to play and explore in, we all really enjoyed it. Everyone so friendly and helpful. Lots of lovely toys indoors as well as a great outside play space. We...

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Dee Haldane

Amazing fun! It was more than I expected, so much to play with and very friendly. Our little boy was kept very well entertained. I think we’ll be back each week. Thank you!

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Emmeline Marlow

Been here a couple of times now. It’s excellent for allergy sufferers.. my daughter is egg and dairy free and there’s even a cake she can eat here. Takes the stress out of eating out and worrying about ingredients etc. The adults food is really...

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About The Nurture Barn

I remember when my daughter Olivia started crawling and exploring but I still wanted to meet friends, with or without kids, for good coffee and healthy food in stylish places with lots of natural light and an outdoors when warm.

It was just impossible when she started wriggling we often felt a nuisance to others’ enjoyment, if they were without kids. I didn’t like leaving her in the car seat as there was nowhere to lay her down, or imprisoning her in a high chair while we chatted, giving her menus/spoons to keep her busy for 2 secs. so we could have a long awaited catch up together.

I had a lot of experience with babies and toddlers, I chaired a large NCT branch and it kept coming back to the fact that something was missing locally.

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Braintree - 17, Dunmow 13, Saffron Walden 22, Haverhill 21, Bishops Stortford 30, Chelmsford 32, Sudbury 32, Colchester 38, Billericay 46, Loughton 46, Cambridge 48, Brentwood 49, Buckhurt Hill 50

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We take great pride in feeding you and your little one delicious, homemade food, but in preparing it in a safe and clean kitchens. For our efforts, we are proud to have been awarded a 5* rating in Food & Hygeine after visits by Braintree District Council.

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Some of the fun to be had......

From the moment you walk in, you can let them roam. even little Hoodins, as the only way in and out of The Nurture Barn is through the safely gated front door you just came in. Our garden is only accessible through our cafe and is fenced and locked. Next to our Cafe, we have our lovely, calm Baby Area with fake sensory grass, soft climbing shapes out for climbing and tumbling, books, sofas to read with them and a low slide and climbing frame plus many puzzles and toys, all wooden.

Upstairs though the child friendly gate, is where the toddlers love to go. A den up a ladder,  spider web cimbing frame, a home and kitchen, a gas station, ride ons, trains, building blocks, a giant dolls house, fancy dress and a stage is part of our simple, wooden play. Feel free to play upstairs and us shout you when lunch is ready. Outside has a Den on stilts with a slide, little huts, tyres, sandpits and a secret walkway through glorious trees we planted in 2015. Warm weather brings out paddling pools daily too.


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Climbing

Our wooden climbing frame and slide are such a hit with little ones. Low but big enough for them to think they are high up. Upstairs is a raised den and also a climbing frame for the more adventurous.


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Baby Den

This safe area is fenced off to keep it calm and contained. Wooden toys only for development, you can get in with them or leave them playing whilst you sit nearby and have a coffee.


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Garden

Our secure, fenced garden has shady gazebos with paddling pools out in warm weather. Tyres, mini huts, climbing frames and sandpits keep them busy.


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Dressing Up

Princesses, Doctors, Builders, Knights, Hats, Bags, Fairy Wings are all there for them to help themselves to. Plus our stage means they can show you a performance!


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Role Play

A wooden Kitchen, Shop, Petrol Station, House keep them very busy upstairs. Play supermarkets with wooden food and mini baskets and get into their world.


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Cafe

Our Cafe has enough seating for everyone, inside and outide and flooded with natural light. We have over 20 highchairs and plastic plates, cutlery and cups for them. Don’t worry about the mess or chaos we are used to it.

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