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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Chloe Jo Kearney

All I can say is thank you to the owner and lovely ladies that work at the Nurture barn for making my babies 1st birthday so lovely. We attended the boogie woogie class and were fed delicious food. Our little ones loved the class and...

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Rochelle Cutler

Beautiful environment, quality toys, friendly staff and delicious food. Plus a private room upstairs to hold groups, parties and parenting workshops. I’m so glad I’ve found this place!

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Nicola Friggens

First visit to the nuture barn with the NCT girls and babies was great place to all meet up. Was also very impressed with the food on offer needing diary and soya free had so many options. looking forward to many more visits

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Hannah Gray

I have visited the Nurture Barn quite a few times with my little boy and we always have a great time. The staff are always very welcoming and friendly and the food is tasty!
Today especially we attended the Lion Learners event which was...

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Marie Besant

Thankyou nurture barn. We have had a wonderful time for a 1st birthday party. So pleased that we can go somewhere that is clean and is fully inclusive for my little girl, we can't wait to come back

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Gemma Vickerage

Visited The Nurture Barn today for the first time. Had a great time and as a Mum to an allergy toddler, it was so nice being able to have a stress free day out and be able to pick him up a decent dairy free...

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Katherine Jayne

Our absolute favourite place to visit (I have two girls aged 1 and 3). We go all the time and love it - given the choice, the girls wouldn't go anywhere else!

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Jodie Odell

Visited The Nurture Barn for the first time today. A great space for parents and kids alike. Good food and lots indoors and out to keep young ones occupied. I loved the weaning food options for my 6 month old just starting solids. Great place!...

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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 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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