MMMMMMOrchard Barns enjoys offering              NNNNNForest School Sessions to our children            aged 2.5 to 5 years

These sessions are timetabled into a normal  nursery day and are rotated through the weeks so that every child has a chance to experience the fun of the forest!

If you would like to come along to our Stratford St.Mary setting to have a look at a Forest School Session in action, please call Shelley on 01206 323093.

VVVVOur next session will be running on CCCWednesday 28th November 9 – 11 a.m.

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Orchard Barns Kindergarten has been providing care and education for children from three months to five years since 1995 at our two `outstanding’ nurseries either side of Dedham.

Come and see why we are so popular :-

• Exceptional outside play space, forest school and outdoor classrooms.
• Caring, experienced and highly qualified staff team with high staff/child ratios.
• Commitment to continuous professional development to maintain the highest  standards of care and education.
• Expertly designed indoor space providing well planned and stimulating environments with carefully chosen high quality furnishings and equipment.
• An established and true Key Person approach which ensures excellent partnership with parents and an individual approach to children’s care and learning.
• Fast and easy access to the A12 and A120 from all settings and the Ardleigh settings. are five minutes from Manningtree railway station.
• High quality resources to support teaching and learning for both staff and children.
• Specialist teachers provide dance, music, yoga and French.
• Home-made healthy meals and snacks prepared daily.
• Flexible attendance.

Both our sites are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.


For over 22 years I have been running nurseries in the Colchester area and I credit the success of those settings to two things.

Firstly, the dedicated staff I have employed have developed the Orchard Barns ethos, curriculum and wonderful caring family atmosphere. Secondly our ability to stay ahead of current trends is achieved through our ethos of continuous development. We always look to improve every area of the nursery.

We do what I consider to be one of the most important jobs in the world and we are privileged to be given the responsibility of caring for and educating little ones. The past twenty years have been a wonderful journey of mostly highs and a few lows, but one I would not have swapped for anything.

Anita Huckle, Proprietor

  • Consultancy Service

  • Anita Huckle

    For the past twelve years I have assisted other providers with the following services: setting up new nurseries, troubleshooting, curriculum development, health and safety and staff recruitment and development. I have been involved in long and short term contracts to manage settings for other providers. If you are interested in using my services for any area of Nursery Consultancy please contact me at or call 01206 231195