About Us

Orchard Barns Kindergarten is a small nursery group located north of Colchester in the lovely villages of Ardleigh and Stratford St Mary. The original 54-place nursery has been operating in a rural location in Ardleigh, Essex since 1995. Our nurseries enjoy the benefits of wonderful especially-converted premises and beautiful and well-planned outdoor space, paddocks and woodland. The nurseries are of  exemplary quality having gained consistent Outstanding Ofsted awards at all  sites, the highest ratings in the national accreditation and many other accolades. The children attending are mainly from within a five-mile radius of the settings, with a few travelling from further afield. The nurseries are small and homely and operate with high levels of occupancy which is maintained due to a policy of continuous improvement.

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Orchard Barns, Badliss Hall Lane

The original setting Orchard Barns has been operating since 1995. The nursery consists of beautiful converted barns, an outdoor play space and acres of paddocks and orchards. The nursery is managed by Becki Stoker who is the group’s senior manager. Children attending are aged between 3 months and five years.

Orchard Barns, Stratford-St-Mary

Formally Blossom House Kindergarten, this lovely nursery has been operating since 2000. The light and spacious building is surrounded by easy access outdoor play space which has  been carefully designed and built. The nursery caters for children from 2 to 5 years and has the added bonus of a wooded area to the rear, in which our Forest School is conducted.   In the Autumn 2017 we will be opening a brand new specially designed ‘Garden Room’ which will cater for babies from 3 months.  Our unique Garden Room with large windows will have private access to their own well planned garden.