Barn Kids

Welcome to Barn Kids

Our children have a wonderful time at our before and after school school club and holiday scheme. We encourage them to be outside as much as possible in our superb grounds, where they can make dens, observe wildlife and learn outdoor cooking and survival skills.

Care Provision

For some time we have listened to the concerns of parents, especially those who go out to work, about the lack of childcare facilities before and after school and during school holidays.

In response to these concerns we are delighted to be able to confirm that we now provide all day childcare during all School Holidays and School Inset Days.

We are the only local childcare centre offering a full range of care for children aged from 4 years to 12 years for fifty-one weeks of the year.

We close only on Bank Holidays and Christmas week.

Before and After School Sessions

Availability and Fees
From September 2016

SessionTimePrice
Before School Morning
(No Sibling reduction)
7.45am - 8.45am£5.10
After-School3:15pm - 6:15pm£14.18
After-school session for each additional sibling
£12.76
Late Collection Fee Per half-hour after 6:15pm £10.00
Fees are invoiced in line with Thaxted school’s term dates are payable in full upon receipt of invoice. No fee deductions can be made for holiday or other absence including school trips.

Please note the Before and After School is for Thaxted school only, but the Holiday Scheme is open to all.

Holiday Scheme

‘The Barn Kids” Holiday Scheme venue is a fantastic outdoor space for children to play, relax and investigate our natural environment. The outdoor space comprises of a planted wood and meadow area. We have use of the surrounding farmland including an ancient wood, a planted copse, meadowland and our partner nursery grounds, which has farm animals including goats, horses and chickens.

We also take the children on special outings and trips in our minibus to local attractions such as Notley Country Park, The Maize Maze at Blake House Craft Centre and East Town Park in Haverhill as well as further afield attractions such as the Gunpowder Mills, Southend Planetarium and Colchester Castle.

Please send children clothes which do not matter if they get dirty. All children must bring a change of clothes, wellingtons and a packed lunch.

Before and After School Care

Our care provision involves escorting children to Thaxted School in the morning and collecting them from school in the afternoon. At either end of the school day the children’s safety is assured by the presence of our caring staff.

When arriving at The Barn Kids, the children decide which activities they wish to participate in e.g. arts and crafts, games, gardening etc. We are very happy to supervise children with homework.

We provide a substantial breakfast and tea, chosen by the children on a weekly basis. We have signed up to the Change4Life campaign and are incorporating their sugar swap ideas into our menus.

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