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Barnabas Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

Barnabas Pre-school is a small group that meets in the old vicarage of St John’s Church, close to the centre of Woodbridge. The rooms used provide a homely atmosphere in which children can confidently learn and develop. A large well established garden with climbing equipment, playhouse and sandpit are used on a daily basis as well as the walled sunny courtyard, which children can freely access. The location of Barnabas enables many regular local outings to take place such as the local market or bakery, walks to Melton woods and down to the river. In addition, use of the bus and train network enables alternative travel experiences. Outings further afield include Ipswich Transport Museum, Ipswich Museum, Rendlesham Forest and Baylham rare breeds centre. With only a maximum of 16 children per session, a high adult to children ratio is guaranteed. All Barnabas staff are well qualified and with children of their own, which enables them to combine personal experience with professional knowledge. Barnabas effectively embraces the EYFS ethos of providing individually planned learning experiences whilst retaining the traditional values sought by parents.


Who to contact

Deborah Branch
Barnabas Pre-School
24 St. John's Hill
IP12 1HS
07852 362537
Contact Notes

Barnabas is open during term times but telephone and email enquiries are welcomed during the school holidays too.

Venue Details

24 St. Johns Hill
IP12 1HS
Venue Email
Parking available
Parking details
There is a public carpark less than 5 minutes walk away but street parking nearby is usually possible.
Regular bus service.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Immediate vacancies
Other information
Please contact Provider for further information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 09:15 - 12:30 or 1.00
Thursday: 1.00 - 3.00 not funded

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We welcome all cultures to the setting and currently have a number of children from mixed heritage families.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We cater for individual needs as advised by parents or if possible including these needs in general provision.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - We have both previous and current experience of caring for children who have varying additional needs.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Cerebral Palsy
Physical impairment
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£16.25 2 years - Per session
£2.00 Lunch Club - Per day
£4.00 per additional hour above the 15 funded hours 3 years plus - Per hour
Grant funding covers up to 15 hours of childcare per week for all children or up to 18.75 of morning session hours of childcare for eligible working parents. For further information, please see our website.

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Quiet area, Slide, Take children on outings, Trampoline, Vegetable patch
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 4 Year(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
Last Updated

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
12/02/2013EYR InspectionGood
09/02/2017EYR InspectionOutstanding

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Barnabas Pre-school is a small group with 16 children attending each session.  A minimum of three members of staff at each session ensures each child receives individual attention based on their needs, abilities and personal learning characteristics. Parents and carers are very supportive of the group and each other. Together with the mature and experienced staff this gives the pre-school its friendly reputation.

Barnabas has two SENCOs, one of whom qualified in 2017 and who continues to undertake training to ensure the most up-to-date knowledge is available and demonstrating the commitment of the pre-school to SEND. This commitment is also evident in our settings policies and procedures which are available to be read at the setting, on our website or can be e-mailed on request.

Deborah Branch
0753 032 5068
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Physical disabilities

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