Barn-a-b’s Christian preschool was established in 1996. It started in the Baptist church in Barnstaple. Barn-a-b’s moved to Our Lady’s school in 2010. Barn-a-b’s found a shared Christian ethos with Our Lady’s school that puts the love of Christ at its heart. We are called to develop love, joy, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, patience, gentleness and self-control through God’s spirit.

Working together

Working together in community produces the best results for our children. Parents are valued as children’s first and most enduring carers and educators. All children and families are unique and our educational programme fits each child’s stage and interests.

Early years foundation


We follow the Early Years Foundation stage, closely monitoring children’s progress from the start. This enables us to identify strengths and to support children to make excellent progress. We work well with outside agencies such as children’s centres, health teams and local authority support so that we can make the most positive impact on a child’s life.

The early years are such an important time in an individual’s life. Time to develop social, emotional and communication skills. If the skills of resilience, negotiation, sharing and caring for others are embedded early they will enrich the lives of children and their community forever.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating and hygiene are essential skills that are best embedded early too. Children are able to take part in having a school dinner in the school hall. We charge £1.50 per school dinner. Barn-a-b’s promotes healthy lifestyles. We are fortunate to have a large outside area, and the use of the school’s playing fields. Children are outside as much as they want, we ask that children come prepared to get involved! We have wellies and waterproofs and ask that children do not wear their best clothes, as children have opportunities to explore, be active and creative; and messy!

Snack time
Snack time

Our staff

We have dedicated, professional and well trained staff. Staff understand child development and the Early Years Foundation Stage and are always on hand to help and support parents and children. We trust that you will feel welcomed and valued. Please ask questions, we love it when parents want to know about their children’s development at preschool. Each child has an online learning journey which documents the children’s activities with us. Our office staff our available to support you with questions about hours and payments

barn-a-b's staff