Little Barn Owls Nursery and Farm School

Multi-award winning Little Barn Owls Nursery and Farm School in Faygate is close to Horsham town centre. It has been internationally recognised for its unique approach to Early Years Education and has achieved Ofsted OUTSTANDING in 2013 and January 2017.

Free-flowing gardens and a friendly pig!

We have a large free-flow garden and a farm school with a friendly pig who roams around the garden with the children, alongside chickens, quails, rabbits and guinea pigs. Alongside a large garden and the farm school where they care for the animals and collect the eggs everyday for the chefs there is an edible garden where children grow a large variety of vegetables and herbs they use in cooking.

We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, derived from Northern Italy and world renowned for its progressive philosophy for building an education system fit for children.

We are very keen on developing children’s enquiring minds through a holistic, hands on approach to education which helps children develop their thinking and express themselves creatively. We work with two professional artists in dedicated art studios called Ateliers, which have been built for children to develop their creative research projects alongside the artists and their peers. Often this work turns into projects spanning many weeks and months that has been shared and celebrated all over the world through our professional training school for those in Education who are keen to be inspired by our approach.

What is the Reggio Emilia approach?

Click here to find out about our vision, ethos and educational approach.

Children aged 3 months to 5 years

Our nursery in Horsham cares for children aged 3 months to 5 years in three age groups, babies, toddlers and preschool age children.

Friendly Staff

We have a high ratio of staff to children across the nursery and take providing high quality care, teaching and learning very seriously. We have a dedicated Head of Family Support and a dedicated Head of Children’s and Adult’s Learning who work across all of our nurseries. We invest heavily in professional development of our staff at both our nurseries because we know that they are the key to children thriving and developing a life-long love of learning.

All other information about our Horsham Nursery’s ethos and routines can be found in the About Us section.


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We are thrilled to announce we achieved OUTSTANDING in all areas from Ofsted in January 2017.

To read the most recent ‘Outstanding’ report click here.

If you are thinking about continuing the Reggio Emilia approach to learning for your child at our prep and senior school, Atelier 21, do register your child for a place here:



Telephone 01403 254413