Parents are encouraged to become as involved as possible in nursery life, and there is a lot for you to be involved in.

Drop offs and Handovers

We pride ourselves on having excellent relationships with our parents. We give detailed accounts of your child’s day at collection time, including activities and enquiries they have been involved in and eating and sleeping information. Key workers are always available too to discuss individual care needs at the beginning or end of the day.

Parents Evenings

We hold two parents evenings a year where you get to discuss your child's overall happiness, development and progress at nursery and give feedback to us on your experience. We record and assess their progress through an online Learning Journal which you have secure access to and observations, photographs and videos are emailed to you so you can see how we are tracking their progress. You will also receive a settling in report, and termly progress reports on your child’s development.

Parent Nursery Association and Events

We have an active Parent Nursery Association who meet with us roughly every six weeks in the evenings. The group is chaired by a parent and we hold several events throughout the year, including Family Forest School Days, Fun Days, Christmas Parties, Parent Workshops and Graduation Ceremonies. There is more information on our workshops and events for parents on the Events page.

Talks and Workshops

We host a variety of evening talks and workshops for parents through our PNA (Parent Nursery Association). The most recent being a ‘Sleep Workshop’ run by Positive Parenting Expert, Elizabeth O'shea giving advice on how to help your child develop positive sleep habits.

Feedback is essential!

A large part of our successful self-assessment practises is built on the feedback parents give us. We have an open door policy and are always on hand to discuss any worries or concerns, as small as they may seem. Parents have the Manager's mobile number and are encouraged to call weekends and evenings if ever necessary.

We send out annual feedback forms which provide us with your views on everything from the nursery meals, the performance of our staff, as well as your children's experiences. We use this information to assess whether we are reaching our goals and set new ones for the year ahead.


It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.
— Joyce Maynard

Dear Hayley and the Southwater LBO Team,

I just wanted to thank you all for making Ted’s nursery experience such an
utterly enjoyable one. Both his father and I cannot believe the change in
him in the short time he has been coming to you. He is more confident and a
little bit braver in his day to day activities at home. I have no doubt that
this is down to his time spent with you.

Forest School is something I wish every young child could experience in this
age of ‘wrapping our children in cotton wool’. Ted is fortunate that he is
getting the chance to do so at LBO.

Also thanks to the patience and guidance from Leigh, Becca, Sam and Kelly he
has conquered his fear of using a toilet anywhere other than home. A massive
achievement in our eyes!

We are looking forward to our youngest son Tristan joining you in the summer
and can only hope that he loves his time at LBO Southwater half as much as
his big brother! Little Barn Owls really is ‘on a whole other level!’
— Mum to Ted, age 2, Little Barn Owls Forest School, Southwater

One of the best decisions we made as parents was choosing LBO. Izzy has had a wonderful 2.5 years here, she and us will be sad for her to say goodbye. This has been the best setting for her. Thank you!
— Jemima Mead

Love this place, perfect for Joe’s personality and insterests - thank you! :)
— Karen Sage

Niamh has developed into such a happy, curious and confident individual largely thanks to LBO. She is going to miss LBO so much, but she is prepared for school due to her great start at LBO.
— Sarah Pascoe

Returning to work and sending your child to nursery is a difficult and emotional time for any mum and I was no different. However, I was lucky enough to find Little Barn Owls almost three years ago.

My daughter loves her nursery. And when I say loves, I mean it with BIG CAPITAL LETTERS! Right from the very beginning, Evie and I have been met by smiley, happy and articulate nursery staff each time we walk through the door. It has been these staff that have shaped Evie’s love for her three days a week at Little Barn Owls.

But alongside the wonderful staff, huge efforts are being made behind the scenes by Hayley and the management team to provide the very best start in life a little person could ask for. The children’s lust for learning both inside the nursery walls and out is ever present. The result, I believe, of a curriculum carefully designed to fuel the child’s imagination and wonder for the world.

The Little Barn Owls staff seem to have worked endlessly to create a fabulous new home for the children. Not only has great thought gone into each item purchased for the nursery but the way in which it is arranged, the material with which it is made and the task it performs.

And surrounding all of this? Open fields. Us parents are unbelievably lucky to have our children at a nursery where they have large open spaces to run around in, role play in, create in, learn to look after animals in, grow plants and vegetables in, climb trees in, explore in. The list goes on.

Above all, the one thing that makes LBO so unique is for their desire to obtain feedback from parents and children. Running a successful nursery is not just about the business but creating a place that not only the children are happy but the parents too. It is vital that parents feel truly comfortable with their childcare choice. Hayley and her team go out of their way to work with the parents to create a ‘joint’ venture. They listen to our concerns, and most importantly, act on them.

Little Barn Owls has gone from strength to strength. I can endorse that. My second child started only last month. The best endorsement possible I believe. Well done Hayley and Staff!
— Mum to Evie, age 3 and Tom, age 1

I think Little Barn Owls is a fantastic environment for children to learn, grow and develop. In the short time Amy has been a “Snowy Owl” I can tell she is really enjoying it. In the car on the way home she babbles away to me as if she is trying to tell me all the fun things she has been doing during the day. Amy is already learning new skills from the older children and as an ex Art student myself I love that there is an Atelier and Atelierista to encourage her creative side. It must be so exciting for the children to be able to learn about the animals and the workings of a farm. I enjoy spotting the farm animals at pickup time myself (normally ducks but recently cows and a piglet!)

When dropping Amy off in the morning I really feel like she is spending the day somewhere special and I could not be happier in my decision for her to attend Little Barn Owls.
— Mum to Amy, age 1, Little Barn Owls - Horsham