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The Barna-Bus Pre-School

We are a community, charity Pre-School providing sessional care and education to children from 2 to 4 years.  We are based close to Tunbridge Wells town centre. Our outdoor area provides added opportunities for children to play and explore.  We offer an Early Bird breakfast club for children attending the Pre-School which starts at 7.50am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  This can be part of your funded hours. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Pippa Anderson
Contact Position
01892 616160
07766 577048

Where to go

The Barna-Bus Pre-School
St Barnabas Church Hall
Quarry Road
Tunbridge Wells

We are in the grounds of the Church not the Primary SchoolThere are a small number of parking spaces at the front of the Church Hall.  There is additional parking on local streets.  Our hall is large and airy with direct access to our outdoor area.  We have a ramp into the main hall from the entrance gate.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8:50 14:50
Tuesday 8:50 14:50
Wednesday 8:50 14:50
Friday 8:50 14:50
Other Availability
The Barna-Bus Pre-School is not open on Thursdays.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.00 Per session am
£15.00 Per session pm
£30.00 Per day
£5.00 Per lunch
£5.00 Before School
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
Vacancies are generally available throughout the academic year.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 36
3 5 36
0 5 36
5 7 36
Immediate vacancies?
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Area, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Books, Internet Connection, Sensory Room, Bike, Kitchen, Climbing Frame, Library Visits
Other facilities information
Outdoor play area

We are based in St Barnabas area of Tunbridge Wells and serve the local community but also take children from outside the immediate area.  We are fully inclusive and each year have a high number of children with english as an additional language.

We link with St Barnabas CEP School and St Barnabas Church in serving the local community but are a stand alone charity.

Languages Spoken:
English, Spanish
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
03/11/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
29/04/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/07/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

We deliver '30 hours of free entitlement' across the week.  Our operating hours are 28 hours each week for a total of 38 weeks per academic year.  For example, if you are eligible to receive the '30 hours free entitlement' funding your child can start at 7.50am on Monday morning and attend for seven hours to 2.50 pm and repeat this attendance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (we are not open on Thursdays) and can use 28 hours of their '30 hours of free entitlement'.  


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