An Introduction to
Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock

Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock tractor on yardEstablished in 1986 in Ibstock, Leicestershire, by Janet and Andrew Ward, Holmsdale Manor Nursery, Ibstock, is a superb environment for children.

Set in extensive grounds of over 2 acres, and with its own woodland, Holmsdale allows children to develop and learn in a safe but exciting location, which offers opportunities for learning that are second to none.

We offer high quality child care for babies, toddlers and pre-school children, with experienced, highly qualified staff as well as excellent facilities and resources. We believe the quality of provision we offer exceeds anything else available in the area by far. To see comments by parents of children at the nursery click here.

Dance coachingIn recent years we have received a wide range of national and local awards, quality marks and other recognition for our provision. These include Healthy Tots Accreditation, Forest School Quality Marks, the "Most Active Setting Award" from Leicestershire and Rutland Sport, RHS School Gardening Awards, Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Awards and a number of national awards/shortlists for the national Nursery World Awards. See the News section of the website for further details.

We offer 15 funded hours in pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds. Some children are entitled to an additional 15 hours, totalling 30 per week. This funding is term time only, but we are also happy to provide it as a "stretched offer" across 50 weeks of the year. Some 2 year olds may also be eligible for funded hours. For further details, please contact our office.

Planting at Holmsdale Manor Nursery IbstockOur extensive outdoor facilities are unique and offer a wide range of learning experiences.

The living willow structures and adventure playground are very popular with the children.

We have various vegetable patches and raised beds, an orchard and a wildlife pond, offering plenty of chances to interact with nature.

At Holmsdale, there is a small forest school area, as well as several larger sites in our nearby woods. We have many staff with forest school qualifications, and also offer forest school training for adults- for more details, click here.

We have a large scale environmental art workshop, an area for woodwork tools, a sound garden and a story garden.

On our field area, we have a traversing climbing wall, a trim trail, a log tangle climbing frame, a huge sand pit, a stage, a fairy dell and more!

DonkeysWe also have a large paddock for our two donkeys, Hettie and Bullseye, who we have adopted from the Donkey Sanctuary, and their friend Holly, the Shetland pony. The chickens live in the orchard and gardens, and we have fish and Giant African Land Snails in the room. We have even raised Painted Lady butterflies!


To find out more about our facilities, click here or use the menu to the left.

To find out about our Forest School and Outdoor Learning training courses click here.


Ibstock Nursery School, Holmsdale Manor Nursery. Children from Ibstock and many surrounding villages attend Holmsdale Manor Nursery. Consequently we feed a wide range of local primary schools and have established good links with them. The local villages that Holmsdale Manor Nursery serves include Market Bosworth, Ashby, Congerstone, Twycross, Newton Burgoland, Snarestone, Measham, Barlestone, Desford, Heather, Packington , Ravenstone, Ellistown and Hugglescote. We can offer high quality childcare and education for children whose families live and work in these areas. We offer an ideal environment for children right through their early years as our outdoor and indoor facilities are fantastic. Children are grouped according to age, which means we can provide resources and equipment ideally suited to each stage of development as children progress through our baby room, toddler rooms and into pre-school. Ibstock Nursery School.



Contact Us

To find out more  about the nursery please click on the menu on the left.

To contact us please call 01530 262434, email or click here for more details