About Us

Hanging basket on the yard

Holmsdale Manor is an 'outstanding' rated family run nursery in Ibstock, Leicestershire. The original owners, Janet and Andrew, started the nursery for their daughter Katie, who was one of the first children in the nursery and now works here, after teaching early years and key stage one in schools. Prior to opening the nursery, Janet worked as an infant school teacher.

We are proud that our last 3 OFSTED inspections resulted in a grade of outstanding in all areas.

Donkey and pony

We have an extremely highly qualified and long standing staff team, which includes qualified teachers, Early Years Professionals/Early Years Teachers (EYPs/EYTs) and many staff with degrees and Masters level qualifications. Some of our staff have been here for over 30 years!

Holmsdale has expanded steadily since we opened in 1986, but our aim has always been to provide high quality care and education in a homely setting.

We believe that following your child's interests and learning through play, both inside and outside, is the best way to motivate your child to enjoy and achieve.

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We offer a fantastic range of outdoor facilities and learning experiences. Click here to learn more.

We take children from the age of 3 months  through to pre-school. In addition we cater for children before and after school, taking them to and collecting them from school. We also run a popular Holiday Club.

We have a strong focus on the health and well being of children in our care. For example, lunch is prepared on site by our excellent cook using fresh ingredients, sometimes grown by the children! This year we were finalists in the nursery food section of the national Nursery World Awards! Last year we were awarded the "Most Active Setting" accolade by Leicestershire and Rutland Sport.

We are proud to be an 'eco-nursery' and we work hard to minimise our effect on the environment and promote 'reducing, reusing and recycling'. For instance, we have our milk delivered in reusable glass bottles. Children enjoy taking part in recycling as well as reusing materials for a range of crafts.

At Holmsdale we constantly strive to improve and are proud to:

  • Have three consecutive OFSTED grades of outstanding in all areas.
  • Have extremely well qualified and long-standing staff who we invest heavily in training further so that they can provide the best possible environment for your child.
  • Have been awarded the highest possible quality level by the County Council.
  • Be the first nursery in the UK to be awarded the highest level Forest School quality mark.
  • Take part in the local Forest School cluster group.
  • Offer Forest School training courses, based in Leicestershire, to adults.
  • Be one of few settings in Leicestershire with qualified Forest School leaders as well as having a Forest School trainer.
  • Have been involved in research projects including the REAL Project (Sheffield University literacy research).
  • Have successfully completed the 'Healthy Tots' Accreditation Programme.
  • Have been awarded Silver in the 'Eco-Schools' Project.



Children from Ibstock and many surrounding villages attend Holmsdale. 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.