Our Staff

Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff in wildlife areaOur staff play a key role in the high quality care and education that we offer.

We are proud that many of our staff are long-serving, including several who have been here over a decade.

Our staff are also very well qualified. Unusually for a nursery, our staff team includes many graduates, teachers, Early Years Professionals and Early Years Teachers (EYPs/EYTs).



Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff reading to childrenHolmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff in toddler room


What parents say about our staff:

''We would like to thank you for ensuring that the nursery is run efficiently with wonderful, caring, creative staff. You have clearly invested a lot in ensuring your staff are well trained and well motivated.''

Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff outside''Very dedicated, professional staff who are very friendly, supportive and willing to help, talk and listen.''

''It is easy to see that the staff are dedicated to all children and my daughter certainly feels cared for by the staff. ''

Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff in the baby room


Holmsdale Manor Nursery Ibstock Staff at forest schoolOur team includes;

> Five teachers with a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education).

> Four staff with ‘Early Years Professional’ or 'Early Years Teacher' status.

> A resident artist who works with the children to create large scale and environmental art

> Several staff with the Level 2 Forest Schools Assistant qualification.

> Ten Forest Schools leaders with the Level 3 Forest School qualification.

> A qualified Forest School trainer who won the Nursery World Trainer of the Year Award 2018.

Holmsdale was the first nursery to offer Forest Schools in Leicestershire, in 2008 and the first nursery in the UK to recieve the top level Forest Schools Quality Mark ten years later in 2018. There are still only a small number of local schools and early years settings in Leicestershire with forest school qualified staff- many of whom have come to us for training.

Although our staff team are already highly qualified, we believe that ongoing training is important. Well qualified staff are key to ensuring a secure, happy learning environment for your child.

We therefore value training very highly and expect all staff to work towards higher level qualifications. Current and recent training undertaken by staff includes NVQs, forest schools qualifications, foundation degrees and post-graduate research at Northampton, Warwick, Birmingham and Sheffield Universities.

We hold regular team meetings, involving teams within the nursery or the whole staff group, to ensure that information from training is passed on across the nursery.

All of our staff hold a current paediatric first aid certificate, exceeding requirements.

For further details about our staff team, please ask for a brochure or make an appointment to visit Holmsdale. Click here for more details.