About Us

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Our Vision

We are dedicated to providing a safe and secure, homely environment where children can happily grow and develop at their own pace.

Our Approach

We believe that all children should have the equal opportunity to access outstanding environments and play experiences so that they can reach their full potential.

Our team (family) are comprised of passionate and supportive people, fully trained to nurture, build confidence and provide opportunities for independence in order for children to holistically flourish.

Our outdoor ethos gives children the freedom to learn and play within the natural world.

Meet the Holbourn Family

Meet our highly-skilled team of Early Years professionals here to ensure your child's learning journey is fun-filled and stimulating.

Jo

Deputy Nursery Manager

First Aid Trained

Jo (EYE L3) found a love for Early Years after having her son. Her daily presence brings consistency to children's lives - she is our stability.

Mollie

Early Years Practitioner / Deputy SENDco

First Aid Trained

Mollie (EYTS L7) has a wealth of childcare experience and a friendly and encouraging manner with the children - she is our inspiration.

Cliff

Nursery Owner

Cliff has owned Holbourn House alongside his wife since 1990. He manages site maintenance, facilities and our finances - he is our male role model.

Karen

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Karen (NVQ L3) has years and years of childcare experience. Her maturity and skills provide children with a broad range of opportunities - she is our rock.

Ardita

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Ardita's experiences teaching in Bali has developed her fun loving yet calming nature with children. She is eager to enhance all play opportunities for children - she is our energy.

Amy

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Amy (QTS) has worked in schools before joining us here at Holbourn. She enjoys bringing the children together for group activities - she is our teacher.

Ruth

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Ruth(EYE L3) qualified as a teacher in South Africa in 2015 before moving to the UK and teaching here. Early Years is Ruths passion and she has been working in nurseries for the last few years before joining the Holbourn Team - she is our reassurance.

Rachel

Nursery Manager

First Aid Trained

Rachel has worked for Holbourn House since 2007. In that time she has gained a BA (Hons) in Early Years studies. Her passion is to provide the best start in life for all children - she is our leader.

Bernie

Nursery Owner / SENDco

First Aid Trained

Bernie (Ba Hons) has owned Holbourn House with her husband Cliff since 1990. Her wealth of knowledge and experience brings depth of practice - she is our influencer.

Nicola

Nursery Chef

Nicola (NVQ L2 in Catering) has worked as a chef for over 13 years and has also worked in children's care. She brings her experience and enthusiasm for fresh and nutritious food to the nursery  - she is our nourisher.

Sarah

Forest School Leader

First Aid Trained

Sarah (NVQ L3) has had over 15 years of Early Years wisdom. She has developed a thirst for outdoor learning - she is our outdoor champion.

Joanna

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Joanna has a degree in education and has over 10 years of experience working in early years as well as 5 years experience working as 1:1 support within a school - she is our balance.

Julie

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Julie has been working within nurseries for seven years and brings her skills and experience to the team here - she is our encouragement.

Victoria

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Victoria (NNEB) has worked in childcare for over 20 years as a private nanny, which in turn has give her the skills to build strong relationships with children and families - she is our creativity.

Alison

Deputy Nursery Manager / Designated Safeguarding Lead

First Aid Trained

Alison (BA Hons) started her journey with Holbourn House as a parent. She brings her childminding experience and expertise to enhance our setting  - she is our guide.

Hollie

Early Years Practitioner / SEMH Lead

First Aid Trained

Hollie (NVQ L3) has worked with children for her entire career. She has a gentle and caring approach - she is our warmth.

Georgina

Administration assistant

First Aid Trained

Georgina progressed from Holbourn parent to Holbourn team member. Her loyalty and devotion over the past 12 years is an asset to our nursery - she is our companion.

Tegan

Forest School Support

First Aid Trained

Tegan's excited yet relaxed approach brings subtle and grounding support to children when encouraging them to access our woodland environment  - she is our friend.

Donna

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Donna (NVQ L3) has worked in childcare for 22 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and children. She is a keen advocate for outdoor learning - she is our strength.

Michelle

Early Years Practitioner

First Aid Trained

Michelle is studying for her EYE L3 qualification and already holds an NVQ L2 in Catering and Hospitality. Michelle works alongside Nicola in the kitchen and also works with the children - she is our supporter.

Lei

Early Years Apprentice

First Aid Trained

Lei has joined us to complete her Level 3 apprenticeship to become an Early Years Educator - she is our helper.

Our History

Article on the history of The Old School in Dodford.

Educating children since 1840 by Bernadette Martin

Next Steps...

If you would like to come and see us or would like more information on Holbourn House please call 01327 340 760 or email holbournhouse@googlemail.com