The Hollies Nursery School

- Facilities designed to educate and entertain
The baby room – for babies from 6 weeks to 1 year
The baby room at The Hollies nursery school is a warm, loving and nurturing space with an environment that challenges and stimulates babies as they progress. The nursery adheres to a strict 1:3 staffing ratio to ensure a continuum of care. There is no set routine within the baby room, as babies are served best when following their own natural routines. In the separate ‘sleep room’ the babies are soothed to sleep with music and soft toys creating a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

Equipment has been carefully selected, along with individually planned daily activities to promote the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of each baby. Daily take home sheets are read to parents at the end of each day detailing exactly how their little one has been spending their day.

Parents are asked to provide readymade bottles and baby food on a daily basis. For older babies, we will puree nursery meals and cater for all individual dietary requirements.

Toddler and older toddler messy room – for 1 to 3 year olds
We feel that young children learn most effectively from play, exploration and talk, and develop their curiosity by creating, investigating and exploring. By offering a range of play opportunities we aim to foster each toddlers intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Staff at the nursery school adhere to a strict 1:3 child-staffing ratio with the under 2 year olds and a 1:4 ratio with the 2-3 year olds.

Pre-school nursery room (3-5 years, Cardiff only)
Within our pre-school room we implement individual themes incorporated in the Government’s “Foundation Phase”. Each theme supports child centred, open ended activities and encourages children to explore, create and play, using their imaginations inside and out of the classroom.

The foundation phase that we adhere to is centred on the following 7 points:
  • Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
  • Language, literacy and communication skills
  • Mathematical development
  • Welsh language development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development
We feel it is fundamental that each child has the freedom to learn and develop through exploration. An ethos central to our nursery school is, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”. This typifies our strategy.

We provide extensive opportunities for fun and investigation with sand and water areas, painting, dough, cookery, role play, story time, music and movement sessions as well as a wide range of craft activities.

A 1:8 child staffing ratio is implemented in our pre-school room.

Pre-school nursery room (3-5 years, Newport)
Per above, provided by Rougemont School

The use of the Welsh language
Whilst English is predominantly spoken in nursery, it is important to us that all children within our care receive meaningful opportunities through the medium of both Welsh and English. Nursey Nurses within our setting aim to foster the development of the Welsh language and its culture in order to provide a continuum of care and education between home and nursery. Nursery Nurses whose first language is English receive Welsh language training and use Welsh cue cards to support learning through the medium of Welsh. Welsh speaking Nursery Nurses provide opportunities for small groups of children to take part in individual programmes of structured Welsh activities throughout the nursery day. A Welsh language policy is in place and reviewed every year. Welsh and French music and movement sessions are sourced externally and take place on a monthly basis. Take home sheets, accident forms, incident forms, display boards and newsletters are bilingual.

For any further information on the facilities at The Hollies nursery school, please contact us on 02920 378 177 or email: