In the Beginning:
The Hollies Pre-school, formerly Hollies Playgroup, was opened in September 1976 by a group of Poynton mums, who happened to be teachers, when they could not find a playgroup in Poynton where they felt their children would develop within an ordered group during the very important pre-school years.
The Hollies quickly grew, as other parents wanted their children to benefit from this well run group, where each child was encouraged to develop their abilities and become more confident and independent.
Initially the Hollies was run as a private business but, when the owner returned to teaching, the parents took over the Pre-school and since 1979 the Hollies has been a committee-run pre-school affiliated to the PLA (Pre-School Learning Alliance).
The committee is run by elected volunteers and looks after the finances of the setting, raise funds to buy equipment, repair damaged items and generally take full responsibility for the day-to-day running and organisation of the setting.
The committee carries out the very important task of the administrative side of the Hollies. If you think you can help please speak to the manager or administrator.
The fees you pay only cover the staff wages and overheads such as electricity, water and the up-keep of the building. The committee hold fund-raising events to help to replace toys, books, games and equipment. Please support as many events as you can, so we can all help to give the children the very best!
We are always happy to talk to you and discuss any questions you may have. We are very proud of the reputation of our pre-school and strive hard to maintain it. If you would like to come and spend a morning with us we would be very pleased to see you!
As previously mentioned, the Hollies Pre-School is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance. The benefits of PLA membership include support and advice on all aspects of pre-school care and education and also on-line training courses, which some of the Hollies staff have attended.
In 1995 the Hollies became a registered charity which means we have access to some benefits previously not offered to us.
In April 2009, The Hollies relocated to their own premises on Hazelbadge Road, in the grounds of Lower Park School. The new building provides excellent indoor and outdoor facilities enabling all children to explore and develop their skills. The indoor areas include a designated art area, quiet room for sharing books and working on the computer and a home corner for imaginative play. We also have extra indoor space, the butterfly room, that we use for small group activities such as circle time. The secure outdoor area provides a marked play area for trikes and cars to drive around, a mud kitchen, a planting area and seating. The move also enabled us to provide and extended service from 7:30 to 6:00 and provide a breakfast and afterschool club for the Lower Park School children. In addition we provide a holiday club for children from 2 to 11 years.