The Hollies Pre-School

New Starter Information

About The Hollies Pre-school

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.

More details below.

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A safe and happy environment where children can play & learn under the guidance & supervision of our dedicated & caring staff

St James Primary School & Orphan Care - Uganda

Our special links with a school in Africa enable our children to learn about a very different culture and share 'hands of friendship'.

Holiday Clubs

Activities on offer may include nature walks, craft, baking, games, music, construction, sport, quizzes, treasure hunts and face painting!

A Dentist Visit

Looking after teeth.

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New Starter Information

New Starter Visits

Once your child is ready to start at The Hollies, you will be contacted in the previous half term and invited to come along with your child to stay for a whole morning or afternoon.

This gives you all time to meet your child's key person and pass on any information that could help us settle your child at preschool. It provides the opportunity for you and your child to become familiar with other staff, routine and surroundings. After this session, you and your child will be welcome to come for other play sessions in the run up to your child starting. This enables you to leave your child on their first day, knowing you are both familiar with staff and the routine.

During their first days we will ring you to let you know how they have settled in.
We also invite parents along to a New Starter Meeting prior to or close to your child starting. This will give you an opportunity to meet with the manager, administrator and members of the committee. We will use this informal meeting to introduce the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and discuss how The Hollies incorporate this into the pre-school sessions. This will give you an understanding of how we run on a day to day basis. We will also give you an information pack which includes brief information about our policies, with a link to our website to view the full policy. We will also cover how the committee works. We have a lot of information to cover in this meeting and ask parents to attend without children. We do recommend this meeting is worth attending even though some parents have already had older children who have been to The Hollies in previous years.

Key Person

Every child is assigned a Key Person, who will look after their development during your time at The Hollies. Your child’s key person may not be in every session with your child but we ensure they have a minimum of 2 sessions with them. Your child’s Key Person will talk to you and get to know you all at your New Starter Visit, and if your child has attended other settings we will contact them, with your permission, to obtain any information regarding their developmental progress. We follow the Early Years Foundation stage framework and complete an ongoing assessment. The key person will plan focus group activities for your child to help them develop whilst having fun.

All staff are continually making observations on all children throughout the day. These are recorded electronically using the Learning Book system.  You will be issued with a password so you can access your child’s learning journey on-line. You will see observations, photographs, videos and will be able to contribute your own photographs or comments. The manager also performs a termly review of all children’s progress to ensure any issues are highlighted and monitored.

Parent’s Evening and Reports

You will receive a mini report in the Autumn and Summer terms, updating you of your child’s development and all the activities they have enjoyed.

We also invite parents in for an evening to spend 20 minutes with their child’s key person in the Summer term.


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