Holly Tree Montessori

108 Edgeley Road, Edgeley, Stockport SK3 0TT

Holly Tree Montessori, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Holly Tree Montessori, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Holly Tree Montessori, Stockport, Greater Manchester

Holly Tree Montessori Nursery is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' nursery (October 2013) .

The Montessori approach recognises, addresses and follows each individual's pace of learning.

The nursery has a natural home-like feel and its trained teachers guide the children to use the specially designed Montessori equipment.

It has a long standing and highly qualified team to ensure children reach their full potential.

Owner: Danielle & Jamie Hignett

Person in charge: Carla Heapy (Registered Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Number of Staff: 17

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 42

Age Range: from 0 years 6 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800 (0745 start available on request)

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Vacancies

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Reviews

10 Holly Tree Montessori has a Review Score of 10 (9.958)

The Review Score of 10 (maximum of 10) for Holly Tree Montessori is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 5 out of 5 from 40 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Holly Tree Montessori in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.958 for Holly Tree Montessori is calculated as follows: ( (460 Excellents x 5) + (20 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 480 Ratings = 4.958

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Holly Tree Montessori is based on 18 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 8.4 positive Reviews (42 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 8.4 Target Reached = 1

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    40
  • Good
    0
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Holly Tree Montessori?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    40
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Holly Tree Montessori

  • Mother of Child
    36
  • Father of Child
    2
  • Grandmother of Child
    2

I have recommended Holly Tree Montessori nursery to several friends, who share my appreciation of this excellent nursery. The resources are the very best, thoughtfully provided and a programme of care and education is delivered by a passionate and highly qualified team. As a parent, you feel that staff really care and that Holly Tree provides more than just a place to leave your children whilst you work. My son has recently left Holly Tree and is very confident and capable and extremely prepared for Primary School, thanks to the support and help from Holly Tree.

This nursery has a small, community feel, where parents feel involved with the nursery and the children are valued individually.

The team and resources at this nursery are outstanding, and staff go above and beyond showing an impressive passion and experience in Montessori child care and education.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Our daughter absolutely loves this nursery. Every day I pick her up she is having a great time so that's good enough for me! I love the fact that the nursery is smallish and so friendly and staff know all the children even if they are not in their class. I chose this nursery because everything about it makes it instantly warm and welcoming plus the outdoor space is brilliant. I really like the fact the children go outdoors whatever the weather. Our daughter has really flourished since being at Holly Tree which I credit to the committed staff and ethos of the company.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I am so happy that my son has been attending this nursery for the last year! He is so happy here and I'm so happy with the way he comes home and just randomly starts talking about letters! I had no idea he would be so interested in learning to read and will be eternally grateful for how organically he is learning! He has even become less shy and enjoys the chance to play with other kids now.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We relocated to Manchester last year and we were impressed with the homely feel of the nursery. The staff are exceptional and all go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Our daughter flourished and within weeks was able to put her coat and shoes on. The teaching and learning is outstanding and staff are constantly introducing new activities.

The facilities are very well organised, tidy and clean and our daughter loves being outside in the garden.

Tapestry is used by the nursery, so you can view progress, next steps and photos of what your child has done in the day.

Our daughter loves nursery and has made great friends and bonds with staff. We have been so impressed with the nursery that we have also enrolled our son.

As a teacher myself, I can see the commitment and genuine love for children that the staff have. The manager and owner are very approachable. We would whole heartedly recommend Holly Tree to everyone - it will give your child the best start possible.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My little boy struggled somewhat to settle into the nursery but the manager and staff have been absolutely fantastic. They offered as many settle sessions as required, put me at ease by keeping in regular contact and nothing was too much trouble, even accomodating extra sessions to help. (As well as answering my many calls!)

On arrival, the nursery is always calm and inviting and the staff are welcoming - making the transition as smooth as possible. The activities are varied, engaging and fun. A handover is always given as well as frequent pictures and development information on the tapestry.

Holly Tree has a team of professional, caring and friendly staff and I feel happy and confident that I am leaving my boy in safe and competent hands. I initially thought nowhere would be good enough but I believe Holly Tree is!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I hold Holly Tree in very high regard. From the moment the door is opened in the morning to collection time later, the staff are friendly, welcoming and professional. I have 2 children at the nursery who enjoy going - their personal development has been excellent. Even though we moved house further away, we chose to drive the extra distance so that our children could continue attending Holly Tree. I have never had cause for complaint and would highly recommend this nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We have been delighted with Holly Tree. The staff are warm, welcoming and very attentive. They provide a lot of knowledge and information regarding our daughters physical and social development. We receive daily handovers as well as the tapestry with photos and skills that our daughter has completed.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I really can't rate the nursery highly enough, I have had two children attend Holly Tree over the past 4 years and it just seems to keep going from strength to strength. The setting is smaller than some, but I feel that enhances the bond between staff and the children in their care. The rooms are well laid out and are full of amazing educational and interactive toys and equipment. There is a fantastic outside space and forest room. I feel the management is continually investing in the nursery in both the facilities and staff, who are all undertaking additional training of some sort. They are constantly striving to improve and I really value that, there is a sense of pride and genuine care for all the kids. I assure anyone looking - you won't be disappointed. I didn't choose the nursery initially because it was Montessori, but now I can really see the value of it. My daughters have learnt so much and the learning is both structured and relaxed, with a real consideration for others.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My 7-month-old daughter recently started at Holly Tree and thanks to the support of the staff the transition has been great. Going back to work is such a stressful time and it is so hard to leave your child somewhere new. The staff at Holly Tree made me feel that nothing was too much trouble and that they were there to support my daughter and me through the process every step of the way. The photos and updates mean the world and it was such a relief to know I could ring or email at any time to check all was well. Thank you, Holly Tree!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Cannot fault this nursery. The space and resources are great but the practitioners, in particular, are amazing! I have complete trust that my daughter is safe and well cared for when away from me which as a new parent was very daunting at first - but within no time I could clearly see how she was thriving in the environment. She has come on tremendously since attending with her speech in particular (I get so many other parents telling me how great her speech is and I know nursery has a huge part to play in that). During a difficult transition period, the manager herself went above and beyond and spent time with my daughter every morning at drop off as well as her key worker creating a little familiar book for us to discuss at home. Within no time she completely settled which meant no more tears for mummy! I honestly can't thank the nursery enough for everything they do for my daughter and would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you, Holly Tree! x

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have had 2 children attend Holly Tree and I honestly cannot fault it. My son is now at school and I had no hesitation in sending my daughter to Holly Tree. The staff at the nursery are wonderful, unlike some nurseries the turnover of staff is very low so there are members of staff who have been there for a number of years which says a lot. It is a small nursery so every member of staff knows every child, this makes room transitions very smooth and gives the nursery a lovely homely feel. The staff always keep you informed and provide a full handover at the end of each day. The Montessori method of learning is such a great way to teach young children and my daughter has thrived, she is super confident, independent and absolutely loves going to nursery. The activities that the nursery provide for the children are very varied, the outside play area is lovely with lots of different areas to explore and a forest school, my son still talks about the garden at Holly Tree to this day!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has been at Holly Tree Montessori Nursery for almost a year now and I have to say I am constantly impressed by it. The variety of the activities is wonderful, the focus on developing a child's learning is excellent and the all round care that the nursery provides is just lovely.

One of the things I really love is that the children go outside come rain or shine. I think that is wonderful as my son loves being outside and it is wonderful that he gets to go outside every day at nursery and explore the lovely toys and areas they have in their outside space.

All the staff at the nursery are so welcoming and provide such warmth to all the children whether they are directly known to them or not.

The planning for the child's development is great too, always providing next steps and things that we can focus on at home to support what is being learnt at the nursery.

Overall I cannot recommend Holly Tree Nursery enough and am delighted I chose it for my son.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

As a first-time parent, I knew nothing about nurseries - how they worked or how my child might react. I felt that Holly Tree really made the transition for me and my baby very manageable. The settle-in sessions were great and they were very responsive on email or phone with my questions. My little girl has been there 3-4 months now and gets excited when she reaches the front door. She loves having cuddles on the morning with the staff and there is always a list of fun things she has got up to during the day. She seems to have developed loads since starting there and I always look forward to the weekly entry in the online portal of pictures of her drawing, dancing or playing with gloop or jelly!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have seen my granddaughter excel in so many ways, being able to complete tasks I do not think a three-year-old could do. She is really supported at this nursery and achieved many things. She seems to really enjoy it here and all the care givers are always very warm and friendly. They have lots of meetings and also times where we as grandparents have been able to attend different events and be involved in reading stories to the children and seeing what happens in the nursery. This is a lovely thing to be able to do.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly Tree is a fantastic nursery. It took us looking at many different nurseries but we fell in love with this nursery straight away. The teachers are very supportive and kind. I specially chose Holly Tree as it was a Montessori nursery and travel a little for my daughter to attend and it is worth every minute. I can not imagine my daughter being looked after any better, and the Montessori aspect ingrained very well within this nursery and continues to be developed and improved. Her needs are met very well and the teacher parent communication is fantastic. I feel supported as much as my daughter, especially through tough transitions. The relationship that is built and the atmosphere within this nursery is second to none.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sending your child to a nursery is a daunting prospect for most parents. Particularly when you are going back to work. Our little boy has been at Holly Tree since he was 8 months old. They helped him and me settle into the nursery. On my first day back at work I felt like I was leaving him in safe, loving hands.

I am continually impressed with Holly Tree. They provide a wonderful range of activities for the baby. I feel that I am kept informed of my little boy's day to day activities and ongoing development. The menu and food is very impressive and my little one has tried so many new flavours.

I can't speak highly enough of Holly Tree. My son is always so excited every morning when I drop him off and I go to work knowing he is in great hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

On visiting prospective nurseries for my daughter, we felt at home straight away at Holly Tree. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and homely. As we looked around, every member of staff took the time to say hello personally and took an interest in my daughter. When it came to settling my daughter in, the nursery was happy to suggest and provide as many settling-in sessions as she needed to feel comfortable. The staff are always warm, friendly and kind and show genuine interest and care for my daughter. I am confident and happy to have her spend time at Holly Tree. Staff are highly conscientious in recording her activities, both in her take-home book and on the online platform.
I can understand why this nursery has received an 'Outstanding' assessment from Ofsted and would not hesitate to recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

It is a lovely nursery, I was really apprehensive as all parents are but the settling in period made me feel a lot happier about leaving him.
They did lots of settling in sessions before I left him for the full day, they always found time to fit him into more sessions if he was unsettled.
The girls who work there are all very friendly and are happy for you to sit in at first and always update you with anything your child has done, they send home photos, drawings and update Tapestry regularly.

The building itself is like a large house, it feels very homely there are not many children in each room, the garden area is small but nicely done with lots of fun messy activities and a garden room which is used by all the children. I would highly recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Here are some facts why I would highly recommend Holly Tree:
Love the Montessori method which gives my son a great confidence and independence. After starting nursery within two weeks he learned how to put his coat on by himself. I have been visited quite a few nurseries before and ONLY at Holly Tree children changes their outside shoes to inside ones! I always feel that my child is genuinely welcomed into the setting and his home culture is valued. Staff respect our "family custom" allowing my son to wave at the window when we leave.
Staff are extremely supporting children with English as an additional language. When our son was settling in they played Hungarian songs on youtube to hear some familiar sounds. Regular updates on his progress and excellent communication both online and personal. I like the fact that they seem to invest money back into the nursery with the forestry school and new kitchen. When you visit the nursery you will notice a fresh bunch of flowers every time. I love them!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly Tree Montessori nursery has given my daughter the best start I could ask for, her confidence and independence is blossoming from all the great Montessori learning approaches used each day. All the staff are very caring and go out of their way to get to know and make special relationships with my daughter which have contributed to her being so happy and excited to come each week. The nursery has a lovely homely and happy atmosphere.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly Tree's Ofsted status as an outstanding provider (no mean feat!)
is well deserved. The nursery is very well equipped with carefully selected, stimulating resources and the curriculum is diverse and follows the children's interests. I have been so pleased to see that my child has been engaged, on a daily basis, in activities which encourage his creativity - exploring natural materials and textures, music making and experimenting with messy play. There is a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the nursery thanks to a group of staff who are just fantastic and clearly love their job! The 'settling in period', which can be as difficult for parents as for children, was so smooth for us. Our son loves everyone at Holly Tree! Staff take the time to really get to know each family and there are effective systems of communication with parents (through facebook updates, email and home-school diaries!). We cannot recommend this nursery highly enough! A beautiful, OUTSTANDING nursery!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended Holly Tree since April 2015 and I would whole-heartedly recommend it. The nursery feels calm, homely and friendly and the small class sizes help to create a lovely environment which never feels overwhelming. The staff are fantastic- they are clearly motivated and passionate about what they do and always take the time to make sure the children are settled and happy during the handover. We've also been impressed by how the staff are supported in their personal development. Although we didn't know that much about the Montessori ethos before our daughter started the more we learn the more impressed we are and the benefits are clear. Each room has lovely resources for the children to enjoy and to encourage their learning and development and the Forrest room and outside space is also fantastic spaces. The food is also healthy and nutritious and I credit nursery with helping my difficult to wean daughter to develop a healthy and happy appetite!

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

As a first time father, choosing the right nursery for our child was a huge decision. At 7 months old we wanted her to have some level of independence and so sought out somewhere for her to spend a couple of mornings a week. After an extensive round of visits to local nurseries we opted for Holly Tree, and have never looked back on the decision.
We were keen to find somewhere with Montessori techniques, and whilst some places offer this we found Holly Tree to be best able to explain the benefits and demonstrate how integral it is to nursery life. We've seen our daughter grow in confidence over the last few months, and she always enters the nursery with a huge smile as she's happy to see the staff and other children. She eats well, with healthy fresh food prepared at every meal and enjoys the mix of learning and play. The nursery give us daily updates on her progress, and share pictures of her enjoying the day. We'd recommend Holly Tree in a heartbeat.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

As a first-time mum having looked round various other nursery settings, I instantly knew Holly Tree would be right for us when we looked around and met the staff. Previously our son had been looked after in a home setting and we were instantly reassured with the care and attention put into his settling in sessions.
The staff and management team are very helpful answering all our questions. The learning journey app Tapestry is fantastic and as a parent makes you feel part of the nursery activities and allows us to continue on this journey at home. The outside is a little small, but extremely well laid out. We are really happy with our nursery choice, even though we were unable to get the day we required.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I have a 2-year-old son at Holly Tree and his big brother also attended but is now at school. I looked around loads of nurseries when choosing the nursery and this one was way better. The children were happy and calm, the premises very clean, the space in was used really well and I wasn't rushed round so I was able to ask all my questions. I really liked the Montessori teaching methods and child-led learning; it has proved a great way to get my boys to be independent, confident little people.
The staff are excellent and give parents plenty of information in lots of ways: Daily sheets, handover chats, newsletters and a great Learning Journey App called Tapestry where photos and videos are uploaded. The menus are great, they try way more things at nursery than at home! The pre-school class is excellent preparation for school. The nursery welcomes parents' views and ideas so you really feel you are a part of the nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has attended Holly Tree for just over a year now and I am not sure who loves it more, me or him!
I feel thought planning and imagination is put into the activities that the children participate in and is often centered around a theme such as occupations, Olympics etc, every day the children seem to be doing something new which is educational, engaging and fun for them all. He gets dropped off in a morning, with a smile on his face when going into the nursery and picked up with a smile on his face after enjoying another great day there. I think that the staff really understand my son, his personality and encourage his learning, play and independence. Another element of the nursery that I have been particularly pleased about is the fact that they seem to invest money back into it with the forestry school, the kitchen and other smaller things all for the benefit of the children. The staff are caring and genuinely love working with children. All in all a truly fantastic nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Right from the beginning, all the staff at this nursery have been so friendly, nice and welcoming. I could tell they knew what they were doing and how to help my daughter settle in, so she got used to saying goodbye and us leaving her there. For fathers day, they put on a special garden party for the children on a Saturday, the nursery's chef made some amazing BBQ food for us all, there were face painting and a local bird charity brought in an eagle Owl for the children. Now, my daughter doesn't even wave goodbye when we drop her off! We get daily / weekly / monthly reports, and we can see what they are playing with and what they are doing every day. They have some amazing equipment and toys for them to play with. And I love how they theme their play with the children. I would definitely recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Having not initially intended to use a nursery we went to view Holly Tree due to it sounding so good on their website and were not at all disappointed. It is a lovely warm friendly place that really welcomes family involvement. The staff went out of their way to make our daughters settling in as easy as possible and we never felt rushed to leave before we were ready. As well as our daughter enjoying her time there, we as parents have enjoyed the regular updates on her progress and excellent communication, as well as events such as a Father's Day bbq and first aid course. I would highly recommend Holly Tree to other parents.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly Tree is an exceptional nursery and provides the best possible environment, helping to develop confident, sociable, happy children with enthusiasm for life and learning.
Staff genuinely love and care for the children, create a calm, happy atmosphere, and present endless opportunities to learn and develop. Play equipment is excellent and encourages appropriate progression. Children learn independence and support and respect their peers and gain a wide-ranging awareness and knowledge.

There is a challenging, interesting outdoor area and lots of messy creative play and the home-made food is lovely. Communication with parents/carers is excellent, with comprehensive daily feedback and IT based 'Tapestry' where parents and staff input information to build a detailed picture of the child's development.

There is continuity of care, with consistent staffing and excellent progression support as children move through the nursery. A truly outstanding nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Carla Heapy, Manager at Holly Tree Montessori responded to this review on 27 Sep 2016:

Thanks so much for the review - its lovely to hear our Grandparents feedback as well as our parents :)

A haven amongst the chaos of life. My daughter started at Holly Tree just after I lost my mum and the whole team just became part of our lives like they'd been there all along.
The size of the classes means everything feels that bit more personal and special. The use of the online diary means even though you always get a hand over you also get pictures and videos and info which give you a connection to your child's day which is unimaginable.
My child is only in 1 day a week but I still feel that they are always so happy to see her and that she's just as big a part of the class as any other child.
Her behaviour, the skills she's learned, her eating and drinking and her confidence has come on leaps and bounds. The "work cycle" time is phenomenal to see how quickly she learns in and the garden is my idea of kid heaven.
I don't want to sound too over the top but I never realised until we moved house and I have had to research a new day care, just how much of a diamond we found.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly tree is such a lovely calm, friendly and happy environment. My eldest daughter recently left to start school after 3 years at Holly Tree and couldn't have been better prepared physically, emotionally and socially for this transition.
The team are fantastic and the size of the nursery means the staff know all the children. I love seeing and hearing about all the fun activities they get up to and seeing all the happy little faces every day. Tapestry keeps you up to date with your child's learning and experiences and also helps link activities at home and in the nursery.
The garden is fantastic with lots of opportunities to explore and learn, both inside and outside of the lovely new forest school classroom.
Food is also fantastic....the chef seems to be able to get my children to eat double servings of foods that they wouldn't touch at home (even if I try calling it "superhero" soup too!). He also does a great bbq for family events :)
I would recommend without hesitation.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

It's always bittersweet leaving a little child at nursery, but over the time my son has been here, he's settled in really well. The nursery is well organised and good records are kept to help the children progress. They spend time outside when possible, and there is a generally calm atmosphere which is very reassuring. The staff are excellent and have a good connection with the children. They have a caring and attentive manner that helps the children get over any wobbles on arrival. On a few occasions, I've walked into the room to collect my son and he hasn't even noticed because he was having too much fun playing, which is also reassuring. Like many nurseries I expect, things get quite busy at peak collection times, but the staff handle this well. Having never gone myself as a child, I had misgivings about my son attending nursery, but I am pleased to say that the experience we have had here has made me feel much better.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I am very happy with the Holly Tree Nursery. My daughter has been going for a few months now and really loves the staff.
It's a lovely nursery with great facilities and I would recommend it to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

When my little boy was 9 months old we began looking for a nursery for him to attend 3 days a week. As soon as we stepped inside Holly Tree we knew that it was the right place for us. Our little boy has benefitted hugely from the welcoming, calming and homely atmosphere that is afforded by the small group sizes and fantastic staff. Their love and genuine interest in developing the children into well rounded and caring individual little people, is very special and unique.

Each member of staff goes above and beyond to ensure excellence! Both the chef and the food menu are wonderful! My son is intolerant to a number of foods including dairy and nursery have always been extremely accommodating both in the food choices offered and the time and consideration given.
My little boy loves coming home and telling us news about his days at nursery. He especially loves outdoor play and trips to the forest school! Activities planned are fun, stimulating, varied and most importantly child focussed.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This is a fantastic nursery. The staff bend over backwards to support little ones to settle in. They obviously care about and enjoy working with children. It really feels like a family environment and although my son has only been attending for a short period of time we love it!! My son may have inherited dietary intolerances and the staff (including the chef) have been very proactive in identifying what would be suitable - not easy when a baby is weaning. All in all, I would highly recommend this nursery and can already see why it has achieved such a high Ofsted rating. I work in children's services in a senior management capacity and have also been highly impressed with the safeguarding arrangements.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Holly Tree is a wonderful nursery. The staff are exceptional and our son knows most of the team and will often talk about them at home. There's a personal touch at handover and communications are great with daily updates in the Facebook group and email/messages. The nursery has a lovely, calm feel, with a wonderful garden and forest room. The food is excellent and homemade on site.
The nicest thing has been seeing how my son has developed since attending. The activities are varied and they often have themes days/weeks such as 'occupation week' or 'Olympics'. Though the classes do activities together there is still a personalised approach to each child's needs, recognising how each child learns and develops individually.

The staff are well tuned to recognise when extra time is needed to learn something new or if a cuddle or quiet moment is needed away from the group, taking time to address these signs which could easily go unnoticed. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this nursery.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son started at Holly Tree a few weeks ago aged 2 and a half. We had recently moved to the area and do moved him from one nursery to another, which could have been a difficult transition for him. However, the team at Holly Tree have been, without exception, fantastic. The were a good number of settling in sessions which allowed him to get used to the team and the other children, and the calm atmosphere within the nursery also definitely helped.

I really like the Tapestry system which updates parents as to the observations the nursery workers have noted for children. It's great to get this extra level of insight.

Before selecting Holly Tree I had viewed half a dozen other settings, all felt far too loud and chaotic. At Holly Tree the children are still having lots of fun, playing outside and enjoying 'messy play' activities, however, it instantly seemed much more calm and more like the activities had a direct benefit to the children's development.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

I cannot recommend this nursery highly enough. My child has attended here since 2012 and had benefited immensely from the Montessori education. The staff are fantastic and work exceptionally hard to provide an excellent quality of care. The activities are superb and recent addition of forest school is great. The turnover of staff is very low. It is a small nursery with a loving family feel.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Holly Tree is a superb setting that devotes lots of energy to ensuring each child flourishes through the highest of expectations and standards of care. The staff show the children lots of affection and respect them as individuals whilst building rapport as a team.
My daughter has come on leaps and bounds and has learned things that I have been unable to instil in her.
Parental/family support and communication is excellent and nothing is too much trouble.
The success of this nursery is down to the high calibre of staff, the high expectations of the management and the team ethos that is strong. I know that my daughter is in the best hands.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I cannot recommend Holly Tree Montessori highly enough.

You would travel for this nursery .. What they've taught my child from a young age is incredible and the staff are so supportive for parents they also have classes for parents such as first aid or behaviour classes etc

The food is freshly prepared on site and is absolutely delicious.

They recently provided their "favourite recipes" handout book which we have as a family and even when friends are over for dinner I always will check the booklet.

I highly recommend that if you are looking for a nursery look at Holly Tree Montessori the staff are incredible and the benefit for your child to be in such a presence is not only very rewarding (and saves lots of morning time i.e putting on coat and shoes) but a proud moment as to what your child is achieving daily.

I'll be sad when my daughter leaves to go to school.

Well done to the owner and her incredible team.

How likely would you be to recommend Holly Tree Montessori? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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