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Feb 5, 2015

L2/3 Apprenticeship opportunity at Polly's!

As an apprentice you will be working alongside experienced and well qualified staff who will coach and guide you, helping you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to become a qualified nursery nurse.

We employ thirty members of staff across our two nurseries, most of whom joined us as apprentices. In fact, six of our seven Group Leaders and our nursery managers began their careers at Polly's as apprentices. This means you'll be training in an environment where apprentices are valued and where the people helping you to learn and develop were once in your shoes!

We offer separate apprenticeships at Level 2 (intermediate) and Level 3 (advanced). You will need to have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship before you can apply to do your Level 3. Level 3 candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. Please note that an apprenticeship at Polly's is a full time position.

Interested? Then please email admin@pollysnursery.co.uk to introduce yourself and to request an application pack. Please include a contact telephone number, state whether you are applying for a L2 or L3 apprenticeship and let us know which of our nursery locations would suit you best. Before you make your application, please ensure you are able to reliably travel to and from the nursery on a daily basis.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Feb 1, 2019
Both of our nurseries will be closed today (February 1st 2019).
Mar 4, 2018

As things stand, we are pleased to inform you that both of our Nurseries will be open as normal tomorrow, Monday 5th March, from 08:00 to 18:00.

We have cleared and gritted our parking areas over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

In the event that we have any further snow overnight, please check back here for updates and telephone the Nursery in the morning to check it is open before you set out on your journey.

Mar 1, 2018
Due to adverse weather conditions both of our Nurseries will be closed on Friday 2nd March.
Mar 1, 2018

Please note that both of our Nurseries will close at 1pm today.

Dec 11, 2017

Based on current weather conditions and the latest weather forecast for overnight on Monday 11th December, we are pleased to inform you that as things stand both of our Nurseries will be open as normal on Tuesday 12th December.

This means that we plan for our nurseries to open at 08:00 and close at 18:00 tomorrow (Tuesday).

Please note that any further actual or forecast adverse weather (snow, ice etc) may mean that we need to review this position.

Please check back here for updates regarding our opening and closing times during this (and any future) spell of bad weather.


Dec 10, 2017
Both of our Nurseries will be closed on Monday 11th December 2017
Oct 19, 2016
Recently published analysis of Ofsted inspection results shows that our nurseries are two of only five early years settings in Gloucestershire to be awarded an 'outstanding' inspection judgement in each of their three most recent inspections...
Mar 10, 2016
Meal times in early years settings shouldn't simply be about 'feeding and watering' children. They should be considered as a time for learning and development. The best early years settings treat mealtimes as opportunities for adults to support children's quest for independence, as chances to cultivate children's ability to 'think' and 'do' and, of course, to learn how good it feels when we help each other.
Feb 6, 2015
The wheels on the (mini)bus will be going 'round and round' early tomorrow morning as a group of fourteeen members of the Polly's team head up to London to attend seminars at the Nursery World Show 2015...
Feb 5, 2015
This is a fabulous opportunity to join a friendly, supportive and successful nursery team and work towards a nationally recognised Level 2 or Level 3 childcare qualification.
Feb 18, 2014

It's half-term, so I took the day off work today and 'treated' my three children to... a day of sponsored litter picking in aid of CLIC.

Mar 4, 2013
There has been plenty of coverage in the media recently about proposals to allow nurseries and childminders in England to raise ratios but is this a good idea..?
Jan 24, 2013
Good morning!  We are happy to inform you that both nurseries are open from 8am this morning. We have cleared and salted the nursery parking areas, but with such very low temperatures, please exercise caution when you arrive/depart.  Unless we get any more snow today we anticipate a normal closing time of 6pm. Please arrive in good time to collect your children so that our nursery nurses can also leave on time. Thank you!
Jan 23, 2013
Good morning everyone.  We are happy to let you know that Polly's at Inchbrook will open at 8am today. Unfortunately, we had a lot of snow overnight at Brownshill and therefore Polly's at Brownshill will open at 10am.  This will give us time for staff to get in and for us to clear the snow from nursery paths and parking areas. It is currently snowing in both locations so we will need to monitor the situation and decide whether we need to close earlier today so that children and staff can get home safely.
Jan 22, 2013
Both nurseries are open from 8am today.  We've had a sprinkling of snow overnight, so please exercise caution on approach roads and parking areas.  Unless we have any further snow today we plan to remain open until 6pm.  If it does snow today, please contact the nursery or check back here for an update.
Jan 21, 2013
Both nurseries are open from 8am today and, unless the weather changes and more snow arrives, we will work to our normal closing time of 6pm.
Jan 18, 2013
Both nurseries are open but will close at 1pm today.
Jun 15, 2012

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a pair of tickets to see Madness in concert at Westonbirt Arboretum later this month. We have just drawn the winning entry and can tell you that the lucky winner is...

May 10, 2012
Schools, nurseries attached to schools and childminders receive prior notice that Ofsted will be coming to inspect them.  Meanwhile, playgroups and private nurseries receive no notice of inspection.  In this blog we question whether an inspection approach that gives notice to some but not to others is fair...
Mar 21, 2012
High quality play and first-hand experiences lead children to the richest and most enjoyable discovery and learning and so these are what we want for our children.  However, a potential problem for us as early years practitioners is that few high quality play and first-hand experiences result in a tangible 'end product' (a painting etc) that parents can see and easily appreciate.
Feb 28, 2012

This is our first ever blog and we're using it to let you know what happened when Ofsted came to visit us recently!