The birth of our children focuses the mind and when the founders, Galyna Kurylo and Dr Kevin Rigley were looking for childcare for their daughter, it became apparent that the sector concentrated on childcare rather than education.
That was in 2008, and as a result our Wimbledon nursery became the first Willows Pre-School.
Of course, any business is only as good as the people trusted to take your vision and make it real. We were incredibly fortunate to have Maria Solari as our first Principal. Her passion, dedication and warmth for staff, parents and particularly children created Willows. Together with Galyna and Kevin they created high quality learning environments where children could become the best version of themselves.
To achieve this Willows created a unique curriculum the Willows Way, where equal emphasis is given to the quality of teaching, nutrition and physical activity.
The response to this new way of teaching has been quite remarkable with all children, no matter their starting points, making progress beyond their age-appropriate expectations.
Within a few years Willows expanded to open our Colliers Wood nursery and our Hammersmith nursery. Both replicate the success of our Wimbledon Nursery.
Sadly, Galyna was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 and lost her fight in 2017. It is testimony to her that Willows has continued to flourish during these challenging times.