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How To Make A Virtual Tour?

By Monique Migallos (Virtual Tour Expert)

Deputy Manager, Northolt Branch 

Covid-19 has changed the childcare industry, and has introduced us to the wonders of virtual tours of our nurseries. If you want to learn how to make one inhouse, keep reading…

Eye-catching is key…

It’s easy enough taking a video in one spot for a couple of seconds and then moving onto the next. To make a video that catches viewer’s eyes capturing the right angles and the right lighting. As a side note, if you want to make an interesting video of your nursery, avoid 360 picture views. They’re lifeless and unappealing!

Aesthetics is key! Below you’ll find original shot of our nursery garden and then the last three shots at the bottom is of the same picture with added effects. Filters and effects are great to give any picture a definitive theme; I personally prefer the natural, purest form of a picture. So I opted for pure sunlight as my natural lighting and it really brings out the life and colours of my natural theme. Earthy, bright, summer tones are great for that vibrant, inviting effect you want for your nursery virtual tour.

visual impact of filters on an image


Angles, angles, angles…

Angles really make a shot. Is it better to get a close up or does it work as a long shot? What’s the focal point? What do you want your viewers to see?

This is a shot of our art area in the pre-school room. You see everything you need to see. I see activities, I see resources and I see creativity. The shot is not overwhelmed with colours, the natural theme our nursery follows already tells us our aim is to build and create, and imagination and curiosity is our focal point.


nursery artwork area


Close up and slow rotation shots are great when you’re moving around from one end of the room to the other. Give your video variety, get down to the children’s level and show parents what our children will see when they’re with us.

What angles work? Long shots are great to see that overall picture but giving it a slight tilt will make your picture less linear and allow more freedom and edginess to your final outcome.

Here are a few examples of some shots in our nursery rooms.


impact of shot angles in the virtual tour


impact of shot angles in the virtual tour


Have fun…

Have fun with what you’re shooting! Capture key items in your shot to emphasize what areas you’re trying to convey to your parents. In the video below, I’ve compiled three shots; it lasts for 14 seconds and shows you the path to the garden and the opening. In those 14 seconds you’re brought into a bright, beautiful sunny day, a simple walk down the path to a stunning shot of the garden sign. Surrounded by vines of plants, trees and blossoming flowers against that blue-sky backdrop. It’s inviting and its happy!



Tell your story…

Why do we think your children will be happy at our nursery? Your virtual tour must answer that simple question. Angles, lighting, focal points, speed and themes are what make a great video.

For larger nurseries, while it can be tempting to show everything, try to focus on showing off what is special about you and will answer questions before parents can ask them! E.g. what are the different areas? What does it have? What sets you apart from other nurseries?

The tour will be your voice, tell your story and I’m sure they’ll love what they hear and see.


Ready to get started? Watch our virtual tour for some inspiration…



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Planning A Pre-School Graduation

By Joyce Braimah (Pre-School Graduation Pro)

Nursery Manager, Hanwell Branch


pre-school graduation banner


It is that time of year already. Summer is upon us and all attention turns to pre-school children who will shortly leave and go to ‘Big School’ as it is fondly known. Most of the children have been with you since they were babies and it will be very hard to say good-bye.

Choose a theme for your pre-school graduation…

Graduation has come to us from across the pond as many things do and we have now embraced this culture as the norm. When planning your pre-school graduation, it is imperative to have a ‘theme’. This sets the torn for the great occasion.

Some of the themes we have had in the pass are:

  • Garden Tea Party
  • The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
  • Awards Day with red carpet rolled out (Hollywood theme)
  • Colour theme

balloon arch




Set the date…

Set a date and time. I find that, after the nursery is close works best as all the children have gone home and you can put all your focus and attention on making this a true momentous occasion. Failing that, another alternative will be in the afternoon from 4pm onwards may be a little quieter. Talk to the children about what they would like. You have already discussed going to ‘Big School’; you are simply asking what kind of party they would like. Their opinions should count too. We like to teach the children a song to sing together to their parents or read a poem together.



pre-school graduation poem


Organise your Pre-school graduation…

Once your theme, date, time is established and a budget agreed, you can start to plan. Your budget need not be grand. Give each staff a responsibility according to their strengths. This will ensure that each staff is participating in the pre-school graduation. Staff can be responsible for;

  1. Invitations (children can make these during art and craft activities), which again will make them feel involved
  2. Making and sourcing decorations
  3. Food (ensure you cater for families with allergies)
  4. Music
  5. Making certificates
  6. Arrangements for the day

Purchase your own gowns and caps, these can last a lifetime. Ensure you have enough gowns and caps for each child. As the children walk up the runway to collect their certificate of achievements, prepare a speech detailing the child’s achievements, to be read as the child walks up the runway to the stage. You can also have a video and images of the child walking up the runway playing in the background. Images from when they started at the nursery till the present time.


pre-school graduation cap and gown


Preparation is key…

Before the actual day, organise some dress rehearsals so the children know what to expect. Preparation is key. Ensure the children know what is going to happen and what is coming next. We always have a staff meeting before the big day in order to prep staff. Where each staff will be should be establish, which staff member is responsible for which children (prepare staff, in the event there is a ‘flight risk’, children crying and running off the stage, what should they do)? Who is on door duty and seating parents? You must establish how many families are coming: i.e.: only parents allowed or grandparents can accompany. This of course will depend on the size of your setting/venue.

You must adhere to GDPR- no photographs to be taken and no filming to take place by guests. Make parents aware of this beforehand. This should be announced during the welcome speech as a reminder. The nursery can take photographs and give these to parents at a small cost or for free.

Important items to remember:

  • Balloons
  • Graduation cake
  • Gowns and caps
  • Favours to give out at the end
  • Food/Drinks/Treats

pre-school graduation cake





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