Our nursery is open 8am until 6pm all year round except for bank holidays and the Christmas period. We offer places to children in receipt of government funding for, accept childcare vouchers from a range of companies, and for fee paying places.

We provide full day care and wrap around care for children aged 0-5, open all year round except for Bank Holidays.

All our staff are fully qualified and committed to providing the best care and learning opportunities.

We offer fee paying places and accept Two Year Old Funding, Three Year Old Nursery Education Funding and 30 Hours Funding as well.

“Each child feels safe, very welcome and highly valued. Children thrive in such an environment. They develop a very positive view of themselves as capable and interesting young people.”

May 2019 Ofsted Report: Outstanding in all areas

Our Approach

We strive to create a positive and nurturing environment for children throughout the nursery, creating the strongest possible start to life before they start school. We follow the Early Years Foundation framework to fully support each child’s educational, social,, physical and emotional needs, while always tailoring these plans to the individual needs of each child. All children are encouraged to develop both independence and social skills to support their development.

Our Ethos

We work hard to ensure that your child develops as an individual, whilst helping to nurture and encourage learning through discovery and enjoyment. We aim to provide a childcare setting that:

offers a fun and nurturing environment

offers outstanding education and care

you have confidence in

Our Commitment to You

  • To provide a healthy, secure, caring, warm, vibrant, and happy child-centred environment for all children entrusted to our care.
  • To provide the highest standard of professionalism
  • To recognise the needs and individual expressions of all of our children and to plan and provide activities accordingly.
  • To encourage children to initiate their own activities and make their own choices thus developing independence.
  • To introduce children to different festivals, religions, social heritage and occasions which reflect the values of our culturally diverse society.
  • To work in partnership with Mums, Dads, and caregivers
  • To be inclusive in all of our practices
  • To create a rich and varied environment, with high quality care supporting the learning and development of children through play using the EYFS (early Years Foundation Stage)
  • To create an environment that allows children to learn new skills, develop new interests, encounter new experiences, and build on previous knowledge through play.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Your child’s development is guided by the EYFS guidance. This framework informs both practice and policies across the age range from 0-5. Our childcare day is carefully planned to give a balance of adult led and child led activities. We try to adapt the planned activities to individual children. We want to foster curiosity and retain a sense of awe and wonder so that our children are enthusiastic about new experiences.

What is the EYFS?

It is the stage of a child’s development from birth to the end of their first year at school. The framework outlines how childcare providers should work with children and their families to support their development and needs, and how they should be kept safe and cared for.

Why are years 0-5 so special?

The years from birth to five see the greatest growth and learning for all children. It lays the foundations to allow children to be in good health, to be happy, to feel safe and to be successful. Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.

What can parents and caregivers do?

Parents and caregivers are their child’s first teachers. When they are with you, learning can happen at any time and anywhere. Examples of this include; being generous with praise and cuddles, reading with your children, playing games and singing, and talking about what you can see in the world.

Fees and Funding

There are various types of funding available depending on your circumstance. Many working parents are entitled to childcare working tax credits, and if you are returning to college or training there may be different funding streams available to you. We also accept:

2 year old funding

dependent on individual circumstances

3 year old funding

available to all children the term after their 3rd birthday

30 hours funding

available to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds

Our Admission Criteria

All childcare places are subject to availability and take into account staff, child rations, the age of the child and space requirements. Priority is given to:

  • children who live in the local area.
  • Children who are eligible for the Two Year Old Entitlement Funding.
  • Children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan/Children In Need Plan/Team around the child/family or Looked After Children (LAC).
  • Recommendation of other professionals working with the family.
  • Children with identified development delays.
  • Parents on low income wishing to return to work.
  • Parents who would have to leave their employment if childcare was not available.
  • Those children who already have brothers or sisters in The Sunshine Centre.