About Us

Nursery Environment

The nursery and it's environment are very important to the ethos of the nursery, designed with the children in mind and being aware of the importance of space. Sunflowers hope to provide a safe, bright, friendly atmosphere which is welcoming to both parents and children.

The nursery is a purpose built single storey building with two main playrooms (Ladybirds and Caterpillars). Additional rooms are a bathroom with four toilets and a sluice, office, family room, kitchen and hall.
All play areas are well resourced and have a large amount of quality equipment. Additional resources are stored in the main cupboard in Ladybirds. Additional art and craft materials are stored in the main cupboard in Caterpillars.

Child development
The staff at Sunflowers will record, and celebrate your child's achievements; we do this by recording your child's development and progress through Observations, Timed Observations, Photo's and Assessments.
Our Observations will help us identify your child's strengths and areas for development; also we will identify their interests and the way in which they learn. Your child's key person will be actively promoting progress through individual next steps.
Your child's records called, The Learning Diaries, will give you information about how your child is achieving within the Early Years Foundation Stage and are available for Parents/Carers to view in your child's play room. Learning Diaries will be sent home on regular occasions, we encourage parents and carers to contribute to the diary.
The Early Years foundation Stage covers the period from 0-until the end of the reception year at school, your key person will record your child's progress through the 3 Prime area's and 4 Specific area's of development.
Prime areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

Specific areas
Mathematics
Literacy
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Designs

You will be provided with further information for your guidance about the Early Years Foundation stage on admission.

Testimonials

Parent Questionnaire:

'Good Variety of hot meals'

'I feel my childs confidence and self esteem has grown and matured during his time at Nursery'

'I am certainly going to miss coming after almost 8 years, you have a lovely group of staff'

'The level of safety in my opinion is very high as I know the password system is secure'

'It is a well maintained building and gardens which is nice for the children at all times'

Ofsted 2014 

"Childrens behaviour is exemplary" Ofsted 2014

"The learning environments are fully inclusive and exceptionally well organised to encourage children to make decisions for themselves" Ofsted 2014

"Children have numerous opportunities to be outside and active in an exceptionally well equipt outdoor environment"  Ofsted 2014

"Children are confident communicators and they chat to their friends and confidently join in with group conversations" Ofsted 2014

"The Key person system is very well established and used effectively to ensure children are happy and settled" Ofsted 2014

"There are exceptionally robust procedures in place to support children's individual self care needs thorough routines" Ofsted 2014

Reggio Approach

The Reggio approach is based on the principle that children must have some control over the direction of their learning. Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing. Children have relationships with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore.

The central reason that a child must have control over his or her day to day activity is that learning must make sense from the child's point of view.
Reggio traditionally works with-in the community and encourages parental involvement. We have a circle of friends which is made up of the community members and businesses that the children interact with when projects are relevant. Parents are encouraged to share skills, to view documentation and to have an input into the nursery running. Parents are also viewed as highly valued teachers to their children and are respected as such. 
The Reggio environment is referred to as the third teacher and is crucial to the Reggio programme. The major aim is to provide an environment that encourages exploration and has many opportunities for the children to be creative.

The curriculum is based on projects that are based on real life problem solving among peers with numerous opportunities for creative thinking and exploration. The topic investigation may derive from observations of the children's play or on the basis of interest or social concern.
Projects begin with staff observing and questioning the children about a topic of interest. Based on the children's responses, teachers introduce materials, questions and opportunities that provoke children to further explore the topic. Projects are documented and directly related to the early year's foundation stage.

Nursery and environment

The Nursery is based around two playrooms Ladybirds and Caterpillars both well appointed and spacious, in a purpose built nursery. The rooms are generous in space with lots of natural light, there is direct access to outside areas and the rooms is well equipt with age appropriate resources.

The nursery is a single floor building with wheelchair access throughout.

The rooms have been created with the needs of young children in mind with lots of cosy spaces and soft furnishings. While we have a vibrant learning environment we have endeavored to create a homely feeling to ensure comfort and security for all children.