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Welcome to Sunnybank Nursery

A warm, relaxed, and homely environment for your children

We're open for the children of our Critical Workers, providing support and care in our local community to keep our vital infrastructure running.

A big thank you to all our Critical Workers during these unprecedented times!

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Providing support and love for our local community!

Every day we are providing a range of exciting activities for our Nursery children to take part in at home.

These are displayed via our Facebook Pages and Tapestry accounts.

There are also story and song sessions provided by the Nursery staff to engage our children in our normal Nursery routines.

We encourage you to share these activities with your children and photograph these learning opportunities for their Tapestry journal.

"Elijah misses school and his friends so much! He facetimed a friend last week, that was nice for him to see someone his own age for ten minutes. He wants to know when the end of the weekend is? He watches all the videos, especially the stories with real excitement. Thanks for all you are doing!" - Beth Harrison

"Theo misses you all so much xxx" - Steph Castleton

"It's getting tough now, Sonny's little face asking if he can see you all! :( Thank you for putting a smile on their faces again! xx" - Laura Coleman

"Darcie and Harry miss you all so much xxx" - Natalie Thomas

"The boys miss Nursery so much (Sonny more so) he asks most days if he can see his nursery friends and if the germs have gone xx" - Laura Coleman

"It's nice for Sophie to see alll of your faces! She is missing you all and her friends so much xx"  Laura Bennett

OFSTED Outstanding 2019

We had our most recent OFSTED inspection on 30th June 2019 and are delighted to announce our new grading across all areas is OUTSTANDING!


"The teaching and interactions between the staff and children are of consistently high quality"

"Staff have a secure knowledge of children's next steps in learning, which they identify accurately through high-quality assessments"

"Children make exceptional progress relative to their starting points."

"Children are visibly happy and well settled. They develop incredibly strong bonds with staff. Staff work highly effectively as a team and are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all children. Babies enjoy cuddles and comfort from kind, caring and nurturing staff."

"The dedicated manager and her well-qualified staff team demonstrate exceptional commitment to the continual improvement of the nursery."

"Staff provide an abundance of activities and experiences that provide challenge to all children. Their enthusiasm for teaching and nurturing of children's natural curiosity is apparent in every element of their practice."

Find our report here:

Latest News

This term we have been learning about the different people who help us! We decided to take a trip to Bolsover where we visited lots of different people who help us in and around our community. We LOVED meeting the firemen and looking around the fire engines! We also enjoyed visiting the library, butchers, bakers and vets!

We are very lucky to have our variety of pets at Sunnybank! We have Hughie the Hamster in the Baby Bunnies, Pedro the Hamster in the Minis, Ginny the Gerbil in the Hares and our large African snail, Sherbet! They are all very friendly and proud to be part of our Sunnybank family!

We are supporters of "Hungry Little Minds"

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"Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game.
 And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school."
(Hungry Little Minds Campaign)

About Us

Sunnybank Nursery was established in 1993 and has been in the Cannon Family ever since. Dr Peter Cannon and his wife Alison took sole ownership of the Nursery in 2008 and have led us to be a popular and well sought after setting.

Sunnybank Nursery is registered for children ages 0 - 8 years and provides holiday care for children who have previously attended the Nursery. The Nursery is open from 7am - 6pm Monday - Friday all year round except for Bank Holidays and one week at Christmas.

Sunnybank Nursery provides a warm, relaxed, inclusive and most importantly homely environment in which children can flourish to the best of their capabilities. We pride ourselves in our standards of care and positive relationships with our children, parents and wider families.

Reasons to choose Sunnybank

Sunnybank Nursery provides a warm, relaxed, inclusive and most importantly a homely environment, in which children can flourish to the best of their capabilities.  We provide fun, educational activities and experiences to aid development in all areas and to encourage confidence and independence.  We pride ourselves in our standards of care and positive relationships with children, parents and carers respecting diversity and cultural beliefs.  We have an open door policy where parents and carers can telephone or call in for a chat and a cup of coffee.

All the staff at Sunnybank hold a minimum Level 3 Qualification in Child Care and Development, with our Manager Christine being Level 3 qualified and holding an award in Team Leadership and Management. All the staff also take on extra curricular courses in order to develop their personal performances.  All staff are trained in 1st Aid, Health and Safety, Food Safety, Fire Safety, Additional Needs and Equal Opportunities. The staff work in a manner which is open and honest.  We understand that the relationships which children establish with adults and other children are of central importance in their development. We understand that children need time and space to produce work of quality and depth and they learn most effectively when they are actively involved and interested.  Each member of staff through their appearance, manner and general approach to colleagues, parents and visitors will be able to reflect the high professional standards of the Nursery.



The nursery offers both full and part-time placements as well as a flexible system.  For 'settling-in' purposes and continuity of care, we recommend a minimum of two sessions per week.  However, we are happy to discuss individual requirements.  The nursery prides itself on our ability to be flexible with all our families offering the best service possible.  We endeavour to ensure all our families’ needs are taken into consideration and individual requirements are met.

Full/Part time
These placements are fixed and involve you choosing specific sessions and having those sessions each week.  Once they are agreed, they are secured.  However, should you need to alter a session then provided we have a minimum of one weeks’ notice and availability, you are welcome to change. We always endeavour to try to accommodate parents at short notice.

These placements are designed primarily for parents who work shifts and rarely have two weeks the same.  They are limited and work on a first come, first served basis.  These sessions are only secured once booked and hence advance booking is essential to ensure reliability.

The nursery is located in the small village of Calow that has a school, community centre and is very close to the town centre with numerous local schools.  Our location within the village is on the main A632 road through Calow, but with ample farmlands and rural areas surrounding us providing an excellent short nature walk which the children frequently enjoy.  We are also very close to the nearby village of Arkwright that has a small school with which we hold a strong relationship.  Access is good from Chesterfield, Bolsover and the M1 Motorway.  We have adequate car parking facilities to the rear of the premises.

We believe parents/carers are the most important educators for their children and that by working in partnership with you we can encourage each child to develop and progress. Therefore, from your first tour of the Nursery, we will assign you with a key person who is responsible for your child's well being, learning and development. Your key person will be able to support you with learning at home including toileting etc, discuss building relationships and confidence, prepare you child ready for school when necessary and much more whilst ensuring they are happy and motivated to learn.

At Sunnybank we are committed to promoting British Values. We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all our children and families and celebrate a variety of events and occasions. We promote values in many ways; by teaching children right from wrong at an early age, by teaching and encouraging decision making and democracy, by teaching respect for each others views and values, talking about our feelings and learning about sharing and taking turns during play.

The Nursery is focused on our Mission Statement and feel this reflects British Values.

Since the start of the food hygiene rating system was introduced, we have received the 5 star food hygiene rating awarded by the North East Derbyshire Environmental Health Authority. Our menus are carefully designed and can be viewed on this website. 

Our latest inspection is dated 17th December 2018 and graded 5 stars!

What our customers have to say about Sunnybank