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Welcome to Sunnybank Nursery

A warm, relaxed, and homely environment for your children

About Us

Sunnybank was set up in 1993 by the Cannon family with the vision to provide a warm, relaxed and friendly environment in which children can thrive. In short a place we would be happy to let our own children attend. Jo Warrior [nee Cannon] was the driving force at that time, a senior midwife with a strong grasp on the important elements of childcare.
After firmly establishing Sunnybank as a leading Childrens' Nursery in the area, Jo emigrated in 2008. However, the Nursery remained in family ownership with her brother, Peter Cannon and his wife Alison at the helm. Peter is a GP and Alison a School Nurse. They have developed the Nursery whilst keeping Health and Wellbeing at the top of every agenda.
Going forward we believe that the future is bright for children coming through our Nursery.

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DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES we will be postponing Fete Week.

This will now take place the week commencing 9th July. The theme will still be a Bug's Life and we will still be holding: Baking and Craft Day, Fancy Dress Day, Activity Day, Messy Garden Day and the Hares Graduation followed by a BBQ for all the Nursery on the Friday!


20.06.2018 - We had our annual audit from Derbyshire County Council - and WOW what amazing feedback!
The Early Years inspector commented how rapidly progressing the Nursery is and how well we provide for your children - we have NO recommendations!
I am extremely proud of my staff team and their achievements - as I'm sure so are you!

Some feedback included:
*Throughout our QISP discussion it was clearly evident that the managers are ambitious and have high expectations for all – the pursuit of excellence is clearly demonstrated!
*The views and opinions of all e.g. management, staff, parents and children are clearly taken into account and are included in the setting Self evaluation. This file contains a wealth of evidence e.g. parent questionnaires, room observations, staff meeting details, mock Ofsted’s, various audits, in-house/external/online training, dissemination of training, ‘thank you’ cards etc., brain storming ideas, hotspot observations, evidence of child votes etc. The SEF also contains action plans linked to Ofsted expectations e.g. leadership and management, teaching, learning and assessment etc. ensuring that the nursery are driving the quality of the nursery forwards.
*Management monitor the development of practice through the use of room observations (focus on children being happy & engaged, O.A.P system, the learning environment, adult led/child initiated learning, resources, staff interactions skills etc. This monitoring alongside other systems e.g. modelling practice, supervision/appraisals, better staff/working relationships, strong and clear expectations of management ensures that the quality of teaching is consistently strong.
*Children with identified needs e.g. SEND, EAL identified and targeted early e.g. through initial assessments, CMT/PDMT, identified for additional support from other professionals, receive ETAYS funding etc. Setting have evidence that gaps are closing for these children
* Tracking demonstrates that children are making progress and children are well prepared for school.
*Funding is well spent on allocated children and the setting ensure they include the voices of all involved to help identify spending
* Safeguarding is extremely strong throughout nursery
*Massive impact on the learning environment since last visit, setting have continued to support the development of the nursery both with time and money. The nursery have created a calmer more relaxed and natural environment. They are providing more open ended resources & loose parts. Changes to the environment have enabled children to access resources easily and have promoted independence e.g. self-service lunch & snacks, easy access to coats etc
* Behaviour management is strong and the setting promote positive behaviour management strategies e.g. the use ‘do’s’ rather than ‘don’ts’, implement golden rules consistently, use ‘good’ listening and ‘good’ sitting bears, children behave well throughout. Staff model and demonstrate good behaviour.
* Setting has high attendance records e.g. travellers, 2 yr funded

The full report is available at Nursery to read 

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Meet the Staff


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 30th May 2017 and graded 5 stars!

We currently have weekly Spanish lessons for the children in the pre-school room.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our older children to gain knowledge and awareness through an alternative language as well as to explore cultural differences.  The 20 minute lessons run on Tuesday mornings between 9:30am - 10am and are taken by a qualified Spanish Teacher.  The children explore stories, songs and rhymes as well as looking at colours, numbers and shapes in the Spanish Language.  If you are interested in your child taking up this additional activity, then please speak to a member of the staff team.

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