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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!


We have recently had our annual QISP (Quality Improvement Support Programme) inspection from Derbyshire County Council and I am delighted to share with you the results!
The meeting is to ensure the Nursery and team are working well towards the OFSTED descriptors, including safeguarding, teaching and learning, leadership and management, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for children.
The inspection lasted for around 4 hours and is similar to that of an OFSTED inspection, in that strengths, areas for improvements and recommendations are identified.
Our QISP states:
"The environment and learning clearly demonstrate how far the Nursery has progressed and how the staff are always seeking to develop..."
"Lot's of strengths are apparent including key person role, behaviour management, SEND.."
"Over the last year the Nursery have invested both time and money into improving the learning environment for children.."
"The appointment of new staff and redeployment of staff has resulted in increased outcomes for children.."
"Equality, diversity and British Values are evident throughout the Nursery.."
"The Nursery is developing a strong and passionate leadership and management team.. with a clear vision and drive to continue to improve the Nursery.."
"Nursery staff teach well and have a deeper understanding of the links between effective teaching and learning.."
"The setting has made excellent progress in creating a stimulating and welcoming environment.."
"The setting can clearly evidence the progress of all children, demonstrate the range of development that children are working within and show where gaps are closing.."
Our only recommendation is to:
"Visit a setting graded 'Outstanding' to oversee planning and assessment cycles and teaching and learning opportunities.."
As you can imagine we are delighted with this feedback and thank you for all your support over the last year!

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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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