Sunflower Day Nursery and Pre-School at Crediton is situated by Queen Elizabeth’s community college at the top of the high Street. Previously a chapel, in January 2001 it was converted into a Children’s Day Nursery and first opened its doors on the 30th April 2001 and was the first nursery in Crediton to open its doors to under 2 provision. The nursery has gone from strength to strength and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ consecutively by Ofsted in 2010 and 2015.
With a range of resources available the staff are able to support your child’s learning through planned opportunities of play that encourages children to become independent learners. Children here can play and explore with resources that they know, become engaged and motivated in their learning and have their own ideas to manipulate the play so that they can create and make links to real life experiences in the home, nursery and community.
The setting has two entrances for ease of access one on the ground floor and one on the first floor.
Through the ground floor back entrance, we have our garden, a moderate size that has been planned to encourage both indoor and outdoor opportunities for learning through play. It is equipped with a climbing wall, sand/water tray, mark making and weaving boards and a role playhouse as well as a basketball hoop for the ball games. An extension to our outside area is our climbing and soft play space that allows further opportunities to develop the gross motor skills children require to negotiate space.
In 2016 we were approached by Crediton Council to work in partnership to enhance opportunities and a love for the outdoors in young children. We took the opportunity to visit and maintain the nature area in People’s Park Green, for children at Sunflower Day Nursery they have regular opportunities to visit the area to refill the bird feeders and investigate the animals and insects that live there. With everything on our doorstep we are able to also visit the local park and shops, you may have seen us out and about with our walking crocodile with children and staff wearing the high Vis jackets.
The ground floor situates the 0-2 year-olds, with a separate low-level division for the under 1’s. It has both carpet and lino to allow for the range of activities that occur during the day as well as an area for meals. The nursery unit is designed to care for the children and support their individual needs and well-being, it is for most their first experience of daycare so the practitioners make every effort to ensure that children feel nurtured, cherished and developed. Therefore attention to their individual care routines is catered for to help the transition to nursery be smooth for both the child, parents and carers. This unit also has the kitchen, changing facilities, toilets and a sleeping room that accommodates children’s needs during the day.
As we make our way to the first floor you are welcomed by a bright entrance hall and our main reception. Here you will also find the office. Through the double doors, you will be surprised at the large, light and airy room that awaits you and what is our 2-5 year provision. Equipped with large windows and air conditioning unit the room provides warmth and coolness all year round.
This room has been designed to accommodate the needs of 2 year-olds while improving opportunities for them to interact and engage with the Pre-School children. With a low-level divide that separates the two rooms each room has a routine that is structured to support the cohort of children that attend to meet the array of individual needs. Both the 2-year room and Pre-School room provides a wealth of opportunities for learning through the continuous provision. It has designated role play, construction, math, mark making malleable and small world areas that the children can access during the day. Furthermore, we have access to a literacy/sleep room and toilet facilities on the same floor.
|SESSION||PRE-SCHOOL||2 YEAR OLDS||BABIES|
|FUNDED SESSIONS||2 YEAR FUNDED||3 YEAR FUNDED||TOP UP HOURS
|EYEF HOURLY RATES||£4.90||£4.06||£5.50*|
*Top up hours will be charged for anything over the 30, 22.5, 15, 11 hours funded sessions. Including any additional hours on a morning or afternoon session.
*Children who attend for sessions covered by 2 year and 3yr old funding only, will continue to be charged for lunch at the rate of £3.00 and high tea at £1.75
*Parents can provide their own lunches/high tea (funded only) and will not be provided with or charged for food
Sunflowers Crediton, 82 High St, EX17 3LA/
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All parents need to complete a registration form to book a place at Nursery. Please collect this from the office or Nursery Manager. Please come and take a visit to the Nursery and ask questions to make sure we are right for your requirements
We ask that parents bring suitable clothing to the Nursery every day. We do spend a lot of time outside or at the park, and children will at times need boots, raincoats or sun hats in order for them to get that most from our outdoor areas. Please ensure that your child has some spare clothes with them each day, clearly named, please. Babies may need additional equipment that will be decided between you and the Key Worker at the time of settling.
Please telephone the Nursery as soon as possible if your child is sick and will not be attending on that day, as staff will be preparing for that child to be part of the day. We need to be aware of serious sickness that can spread easily in order to inform other parents. If your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea they will need to be kept away from the setting for at least 48 hours. This is advice given to us by the Health Protection Agency and actively helps us to manage these issues appropriately. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund any fees for any days missed due to sickness as we will have already put staff in place for that child on that day.
You will receive an invoice before the first day of each month. Fees must be paid two weeks from this date. Fees can be paid by cheque or directly into the setting bank account: details from the respective Nursery. We discourage the use of cash.
We are happy to administer anything that has been prescribed by your Doctor. If your child has a condition that requires any specific intervention, it is essential that you talk to us at the beginning of your child’s time at Nursery so that we can get the appropriate medical advice and training for members of staff who would be working with your child. Of course, you will be expected to fill in forms confirming that you give permission for staff to administer medicine, each and every time you ask us to do so.
We are more than happy for parents to book extra days for their children with us as and when needed. We will do our best to fit your child in. Extra days can be booked through your Nursery Manager. You will be invoiced in the usual way.
We do our very best to make sure that parents are happy with our service. If there is something that you are unhappy about, please go straight to the Manager of the setting and they will do everything possible to sort out the issue.
All children have accidents and whilst we work hard to ensure your children are safe they will have bumps and bruises whilst playing. When this happens we will ask you to sign an accident form when collecting your child to say that you have been told about the accident. For more serious accidents we will, of course, contact you at the time. It is a policy of ours to make certain that parents do not come to the setting unaware that their child has had an accident, so we will endeavour to telephone you if we think it is a valid option.
Please inform Nursery staff if your child has had an accident before coming in on that day, we may ask you to complete a form.
Every child has a key worker who will be introduced to you during the settling in sessions or before if we visit you at your house on the home visit. The key workers’ role is to get to know you and your child. They will be the familiar person to you from the start if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Staff are always in the same rooms, and you will quickly get to know most of them.
2gether funding- application needs to be made via the children’s centre. Children’s information form (CIF) will be provided by the setting and a copy of the birth certificate will need to be provided when submitting your application. Funding can be claimed in the following ways full 11 hours per week over the year or 15 hours per week during term time only. At the beginning of each term, you will be asked to sign a Headcount Claim Form registering the number of hours per week you require.
Grants are only payable during term time and are not payable during holidays and half-term weeks.
More information can be found on the Devon County Councils website and the DFES website