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Closure Of Cotton Socks Nursery

Due the sale of our Aylesbury premises to developer we are unfortunately faced with no option other than close our nursery on 31st January, which we have operated successfully since 2002. We therefore wish to thank all parents whose children have attended and supported Cotton Socks Nursery during this time. Also, our dedicated staff team who are either relocating to other positions with Sunhill Daycare or have found other positions in Aylesbury. We understand there is adequate alternative childcare provision in Aylesbury and wish all parents and children well for the future. 

Our first London Nursery venture

During November Sunhill completed the acquisition of Toddle-On-Inn at Peckham Rye, an up and coming area of South London. The nursery will in future be known as Sunhill Early Learning – Peckham. The acquisition of this 77 place modern nursery is Sunhill’s second addition during 2019  after acquiring Abacus Early Learning. This represents our first venture into the capital where we are seeking further acquisitions.

Sunhill acquire Abacus Early Learning –  Colchester

We are delighted to annouce the acquisition of a new nursery in Essex to replace our Basildon Nursery, which was forced to close last year due to redevelopment of the site. Abacus Early Learning at Braiswick Park, provides professional childcare based on modern Early Years Teaching by an experienced team designed meet the individual needs of each child  Abacus features include secure purpose built premises on a primary school site, experienced staff team with access to Forest school facilities.

Granta Park Montessori Nursery 2018 opens

Granta Park Montessori Nursery opened its doors in their new premises on Monday 25th June 2018. Operated by Sunhill Daycare, a maximum of 90 places are offered between the opening hours of 7:30 am – 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.

The new premises has been carefully designed to offer children a stimulating and exciting environment to play and learn in. Each room has its own secure outdoor area, offering all children interesting and challenging experiences both indoors and outdoors in all weathers. The outdoor area has been created to develop children’s early science skills, and to help promote children’s creative and critical thinking. Follow link below for official opening by South Cambs MP Heidi Allen.

Sunhill’s Apricot Day Nursery, at Longsands Academy, St Neots are celebrating after being judged ‘Outstanding’ on their recent Ofsted inspection.

The report said: ‘Leadership is exemplary. The extremely sharp focus to inspire and support staff combined with the rigorous review and monitoring of every aspect of the provision significantly contributes to the outstanding level of care and education they provide. Children greatly benefit from this and gain excellent skills to help prepare them for their future learning.’

Nursery Manager, Donna Fraser said: ‘As a team we have worked extremely hard to achieve this grading, and we are very pleased that our efforts have paid off’.

A GOOD judgment in all areas – St Nicholas Nursery Hemel Hempstead

The inspectors were complimentary of the very high standards of practice and praised areas such as our “excellent” planning system and the staff teams very strong knowledge of safeguarding and the prevent duty, and British values. They complimented the welcoming staff team and how well they work together.

Inspectors praised our thorough recruitment, induction and supervision procedures. Behaviour of children was very good and children are inquisitive and keen learners. Parental involvement is very strong and parents speak very highly of the setting.

Apricot Pre-school and Out of School Club judged ‘Outstanding’ – Ofsted report

Apricot Pre-school and Out of School Club has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ judgement by Ofsted in a glowing report which praised the quality of teaching, parent partnership and effectiveness of the leadership. Leader Vicki Hill, said: “We are absolutely delighted.  We have worked extremely hard to achieve this grading, particularly in light of the new focus around children’s teaching and learning and are very pleased that our efforts have paid off.”

The inspector praised the quality of teaching throughout her report and noted: “Teaching is of outstanding quality across the staff team and fully meets individual children’s needs”

Castle Montessori – Berkhamsted, Lilliput – Basildon, St Nicholas – Hemel Hempstead and Sunhill – Royston have all been awarded 5 stars for Health and Hygiene

On a recent food hygiene inspections, the forgoing nurseries were awarded 5 stars, which equates to excellent. One inspector said, ‘the structural finish, cleanliness and food safety management were found to be of a high standard, and I have no food hygiene recommendations to make’.
Lilliput also holds a Healthy Eating award for the quality of its food. New menus have recently been introduced devised under food nutritionalist supervision. Identical menus are used throughout all Sunhill Nurseries.

New Projects

Sunhill Daycare continues to seek potential acquisitions and new development locations, which could benefit from provision of quality childcare provision in the South East.

Early reservation reductions apply at certain nurseries.

Nurseries operate more efficiently when working at full capacity, we are therefore offering generous reductions on first year’s fees where we have excess capacity. Depending on how early reservations are made, savings up to 10% on first year’s fees for advanced booking (one year in advance) are now offered on a first come basis at certain nurseries. Contact Support Services for details on 01763 247474 or e-mail for details.

All Sunhill Nurseries offer 30 hours government funded Free childcare subject to availability at each nursery location.

However parents should be aware this is not being adequately funded by government and is therefore being partly subsidised by private providers. This necessitate charges for meals plus a slightly higher hourly rate for additional hours over 30, nevertheless parents still benefit financially by an additional 15 hours free childcare per weeks.

Don’t forget you can register and pay your registration fee on-line just click Applications

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    Sunhill Daycare (Europe) Limited
    PO Box 157
    Royston Hertfordshire
    SG8 9WY

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