Sunshine Day Nursery, Redcar, Cleveland & Teesside
Sunshine Day Nursery, Redcar, Cleveland & Teesside
Sunshine Day Nursery, Redcar, Cleveland & Teesside

Sunshine Day Nursery opened in 1989 and takes a holistic approach to learning and child development. Each room at the nursery has numerous resources which offer children the chance to learn and develop in a secure, stimulating and friendly environment.

The highly experienced and qualified staff team is passionate about early education and they are dedicated to guiding, supporting and educating children from six weeks to 11 years of age.

The nursery’s software system and phone app allows staff to seamlessly communicate with parents, sharing key information and regular picture and video updates, ensuring peace of mind and providing an insight into the highly enriching activities that go on daily at Sunshine. Alongside this, the team observes each child daily and assesses their development stages against the EYFS (early years foundation stage) using an app to follow development and plan for next steps. This is shared with parents termly and is an invaluable tool designed to ensure they are able to work in partnership for the best interest of the child.

The nursery has robust safeguarding procedures to ensure that the children in their care are safe and secure, allowing them the freedom to grow and develop within a resource rich environment.

Owner: Josh, Sonia & Gary Hawthorne

Person in charge: Josh Hawthorne (Managing Director)

Local Authority / Social Services: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Number of Staff: 19

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Total Places for Children: 71

Age Range: from 0 years 2 months to 11 years 11 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays

Fees Guide: Full-time place £165 p/w. Full day £37, half day £26, School collection and after-school £15, Breakfast club and school drop off £10

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Reviews

9.7 Sunshine Day Nursery has a Review Score of 9.7 (9.672)

The Review Score of 9.7 (maximum of 10) for Sunshine Day Nursery is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.9 out of 5 from 13 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Sunshine Day Nursery in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.8 out of 5 from 11 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.897 for Sunshine Day Nursery is calculated as follows: ( (140 Excellents x 5) + (16 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 156 Ratings = 4.897

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 4.775 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Sunshine Day Nursery is based on 11 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 14.2 positive Reviews (71 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 11 Reviews ÷ 14.2 Target = 0.775

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    12
  • Good
    1
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Sunshine Day Nursery?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    13
  • Likely
    0
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Sunshine Day Nursery

  • Mother of Child
    13

Great nursery and all the staff are lovely. They all love their job and are great with all the children. My son has come on loads here and he loves attending. I always feel happy to know that I'm leaving him somewhere and I don't have to worry. I will also get updates throughout the day from the new family page so I can see what he's doing each day, knowing he's getting all his meals. Lunch is home cooked and there is always a verity of food and everyone is always helpful. All in all a great family run business. I would recommend to anyone and I wouldn't send my children anywhere else.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sunshine Nursery is fantastic with my son. He loves attending and I feel, him going there has really helped with his development. The staff are all lovely and I have never had any problems with the nursery. I would definitely recommend this nursery to my friends and family.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been attending Sunshine Day Nursey from the age of 9 months and continues to attend to date. The difficult task of finding a place of safety, happiness and reassurance is paramount to all parents, which is why I am honest when I say this nursery provides just that.
From her journey of starting the nursery, not only has her personal development in leaps and bounds but her social and interaction skills too. Conversations about her day are her favourite.
The staff working at the nursery are just fantastic, not only do they provide the reassurance you wish for when dropping your child off for the day but also updating you with daily activities and achievement.
The nursery itself is situated in a fairly quiet location with very accessible parking for drop-offs and pick-ups.
There is also a safe, fun and equipped outside area for children to play.
Since being recommended this nursery, 2 years ago, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to family or friends.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I looked into a lot of nurseries and childminders for my son and came across Sunshine Day Nursery turned up unannounced, everything was fantastic.
Staff are very friendly and welcoming. My little boy has come on leaps and bounds since starting here.
Couldn't fault this nursery or the staff and would highly recommend to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I would recommend anyone with children to use this nursery. They are very thorough in everything they do with the children.
I have used Sunshine for a number of years with my two eldest children and they came on leaps and bounds with their social aspects and learning.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been to this nursery since he turned 2 years, he's now 3 years 7 months. When he first started he was very emotional, because he had never been away from me. The staff reassured him and they were so professional, kind, caring and supportive.
My son loves this nursery and adores the staff, they are supportive and if you need advice with anything they will help you, they are amazing. My son is going to miss this nursery and the staff when he goes to school full-time.
I would recommend this nursery to anyone it's the best by far

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My children love Sunshine Day Nursery. They feel happy and safe there, they undertake a range of activities and are supported and looked after well. They have developed relationships with the staff who run the after school club and really enjoy their time at Sunshine Day Nursery.

As I parent I trust the staff implicitly, I have no doubts or concerns about the safety of my children or the standard of provision.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has been to Sunshine Day Nursery since she was 5 months old and is now 10 years old. She has always enjoyed her time at the setting and the staff have always been helpful, supportive and flexible.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Both my children go to Sunshine Day Nursery and have done since they were 9 months old. I would highly recommend this Nursery to anyone and everyone!! The contact between management and parents is great, they're always available if needed. The practitioners and management are amazing with my boys, they play a big role in their lives. It's also set at an average cost and overall been excellent all round!

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My two children attend age 2.5 and 10. The eldest has been coming since she was 3 and the youngest since she was 6 months. They were fully supportive of breast feeding on my return to work which really helped me to continue. Yes, the place is clean, well equipped and they do all the usual activities including messy play, outside time, stories and singing. But for me it's things like the staff seem to stay (some for the last 7 years), they show great emotional warmth to my children, have the skills to quickly change a tantrummy toddler refusing to let go of mum to one that's smiling and too busy to care that I'm leaving. They are full of reassurances that she's happy once I've left and encourage calls to check if you are at all worried. They have never made me feel like a silly parent for doing this.

For us it's like having extended family that want the best for our kids, it's a wonderful environment that's very free flowing.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

Incredible nursery, the staff are outstanding. I feel they're an extended family and my children love going to Nursery. The progress my children have made, the support I have been given from the nursery for new routines and advice has been brilliant.
I'm lucky enough that my children are young enough to stay here for the future.
There are great facilities for all ages for children! I would recommend this nursery to anyone!

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My daughter has attended this nursery everyday since the age of 2 (my daughter is nearly 5) and my son from the age of 6 months (nearly 3 now).
I would recommend this nursery to anyone. Watching my children happily grow with confidence has given me such ease, as a parent we all know hard it is trusting others our children, but I can honestly say I trust each and every member of staff.

All the staff from managers, deputy's and nursery assistants are very professional as well as friendly and reliable. I always know exactly what my children have done throughout the day, who they have played with and what they have eaten.

This nursery offers so much for children for there interaction and socials skills.
They also have a 2build a profile scheme which is amazing for parents to look at their child's children's progress.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Sonia Hawthorne, Manager at Sunshine Day Nursery responded to this review on 14 Jun 2016:

Thank you so much for taking time to review our setting. We are happy that you are confident leaving your children in our care and that you can see how well the team deliver learning opportunities to engage their interests. We agree that the 2simple package is an invaluable resource enabling us to work together in the best interest of your children, sharing our observations and knowledge of them as individuals, to plan for their next steps and is also a wonderful record of their progress for you to keep and share with your children and the rest of your family and friends

My daughter has being attending Sunshine Day Nursery since she was just under/over one years of age. The nursery has always being brilliant, the staff are welcoming, kind and professional and you can see this within the quality of their work within the setting.
Children constantly have good resources which they have have constant access to and are well looked after at all times. I also love the fact that they have access to outside every single day no mater the weather which is fab as this children love this and the outside areas are great as well as indoors.
Not only are the staff kind but they are also very knowledgeable within the areas of the eyfs, this is also reflected within the activities provided for the children and within reports you receive back for your child. The staff here don't work here for a 'job' they work here because they are passionate about children and their education and care.
Can't recommend enough.

How likely would you be to recommend Sunshine Day Nursery? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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Josh Hawthorne

Job Title: Managing Director

Joined: 2016

Description:

Josh started back full-time at Sunshine in October 2016, having completed a PhD and 2 masters degrees at the University of Leeds.

Josh's passion for the early years stems back to the great start and excellent education he got at Sunshine from when it was opened in 1989 by his mum Sonia. Having studied extensively and been heavily involved in research, Josh felt that the time was right to use his passion for learning, teaching and research to take over the running of Sunshine.