The Sunflower Children's Centre

Victoria Street, Newton, Hyde SK14 4AA

The Sunflower Children's Centre is an innovative day nursery offering full flexible day care and a support partnership for parents.

Sunflower is owned and managed by Mums who want to deliver the best care possible, to innovate and educate each unique child and to ensure they have the best start in the important early years.

As a paperless nursery they have a transparent electronic learning system which enables parents to access their child's learning 24/7. Throughout the day parents receive electronic updates, enabling them to feel part of their child's day and meaning they don't miss any precious moments.

The Sunflower Children's centre is a purposely built secure setting, designed to ensure children have continuous access to a covered outside area whatever the weather. The outdoor area provides natural surfaces and is being set up by experienced practitioners to ensure children have the correct resources to excite and engage, encouraging enthusiastic learners.

Group: The Sunflower Group

Person in charge: Dawn Gibbons (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Number of Staff: 25

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

Total Places for Children: 75

Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 5 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0730-1800

When Closed: Bank Holidays & 1 week at Christmas

Fees Guide: Full Day £42, Half Day £30, Full Week £185. Flexible sessions available by enquiry.

Admission Information: No admission restrictions. We are a flexible setting subject only to availability.

Visiting:

They Have an Open Door Policy so please feel free to call in at a time convenient for you.

Parking:

They have a Car Park to the side of the building.

Overview

The Review Score of 9.9 (maximum of 10) for The Sunflower Children's Centre 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 15 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Sunflower Children's Centre in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.9 out of 5 from 14 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

Detailed Breakdown

  • 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 4.933 for The Sunflower Children's Centre is calculated as follows: ( (167 Excellents x 5) + (12 Goods x 4) ) ÷ 179 Ratings = 4.933

  • 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 4.933 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Sunflower Children's Centre is based on 14 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 15 positive Reviews (75 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 14 Reviews ÷ 15 Target = 0.933

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

9.9 The Sunflower Children's Centre has a Review Score of 9.9 (9.866)

Average Ratings

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    15
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How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre?

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Reviewer Connection to The Sunflower Children's Centre

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    10
  • Father of Child
    3
  • Grandmother of Child
    2

My granddaughter attends the nursery three days a week. She is looked after by confident and competent staff all who are caring and comforting when they greet her each morning. During the day she is given many valuable opportunities and experiences to grow and learn new and exciting things. She is very well looked after which gives us pease of mind that she is in safe hands. She loves coming to the nursery thank you to all the outstanding staff at sunflower children’s centre.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I find Sunflower to be an amazing nursery, my daughter loves going there and when I pick her up she tells me how much fun she has had all day, would recommend this nursery to anyone.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Could not be happier with the nursery. Was excellent with my child and he enjoyed every day he went.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I have tried quite a few nurseries in the area due to job changes and The Sunflower is by far the best. The staff are the most pleasant and friendly bunch of people, and very caring which was so reassuring as I work long hours and nothing was too much trouble. The facilities help with potty training, and meals for my daughter were outstanding. Highly recommend.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son attended The Sunflower from baby room all the way up to preschool. I've always been reassured as a parent that Sunflower, Hyde provided my child with outstanding care. The partnership with the parents, I felt was above and beyond what I thought I would receive. Both me and my husband loved the daily connect app. We can log on all day to see how our son was doing. We have photos which showed him happily playing or taking part in activities, it even shows us what he had for lunch and how many nappies were changed. Looking around Sunflower and the safety features it provided with internal locking doors and gated off areas, made us really feel at ease they safety was at an extremely high standard. The practitioners in each room are fantastic and the managers would always help in any queries we had.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

Would highly recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre they have been great with my daughter in all areas.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My little girl has been going to Sunflower nursery since she 11 months to now 2 and a half years and she can stay there until she goes to school as they accept the 30 free hours for 3-year-olds. She loves circle time, playing in the large outdoor area and making lots of things.
It's a great nursery and I love getting the updates at work on what she is doing online and pictures really put me at ease that she is having a nice day as I found it really hard to leave her.
They are really reliable when I have been stuck for childcare other days and they have managed to help me and let her come extra days or I have had to change days at work they have always been great at anything I need to change.
They always keep you updated on what's going on and do special days and parties over special times of year. They also offer other things like a coffee once you have dropped them off to have on your way to work and babysitting extras as well.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.7 out of 5

Absolutely fantastic nursery and the staff are like our extended family. Our Triplets love going which gives my partner and I peace of mind. We love daily connect it gives us access to the children's activities during the day whilst we are at work and all 3 of our children are on track and exceeding in all development areas.
Highly recommended 5* plus.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

One of the things that really impressed me about the nursery was the amount of training that the staff attended. The nursery has their own training scheme that all staff are part of and this sounded fantastic and certainly was evident throughout their methods of delivery with the children. When we first viewed for my grandson we looked at many nurseries in the area and found that Sunflower had the best team of experienced and qualified staff who were also all First Aid trained.

My grandson attended nursery up until July 2017 when he left to go to school. He progressed so well within the classes and became a confident school-ready learner. I was a teacher for 40 years and I would have loved to teach in such a wonderful learning environment.

I can guarantee that any further grandchildren will attend the nursery - there would not be any other choice for our family.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I couldn’t recommend this nursery enough! Our four-year-old daughter has been going there since she was 9 months old and she has developed into a very confident, clever and independent young lady. The staff are so warm, friendly and reassuring. In the early days when I found it very difficult to leave her there, the staff would send me pictures of my smiling daughter to ease my mind. You get sent updates all day long, telling you what your child has eaten and learned that day. The nursery also takes the older children on day trips to farms and parks whenever they can. My daughter has so much fun there and has made so many friends and lovely memories.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

My son has been going to Sunflower nursery for a few months, since going he has come on so much! All the staff that work there are lovely. I also really love receiving updates throughout the day using the app.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

I tell everyone I know how brilliant Sunflower Children's Centre is. From the friendly welcoming at reception to the amazing staff that look after my little one. The way they keep you informed on daily activities, the healthy food that is served and the endless amount of learning that goes on within Sunflower. I wouldn't want my little one anywhere else x

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Average Rating:   4.9 out of 5

My 16-month-old absolutely loves the 2 days a week he spends at Sunflower. He never gets upset at drop off - he's always excited to see the staff and his little pals, and when I pick him up he's always excitedly trying to tell me what he's been up to.

I love the fact that I get updated throughout the day with pictures and information about the activities they've been doing, how long he's slept, what he's eaten, etc. They do a wide variety of activities, and always get some time outdoors which is great. I never worry about him - I always know he's being well looked after.

The management and staff are really thoughtful and arrange some lovely events for the children - the Christmas party with a visit from Father Christmas was a particular highlight! They obviously really do care about the children and want them to have lots of lovely experiences.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.6 out of 5

Both my children have attended this nursery and I would absolutely recommend to everyone we know. I have 4 nurseries within walking distance of my house but chose Sunflower even though we have to drive to get there because of how amazing it is. The place feels like home everyone is treated like family and I love the holistic approach of learning through play. Letting the children get mucky in their mud kitchens and looking after tadpoles playing outside in their wonderful outdoor space. Both my children have excelled, being there was definitely the best decision I made choosing Sunflower. I am so glad I didn't just pick the most convenient nursery for me but the best nursery for my children.

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Average Rating:   5 out of 5

The staff are lovely. My daughter loves time at this nursery, she has been to another nursery closer to home, which neither my child nor I liked. It takes me 40 minutes on the bus to get to Sunflower, but it's worth it. I would highly recommend. There are so many different activities. The outdoor playground is amazing. The best nursery for my daughter.

How likely would you be to recommend The Sunflower Children's Centre? Extremely Likely

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Average Rating:   4.8 out of 5

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Staff Profiles

Elaine

Elaine Sagar

Job Title: CEO

Joined: 2014

Description:

Elaine has over 20 years experience in education. Her career started in Further Education before joining the Early
Years Sector in 2008. Elaine has many qualifications in business, management and education including childcare.

Elaine uses her kaleidoscope of knowledge to lead her team to ensure they deliver the best for all our children.

Her passion for children's learning and imagination is visible throughout the setting.

Elaine is mum to two boys , Jamie who passed at 17, and Zeb (13)

Dawn

Dawn Gibbons

Job Title: Manager

Joined: 2014

Description:

Dawn Gibbons completed a BA Honors in Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool University.

When you meet Dawn, her passion for educating children along with her wealth of experience oozes out in everything she does.

Dawn is mum to Charlie (22 months) in Seedlings.

Natalie

Natalie Hozsowskyj

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2014

Description:

Natalie is an experienced member of the management team who has had a career change to child care in 2013. Natalie has completed her level 2 in childcare and supports in all areas of the centre.

Natalie is mum to Jenson (20 months) in Seedlings.

Andrina

Andrina Biddle

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Joined: 2014

Description:

Andrina has worked in child care for 14 years , She has a level 4 in child care and education.

Andrina has a passion for language development and has completed further training to specialise in this area such as every child a talker and chatter matters.

Andrina has two boys and they are both in high school.

Andrina states "My commitment to you"

I will care and educate your child

I will work together as parents as partners

I will provide a safe and stimulating environment of your child

Nicola

Nicola Kirkham

Job Title: Senior Practitioner/Room Leader

Joined: 2014

Description:

Nicola is a level 4 Senior Practitioner . Having achieved outstanding practice Nicola is perfect to lead her team to deliver the best for our inquisitive 2 year olds .