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Sunflower Nursery Cambourne

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Sunflower Nursery Cambourne provides high quality childcare and education. We work in partnership with parents and have a strong community ethos. Sunflower at Cambourne has a unique atmosphere which owes much to its well trained and highly motivated staff.

The L-shaped purpose built nursery is divided into two areas: one for the older children (over 2 yrs) and one for younger children (6 months-2 yrs). Children progress through the different rooms as they get older and are ready for the next room. Nursery staff plan and organise a range of activities for children each day, and they are free to make their own choices as to what they want to do. Activities will be provided both indoors and outdoors and children are encouraged to move freely between the two areas.

All the rooms have free flow access to their own fully equipped gardens. The children do a lot of exciting creative, messy and imaginative activities. We have a safe off-road parking area, located behind the nursery which is ideal for nursery drop offs and pick ups. Within the nursery we have a buggy area where you can leave your buggy or car seats during the working day.

Opening hours are 8am to 6pm with full and half day sessions available. We have another Sunflower Nursery in Cambridge

What our parents say about Sunflower Cambourne

“I would recommend the nursery, it had done wonders for my son’s development, confidence and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“I honestly can’t say one bad thing about Sunflower @ Cambourne. Both my kids have attended for about a year now. They are happy there.”

Sunflower Nursery Cambourne children and staff playing with wooden food

“Really happy with the care provided for my daughter- if I wasn’t, she wouldn’t still be attending!”

“The staff are lovely, welcoming and friendly and the management is fantastic.”

Let us know how we’re doing! You can write a review about Sunflower Nursery here

Life at Sunflower Nursery Cambourne

Sunflower Children's Nurseries Cambourne children and staff playing with wooden food

We currently welcome 75 children aged from 6 months up to 5 years. The L-shaped purpose built nursery is divided into two areas: one for the older children (over 2 yrs) and one for younger children (6 months–2 yrs). Children progress through the different rooms as they get older and are ready for the next room. All the rooms have free flow access to their own fully equipped gardens.

The children do a lot of exciting creative, messy and imaginative activities. The atmosphere at Sunflower is homely, combining fun, care and learning. The nursery values and respects children as individuals with their own unique personalities and needs. As we are also committed to helping children develop at their own pace, we liaise closely with parents to ensure that we accommodate their child’s routine, likes and dislikes.We have a safe off-road parking area, which is ideal for nursery drop offs and pick ups. Within the nursery we have a buggy area where you can leave your buggy or car seats during the working day.

Nursery Fees – 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021

Child and staff with Henna tattoos at Sunflower Children's Nurseries Day rate (1-4 days per week)

Cygnets (6m-2yrs) £61.23

Hedgehogs (2-2 1/2yrs) £58.26

Badgers (2-3yrs) £58.26

Swans (3+yrs) £64.77

Full time day rate (5 days per week)

Cygnets (6m-2yrs) £55.11

Hedgehogs (2- 2 1/2yrs) £52.44

Badgers (2-3yrs) £52.44

Swans (3+yrs) £58.26

Half day rate (1-5 days per week)

Cygnets (6m-2yrs) £33.61

Hedgehogs (2- 2 1/2yrs) £32.15

Badgers (2-3yrs) £32.15

Swans (3+yrs) £32.40

Deposits 1 day £50 2-3 days £100 3+ days £200

Subsidised childcare is available at Sunflower Nurseries, offering financial assistance with the cost of nursery places for families which have low incomes and are in need of childcare. Read more information here

Parent information

Affordability We offer the following childcare support options at our nurseries: • 15 hour Funding for 2 and 3 year olds • 30 hour Funding for 3 year olds • Tax Free Childcare Sunflower Nursery Cambourne child playing with toy car Funding is allocated over 50 weeks at 11.4 hours a week for eligible 2 year olds and 3 year olds or 22.8 hours a week for eligible 3 year olds. Families do have to apply for these offers and must meet the Government set eligibility criteria for this. You can do this online at Bursary Fund CHS and Sunflower Nurseries have a bursary fund that families on low income can apply for. Please ask a member of staff for more information. Care to Learn The Care to Learn scheme is offered to students under 20 who are studying in higher education. You can find out more online at Childcare Vouchers Your company may be able to help you with your childcare costs by providing childcare vouchers. You can find out more online at

Nursery Life Frequently Asked Questions

What is the adult to child ratio?

We adhere to Ofsted regulations with our ratios. Our ratio for 0-2 years is 1:3, 2-3 years is 1:4, 3+ years is 1:8.

Do you have a separate sleep room for babies?

Yes – at Sunflower Cambridge our babies are in a separate unit from the nursery and this has play rooms and a sleep room.

My child is used to being with me, how will my child settle at nursery?

We offer home visits and up to 3 settling in sessions for our new children. We will also keep regular contact with you and you can call the nursery if your child was upset when you dropped off. We have an induction for your child when you can discuss your child’s needs with your child’s key worker and your child can get to know the surroundings and the setting.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Frequently Asked Questions

What is this?

Our nurseries in England are required to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Every child is unique and we use the EYFS framework to take every child’s unique qualities into account when planning their day. If you would like to know more information about the EYFS, you can visit the Foundation Years site at

PANTS (Safeguarding)

Child abuse can take many forms. It can be emotional, physical, sexual or a lack of love and attention through neglect. And it can happen to any child, in any family, in any place or online. Abuse often happens over a period of time, rather than as a one-off event, and can have a devastating effect on a child’s development and society as a whole. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can all play our part in preventing abuse. And we can all help a child who’s experienced abuse to get their life back on track. PANTS is a national campaign produced by the NSPCC. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. P – Privates are private A – Always remember your body belongs to you N – No means No T – Talk about secrets that upset you S – Speak up someone can help More information on PANTS is available online at

What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural Capital in early years is now applicable within the new EIF (Education Inspection Framework) from September 2019. Children arrive at an early years setting with different experiences from their homes/cultures in their learning and play. They will have different social experiences and sometimes these are limited to some others arriving in the setting. Cultural Capital is giving children the best possible start, with the essential knowledge and skills for what will come next in their lives. It is about providing language and words through play, music, and reading. It is about providing essential play about the world around them, the environment that they may not see at home and essentially providing a stimulating and learning experience for ALL children. As early years providers, at Sunflower Nurseries we strive to ensure we know what the children in our setting need to learn, whether it’s making sure what the children hear through stories, songs, discussions or whether they need to be more active and explore the outdoors and the world in which they live. We know already how important the early years are and we need to build strong foundations that will make a difference to a child’s future. Essentially what we do each day in our interactions and through the EYFS, can make all the difference! Cultural Capital is about preparing children with the knowledge and skills for what comes next/their future success! By giving them the best possible start!

Fees, funding/affordability Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get charged if we take a holiday during our child’s normal sessions?

Yes. We do charge for holidays, we do not charge if the nursery is closed (eg, bank holidays, training days).

Can I book an extra day as a one off or swap my day if I need to?

You can book an extra day which is charged at the day rate, but we do not swap days.

What happens if I fall behind with payments or my direct debit fails?

If your direct debit fails , the nursery will contact you seeking payment or if you cannot pay by the due date, or your circumstances have changed, please contact the nursery immediately and we will endeavour to support you with alternative arrangements as detailed in our Arrears Policy. If you find yourself in financial difficulties please speak to your nursery as soon as possible so we can support you as best we can.

Opening Times Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get charged if I pick up late?

Yes. We charge £5 for every 5 minutes if you are late picking up.

Can I drop off earlier than 8am/1pm?

No. We cannot take your child before your session starts as we have staff allocated to child ratios based on occupancy.

If I get to the nursery at 6pm will I still get a handover?

No. The nursery is closed at 6pm therefore if you want a handover you must arrive before 6pm to enable the staff time to talk to you.

Do you offer short days (school hours or Term Time)?

No. We do not offer ‘term time’ spaces or hours. We can only offer full (8-6) or half day places (8-1, 1-6).

Parent advice Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide nappies, wipes, nappy cream?

We provide wipes however you will need to provide us with nappies and a suitable nappy cream if your child needs one.

Do you provide sun cream?

Yes. The sun cream we use is Factor 50 non-allergenic sun cream. We administer this throughout the day during the sunny days in the summer, and on hotter days we tend to stay in the shade to keep the children out of the sun at the hottest times of the day (between 11am and 3pm).

How do you manage bad behaviour?

Every child is different and our qualified and trained staff follow and promote a positive behaviour routine. This will involve discussions with the parents and tracking the child’s behaviour each day both at nursery and at home.

What happens if my child becomes ill or is injured at nursery?

All our practitioners are qualified in Paediatric First Aid. At the first instance we will administer first aid and make your child comfortable, this will be documented and you will be called if it is a head injury or a temperature over 38c. You will be asked to sign a form when you collect your child. We will always contact the parents first and if this is not possible we will endeavour to speak to someone on your contact list. If your child needs immediate emergency care we will administer first aid, contact the emergency services and you will be contacted immediately.

How do I make a complaint?

If you have a concern/complaint or are at all unhappy with our nursery, please contact the Nursery Manager, who will endeavour to help you with your concerns directly and in person. If your concern is still not resolved we have a complaints form in the nursery which you can complete and return to Cambridge Housing Society where it will be followed up and dealt with by the company.

Healthy Eating Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide meals for vegetarians?

Yes. We always serve a vegetarian option for our children and our staff.

My child has an allergy to some foods, will you provide alternatives for this?

Yes. If your child has an allergy we will make sure that your child is not given this food or that we have cooked with this food during the cooking process. All children are given a place mat so that practitioners know if a child has an allergy. The cook is also aware in the kitchen and food is served separately.

Are meals provided for my child during the day?

Yes we provide healthy nutritious meals at both nurseries and we have qualified cooks to cook and prepare your child’s food each day. For reasons that some children may have severe food allergies, we cook and serve all the food on site and children cannot bring packed lunches.

Meet the team at Sunflower Cambourne

Danielle Main

Danielle Main

Nursery Manager

Julie Chivers

Julie Chivers

Community Support Manager

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Sunflower at Cambourne

2 High Street
CB23 6BJ
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