Sunrise Day Nursery at Langley is housed in a charming 1840 Kentish rag stone building. The building is surrounded by an acre of secluded and secure grounds, which includes a purpose-built baby and toddler garden, an artificial grass safety surface as well as paved and grassed areas.
The building has been used for early education since 1850 and became the home for Sunrise Day Nursery in September 1993 when Julie Starns purchased the premises and moved her Montessori nursery to merge with the existing Sunrise Independent pre-prep school. The facilities were extended and registered to offer 39 full day nursery places for children throughout the year and, shortly after, in 1994 established a dedicated baby and toddler unit.
The nursery is currently open 51 weeks a year, from 8.00am to 5.30pm with the option of extended hours from 7.30am in the morning and/or until 6.00pm in the evening. The nursery is closed across the Christmas week as well as Bank Holidays. We do have limited availability for Term-Time only attendance (please ask for further details).
We offer flexible sessions throughout the year for all year groups; these include half-day sessions (with or without lunch), ‘school day’ sessions, full days and extended days. We do, however, recommend that, for continuity, children attend a minimum of twice a week.
Children are welcomed into our Baby Room from 6 months old and move in to our Toddler Room at around 18 months old (dependent on their birth date). We have a maximum of 14 children across our Baby and Toddler unit; 6 babies with a staff ratio of 1:3 and 8 toddlers with a ratio of 1:4 for those over 2.
Children are welcomed into our Nursery class at approximately 2 1/2 years of age (dependent on birth date). It is preferable for children to be reliably toilet trained before joining this class, however, not essential. At approximately 3 1/2 years of age (dependent on birth date) children move to our Early Years & Pre-School class to prepare for the transition to Reception class.
Our care provision is governed by Ofsted and recognised through regular inspections; our last inspection (August 2011) confirmed us as ‘Outstanding’ in our ‘effectiveness of parent partnerships’, ‘the extent to which children adopt healthy lifestyles’ and ‘the extent to which children make a positive contribution’. We were confirmed ‘Good’ in all other areas of provision.