Welcome to Sunshine Under Fives
The Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.
Sunshine Under Fives is an Alliance childcare service located in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. We offer 20 (per session) Ofsted-registered places and is assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted. Our committed, friendly and well-qualified pre-school team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between two to five years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery.
We currently have childcare places available.
We are open from 8.45-2.45 Monday to Friday, term-time only.
- Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
- Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
- Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
- A well-qualified, kind and caring team
- A dedicated person to give focused support to your child
Find out more
You can visit during our opening hours or please contact Carolanne Keenan Pre-school Manager on 07905164781 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Under Fives offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly.
We are managed by the Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.
Our pre-school plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them.
Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us.
Our well qualified, committed, and experienced team work hard to create a warm, caring and interesting learning environment, that suits the ever-changing interests and needs of all our children and families!
We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.
Your 'Key Person'
Every child who joins our Preschool, receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all pre-school staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.
Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.
Do you have childcare places available at the moment?
Places for September 2019 are now at full capacity. If you would like to register your child and join our waiting list, then please contact us on the options stated on our site. We look forward to hearing from you!
Do you offer funded entitlement for three & four year olds?
Universal Funding (15 hours) and Extended Entitlement (30 hours) is accepted
All children are eligible for Universal funding a term after their third birthday. Extended Entitlement is HMRC based and aimed at working families.
Do you offer funded entitlement for two year olds?
Yes. However TYOF is eligibility based- meaning not all two year olds may qualify
For more information please look at your local council website or speak to a member of staff.
What sessions do you offer?
Mornings only: 8.45-11.45
Afternoons only: 11.45-2.45
All Day Care: 8.45-2.45
For non-funded places our fees are:
£17.00 per session for two year olds
£13.00 per session for three/four year olds
Do you provide hot meals?
No we do not provide hot meals.
During the morning session, children are offered a snack of cereals, toast and fresh fruit/vegetables; with a continuous provision of milk and water. For the afternoon session, Parents are asked to provide their child with a healthy packed lunch. Milk and water is on offer throughout the afternoon too.
Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?
Staff are committed to ensure that all dietary, allergy/intolerance needs are met accordingly.
What qualifications do your staff have, and how many staff will be looking after my child?
Our current team consists of four members of staff, with qualifications level 3 - 5 (one trainee L3).
All staff have training in the following areas:
- First Aid
- Safeguarding (both Alliance provided and Local Authority)
- Food Safety
- Health and Safety
- One qualified SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
Staff also attend trainings via both Alliance and Local Authority during the academic year to support their own knowledge of childcare as well as the ever-changing needs and interests of our children.
How quickly can my child start?
The minimum age requirement is two years old, and subject to space availability.
Our Process is as follows:
1. Parent/Carer completes a registration form in full and has a meeting with either our Manager or Deputy
2. Both Parent and child attend two stay and play sessions, where you have chance to explore our Preschool and meet you families Key Person.
3. A home visit is arranged and carried out by our Manager/Deputy and your Key Person. This meeting lasts approximately 30/45 minutes; and is a nice opportunity for you as the Parent/Carer to ask any further questions you may have, or share any worries etc. We will fill in a starting points form, and handover any remaining notices that relevant to Preschool at this time.
4. We will end your home visit with an agreed start date and time, and make a settling in plan for both you and your child to ensure a smooth transition.
Carolanne Keenan (Preschool Manager)
Sunshine Under Fives,
c/o Hartford Infant School,
Parent Reviews as of Summer Term 2019:
"Staff are always 100% aware of my childs needs"
"Children are encouraged to be creative!"
"Staff are there for the Parents too- not just the child"
"Staff are so lovely and my children enjoy attending each day. Its a lovely environment and I like that they get to do PE"
"It takes kind and loving hearts to shape great minds..."
"Best decision I ever made, was to move my child to Sunshine Under Fives"