Welcome to Sunshine Corner

Sunshine Corner is an Early Years Alliance childcare service located in Kent, Canterbury. The Early Years Alliance is 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 committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 0-5 years old. We use in the moment planning in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a strong focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. Children are supported by caring staff in a safe, friendly and fun environment to stimulate their interests and develop a wide range of skills. Every child within our care is supported by a keyperson who understands their individual needs and offers care and support tailored to them to support their learning.

Health and safety policies and procedures are in place to ensure every child is protected, happy and safe within our care.

Places and opening times

 We offer 56 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted.

We currently have childcare places available. We are open from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year old
  • 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 Hayley Nash, Nursery Manager on 01304842223 or by email on sunshinecorner@eyalliance.org.uk

About us

Sunshine Corner 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 nursery 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 bodies 

During August the whole nursery participated in sports week, looking at the impact of exercise on our bodies, how this effects our heart and the importance of water.

The children set up their own obsticle course and supported each other to complete it. They showed amazing balancing skills, great number langauge and lots of energy was used. The children listened to their hearts beating slow and fast and learnt how to make it faster. Finishing off with a nice cold drink of water and a chance to ask questions and talk about their own experiences.

Impact on childrens learning

  • How to keep their bodies healthy                                                                                                        
  • Working as a team, sharing and turn taking   
  • Using number sequences

The children are still asking questions and extending their knowledge, also problem solving independtly.   

Our teeth

During Septemeber the children have been learning the importance of looking after their teeth.

We had a visitor come into the setting to share how we clean our teeth, what is plaque and how our teeth can go bad if we dont look after them. The children got to practice brushing the crocodiles teeth and also sang some brushing teeth songs. The children really enjoyed this activity and have been discussing how they brush their own teeth.

Impact on children's learning

  • The difference between good sugars and bad sugars
  • How to clean their teeth properly
  • The importance of visiting a dentist.

The children are still extending their learning and have been brushing the dollies teeth in water play.

Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertakes 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 the nursery 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 nursery 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.

All staff have many years of experience from 1-25yrs, our team are fully trained in early years ranging from early years level 2 qualification to level 4 and pediatric first aid.


Our Team at Sunshine Corner Nursery


Nursery Manager

 Hayley Nash - NVQ Level 4 Childrens Care Learning Development

CMQS Level 4 Certificate in managing quality standards

Btec National Diploma in Childhood studies 

Designated Safeguard Lead

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Deputy Manager/Senco

 Sally Heathcote - Btec National Diploma in Childhood studies Level 3

Early Years Senco Trained

Fire Safety Qualified

Senior Workers

 Tracy Butcher -  Level 3

 Donna Townsend - NVQ 4 in Childhood Studies

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Nursery Workers

 Maria Cudworth - Level 3

 Karen Monks - Level 3

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 Toni Brazier - Level 3

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Danielle Butcher Level 3

 Laura Motte-Styles - Level 3

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Nursery Assistants

 Emily Martin - Level 3

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 Chanelle Shackelton - Level 3

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Jessica Da Costa - Diploma in Mottessori Pedagogy Level 4.

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 Olivia Davis - Lunch time cover

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Chantel Espie

Nursery Cook

 Nicola Hanagan - NVQ 2 Hospitality and catering, Food safety for catering Level 2

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Flexible Workers

 Teresa McDonald

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 Courtney Heathcote - Level 3 Health and Social Care

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 Caitlan Nash - Level 3 Health and Social Care

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 Jessica Sellwood - CACHE Level 3

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Do you have any childcare places available at the moment?

Yes we do, please contact the Nursery to arrange a visit and to collect an application form.

Do you offer funded entitlement for three year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Some children maybe eligible for 30hrs if parents meet the criteria.

Do you offer funded entitlement for two year olds?

If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer?

Sunshine corner opens five days a week all year round,Sessions are from 8.45-11.45 and 12.45-3.45pm and 8.45-3.15pm.

Children can attend all day from 7.30pm-5.30pm.

Do you provide hot meals?

At sunshine corner we have a nursery cook that provides fresh healthy meals for us daily.

Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?

Yes, all staff are trained in allergy awareness,and our cook caters for a variety of needs.

What qualifications do your staff have?

The nursery manager is trained to level 4 in childcare , we have a senior trained to level 4 in childcare. The setting workers are trained to level 3 in childcare and we have two Nursery assistants. Our Senco is also fully trained.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

We have a total 11 staff and 4 flexible workers who care for the children and one nursery cook, cleaner and a nursery administrator. Manager and deputy manager.

How quickly can my child start?

Once your child has been offered a space we have a settling in process for all children joining the setting this usually takes around 1-2 weeks depending on each individual child.



Contact Us

Hayley Nash , Nursery Manager

Sunshine Corner

Atlee Avenue,





T:  01304842223

E: sunshinecorner@eyalliance.org.uk



Sunshine Corner Nursery
Attlee Avenue
United Kingdom
Tel: 01304 842223

" Thank you we are completely over the moon with Sunshine Corner,my husband and myself could not be happier,we are confident that our little boy is safe,happy, and that he is in an stimulating environment,which will make his time their the best". (Child aged 12 months - 2019)


" I have nothing but good comments about the nursery" the staff  give my child 100% into helping him make the right progress.  (Child aged 3 years - 2019)


"My Child has a clear and strong bond with his keyperson" He is exceptionally cared for,supported and nurtured by all the staff. (Child aged 20 months - 2019)


"my child loves nursery she looks forward to coming she actually cries at weekend's when she can not go,she loves her teachers and always tells me about her day". (Child aged 4 years - 2019)


Sunshine Corner nursery has always provided  great relationships with parents and children 10/10. (Child aged 9 months - 2019)

"Amazing childcare the staff are so helpful,friendly and they make you feel welcome.Child age 2 years-2019