Sunshine Day Nursery at O'Neill Drive

Sunshine Day Nursery at O'Neill Drive first opened its doors in 2001 with only a handful of children and has now developed into one of the most recognised nurseries in the area.  Sunshine Day Nursery is a purpose-built nursery which provides full day care, and sessional day care for children aged 6 weeks to 14 years. We are in a good location just next to Peterlee town centre and we are very easy to find.

At Sunshine Day Nursery, you will always get a warm welcome from staff. If you would like to arrange a visit we would be more than happy to show you around.

We are a 66 place nursery providing a wide range of services for children and their families including high quality care and education. With an additional 18 places for wrap around care which is available from a selection of primary schools in the area.

We also are able to provide breakfast club, after school club and holiday club services, as well as an early bird service from as early as 7:15 am

Our Rooms

At Sunshine Day Nursery we have four main rooms:

A purpose-built baby room which we call the Sunflower room, where our youngest children aged between 6 weeks to 18 months are cared for each day by friendly caring staff.

We have a room for our 2-3 year olds, which we call our Sunbeam room, catering for young toddlers aged between 18 months and 36 months. Here, our friendly and enthusiastic staff plan daily activities to ensure active minds are challenged and kept busy.

We have a pre-school room - known as the Busy Bee’s room where children aged between 3 and 4 years can attend. Our pre-school Staff all have the appropriate training and qualifications to provide a high quality play based education following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS).

We also have a room for our older children who attend our holiday club and our breakfast & after school club

Find out more about our holiday club/ afterschool and breakfast club below.

Our Sister Nurseries

Seascape Children's Centre and our Dene House venue are our sister nurseries, and are also situated in Peterlee.

Both nurseries have a good standing in the local community and are popular choice for parents. Follow the link to find out more about our sister nurseries.

Our Staff

All of our staff across all three venues are friendly and welcoming and are dedicated to providing high quality childcare and education. Our nursery practitioners are all qualified, and have a wealth of experience behind them, and we are proud of the fact that our staff are continually engaged in professional development, and receiving up to date training, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (The EYFS) Safeguarding and first aid.

We have a low turnaround of staff, and all of our staff have been DBS checked, and we work within the legal requirements for ratios in the rooms.

Our Management Team

We have a professional management team who support staff, and ensure the smooth running of the nurseries.

Katherine Hardman is the manager at O'Neill Drive. Kelly Walton runs our nursery at  Seascape and Gaynor Stewart is responsible for the running of our nursery at Dene House. All of our management team are very approachable, always happy to chat and give advice.

Opening Times

All of our nurseries are registered with Ofsted and are open between the hours of 8 am and 5.45pm, five days per week, 51 weeks of the year excluding bank holidays. Early bird services are available at an additional cost from as early as 7.15 am.

Additional Services

Out of School Clubs

Our main nursery at O'Neill Drive has a breakfast club and an afterschool club catering for children aged between 4 and 14 years of age. Our breakfast club/ after school club is organised by qualified practitioners and play workers who plan daily activities and games.

Holiday Club

Our holiday club runs daily during the holiday period with the exception of bank holidays and Christmas, where we close for one week between Christmas and new year.

As a member of one of our out of school clubs your child will be cared for in a safe and stimulating environment, they will be given high quality care and attention as they have the chance to make friends and join other children and adults as they play and spend time together. Your child will have a key worker who will help them settle in. The emphasis will be on having fun, relaxing and playing together. Help with homework can also be given if required. Children will also have access to outdoor play.


We charge competitive rates for our full day care and half day care sessions. Please feel free to call the office if you have any queries about our prices.  Don’t forget that funded places are now available for two, three and four year olds, making education more accessible, with no extra cost. Also, as a working parent you can claim childcare vouchers and tax credits to help lower the costs of your childcare. 

For more information on prices and funding please see our FAQ's on our parent’s information page.

Sunshine Day Nursery at O'Neill Drive has been rated “Good” by Ofsted.

Click in the link to see our latest Ofsted Report

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