Parents as Partners

At Sunshine Day Nursery we see our parents as partners and we value their contribution to the nursery. We encourage parents to support their children in their education and we are also happy to give advice and support with any matters or will be able to signpost to various services.

Sharing information

While your child is with us at nursery we will document their story in their learning journals, and we think it is important to share these stories with you so we plan coffee mornings. These coffee mornings give your child’s key worker the opportunity to share your child’s learning journey with you discuss the progress children are  making and answer any questions you may have. We also share information regularly with parents thorough newsletters, our website and facebook page.


If your child is receiving day care meals are included in the cost. Or if your child is receiving their 15 hours of education and you would like them to have a hot healthy dinner or tea, they can be purchased for a small fee. All meals are freshly prepared on the premises using seasonal locally sourced ingredients and all dietary requirements can be catered for. Our menus rotate over a three weekly basis, and are healthy and well-balanced avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar and salt, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives.


We have now launched our embroided uniform with Tesco.
You can purchase t-shirts, jumpers, hooded jackets, book bags, hats from as little as £3.75 The direct link for this service is: SUNSHINEDAYNURSERY.SCHOOPLE.COM
Alternatively we do have a selection of polo shirts and jumpers in stock at our main venue at O' Neill Drive.


All early years Providers must keep policies and procedures which set out how they comply with the general and specific legal requirements and statutory guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage. At Sunshine Day Nursery we have a wide range of policies all of which are available to view by asking a member of staff.


Children Aged 0-3 years

Full Time£170.00 per week
Full Days£37.00 per day
Half Days - 8am-1pm/1pm-5:45pm£21 per session
Extra Hours£5.50 per hour

Children Aged 3-5 years

Full Time£160.00 per week
Full DayFull day - £35.00 per day
Half Days - 8am-1pm/1pm-5:45pm£20.00 per session
Extra Hours£5.00 per hour

Children Aged 4-14 years

Breakfast Club£5.00 per morning
Afterschool Club£9.00- per session 3.00-5.30pm or £10 - 3.00-5.45pm
Holiday Club

£22.00 - full day -  8.00-5.30pm

(children need to bring a packed lunch)

Extra Hours

Late bird charge 5.45-6.00pm  - £5.00

then £1 per minute after 6pm

Early opening available at O' Neill Drive from 7.15am

7.15-8.00am - £4.50

7.30-8.00am - £3.00

7.45-8.00am - £1.50


FAQ's - Information about funding and help towards the cost of childcare

My child is nearly 3 years old, when will they be entitled to a free nursery place?

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. Some children may be eligible for the extended 30 hours of free nursery education depending thier circumstances. Please ask for more details. 

For more information on Early Education Funding see

What days/ sessions can my child do once they are eligible?

At Sunshine Day Nursery we are very flexible in the way hours are allocated. Sessions can be taken over two to five days. We will always do our best to suit your needs. This doesn’t cost any extra, however If your child does do longer days a small fee will be applicable when they stay for dinner or tea.

Could we book any extra days/ hours if needed?

For an additional fee your child can be booked in extra days/ hours.

Do you have any funded places for two year olds

From September 2014 funded two-year-old places became available through Durham County Councils Play and learn. To check if you are eligible call us at nursery and speak to a member of staff or call Durham's childcare place team on 03000268913

If my child is eligible for a funded place when can they start?

If you qualify for a free funded place, your child could take up their ‘play and learn’ sessions the term after their 2nd birthday; they will be entitled to 15 free hours each week.

How do I apply for a funded place? on 03000 268 913

Ask for an application form from one of our venues and post it to the address indicated on the form or drop it off at nursery and we will send it off for you. We will be happy to help you apply and answer any questions you may have when you come to make an enquiry.

As a working parent can I claim tax credits?

If you require a childcare place for your child at any of our venues and you are currently in employment you can either claim childcare vouchers or the childcare element of working tax credits. (but not both)

How do childcare vouchers work?

If you are in employment your employer can provide you with childcare vouchers which can be used towards the cost of qualifying childcare. The amount you can receive in childcare vouchers without having to pay tax or NICs will depend on when you joined the scheme and it will also depend on the level of pay you receive from your employer.

At the moment two parents can claim up to £243 per month each in childcare vouchers.

For more information on childcare vouchers please speak to your employer or visit

How do tax credits work?

Tax credits are payments from the government. If you're responsible for at least one child or young person, you may qualify for child tax credit. If you work, but are on a low income, you may qualify for working tax credit. You can often get both types of tax credits. They aren't taxable.

What is child tax credit?

Child tax credit is paid to you if you are responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you. You need to check with working families tax to see if you are eligible

Check online at for further information and eligibility.

I am thinking of going to College/ University - what childcare arrangements do you have for students?

If you have children and you are thinking of going onto further education, colleges and universities can provide funding and bursaries to cover the cost of childcare. We can offer childcare places within our setting. Please contact us for more information.

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