Sunshine Pre-School provide a fun, exciting and educational environment which is child focused and child/adult led. Qualified and experienced staff provide excellent standards of care and promote awe and wonder.

We aim to provide all the childcare needs for you and your family

Who is Pre-School for?

  • Any child aged 3 months – 5 Years old
  • Any parent/carer needing childcare regularly or for individual sessions
  • Children wanting to access 2, 3 and 4 year old funded childcare places. both 15 and 30 hours FEL places available
  • Before and After School Care/Holiday Care

How will my child benefit?

Rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Our inspirational and experienced staff deliver the same Early Years curriculum as school nurseries and private settings. This means we use the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance when planning and assessing your children.

The learning journey app called Tapestry allows parents to view observations made, comment on them and add their own observations (written, photograph or video formats) daily. We feel it is important to prioritise children’s personal ,social and emotional development which ensures they are ready to become lifelong learners. Our caring ethos allows positive interactions, encourages independence and ensures our children become skillful communicators.

When is the Pre-School Open?

Monday – Friday 6-45am – 6pm 50 weeks per year. We offer all year around or term time contracts

Can the Pre-School care for my child who has additional needs?

Pre-School staff make every effort to meet any additional requirements your child may have.We work closely with the Inclusion Service. Please discuss your child’s needs with the Pre-School Manager or key worker at enrolment

What should my child wear for Pre-School?

The children are encouraged to be creative and play with sand, water, paint, etc so please ensure they wear suitable clothing that is easily managed. They will also need a coat for outdoor play and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. It is a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes to keep in your child’s bag.

How much will it cost?

A child has to attend for a minimum of 1 session . A session runs for 3 hours and 45 minutes: (9.00-12.45 or 12.45 – 4.30) Sessions cost

Under 2’s – £18.75
2 – 3 Years – £18.25
3 Years + – £17.25

Additional hours are available at a cost of

Under 2’s – £4.70 per hour
2 – 3 Years – £4.50 per hour
3 Years + – £4.40 per hour

Please call 0114 265 1188 for latest charges

Can I stay with my child?

We encourage parents to visit the Pre-School with their child prior to starting and stay with them on the first session. Most children soon settle in and are happy to be left to enjoy the experience.

How do I enrol my child?

Contact the Pre-school Manager on 0114 265 1188 to arrange a visit

How is the Pre-School monitored?

Our setting is monitored by Ofsted. The Pre-School is committed to providing the highest standards of care and learning for your child. All our staff are DBS checked. Pre Schawarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Action plans ensure the preschool have specific targets to work towards making sure continuous improvements are made. Termly evaluation forms, leaving forms and parent review evenings allow parents and carers to provide praise or express any concern which we then utilise to shape service.


We specialise in child centred learning .We keep parents up to date with their child’s progress and welcome parental feedback. We work to ensure we are tuned into children’s specific interests and patterns of play (schematic learning) . Our programme “Parents are Experts “ recognises the valuable role parents play in their children’s development, our planning reflects this and is available for parents to see.

Breakfast/After School Club

Both the Breakfast and After School club are for children up to 11 years old and costs £5.20 for the first hour then £4.20 each addition hour. Breakfast club is open from 6.45am, Mon-Fri and the After School Club is open until 6pm Mon-Fri.

Please Note: We only pick up and drop off at Woodthorpe Primary School.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will be asked to sign a contract and if your child does not attend the chosen sessions, you will still have to pay for the session. Hospital admission are exempt from this rule upon proof of admission.

The Pre-School has procedures to deal with Child Protection issues. You will be made aware of these when you register your child with the Pre-School.

Aims of the Pre-School

To provide a fun, exciting and happy environment that is safe, secure and inviting which helps children to uncover the curriculum at their own pace . This will include the prime areas :-

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
    and the specific areas :
    • Literacy,
    • Mathematics,
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

To ensure both children and carers form secure, comforting attachments with the key workers and general staff team. where children and parents can express their views, enjoy activities, and explore and discover the world

To ease the transition from home to Pre-School and Pre-school to formal education.

To promote a child’s learning through play, within a structured environment and well qualified experienced staff and personalised learning plans .

To ensure that all children are given fair and equal access to the Pre-School activities and experiences.

To develop and respond to the communities need for flexible , wrap around care wherever possible.

To ensure an open and transparent service is available for all parents.

Contact Us

Sunshine Pre-School
Woodthorpe Children’s Centre
10 Lewis Road
S13 8AD

Tel: 0114 2651188

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