Key Groups

When your child starts their preschool jouney they will be issued with a Key Person. The Key Person will spend time with your child to get to know them and will then observe, assess and provide resources to follow the children's interests. Your child’s experiences with us will be shared with parents through our very special online learning journeys.

As different times during the day we split into Key Groups with our Key Person for parts of the daily routine such as snack time and circle time.






These rooms are always buzzing with energy as the children prepare for their journey to “big school”.  We have 2 large, spacious rooms, with space for 40 children which enable lots of opportunity to

Dragonflies & Grasshoppers - 3 and 4 years

Please provide your child with the following items:

  • Appropriate footwear
  • Appropriate clothing (we get messy in this room, so not best clothes!)
  • Suitable coat (we go out to play in all weathers)

Your child’s belongings

Your child will be given a peg with their name and photo on it so that they can hang their coats up and also a box/tray to keep their creations in. These labels help the children to access these independently.

We will provide you with a mat to take home and personalize or decorate for your child. The mat is for your child to sit on at circle time and story time.

We try to discourage children from bringing in their own toys. It makes sharing harder and sometimes they get mislaid or broken, however if your child has a special comforter toy they are more than welcome to bring that in.

We do encourage the children to discuss their home life and experiences. This can be encouraged by photographs and maybe artifacts found or purchased on trips.

Food and Drink

Lunchtime: 12.00pm & 12.15pm

Please either sign up for a nursery hot lunch or provide a cold packed lunch.

Teatime: 5pm

If you would like your child to have tea with us please provide a cold packed tea.


Healthy snacks will be provided during the morning and afternoon alongside milk and water.

The children are provided with an individual water bottle, labelled with their photo and name, which they have free access to.

Please remember to put an ice pack in your child’s lunch box every day to keep the food fit for consumption.

A typical day involves the children working together to create, discover and experiment with risk taking throughout the room. The room is equipped with large and small construction which enables the children to build, create, balance and risk take whilst been overseen by the members of staff but never overshadowed. The children are encouraged to take great care of the real life resources found across the room and especially with the home corner. There is often a small group making tea with a full china tea set and creating soups with tools and real vegetables!

During the term before the children start school staff provide and promote opportunities for the children to start to develop the skills they will be using at school in order to facilitate a smooth transition.  For example, getting dressed, fastening shoes and coat, toileting themselves. Ofsted have recognised that our staff work closely with feeder schools to plan for a smooth and enjoyable transition, to ensure your child feels confident when flying the Sunshine nest. There are usually a few tears shed by staff and parents when the children say goodbye at our graduation ceremony!

  • Sun cream (unless you have given us permission to use the brand that the nursery supplies)
  • Hat, gloves and wellies for winter
  • Spare clothes

explore and learn. Children can be found accessing the wide range of natural resources and loose parts around the room. They could be  painting the next Picasso, reading or creating incredible structures!

Sunshine Children’s Centre, High Street, Burgh Le Marsh, PE24 5JS

Tel:  01754 811878        email:

Charity No. 1177008

Ofstead No. EY561556