Key Groups

When your child starts in this room 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 plan for their learning. Your child’s experiences with us will be shared with parents through our very special online learning journeys.

As we are a large room, we often split into Key Groups with our Key Person for parts of the day.

The groups are as follows:

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 on it so that they can hang their coats up and they will also have their own box to keep their belongings and creations in.

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.

Your child’s key person will give you a blue book. Please could you put pictures of your family and places you have visited in it, so that your child can share it with us.

We try to discourage children from bringing in their own toys. It makes sharing a lot 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.

Food and Drink

Lunchtime: 12.00pm

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.


Will be provided during the morning and afternoon, and there is a milk bar each day at 2pm.

The children are provided with an individual water bottle 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 free play, adult lead activities such as junk modelling, lycra play, baking and counting, outdoor play, circle time, story time and music and movement. We have story sacks which the children are able to borrow to take home and share with their family.  The children also have the opportunity to visit the library to choose books and listen to stories.

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, recognising and writing their name.  We also have a multi-skills coach come in for a few sessions each week to teach the children PE. 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 both adult led and child initiated EYFS activities on offer, such as building volcano or painting the
next Picasso!



Rebecca Butterflies







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

Tel:  01754 811878        email:

Charity No. 1177008

Ofstead No. EY561556