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  • Quality Childcare

    Sunflowers aim is to provide children and parents with high quality childcare within a safe and loving environment where children can develop and grow to their full potential.
    • Ofsted

      Sunflowers at St Peter’s are registered with Ofsted to care for 30 children during each session from aged 2 years to 5 years and our unique reference number is: EY377431. Ofsted came to inspect us in September 2017 and gave us a GOOD Grading! Please read the entire report at www.ofsted.gov.uk.

    • Opening hours:

      Monday to Thursday
      9 till 12.30 or 2.30pm

    • Term time only

      38 weeks a year and our hourly rate is £6, preferably payable termly in advance, however if this is tricky please speak with Lisa. We accept Government funding for 2 year olds and for 3 and 4 year olds, as well as payment via childcare vouchers from Edenred and Computershare.

    • Snack time

      During the morning we provide a snack of fruit, vegetables and pitta bread, water and organic milk as well as water that is available to all children throughout the session. We do encourage every child to bring in their own water bottle for each session as this is expected once at big school, however they will be encouraged to drink from a cup during snack time.

    • Holidays

      If you book a holiday or time off within our opening times you will still need to pay for your child’s place, the same applies to sickness absence too. Please contact Sunflowers as soon as possible to inform us that you will not be attending.

    • Clothing

      We have t-shirts for your child with our Sunflowers logo on which you may like to purchase for your child to wear when they are with us. We do ask that the clothes children wear at Sunflowers should not be too precious! We have fun here at Sunflowers and that includes playing outside in all weathers and we enjoying painting, creating and getting mucky!

    • Accessories

      You will need to provide a full water bottle on a daily basis and a named bag containing named spare clothes, sun cream and sun hat (during sunny weather), nappies and wipes (if this applies) as well as wellies and raincoat in wet weather, all clothes, bags and bottles must be labelled with your child’s name please!

  • Free for 3 & 4

    Gloucestershire County Council is currently funding Nursery Education for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year for children from the term after their 3rd birthday. There is funding for 2 year olds and you may be eligible, call the Family Information Service 0800 542 0202 or ask Lisa for advice.

     A child born between

    Will be eligible for a place from

    1st January and 31st March

    The start of Terms 5 &6 (Summer term) following their 3rd Birthday until statutory school age

    1st April and 31st August

    The start of Terms 1 & 2 (Autumn term) following their 3rd Birthday until statutory school age

    1st September and 31st December

    The start of Terms 3 & 4 (Spring term) following their 3rd Birthday until statutory school age

  • The minimum funded session length is 2.5 hours a day and the maximum is 6 hours a day and sessions can be shared between two providers. If your child is eligible for funded Nursery Education, we will ask you to complete and sign a form from Gloucestershire County Council. Any additional hours taken which are not funded will be charged at the hourly rate of £5.50. Please be aware that funding is only for 38 weeks a year.

    • Children

      Sunflowers at St Peter’s are registered with Ofsted to care for 30 children.

    • Childcare Hours

      38 weeks a year term time only.

    • Snacks Per Year

      Fruit, vegetables and pitta bread, water and organic milk.

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      Satisfied Parents

      Your child’s potential is our passion.

  • Admissions

    Parents need to complete the forms enclosed with this information pack to register their child along with a non refundable deposit of £40.00 which will hold their place. When Lisa has received the completed signed forms and your deposit your child’s place will be confirmed, without this the place is not secured.

    Child Record Form, Entry Contract, Permission Forms, Policy Documents

  • Children will be offered two settling in sessions prior to the agreed start date where possible. We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents and who can meet their individual needs. Helping to provide secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, the team are committed and Sunflowers is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in.

    The whole team are looking after the Ladybird, Caterpillar and Butterfly groups – with Lisa, Sharon, Catherine and Jules looking after individual children as part of the key worker system!

    • Ladybirds
      for children aged 2/3 years
      based in the Green Room at Sunflowers
    • Butterflies & Caterpillars
      for children aged 3 and 4 years

    Butterfly children are all the children who will fly off to Primary School in the following Summer – aged 3 and 4 years

    Caterpillar children are all the children who are 2 and 3 years old.  These children who join us aged 2 will be with us for a good couple of years in preparation to going off to big school.  We encourage every child to develop and grow at their own rate, we provide opportunities to assist the children to become independent and learn from their peers and adults alike.

    We all share the same space within the large hall at St Peters, the Sunflower Team observe all the children during each session and record their findings.  We monitor all the children that they are moving in the right direction, by using the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Development Matters guidance.

    All 2 year olds will have a Two Year Check during their time with us that also works with the check that every child has with their Health Visitor.

    In the last term for the Butterfly children, we complete Transition paperwork that shows their teacher at their Primary School, whereabouts they are in the EYFS.  This is a statutory requirement and needs parental approval for sharing information.

  • We aim to make Sunflowers a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.

    We must follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Children are competent learners from birth and develop and learn in a wide variety of ways, as a setting we must therefore look carefully at the children within our care, consider their needs and interests and their stages of development and use the EYFS to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for all the children within our care.  The new EYFS framework for September 2012 makes a number of improvements:

    • Stronger emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development.
    • For parents, a new progress check from aged two on their child’s development. This links with the Healthy Child review carried out by health visitors, so that children get any additional support they need before they start school.  This will be created once we know your child, please discuss this with your child key worker if unsure.
    • Strengthening partnerships between professionals and parents, ensuring that the new framework uses clear language.
  • Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:

    • Unique child

      Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

    • Positive relationships

      Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

    • Enabling environments

      Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;

    • Child development

      Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

  • The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

    • Communication and language;
    • Physical development;
    • Personal,  social  and emotional development

    These are the areas that Sharon works on with the younger children at the setting.  Without these skills we cannot progress onto the next four areas. 

  • We must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

    • Literacy;
    • Mathematics;
    • Understanding the world; and
    • Expressive arts and design.
    • Communication and language

      development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

    • Physical development

      involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

    • Personal, social and emotional development

      involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

    • Literacy development

      involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

    • Mathematics

      involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

    • Understanding the world

      involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

    • Expressive arts and design

      involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

  • Policies:

  • The Sunflowers Team

    Like a Sunflower we all grow, we all bloom, and we all live on through others.
  • Collectively the Sunflowers Team has over 70 years childcare experience...

  • We are all considerate to the individual needs of each child and their families and aim to provide a safe, loving and fun environment for all children to grow and develop.  Everyone of the Sunflowers Team has an enhanced CRB Disclosure.

    • Lisa McKie
      Owner Manager
    • Mrs Catherine Stamp
      Nursery Nurse, Level 3
    • Sharon Worf
      Nursery Assistant, Level 2
    • Julia May
      Nursery Assistant, Level 2
    • Jodie Shadbolt
      Nursery Assistant
    • Amy Knowles
      Nursery Assistant
    • Emily Brazier
    • Sasha Ayres
    • Val Clive
      Nursery Nurse level 3/Banking to help cover

    All of the above are Key Workers to individual children, but also work as a team to keep a watch on all the children attending every session.

    • A really caring, nurturing place for children to flourish in. Lots of lovely in and outdoor space for them to enjoy too. Thoroughly recommend.

      Ros James
    • A wonderful, caring preschool, run by lovely people. Completely recommend.

      Victoria Latimer
    • The perfect place for your child to begin learning. If only i had a 3 year old to send each year!!!!

      Ben Jarvis
    • I can not recommend this place highly enough! I transferred my son from another playschool/preschool in the area who I felt didn’t give my son the attention, support and understanding he needed, I couldn’t of made a better decision as Sunflowers give him all of this and more. All members of staff are purely there for the children and it pays off. My son is completely in love with the place and now I send my daughter. Love this place and the staff. ♥

      Kelly Louise Smith
    • Fantastic!!! a wonderful place for children to start learning. 2nd time round and its still just as great.

      Amy Knowles
    • A brilliantly caring and creative environment for pre-schoolers. My son loves going and talks fondly about it all the time. The staff, parents and children are all very passionate about Sunflowers. Would definitely recommend!

      Jenny Brown
  • Join Us

    We would love to meet with you and your little people, please give Lisa a call 07817 362029 or 01285 831869 to arrange a show round where you can come in and see what fun we have, meet the Sunflower Team and see what we have to offer.
  • If you would like your child to join us then please fully complete and sign the 5 Registration Documents print a copy for yourself, enclose a £40 non refundable deposit and return them to:

  • Mrs Lisa McKie, Sunflowers at St Peter’s Rendcomb Hutch 36 Cheltenham Road Rendcomb GL7 7ES Or drop them in to us at Sunflowers between 9 – 2pm

    The Sunflowers Team look forward to welcoming you and your family.


  • During their time with us we will create a Learning Journey Scrap book with your child that will show their growth and development, we ask that you too share information about your child with us and we have ‘WOW’ vouchers that you may copy and give to your Childs key worker to inform us of anything they may have done that’s really impressive!

    For example – sleeping all night may be the best ever, keeping your pants dry all day, being kind to your sister, eating all your tea! Having breakfast, swimming, being brave at the doctors, swimming unaided – just anything!

    These books are available for you to look at, at anytime, we need to keep them at Sunflowers as they are used daily to report what we have been doing but please have a look if you want to.  We arrange an informal 10 minute catch up with your Key work half way through the academic year and will email you with the dates when this will happen.

    If you would like to come and help at Sunflowers, have something great you would like to share with us then please speak with Lisa!  We are always looking for help with getting snack time sorted and tidied away, to meet any pets, and for anyone to come and share their interest with us – thank you.

  • Contact

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Postal Address

      Mrs Lisa McKie
      Sunflowers at St Peter’s
      Rendcomb Hutch
      36 Cheltenham Road
      GL7 7ES

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 07817 362029
      Phone: 01285 831869

    • Business Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8.00 am – 5.00 pm
      Weekend Closed

    • Sessions

      Monday to Thursday
      9 – 12.30 or 2.30 session hrs
      (3.5 or 5.5 hr sessions)

      Friday currently closed