Family run for 25 years.

In 1995, Directors Joy and David Scadden, launched Sunny Days with a simple vision: to provide the best quality childcare for children in Dorset.

Some years on and with grown up children of their own, who also play an integral part in running the business today, they have created what they set out to do with two ‘extraordinary’ high-quality nurseries in Dorchester and Bridport.


David Scadden

Finance Director and CEO

David started his early years career working in a Weymouth nursery in 1974, he worked in many nurseries including in Bournemouth, Brixton, Battersea, Brisbane, he launched Sunny Days with Joy in 1995 for their own children Aimée and Luc, and over the last 25 years they developed high quality early years services for 1000s of children.


Joy Scadden

Managing Director

Joy has worked with children for over twenty-five years. Originally caring for abused children in residential homes in London, she launched Sunny Day Nursery with David in Dorchester in 1995, with Bridport following in 2004. Together they have created two ‘extraordinary’ high-quality nurseries with a blend of experienced teams and apprentices, all working to provide learning with endless fun, encouragement and happiness.  In addition to this, in 2009, realising the need for good quality, well-trained staff within early years Joy launched Side by Side Training Centre, and began to deliver training and qualifications to her own staff and those working in other settings throughout Dorset. As a fully qualified assessor, IQA and adult teacher Joy loves training and assessing, seeing people develop and become professional child carers. Early Years is her passion, as well as her family, cats and garden!!


Aimee Scadden

Sales and Marketing Director

After being one of the first Preschoolers to attend Sunny Days in 1995, Aimée joined the team in 2007 as a Nursery Assistant whilst undertaking her qualifications in childcare. Over the years she has worked her way up from room Supervisor to Deputy Manager in both settings, and is now Sales and Marketing Director. Aimée knows the importance of family and has the drive to ensure local Dorset families who use Sunny Days have the best experience, and their children start their lives with the brightest futures. Aimee’s son, Xander, is now following in her footsteps by attending Sunny Days too!


Luc Scadden

Administration Coordinator

Luc first joined Sunny Days as a toddler in 1995 with his older sister, Aimée. After working in retail for several years and gaining valuable customer service experience, Luc returned to Sunny Days in 2017 as an apprentice working in the preschool team and has since taken on an administrative role incorporating a strong focus on customer care and is developing robust systems to support the Management teams. Luc has a real hunger for health and fitness – most recently he has adopted a vegan diet, so when he’s not playing rugby or at the gym, he is focusing on his cooking skills.

Liam O’Connor

Director’s Assistant

Liam has been part of the Scadden family as Aimée’s partner for nearly 10 years but now, in addition, he has chosen to join the Sunny Days family. Liam served in the Navy as an aeronautical engineer for 8 years, based at Yeovilton, but with a new baby son,  he decided it was time for a career change, so he is bringing his respected military background and experience of systems analysis to bear at Sunny Days. Working closely with the admin team and Directors, he is quickly become a vital person in the ‘engine room’ using his knowledge to improve and streamline our already robust systems.

Exceptional Staff

The Scadden family couldn’t have achieved the extraordinary high-quality goal without the support and commitment from their Management team. Between them they offer over 50 years of experience and knowledge to Sunny Days and continue to strive, offering the best quality services to Dorset families.



Dorchester Nursery Manager

After travelling the world working as a Nanny, 18 years ago Jo joined the Sunny Days family with plenty of knowledge and experience. Starting as Baby room Supervisor at Dorchester, then Nursery Manager at Bridport, Jo is now established and extremely respected in her Nursery Manager role at our Dorchester setting.



Dorchester Deputy Manager and Under 3’s Coordinator

Joining Sunny Days as a L3 qualified Nursery Nurse back in 2010, Charlotte has worked her way up with a strong work ethic from room Supervisor and now work’s side by side with Jo in the integral running’s of our Dorchester Nursery.



Bridport Nursery Manager

Kirsty became a Sunny Days star in 2013 as a room Supervisor at Dorchester and with her knowledge and initiative quickly developed into a strong member of the team, now Managing our Bridport setting.

Luc Scadden


Bridport Deputy Manager

Steph is relatively new member to the team and extremely valued. She joined Sunny Days as a Level 3 Nursery Nurse in 2019 and has excelled herself to Deputy Manager working alongside Kirsty at Bridport.


Operations Manager and IQA for Side by Side Training Centre

Julie is a very important person within the Sunny Days family and has been since 2003. Julie works closely with the Director’s on a daily basis and provides support for the Managers and childcare teams. In addition to this Julie is lead IQA at Side by Side Training Centre and enjoys teaching students from Sunny Days and other local early years settings

Staff training programme

With experienced teams working to provide learning with endless fun, encouragement and happiness, Sunny Days nurseries offer children the best opportunity to flourish in a secure and safe environment.

Our values

We sum up our values for our staff, parents and children easily in 3 words:


We can only learn when we are happy – smiling communicates happiness and is infectious.


We promote learning, being open to change, resilience and high expectations in our nurseries – it is important to drive forward in life.


Safety is paramount in our nurseries.