Exceptional year-round care for little ones aged from 3 months
Our all-inclusive Care packages for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children make every day an adventure for your little one. And all of our Care packages run throughout the year, including the school holidays.
3 months – 2 years
Our staff will talk to you about your baby’s daily routine at home and put together a bespoke care plan so we can follow a daily routine at nursery that follows it as closely as possible. The same key carers will look after your baby each day in our bright, spacious baby rooms.
2 – 3 years
Your toddler will enjoy all-day play that nurtures their development and learning in our spacious, bright and colourful toddler rooms. Following the Early Years Curriculum, your little one will be busy diving into a whole range of activities, including story reading, drawing, listening to music, singing, dressing up and role play. We’ll also take the lead from your home potty training to continue the process at nursery and give you regular updates.
3 – 5 years
Setting the foundations for school, we’ll encourage your child’s creativity, build their confidence and support their independence through structured activities. This includes regular trips to the park and local attractions.
5 – 8/11 years
Give your growing child a safe and stimulating environment to learn and develop before and after school, as well as throughout the school holidays at Play Club. During term time, your child will be given a nutritious breakfast before we drop them off at school in our Sunny Days minibus. After school, we can collect them and bring them back to Sunny Days for some tasty tea and fun activities. Come the holidays, they can look forward to themed activities, including trips, crafts, games and plenty of outdoor fun. Dorchester, age 5-11 and Bridport, age 5-8.
Sunny Day nurseries are open to little ones Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm. At Sunny Days Dorchester, we open from 7am to 6pm every weekday. At Sunny Days Bridport, we open from 7am to 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Yes. We understand that as a parent, juggling, home, work and family life, you need flexibility. That’s why we accept children for:
Full-time attendance — 40 plus hours
Half-time attendance — 20–40 hours
Part-time attendance — up to 20 hours
Yes, we accept 15 hours of Government funded childcare for all 3 and 4-year-olds and for those who meet Government criteria, we also accept 30 hours of funded childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds.
Whether your little one is a baby, toddler, preschooler or school-aged child, whether they attend full-time, half-time or part-time, they will enjoy the complete package at Sunny Days. This includes:
- Yummy meals throughout the day
Every day includes breakfast, a morning and afternoon snack and a 3-course hot lunch developed in collaboration with a nutritionist and freshly prepared on the day by our talented Children’s Chef.
- Personal care products
No need to pack nappies, wipes, creams or sun cream as we provide it all for your little one. All you need to pack is a change of clothes for when playtime gets a little messy.
- Milk and water
Water and a variety of milks are provided throughout the day. Milk options include formula (from a range of leading brands including Hipp Organic, SMA and Cow & Gate), cow’s milk and plant-based milk.
- Exceptional environments
Your child will have lots to do in our fully-kitted out indoor classrooms, including smart tables, and our large outdoor spaces, including sand pits.
- Extracurricular activities
Not only will your child engage with the Early Years Curriculum and Foundation Stage Learning, they’ll also get a whole world of exciting extracurricular opportunities, including weekly dance, music, sports and language lessons with professional teachers.
- Sensory room
Sometimes little ones need a break from the hustle and bustle of the day. Our sensory room creates a therapeutic space for them to enjoy some calm and quiet at our Dorchester setting.
- Daily online updates
You’ll always know what your little one has been up to with our ParentZone app. Your child’s key worker will upload photos, videos and comments every day. And you can too — we love hearing from parents and seeing what our little ones get up to when they aren’t saving the day at Sunny Days.
At Sunny Days Dorchester we also have a fantastic soft play gym where little ones can explore, problem-solve and team up for exciting adventures. Our Dorchester branch also provides a minibus service to get your growing child to and from school.
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High praise from our Super Parents
In possibly the most depressing January on record I just want to say thank you to you and your team for continuing to take brilliant care of L and giving him a pocket of normality in this weird world we are living in. It is a difficult and concerning time for everyone and I hope your team realise how much they are appreciated.
I would also like to thank your entire team for delivering an outstanding service this autumn. The additional Covid precautions, regular updates, clear instructions, and Q-Bell have all made a difference. It is through your hard work that R has not been required to isolate at home (with me or my wife off work). I thank you for playing your part in fighting this pandemic as both R’s father and as the Clinical Lead of Critical Care.
Very child centred, I feel happy leaving my girls there. Staff are very accommodating and approachable. It feels like everyone takes the time to know the girls.
Just wanted to thank SunnyDays staff for the fantastic care you have provided to both my daughters over the last 5 years - they both would really enjoyed their time with you guys and would highly recommend your service to other parents.
Chris & Claire Jones
Always been a pleasure to work with you and my boy has loved it. No complaints!
A Sunny Day Parent
Always smiling always ready to help always showing so much positive regard for the girls. It's a pleasure to stop the girls off a see them feeling so excited to spend the day at sunny days Bridport. Sunny days Bridport is amazingly well led and has a lovely supportive team. So impressed by all you have done over 2020 and now lockdown 3!
A Sunny Day Parent
My child is always happy and excited to attend. She has shown clear evidence of learning in her ability to start recognising colours, simple mathematical principles and starting to look at and recognise letters and numbers in books. She has gone from being too shy to talk to anyone outside her family, to having real fun and building relationships with her peers and familiar adults, as well as communicating with unfamiliar adults. Since being at Sunny days she has become really open and willing to engage with the world around her in way she would have been too frightened to do before. Her confidence has improved massively.
A Sunny Day Parent
All the staff at Bridport do an amazing job. My son is always happy to see whoever answers the door and talks about them when we are at home. They have all done a fantastic job throughout this pandemic to support the children and ensure they are happy and well looking after. Bridport team are amazing...cannot praise them enough!
A Sunny Day Parent
My son now only attends the holiday club but when he was attending the nursery full time he was always well engaged with activities and above all the nursery staff were kind and loving towards him.
A Sunny Day Parent
My little girl is always happy and excited to attend they keep us updated on everything they always make sure everything is clean and safe and my daughter has really come out of herself.
A Sunny Day Parent
Really happy with everything, my son enjoys his time at nursery and is always happy to go in. Staff are very friendly and kind.
A Sunny Day Parent
Our two girls have gone to Sunny Days over the past 4 years. The nursery owners and their team have been outstanding, and our children love it. We’ve never had tears and they love going to Dorchester Sunny Days each week. Jo (manager) and the team have been so accommodating throughout the pandemic (we are key workers) and the Scadden’s have explained all the COVID Secure procedures with clarity. We feel very safe sending our children there. Our eldest daughter has now moved up to school and despite being young for the year group (June birthday) she was more than ready to transition – Jane and the pre-school team delivered such great Early Years teaching and gave us great advice on how to support our daughter to reach her best potential. They even taught her how to ride a bike without stabilisers!! Also, worth mentioning how much our children love the food. They seem to eat everything at nursery despite being a little fussy at home! We cannot recommend Sunny Days enough. The discount for local NHS staff and the month to month flexibility on bookings also help significantly.
The team at Sunny Days in Dorchester have been a lifesavers (maybe literally!) on so many occasions. Our three kids through here from the baby room to after school clubs. They have been so accommodating and flexible. I can't believe how well they have just dealt with things throughout the pandemic. I've no concerns about recommending Sunny Days.
Sunny Days Dorchester staff team have been outstanding in their support, our toddler who is fostered by us, was quite withdrawn, has totally blossomed whilst in their care, eager to go to and happy to return.
At what has been a difficult time for us, they have been extremely helpful and flexible, so would highly recommend their service and their lovely staff.
A Big Thank you!
Linda and Manuel Fraiz
Our little lady has been at Sunny Days since she was 8 months old and she has grown and developed so much with the help of all the amazing staff here. We chose Sunny Days as at the time of myself returning to work they were the only nursery in Weymouth and Dorchester that we’re prepared to be flexible and helped work around my roster allowing myself to return to a career that I love and most importantly gave me the confidence and reassurance that she was so well looked after. (as I’m often out of the country this was vital that she was happy) and I knew she was. I can’t Thank you all enough for all your dedication, hardwork and commitment to ensuring each and every day she came to nursery and now preschool she was thriving and happy. Special little Thankyou to Jane in preschool for going that extra mile to help Mila settle after returning back after the lockdown as most days we had lots of tears on drop off and now she is going in beautifully. You are all wonderful. <3
Our son loves going to Sunny Days. The staff are helpful and kind, the food is yummy, and the booking is flexible. It's great that they are happy to use reusable nappies too!