Supporting our little ones to develop through play, learning and fun

The Sunny Days story starts over 25 years ago in 1995, when our Directors and husband-and-wife team Joy and David Scadden set out to provide the best quality childcare for children in Dorset.

Flash-forward to the present day and our family-run nurseries continue to deliver exceptional childcare, encouraging little ones across the South West to discover their unique talents through everyday adventures.


Trained Staff

We make big claims about our people, and that’s because we take extreme care in our recruitment, induction and training processes. Our staff, affectionately known as ‘Sunny Days Stars’, are either professionally qualified or they may be undertaking their apprenticeship through our sister company, Side by Side Training.

Parents often come to our staff for support, advice and suggestions of techniques to try at home.  Our staff are always on hand to chat to parents and build lasting relationships with them as well as the children.

Why not drop in and discover first-hand how we’re exploring how to be ‘extraordinary’ every day?


Highly Skilled Professionals

The Side by Side trainers and assessors are highly experienced childcare professionals, not only providing training for Sunny Days staff, but also playing a significant role in supporting our quality through regular audits and adult engagement observations. These are an important way to monitor the quality of our education and care by teams and individuals and is further indication of how high we set the bar at Sunny Days.


Our Sunny Days Stars

Each year we look forward to rewarding our staff individually and as a team. Everyone particularly looks forward to our Sunny Days Awards Night, to which we are always excited to welcome parents.


Our Teams

The people who work at Sunny Days share the vision and values of our community.

We’re driven by the idea that the best care is born from diligence, imagination and fun.

The Scadden family

David Scadden
Joy Scadden
Luc Scadden
Aimée Scadden
Liam O’Connor

Leadership team

Julie Downton
Charlotte Palmer <br/>Acting Dorchester Deputy Manager & HR Manager
Sarah Halliwell
Bill Thompson

Our useful guides to help you choose the right nursery for your CHILD

  • 13 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Nursery and Preschool
  • A Hands On Guide to Getting Your 'Little Star' Ready for Nursery
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