An urban forest school

Sunrise Day Nursery is a privately owned Nursery, established in 1998

We are sad to say that our Nursery is tempoarily closed to support the national effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

We look forward to welcoming back all of our families as soon as we are able to.

Please continue to contact us and we will be in touch to deal with your enquiry.

About Sunrise Day Nursery

The Nursery has been nurtured since its inception and has, over the years, expanded and grown whilst consistently striving to achieve the highest quality standards in childcare.

The Nursery is registered to care for from birth to 5 years alongside holiday care for children aged up to 8 years.

The Nursery is open each weekday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. for 51 weeks of the year. The Nursery closes for bank holidays and for 1 week over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Nursery has consistently been graded "Good" by Ofsted

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Our Philosophy

We provide a happy, safe and secure Nursery setting in which each child's individuality is recognised and encouraged.

We ensure that our staff team create a loving, caring and nurturing learning environment with a focus on early year’s stimulation and development. Children are supported in developing confidence, autonomy, self-respect, kindness and independence.

We combine elements of the Montessori teachings with Forest School principles and link them closely and cohesively with the EYFS (early years foundation stage).

Our Curriculum

The EYFS (early years foundation stage) is a Government framework that all early years providers in England follow. We add to the EYFS with Montessori teachings and Forest School principles to further enrich your child’s learning experience.

The EYFS has 7 early learning goals:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Children learn to develop confidence and a positive sense of self-esteem and self-worth
Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Children learn a wide range of vocabulary
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Children develop skills through counting, sorting, identification of patterns, simple maths language and use of numbers
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Children learn about the world, seasons, weather, how things grow, people who help us in the local community
  • Children develop skills in running, jumping, dancing, music, movement, riding bikes, playing ball, hopping, skipping, climbing and fine motor skills
  • Children will find ways of exploring different materials, musical instruments, role play and imagination

The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.

The Forest School principles – of which there are 6 – benefits children by:

  • Increasing self- esteem and self-confidence
  • Improving social skills
  • Developing language and communication skills
  • Improving physical motor skills
  • Improving motivation and concentration
  • Increasing knowledge and understanding of the environment

What is Forest School?

The original concept of Forest School began in Sweden in the 1950’s and developed throughout other Scandinavian and European countries.

The modern concept of Forest School was established in Denmark for pre-school aged children in the 1980’s. During the mid 1990’s these Early Years settings were visited by professionals in the UK and ideas were brought back into early years settings. A long study in Sweden discovered that children attending Forest School sessions had:

  • Stronger social skills
  • A greater ability to work in groups
  • High self esteem and confidence
  • Greater independence
  • Improved self awareness
  • Strong communication skills

Activities & Resources

  • Digging Areas
  • Rope Walks
  • Willow House
  • Willow Tunnel
  • Log Seating
  • Insect Hunts
  • Bug Hotels
  • Nature Trails
  • Art and Crafts
  • Role Play
  • Large Construction
  • Shelters
  • Identifying Plants, Leaves, Birds & Woodland Animals
  • Planting of Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers

What your Child Needs

Labelled With Your Child’s Name

  • Wellington Boots
  • Long Sleeved Fleece/Warm Top
  • Trousers – Warm/Waterproof
  • Jacket – Warm/Waterproof OR
  • Waterproof All In One
  • Hat & Gloves – Winter
  • Sun Hat – Summer

Links with the EYFS

"Being outdoors has a positive impact on children’s sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children’s development"

"Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales that when indoors"

"Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant"

"When children are actively involved in learning they gain a sense of satisfaction from their explorations and investigations"


The fees at Sunrise Day Nursery are reviewed annually.

Our rates are 0-2 years and 2-5 years. The sessions are 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. (morning); 1.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. (afternoon) or 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (full day). We also offer additional sessions and additional hours.

Fees are due on the 1st of each month. Early Education Funding is deducted at source from your monthly invoice and stretched over the 12 month period (NEG is only funded by the Local Authority for 38 weeks of the year).

Childcare Vouchers

You can pay for your child’s nursery fees via childcare vouchers from your pre-tax salary. We would ask that if you are paying by vouchers you speak to the Nursery Manager in the first instance as each Voucher Company has its own unique reference number for the Nursery which enables the payment to come directly into our bank account.

Early Education Funding for 3 and 4 year olds – 15 funded hours

Children aged 3 and 4 years old may attend Nursery, subject to conditions and availability, for up to 15 hours per week of NEG Funded hours for 38 weeks per year.

However, please discuss how this works with the Manager as our attendance and invoicing is based on the full year so the NEG hours are “stretched” over the year not term time only.

We are proud to be supporting our Charity for 2020, The Honeypot Children's Charity

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How to Contact us

Find us on the quiet and leafy Lancefield Street

A short walk from Queen's Park Station and centrally located between Kilburn Lane, Harrow Road and Fernhead Road.