Welcome to Sunnybank Early Years and Childcare (Nursery)

Our Vision

Sunnybank is a nurturing school/nursery. Our vision is to provide a happy, vibrant and safe environment in which we work to ensure the highest quality learning takes place and where success is celebrated.

Our School/Nursery Values

  • Empowerment

Children’s Voice – Pupil Groups – Master classes – Rights of the Child –   Celebrate Diversity

  • Ambition

Learning, Teaching & Assessment – Learning Experience – Visible Learning/Learning Dispositions

  • Nurture

School Ethos – Health & Wellbeing/SHANARRI

Our School/Nursery Motto

Our School/Nursery Aims

  • To build a nurturing school ethos based on inclusion, fairness and respect for ourselves and others, promoting the health and wellbeing of all
  • To provide stimulating, challenging and meaningful learning experiences, meeting the needs and aspirations of all our children enabling them to face the challenges of the future
  • To foster interest and enjoyment in learning, supporting children to become successful and confident lifelong learners
  • To work in partnership with families and the wider school community

Sunnybank Early Years and Childcare is part of Sunnybank School and provides nursery education for children between three and five years of age.

We offer full day and part day sessions (morning or afternoon) according to the admission policy of Aberdeen City Council. Provision is also made for Aberdeen School for the Deaf and Language Support Provision children.

Throughout the year we may be asked to accommodate and support students, either studying for their teaching qualification, or for a nursery qualification.

We have support from the English as an Additional Language Service, Aberdeen School for the Deaf, Health Visitors, Social Work Department, Speech and Language Service and Educational Psychologists as needed.

In nursery, staff use their knowledge of your child’s interests and development needs. To help us achieve our aims for learning we use Curriculum for Excellence, GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child), Health and Social Care standards, the Scottish Government ‘Building the Ambition’ document and their self-evaluation guide “How Good is our Early Learning and Childcare”.  We aim to ensure that every child should experience a broad education which develops skills for learning, for life and work, with a real focus on literacy and numeracy and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.

We involve children in the planning for learning using mind maps and also in the evaluation of their learning. Staff and children use this information to ensure that the learning experiences we provide for your child will stimulate their natural curiosity to ask questions and find solutions. We keep parents and carers informed of planned learning experiences through our website, Twitter, mind map displays, displays of children’s work and by the children’s Interactive Learning Diary (ILD).

 In nursery, as in all areas of the school, we aim to encourage our children to become

  • Successful Learners
  • Confident Individuals
  • Responsible Citizens
  • Effective Contributors

In order to develop these four capacities our children participate in active learning.  Active learning is learning which engages and challenges children’s thinking using real life and imaginary situations.  It takes full advantage of the opportunities for learning presented by:

  • Spontaneous play
  • Planned, purposeful play
  • Investigating and exploring
  • Events and life experiences
  • Focused learning and teaching

Our approach is a child centred one where the children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning.  We listen to the views of our children and their interests and choice of activities influence the learning and teaching which take place in our nursery.  Most of all, we aim for learning to be active and fun!

All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum where pupils will be involved in experiences relating to:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sciences
  • Languages
  • Technologies
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Religious and Moral Education

At the nursery stage and in primary one most children will be working on the early level experiences and outcomes. This level identifies a range of learning experiences that children should encounter and identifies knowledge and skills that the pupils may accomplish.

Pupils will have access to a wide variety of materials both in the classroom and outdoors. We use all opportunities to support learning- snack, tooth brushing, having conversations, tidy up time…everything!

For children to be eager learners and for them to be receptive to new experiences each child needs to feel safe and secure. Nursery staff therefore take time to develop a happy relationship with each child and build their self esteem. This in turn enables each child to have confidence and appreciate the pleasure in learning.

For more information, please consult the nursery handbook here. 


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