Welcome to Sunnybank Early Years and Childcare (Nursery)

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 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 children.

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

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

In nursery, staff use their knowledge of your child’s interests and development needs. They use guidance from A Curriculum for Excellence to plan learning experiences. 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 capacitates 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 centered 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. This can be found on our Downloads page.

Other Information Links

  • Building The Ambition

  • Setting the Table

  • How good is our early years and childcare?

  • My World Outdoors

  • Our Creative Journey

  • Health and Social Care Standards My support, my life