Little Sunflowers Child Care: Nursery Ages 0 to 4 years


The Little Sunflowers approach is very different from other nurseries in the area, the traditional nursery has the following:

  • different rooms for different ages, so you hav​e to settle your child in to a new room and new routine every between 3 and 4 times during their time at nursery
  • different staff in every room so just when your child starts to bond with members of the team they need to change rooms

 Little Sunflowers is made up of one big FAMILY unit for children of all ages. Why break the mould you ask!?


Little Sunflowers took the decision to mix age groups for so many reasons but here are a few:

  • No room change! No big upheaval to a different room especially after parents and staff have worked hard to ensure a child is fully comfortable in their surroundings.
  • No new members of staff! The staff, like the surroundings are a constant at Little Sunflowers between the ages of 3 months to 4 years. One set of staff for you and your child to get to know and build a bond with, one key worker to work with you to ensure your child reaches their full potential
  • Siblings can be together! Siblings can play together no matter what their age, so their is no seperation and they can maintain that strong brother/sister bond


The staff plan age appropriate activities so that every child at every age is reaching their full potential. We have an area for the younger children to go with a member of staff, here they can have some quiet time and they can unwind before they go down for a nap in our dedicated sleep room. For the older children we have a seperate pre-school area so we create a class room like environment to get them ready for big school.


Following the Children Act 1989, a general shift back to age grouping fitted the need to meet its guidance on adult:child ratios. In the same period there was a growing demand for childcare for under-twos. Good-quality nursery care seemed to be best achieved with a baby and toddler room. However, no sensible guidance suggests that different-aged children have to be kept apart throughout the whole nursery day. With the changes in OFSTED guidance Little Sunflowers was able to have all ages to come together to reep all the below benefits:


  • Children enjoy playing with their age peers, but they also benefit from contact with older and younger children. Watching, playing, communicating and helping each other is a natural experience in families with more than one child. Of course, sometimes there are squabbles, but that is life.
  • Older children find pleasure in communicating with babies and toddlers and making them laugh. Three- and four-year-olds show a sophisticated understanding of how to adjust their communication for babies and toddlers. The younger ones watch, listen, anticipate a favourite game and copy.
  • Affectionate relationships can form across the age bands, often consolidated by play. Over-threes are good at playing the repetitive 'do it again' games that are perfect for the learning of very young children. Toddlers often love to share a book with an older child. Four- and five-year-olds are, in their turn, proud to be the 'big' boy or girl who knows the story and so can 'read' it to the little one.
  • The babies and toddlers learn from the older children we can teach younger children about saying please and thank you and how to use a knife and fork but seeing older children behave is a priceless learning tool. The older children then get a boost to their confidence with the realisation that they have learned so much in contrast with the babies.
  • Older children are pleased to show their physical and thinking skills as they share in the care of younger ones. Of course adults remain responsible, but there are plenty of safe possibilities that support the learning of both older and younger children.


Research in the early years has demonstrated that children of all ages can benefit from a mixed age group environment, providing younger children with the facility to encourage their social and cognitive development and older children with the opportunity to practice prosocial, self-regulatary and leadership skills. Children have access to a larger variety of activities and experiences, providing them with a rich, social enviironment which facilitates a family atmosphere within the nursery.





Little Sunflowers Child Care: PRE SCHOOL


Pre-school sessions are held every day and children attend a varied amount of sessions, depending on the day of their attendance at the nursery. The idea of pre-school is to develop concentration and work alongside the Foundation Stage Curriculum with activities to encourage number and letter recognition, first reading skills, mathematical skills, pencil control and lots more. Though we try to achieve a classroom environment the time in pre-school is relaxed with an emphasis on learning in a fun, encouraging way with lots of hands-on experimenting and practical work. We also use a reward bear to congratulate the achievements in pre-school.

Yes that is a giant millipede! We love working with local companies to bring our Little Sunflowers lots of new experiences!


We are here to celebrate every milestone with you! Every child is unique and we want to nurture their individuality.

Little Sunflowers Child Care Ltd

Shirley Crescent,




Contact us on:

0208 663 1835


Please also use our contact form.


Opening hours:

Monday - Friday
8am - 6pm

52 weeks a year


We are situated behind Marian Vian Primary School, at the bottom of Cobalt Close. Ideally located near to Elmers End Train/Tram station and only a short walk to Beckenham, Eden Park and Shirley.


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