Outstanding Dorset nursery Sunny Days celebrates 21st birthday at this year's Dorset County Show

Leading Dorset child care provider Sunny Days Nurseries are celebrating their 21st birthday in style by announcing a range of new staff annual awards at this year’s Dorset County Show.

Sunny Days, which has two nurseries in Poundbury and Bridport, have come a long way since they started in a timber cabin in Maud Road, Dorchester in October 1995. Their current base at Middle Farm Barn, Poundbury, now provides outstanding state-of-the-art facilities including soft play gym, and large garden with views across farmland and countryside towards Maiden Castle on the sky line.

One of Sunny Days most successful and enduring outreach services into the local Dorset community over the years has been their free-of-charge nursery crèche provision at the Dorset County Show.

As in previous years the crèche will be open from 9am-5pm on both Show days (Sat 3 Sun 4 Sept) to allow parents to drop their 3 to 5 year olds for up to 2 hours on a first come first served basis with up to 24 early years youngsters per session. Sunny Days also provides nappy changing facilities, a discreet area for Mums to breast feed, also a lost child and safe return service at the Dorset Show.

Owner David Scadden, who spent time working on local farms in Dorset as a teenager, and recalls running across the fields as child to play in the original timber hay barn which is now Sunny Days Nursery Poundbury, says he is delighted to have a working crèche at the Show again this year: “This is our chance to contribute to Dorset Show by providing a free-of-charge crèche for visiting families, and an opportunity to fly Sunny Days flag by participating alongside other service providers, trades,  farms, and agricultural services.”

“This year we are celebrating our 21st birthday at the Dorset Show on 3rd and 4th September, and at our Annual Staff Awards on 1st October. Every year we provide a free crèche at Dorset Show, and every year we have Annual Staff Awards based around quality service and customer care, and this year our ‘BAFTA style’ event will introduce a new range of awards for staff achievements.

“As part of this, we will be asking visitors to our Dorset Show crèche to vote for a Staff Member of the Year at the Show: Who has provided an outstanding service or gone beyond the call of duty?”

Richard Cuzens, Dorset County Show Secretary, said Sunny Days had become an essential ingredient of the Show, “Sunny Days are the recognised nursery provider in this area and we regard them as being no different from the First Aid or police team at the showground. Sunny Days free-of-charge crèche is a great Show service to be able to provide our visitors,” he added.

Mr Scadden said the nursery prided itself on providing the very best environment and service for children, a number of whom are returning as young adults, as students, apprentices, staff, as family members, and with their own children now.

“We provide nurture for babies and early years education for young children, in stimulating, safe and secure surroundings. We have some fantastic ensuite wash rooms, soft play areas and a variety of outdoor plays spaces in the fresh air. All our staff are thoroughly checked and cleared, full qualified or undertaking professional training with continuous development in our own training centre.”

Rebecca Cox
21st Jul 2016 09:16:00

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