Sunnydale Day Nursery is a self-contained facility within a housing scheme. It is attended by children
from a range of different cultural backgrounds, many of whom have English as an additional language.
The nursery accommodates children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years. The nursery is a feeder to two local
primary schools.
The nursery has well-established settling-in procedures for children entering the nursery for the first time
and for those moving through the nursery. Each child has an allocated key worker who is the main
contact for parents. There is a comfortable parents’ room which is well used. Parents work with staff to
produce a monthly newsletter and to raise funds. Parents also contribute to the nursery’s social media
platforms and many volunteer within the nursery.
There is a variety of areas within each room to give children a choice of activities. Staff update resources
regularly reflecting children’s interests and abilities. The indoor environment is bright with lots of wall
displays and interest tables. The children help staff to set these up.
Great importance is placed on outdoor learning and the nursery is fortunate to have a large outdoor
space which is divided into specific areas. There is a paved area for riding wheeled toys and other
physical activities. There is a garden area filled with flowers and vegetables. The staff and children pick
the vegetables and use them for cooking activities.
The nursery promotes recycling where possible.
Their recent care inspection was very positive and the nursery received the highest grades in all aspects
of provision, especially responsiveness of staff and staff willingness to participate in development
opportunities.

Using the case study. Explain the importance of an effective play environment within Sunnydale Day
Nursery.
Refer to the following key points. Link with case study and relevant frameworks and guidance
e.g.: Pre-Birth to Three, The Play Strategy and Building the ambition etc.
Sources are linked below. Use two references per point.
1. The role of the adult in developing supportive, nurturing and enabling environments, both indoor
and outdoor.
2. The value of developing appropriate play and technology resources and the management of risk
within play.
3. The need for and the benefit of routines.
4. The significance of well-managed transitions and transitional objects.
5. The benefits of partnership with parents, families and other professiona

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